If you haven’t watched the Netflix show Emily in Paris yet, you have probably heard about it.. Emily, a young, cheerful American moves to Paris to start her new position at a marketing firm. Where the show is short on content it is brimming with fashion faux pas and statements. The show’s wardrobe, executed by the iconic Patricia Fields, best known for her work on Sex And The City is delightfully entertaining. Emily’s American aesthetic juxtaposed against the chic City of Lights makes for great watching.
What we are most enjoying however is the character and wardrobe of Emily’s sophisticated, Parisian boss; Sylvie, played by Philippine Leroy-Beaulieu. A woman in her late Fifties; she is the embodiment of French Fashion Editor Carine Roitfeld, who served at the helm of French Vogue for decades, and is now founder and Editor in Chief of her eponymous publication, CR Fashion Book. Sylvie’s enviable style not only serves to highlight Emily’s lack there of, but it also affords us an up close look at the dynamics of French dressing. Sylvie’s wardrobe is made up of contemporary pieces with a twist, by supremely modern fashion designers such as Rick Owens, Yohji Yamamoto and Roland Mouret. In mostly muted shades of olive, grey and black, Sylvie’s body: magnificent shoulders, tiny waist and great legs serve as the perfect accessories to her outfits. Her almost bare face still holds a freshness thanks to a healthy dose of concealer and foundation.
In addition to her enviable wardrobe Sylvie also gives us a few lessons in that French, ‘Je Ne Sais Quoi’. That sense of mystery we always associate with French women is decoded in a hilariously realistic way. The chain-smoking maven that doesn’t really believe in eating or smiling puts on one heck of a show for us. Check the show out in Netflix!