Belles De Jour
Belles De Jour
Paris in the springtime may get all the attention, but autumn in the City of Light means classic silhouettes, marinière stripes, and perfect wool coats. Meet nine girls who embody our version of classic French style in our inaugural street style feature.
Photographed by Louise Enhörning. Words by Alice Cavanagh
LETIZIA, 28, IN THE TUILERIES
JOB: Freelance fashion publicist
STYLE ICON: Romy Schneider in La Piscine.
FAVOURITE SCENT: I love the smell of Sicily in summer: jasmine, fig trees, and citrus.
SECRET SPOT IN PARIS: In summer, the best place to go in the afternoon is the café of Musée de la vie Romantique. It’s a hidden garden. You need to go to the museum to know about it.
LAST MOVIE THAT MADE ME CRY: I recently watched Ladri di Biciclette from Vittorio de Sica.
SONG I CAN'T GET OUT OF MY HEAD: “La Valse à Mille Temps” by Jacques Brel. They used to play it at the end of the night at Le Baron.
KATARIINA, 34, AT SQUARE DU TEMPLE, LE MARAIS
JOB: Art director
FAVOURITE SCENT: Chanel No. 5.
FAVOURITE SPOT IN THE CITY: Le Grande Épicerie at Le Bon Marché.
MY PERFECT SUNDAY IN PARIS: Walking around, stopping for a coffee and reading, and then a late afternoon hammam.
THE SONG I CAN'T GET OUT OF MY HEAD: Elliott Smith’s “Between the Bars.” It’s such a beautiful song and I play it as a lullaby to my son.
ANOUK, 28, ON RUE JEAN-JACQUES ROUSSEAU
JOB: Jewellery designer
STYLE ICONS: Stéphane Audran in Les Biches directed by Chabrol, Romy Schneider in César et Rosalie, Anna Karina, and Maryse Gaspard.
FAVOURITE SHOPS: Thanx God I Am a VIP and Studio W for vintage, Le Bon Marché, Les Puces de Saint-Ouen, the auction house Drouot, and Karry’O for jewelry.
FAVOURITE SCENT: Musc Ravageur by Frederic Malle, but I love the smell of Paris when spring arrives. The city wakes up after the winter and it smells like freedom. You can feel butterflies in your stomach.
BEST SPOT FOR AFTERNOON TEA: I love having a hot chocolate at Angelina.
SONG I CAN'T GET OUT OF MY HEAD: Anything by Frank Ocean or Beach House. For singing in my shower I love “Le Petit Pull Marine,” a Serge Gainsbourg song.
KINGA, 32 ON RUE DE RIVOLI
JOB: Music video and fashion film director
BEST CLOTHING SHOP: Pretty Box for vintage, Robert Clergerie for shoes, and Frenchtrotters for a Parisian vibe.
FAVOURITE SCENT: Fresh rose, fig, or Diptyque’s Olène.
BEST SPOT FOR AFTERNOON TEA: Toraya for matcha hot chocolate and Japanese sweets.
SONG I CAN'T GET OUT OF MY HEAD: “Baby” by Ariel Pink.
GÉRALDINE, 29, ON RUE SAINT-HONORÉ
STYLE ICON: My Grandfather—he was a resistance fighter during World War II. He used to wear white tank tops, pants with braces and Rivieras shoes.... I loved his style. And my grandmother was very chic—more Chanel style. If I love fashion now, it’s because of her! I also love Marilyn Monroe and James Dean. I used to wear white T-shirts with everything. Personally I feel sexier in a T-shirt than in a dress!
FAVOURITE SCENT: After my mother’s apple pie, I would say bergamot—it’s a subtle scent.
BEST PLACE FOR COFFEE: In summer I like going to Marcel on Avenue Junot for coffee in the afternoon.
SONG I CAN'T GET OUT OF MY HEAD: “White Keys” by Chilly Gonzales.
ALEKSANDRA, 21, ON RUE SAINT-CLAUDE IN MARAIS
FAVOURITE SHOPS: Paris is great for vintage shopping, for example Guerrisol and Kilo Shop in Marais. For bigger stores I like Le Bon Marché and I also like small concept stores like L’Eclaireur.
BEST SPOT FOR AFTERNOON TEA: I love, love Ladurée.
LAST MOVIE THAT MADE ME CRY: American History X with my favourite actor, Edward Norton, and also The Intouchables—a French film based on a true story. I was crying like a baby after watching both of them; they’re both amazing!
FAVOURITE SCENT: DKNY Be Delicious and EauDemoiselle by Givenchy—my favourite brand. It`s a really interesting perfume. I also like Chanel Chance.
SARAH, 28, IN THE TUILERIES
JOB: Photographer’s agent
STYLE ICON: Tupac, Gwyneth Paltrow in The Royal Tenenbaums.
BEST CLOTHING SHOP: Guerrisol—best shop ever!
LAST MOVIE THAT MADE ME CRY: Mermaids.
SONG I CAN'T GET OUT OF MY HEAD: “Carnival” by Snakadaktal.
MY PERFECT SUNDAY IN PARIS: Going to Vieux Saumur in Belleville for a beer and Chinese dumplings.
ANNE, 29, ON RUE DE RIVOLI
STYLE ICON: Kate Bosworth, Jean Rochefort.
BEST SPOTS FOR SHOPPING: Le Marais, Barbès, and Place de Clichy, which is where the vintage store Guerrisol is.
BEST SPOT FOR A LAZY AFTERNOON: Buttes Chaumont park.
LAST MOVIE THAT MADE ME CRY: Blue Valentine.
FAVOURITE SCENT: Laundry powder.
SONG I CAN'T GET OUT OF MY HEAD: Anything by Rihanna.
ANNA, 31, AT SQUARE DU TEMPLE, LE MARAIS
JOB: Art Director
STYLE ICON: My grandmother.
BEST CLOTHING SHOP: Le Bon Marché—it’s the best department store.
BEST PLACE FOR AFTER-WORK DRINKS: Le Pop In—it’s a great dive bar in the 11th arrondissement.
BEST BAKERY: Bistrot Paul Bert in the 11th arrondissement.
FAVOURITE SCENT: Maison Margiela (Untitled).