The Woman Defining The Modern French-Girl Lifestyle
She smokes, she swears, she reads, she writes.
You find yourself in a new place, a storied city. Paris. Sitting down at the corner café, you start watching passers-by. Observing people, taking in the impressions and smells of your new surrounding.
Sometimes, a new place provides a freeing experience. You feel like a different person –slipping into a better version of yourself, adapting and indulging in your environment. Paris, especially, is said to have this effect on people. And specifically, on women.
Since the days of Brigitte Bardot and Jane Birkin there has been this myth around French women. The French women. The Parisian woman...or ‘La Parisienne’. A sense of cool, simplicity, timelessness and perfect imperfections. Today, women still try to embody it. They even travel to Paris hoping to get a whiff of it, or maybe even bring it back as the ultimate souvenir.
Without a doubt there is a modern day version of ‘La Parisienne,’ and for us, it is e-famous Jeanne Damas. Jeanne ticks all the boxes. Messy chocolate brown hair, red lips and perfectly fitted jeans. She smokes, she swears, she reads, she writes. She has this seemingly effortless style and attitude – giving her a distinguished charm and natural beauty. She enjoys sleeping in, long dinners and sunlit terraces – and not just on Sunday's. She'd be the first to tell you,“relaxation is the key to natural beauty.”
And that's just it. Jeanne agrees it's not just about the French woman or the French style. Nor is it about a fashion icon making a style-statement strutting the same white t-shirt and jeans everyday. In fact, it is about your surroundings. The lifestyle, the culture, the beauty of Paris – the inherent effect it has on people.
She even wrote a book about that: À Paris. It's not a book about style, or how to be emblematic of the La Parisienne. It's about 20 women living in Paris, all with different paths, origins, desires, personalities and different ways of being Parisienne.
As Jeanne sees it, there is not just one way to be Parisienne. It’s not a definition, it’s a feeling which all kinds of women can embody.
An ode to Paris. It’s about time to book that trip, isn't it?