Last November, I met Emilie-Rose; a 22 year-old young woman, born in Paris, attending her last year of University in Cantebury, England. Now, at 23, Emilie-Rose has graduated (on July 18th – the hottest day of the year!) and is set to begin her life journey, adventure, and discovery. She has not lived in Paris for five years, but her journey takes her back home, to the heart of Paris, where her family has been living, and where she herself lived for 18 years. How is she feeling? What is she thinking about returning to Paris? Emilie-Rose had this to say:
“I am excited to be back in Paris. After being away for a while, I have a new appreciation for Paris and I feel as if I have a chance to rediscover the city, and see it with new eyes. I have a few project ideas that involve discovering Paris. The city is built like a snail; there are 20 districts, called arrondissements, located spirally around the historic center, and each is given a number. My plan is to visit each arrondissement, spend a few days, and document the flavor of each: the food, the fashion, the look and the feel. I grew up in the heart of Paris, in Arrondissement #2, and I never really appreciated the beauty of this city until now. I look forward to taking this on …
The contemporary Parisian woman has become more trendy, with a somewhat laid-back fashion flair. You will find more young, Parisian women wearing sneakers with leather pants and leather jackets. My own style is shifting; I used to dress more girly, but I have realized that it’s okay to dress comfortably. I still love to wear dresses, but my favorite things now are striped shirts called marinieres, a very French style of white shirt with navy stripes, which sailors wore and were later made fashionable by Coco Chanel; I wear a lot of those. I notice that many people in my age group are dressing like me. I also like dressing high/low, mixing higher-end pieces with low-end fashion finds. Recently, I have been following Lucy Williams, creator of, Fashion Me Now, and I really connect with her style and her look.
I like to think that while I was in college, I made an effort to dress with style. Now that I have graduated and am returning to Paris, I look forward to seeing where my style, and the road, take me.” ~ Emilie-Rose