There’s something so irresistible about French fashion. From Chanel to Dior, Chloé to Hermes, Yves Saint Laurent to Louis Vuitton, the French effortlessly tap into a timeless elegance, a classic yet modern aesthetic, a celebration of femininity that leaves the rest of the world…well, flawed.
While most people know about the French fashion royalty club, some of which I listed above, there are a bunch of young and innovative French labels that are making waves on international catwalks and that get me so excited, their collections often sneak into my dreams. This week, I decided to do a shoot featuring select pieces from one of my fave designer’s current collection. Maje. For me, Maje quite literally might be better than sex.
The signature of Maje’s 2015 Spring collection is their polyester elastane skirts and dresses. The effect is both playful and dramatic. In fact, the navy blue skirt I’m wearing in this shoot carries whispers of a 1950s French housewife, and yet the contemporary fabric with which the skirt is crafted, immediately speaks of a progressive and imaginative woman, perhaps living sometime in the future. I say imaginative because, wearing this outfit, I felt I had stepped into a fairytale book like Alice in Wonderland. Let’s just say that it was an emotional effort to take it off and move onto the next look.
This dress, also polyester and elastane, is all fun and spunk, so as soon as I layed eyes on it on the rack, it was, like, GAME ON!! Cyndi Lauper’s “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” was my theme song 🙂
This is essentially a coctail romper. I chose it because, of all of Maje’s Spring collection, I felt this piece truly spoke of the history of French fashion and aesthetics. I feel I could see this embroidered linen piece in a 1960s French film; while wearing it, along with my Le Spec sunglasses, I imagined I was strolling along a foreshore in the French Riviera. Of course, Maje have been clever enough to reference the past while engineering a garment that is most effortless and practical for the modern woman of today.
*Fashion without Photoshop.
Photography by Antonio Beliveau.
Thank you Maje!