As the whole fashion world moves to Paris for the final stage of the new collections’ shows, we are faced again with the eternal question and mystery of the beauty and charm of French women. Their enviable fresh and relaxed style, based on messy hair and minimalistic makeup, seeps through everyone and everything during fashion week: people in the front row seats at the cat walks, Parisian streets, sunny sidewalks and cafés throughout the city. And while every country has its own idea of female beauty, French women have a different outlook on things: they simply want to be what they are. They try to make the most of certain aspects of their features, and emphasise them but they don’t go out of their way to change them. What matters to them is what they can do and achieve with the face and hair they’ve been given. French women make sure their makeup is discreet and demure: they are often satisfied with only wearing red lipstick, they don’t bother with the hair, and if the makeup is sort of smudged around the eyes, all the better. In a nutshell, everything is focused on freedom, even in a city as romantic and avant-garde as Paris.
The city of artists and lovers has many stories for those who care to listen and discover wonders beyond the most famous tourist attractions such as Champs Elysees or the Eiffel tower. Scarlett Johansson says that French men are the best lovers. The writer Mirelle Guiliano believes French women are always beautiful and don’t get fat. If this is true, and French women are all naturally charming with an innate sense of style, who never gain a pound or worry about getting old, we should all follow their example of how to lead a careless and relaxed lifestyle. In the words of the author of “French women are always beautiful” these women are always something special, perhaps because they enjoy life by simply sipping a glass of Champagne, taking cycling trips and healthy walks, or simply because they feel lovely and wanted no matter their age.
Their style is not to be disregarded: they have simple little black dresses in their wardrobes, neutral coloured cardigans, white shirts, sinfully expensive shoes and sexy lingerie. We might never have Charlotte Casiraghi’s button nose or Marion Cotillard’s longing gaze, Eva Green’s swaying walk or Léa Seydoux’s sex appeal, but we can look up to them and learn from their example. They use moisturiser and quality fragrances, lipstick and a bit of shimmering eye shadow. Parisiennes are feminine and charming, and yet they seem as if they don’t check themselves in the mirror before they left home. It is as though elegance has been given to them by nature. Impossible? Not really. In my opinion, all women are beautiful in our own way, regardless of whether we live in France, Italy or Slovenia, because style is a hereditary thing and I believe it’s closely linked to loving yourself and therefore indulging yourself in only the best things. This doesn’t mean the most expensive brands, far from it, it has more to do with wardrobe and accessories choices that make us look better. That is why I love fashion ‒ it has the power to transform any woman into a Parisienne, oh, excuse me, into a wonderful woman.