Fun comes from the unexpected, subverting and surprising expectations. That’s why I chose to wear this Gallic garment with quintissentially English accessories – my beloved Luella ‘Parker’ bag, battered red suede courts from Asos and a Tatty Devine name necklace.
I like to think of agnès b as the chic, slightly batty grand-mère of the French brands that I love to wear – especially APC and Paul & Joe Sister. What I love about these labels is that even the plainest pieces always have an unexpected twist – a jazzy lining, or some odd buttons – which subverts the notion that the French take fashion oh so seriously.
We tend to see Gallic style as classic, timeless and ever-so-slightly stale in a never-put-a-foot-wrong sort of way and cliche dictates that French girls always look chic because they wear essentially the same clothes as their mothers – the silk scarf, the navy blazer – while English chicks are a hot mess. While there may be some truth to this, there are so many exceptions that the rule becomes almost redundant – there’s a definite seam of eccentricity running through French fashion, and the English have their own traditional rules of dress too. I guess what I’m trying to say is: Entente Cordiale FTW!
Co-founder and co-editor of Pamflet. Bookworm, bluestocking, Brown Owl. Loves Garconnes style, reading, writing, ranting and raving. Gin snob.