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    This was a very interesting article...I wish the photos were full-length or capable of enlarging, but c'est la vie!

    i think self-denial is our best trait.

    and i remember living in romania the women had their own particular shade of off-red that seemed to distract you from the age-inappropriate camisoles and minis. well, almost distract you ;)

    Can I just say that I love self help books? The firts thing I do when I arrive in La Guardia is pay hommage to the self help section.

    Oh, and the off-red, it's sort of a mahogandy, no?

    I love the fact that French women of all ages can be considered sexy. That's what makes French fashion so special. And great quotes in that article. You and Sofia Coppola are mentioned on the same page!


    Maman's hair is that exact shade of red, so keep a civil tongue in your head...


    ha, mahogandy! in romania, they use a combination of henna and chicken's blood, i think. i believe it's called 'hennery.' or maybe hennesy, i forget.

    and you should TOTALLY write a self-help book.

    Scoop NYC is the New Yorker's equivalent to the mallrat's hangout. If I want to look like every other fashion-challenged Seven-clad robot in NY, I'll shop at Scoop.

    Intermix can be okay, but the true NYC fashionista frequents the boutiques and not the chains for truly unique finds.

    I, personally, consider Scoop the fashion equivalent to paint by numbers. Agh.

    Brandon, Hee, I've heard Hennesy is toootally hot right now in Romania. I'll have to pitch that to Harper's Bazaar.

    I'd love to write a self help book, but first we would have to teach the French what self-help is.

    Noire Dire, I agree, I don't get depressed by people who aren't trying, it's the people who try and look like clones that depresses me.

    You should have pictures with every post to illustrate your most excellent points. But maybe I'm reading too much Go Fug Yourself lately.

    Maybe it's just because I kind of tune out all the womenswear content, but I feel like they're doing a disservice to you by describing this site as a "fashion blog", albeit a "clever" one.

    What will be cool is when things get to the point when one can print La Coquette without explanation.

    Mathieu, I'm sure it looks lovely on Maman. :)

    Mrs. Kennedy, I beat my head on the pavement for not having my camera with me on the street! Everyday! What I need is a whipping boy to carry my bags. does great pics from Paris, but he only shoots hipsters. (If I see one more pair of white framed sunglasses!) The Sartorialist ( shot some great Paris shots during the Couture, too. (which was a couple of weeks ago)

    Chester, I know, I feel like I'm letting people down when I'm called a fashion blog. I guess it's easier than saying "blogs about herself in self-centered manner."

    Own up, you know you love the womenswear content. :)

    Bonjour Coquette & friends:

    I was hoping you could help me with the following.. as it seems as if you might have some good pictures & fashionable friends up your sleeve....

    Basically, 'm in dire need of your help. One of the new pages I'm working on asks readers to send in pictures of themselves in some version of the latest style or trend—which we will then put print as good, realistic examples of how to make runway looks work in real life.

    For the first issue, we're asking people to send in pictures of themselves in masks, hats, or veils. Sadly, the only emails I've been sent are spam-like offers for Japanese penis enhancers......

    Which is why I'm appealing to you & your stylish circle: Please please please send me any picture of your or your friends IN A HAT OR MASK...ANYTHING THAT COVERS UP SOME PART OF THE FACE!! so that I can use it for my page. If you have to make it up & take pictures over the weekend, I beg of you to do it. My job rests in your hands (OK not really, but it will certainly make my next three weeks more pleasant)

    Of course, the deadline is ASAP so I beg of you to pull on a hat & jump in front of the camera TODAY!

     For more information, please go to:, and send HIGH-RES submissions either to me or to [email protected] (preferably to both addresses).

    My friends and I have taken to calling that particular haircolor "Eastern Bloc Red" as the affinity seems to be shared by a large number of former-Soviet women.

    OMG! I laughed out loud with the red hair comment.

    When we first moved here (to the Côte d'Azur), I spent a great deal of time looking for someone with really great hair so that I could find a stylist. I was shocked to see that color on soooo many women!

    I just took a walk through the new Intermix near union sq today (they're popping up everywhere) and felt that very same depressing, empty feeling about the 'clones'. I could never quite articulate that feeling until I read those Scoop/Intermix comments.

    There's nothing like french women and the way they carry themselves, the sense of style. They wear fashion, fashion doesn't wear them.

    Perhaps this is a regional thing, but it was the exact opposite when I was in Burgundy this past winter--all the French girls looked like hobos, with fifteen layers and seven gigantic scarves, and us Americans looked staid in solid colors and sleek lines. Or perhaps (hopefully) it was merely a teenage thing.

    So my question is - do the French frequent vintage clothing stores? Or dig up great vintage finds at the flea markets?

    Personally, I am vintage obsessed, and let's face it....a lot of designers just reproduce from old styles.

    So do women around Paris wear it?


