French fashion is effortless, polished, metropolitan, chic. The French did invent the word "chic," so it makes perfect sense that "chic" is the best way to describe Parisian style. Get the look right here at home. Here are some of our favorite brands, borrowed from the French:
Surface to Air is a French label that landed in Soho just last year. The look is classic Parisian meets edgy minimalism. It-girl Leigh Lezark and member of DJ trio the Misshapes and rapper Kid Cudi have even collaborated with the brand to create some coveted one-of-kind items the fashion set raves about. S2A is available at its flagship store and also available at Barneys.
27 Mercer St., New York, NY 10012 / 212-256-0340
Forget Me Not is a French accessories brand of exquisitely designed handcrafted silk scarves that are actually handmade in Italy. Designed by a French artist and illustrator who goes by Coco, each scarf represents Coco's artistic vision and can be worn by you. Just recently, Forget Me Not launched its new line of silk turbans. What can be more fashionable and French than that? Forget Me Not is available at Barneys.
575 5th Avenue, New York, NY / 888-222-7639
Maje is a clothing line founded by Moroccan-born designer Judith Milgram that perfectly exudes the quintessential French look. The style of Maje is classic, but also right on trend. Get the timeless Parisienne style at Maje's first U.S. store in Soho or Bloomingdales.
145 Spring St., New York, NY / 212-775-8330
Isabel Marant's eponymous line is a favorite among trendsetters and the fashion crowd around the world. Known for her gorgeous accessories, the French designer also provides a ready-to-wear line that makes fashion comfortable and chic. Visit the New York store or shop online at Net-a-Porter.
469 Broome St., New York, NY / 212-219-2284
Celine bags are some of the most coveted bags in the world. The French luxury brand is led by creative director Phoebe Philo, who has taken the French line to new heights with a ready-to-wear line along with the exquisite leather goods.
19 East 57th St., New York, NY / 212-931-2080