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style icon(s): french vogue editors

style icon(s): french vogue editors

Do you have dark skinny jeans or pants? Do you have a blazer? How about a scarf? Boots? Congrats, you have the wardrobe of a French fashion editor! It's been a while since we've had a style icon post - and this one is a really a package deal, starting with the queen bee of French fashion editors: Carine Roitfeld.

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Carine was editor-in-chief of French Vogue until she left in 2011, when she was succeeded by her fashion director, Emanuelle Alt, below.


Alt and her team (she's most often seen with Geraldine Saglio and Capucine Safyurtlu) have a very similar style and seem to travel in a pack.

The hallmarks of the French Vogue editor style are: skinny pants (and apparently legs to match!), navy, black, neutrals, blazers and jackets, scarves, and high-heeled boots or pumps. Nothing too trendy, nothing too colorful.

What I also find interesting is that although many people attending these shows take the opportunity to dress to the nines (read: outlandishly), these women wear what appears to be a daily uniform and manage to look more chic than the rest put together. How very French of them! Apparently, not even pregnancy can keep them from their favorite silhouette!

geraldine saglio via

geraldine saglio via

A wardrobe of mostly neutrals is not for everyone, but it does make getting dressed a lot easier. I just had a conversation with a friend who had recently traveled to Europe for 10 days. She said she only brought neutrals and never worried about what to wear.

What do you think - do these French girls look boring or chic?  

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icon: kate young

icon: kate young

These style icon posts are so much fun to do. It's fun to collect images and do the research on women who have, for the most part, not only achieved style nirvana, but have carved out the careers and lives they want from the craziness surrounding them.

Kate Young made an appearance in my inspiration binder around 2007. She started her career in fashion as an assistant at Vogue and then moved on to styling fashion shoots, fashion shows, and celebrities. Some of the celebrities she dresses are Michelle Williams (remember Michelle's gorgeous yellow Oscar dress in 2006? That was Kate), Natalie Portman, and Rachel Weisz.

Kate Young's own personal style is extremely specific and falls almost into the "uniform" category. Her signature is her platinum blond hair. She sticks to black and white for the most part, lots of stripes, and a red lip for night. Like most stylists who are serious about their jobs, she doesn't seem to want the attention on herself, but on her client or her work.

Recently, Kate collaborated on a collection with Target. For the most part, it's a little girly for me, but having said that, look at how Kate edges it up (above). She can do no wrong!

icon: christene barberich

icon: christene barberich

Christene Barberich started out working for magazines like Gourmet and The New Yorker, but in 2005 she struck out on her own and founded the fashion website Refinery 29, one of my daily reads. As I've seen her featured on her own site and interviewed on others (including the New York Times), I've developed quite the fashion crush on her.

image via  refinery29

image via refinery29

Christene is an example of someone who has refined her style over time. Her style is completely unique and very fashion forward, but not trendy. It's not a style you can date, as in "that's so 2007". 

image via  refinery29

image via refinery29

The components of Christene's style are a creative use of print and pattern, chunky necklaces, vintage mixed with modern, and cool shades. She also appears to prefer a specific silhouette with long voluminous coats over cropped pants or midi-length skirts and dresses. 

image via  insidesource

image via insidesource

Christene mentions her love of thrifting and monthly closet de-clutterings often, which only intensifies my crush on her.

image via  stylelikeu

image via stylelikeu

As someone who got married in her backyard, I love this photo from her city hall wedding.

image via  refinery29

image via refinery29

Christene's style is a lesson in wearing what you love and what works for you, even if it might be something that would be a "don't" on some fashion lists. Aside from fashion, I'm inspired by the way Christene speaks in interviews about forging your own path through life and career, creating a vision, and making it happen.

image via  nymag

image via nymag