    Shannon: Is that the Intermix on Broadway and 20th? I live right nearby that location and they carry the same exact stock as Ron Herman, Scoop (although a bit more highend than Scoop), and Big Drop.

    If you ask me, Language on Mulberry was one of the best things that ever happened to NY fashion retail, and now they're gone and the owner is now an accessories editor.

    The stores carry the same merch: Sevens, Joes, Rachel Pally, Chloe Paddington Bag, Gara Danielle...the real finds are either overseas or in the quaint little boutiques...


    Yes, that's the one. I hadn't been to that one and was interested to check it out. Waste of time..if you are looking for something unique.

    I forgot about Language! Great place..I bought a pair of Yanuk jeans when they were closing down. That was in '04, I think? But, there is one place for NY shopping that I do really love. Steven Alan. They have good designers, and a great sample sale. It was in May this year...I was unprepared, next year I will be saving up for it.

    Other than that, I agree, it's just boutiques (lots of them) and overseas.

    Thanks for pointing us towards the facehunter site-- it's frustrating to look at the paris shots, though, as my current impediment from utter insouciant stylishness is this infernal heat.

    How can I pose (forgive me) coquettishly on a cafe terrace wearing oversized sunglasses and a cute cap-sleeved silk blouse when the minute I step out the door I melt into a little puddle of goo?

    I carry my Evian brumisateur everywhere-- it's the only thing keeping me going. But what drives me crazy is all the Frenchwomen whose pores are too small to secrete sweat and thus are coolly coasting through this weather wearing whatever they want, sitting wherever they want. Drinking hot espresso, no less!

    Susan, We're all over it!

    Liz, for sure trendsetters, fashionistas (not the same as your run-of-the-mill chic girl), and especially French hipsters wear vintage. Although it's not going to be pop-a-delic Pucci prints quite as much as old lady heels with a pretty 1940's dress (I'm thinking Maggie Gyllanhal, to give you a celeb point of reference.) It's hard to generalize, but I think that's the biggest diff between the vintage you see in NY compared to here. Also, there's very litte of the wearing-this-ironically thing here. Which is why it falls to the hipsters to bear the vintage.

    Maitresse, I know, in this weather it's either cool alcohol (no matter what time the day) or gimme a Starbucks frappacino already.

    Anyway... Interesting; ;-)

    Dear Coquette,

    After reading your response to vintage wear in Paris, I feel I'm getting somewhat *gasp* old.

    Here I sit typing at the age of 38, with my closet brimming over with vintage (including fantastic hats with birds and long feather tails that dance in the wind), and I need to ask another question.

    What, exactly, is a hipster? For some reason, I find that word unnerving, borderline offensive.

    Thank You,
    Liz..who at any age has never been nor ever will be a 'hipster'.

    Oh god! Don't make me define the word hipster! I will die of mortification. You're right, some people think it's a slur, but basically, I think it means you are cool. You know all the words to all the songs before we've heard of the band.

    Let's do it this way: Hipsters in France might look kind of like this:

    Yes, this is definitely Gin & Tonic weather. Or maybe Pastis w/Ice and Water weather. Or maybe Vodka/Soda weather...

    And, yeah, I guess I kind of don't really not enjoy shoes about women's shoes. But that's more of a testament to you than to the appeal that women's shoes hold for me.

    That said, I think you need to put up content about the Tour. That's your only flaw.

    I always aim to be one flaw away from perfection.

    Dear Coquette,

    Thank you for the link that defines hipsters. Edgy things aren't they?

    So what category would Dita von Teese be in - trendsetter or fashionista? I suppose fashionista since she only copies what women did years ago.

    By the way, why O why, is there so very little mentioned about that amazing designer Franck Sorbier? His fall/winter had the most dazzling dress with feathers at the collar and hearts and musical notes on the fabric.

    Anyhoo, hope you are doing well and your family is too...


    I think that the big difference between French and American woman is the the French woman are aware of dressing age appropriate. I see great looking, sexily dressed women in their 40's and 50's who don't dress exactly like their 20 year old daughters.

    Well, I read Johnson's article, and I'm not sure I agree that much. I think if you live in a chic neighborhood like the 5th, 6th, 7th, 16th, all this may very well be true. I live ina working class neighborhood, and I wear sweatpants to the store. I'm very far from fashion conscious (my mother was, way too much, and I think all that Pucci marked me for life), and hate shopping more than brussel sprouts, so I probably opted not so accidently to live in my extremely unfashionable neighborhood. I've been wearing the same black capri pants for 3 seasons now, and my favorite ProMod tshirt for 4 -- there's my sense of style. Luckily I'm a mom to 2 boys and will not have to deal with accessorizing girly girl things later. and I don't own one single scarf, after 17 years here.

    Well, I think you're right, a lot of French woman don't do the things in the article. You're going to fall to generalizations, you have to.

    Ha, I can see how too much Pucci could scar a kid.


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