Check out the latest quirky outfits gracing Emily In Paris12/21/2021
C’est bon! Just when you needed a dose of glamour, TV’s most joyously escapist show is back. Check out the latest quirky outfits gracing Emily In Paris
Emily In Paris is objectively not a good show. It’s full of cliches and unrealistic scenarios and is nothing like the Paris I know.
But that’s exactly what its viewers want, and, I am delighted to reveal what the new series — which starts tomorrow — delivers, just in time for a well-deserved TV binge far, far removed from pandemics and reality.
There’s something hypnotic about seeing Paris through American-tinted glasses. Everything is still simple, everyone is beautiful and you don’t have to concentrate to know you’re going to smile throughout.
Despite being a love letter to the French capital, the show feels like it was made by someone who has never been there, or met a French person.
It’s specifically a vision of Paris found in the imagination of an American tourist.
In this fantasy version, every glance of the city is of a filtered cobbled street with the Eiffel Tower peeking above the skyline, and every problem can be solved by being more American: the French work ethic, the French flexible view of monogamy, they’re all issues to be fixed by a plucky American girl.
There’s something hypnotic about seeing Paris through American-tinted glasses. Everything is still simple, everyone is beautiful and you don’t have to concentrate to know you’re going to smile throughout
It’s the outfits worn by Lily Collins, who plays Emily, that offer half the appeal, with this season featuring a mixture of designer, High Street and vintage pieces.
Reminiscent of early Sex And The City, every outfit is A Look, whether Emily is popping to the market to buy groceries or catching an overnight train.
That doesn’t mean they’re always good looks. There is one particular ensemble in episode three that features billowing striped harem trousers, a flat cap and a fur-lined cardigan that would get any real woman immediately kicked out of France.
My favourite fact about Emily In Paris is that when Netflix created it, the name was meant to rhyme. Viewers were supposed to say Paris in a cheesy French accent (EM-I-LY In PAR-EE), but obviously nobody does, because how were we supposed to know this? It’s a kind of deluded optimism that permeates the whole show.
It makes perfect sense that it’s being released for Christmas because that’s exactly when we crave this kind of unrealistic television. And I happily binge-watched the second season as quickly as I did the first.
It’s the outfits worn by Lily Collins, who plays Emily, that offer half the appeal, with this season featuring a mixture of designer, High Street and vintage pieces
The only problem is that, while trying to create friction, the show has endangered the audience’s relationship with Emily.
At the end of season one we see her sleep with her only French friend Camille’s boyfriend Gabriel. In the new season she is not exactly forthcoming with this tiny detail. You think a real friend might be keen to know.
While I will happily watch a woman in the midst of a love triangle, I’m far less inclined to root for a character that’s an awful friend, even if her dress sense does make addictive viewing.
AND THE CLOTHES . . .
The French hated it. And reviewers likened the experience to being gassed ahead of a molar extraction. Yet Emily In Paris had the last laugh, with 58 million households watching in the first month alone — Netflix’s most popular comedy series of last year.
But it was the costumes, an unrealistic riot of clashing patterns and colours, which proved a big talking point — from the Alice + Olivia Eiffel Tower shirt that so horrified both French critics and Emily’s colleagues at Savoir, the PR company where Emily works (but which in real life, sold out just hours after the episode’s release) to the star’s much-derided take on the cliched beret.
Perhaps it’s no surprise, given that the show’s costume chief is Patricia Field, the woman behind Carrie’s Sex And The City wardrobe, in cahoots with French costume designer Marylin Fitoussi.
For season two, expect even more overly-enthusiastic outfits, with items from Chanel, Balmain and Christian Louboutin — plus a vast array of berets and bucket hats. But, as Femail discovered, there are also some High Street numbers and vintage finds thrown in.
So here’s the lowdown on the looks we will all want to wear from the new series . . .
Button swoon: Balmain short pink tweed high-waisted skirt, £1,250
Outfit that’s a real Eiffel: Dolce & Gabbana silk-blend crepe de chine mini dress, £1,665; Louboutin caracaba bag, £1,314; Marimekko hat designed by Annika Rimala in 1966
Simply frilling: Magali Pascal botanic dress, £402; Terry de Havilland heels, £285; Miu Miu sunglasses, £285; Nach Bijoux necklace, £7
Cutting the mustard: La Compagnie Contemporaine vintage jumpsuit, £1,800; Oliver Bonas has a similar beret to this vintage one, for £22
Lady in red: Tulle dress by H&M x Giambattista Valli, £300
French fancy: Hermes 1980s silk bomber jacket, price unknown; Self-Portrait mini dress, £270
Rosy-tinted view of Paris: Pink Fendi blouse from spring 2000 collection with a Versace vintage abstract sea-life print dres
Perfectly wrapped: Rotate Birger Christensen pink bow dress, £329
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