The 4 Commandments of French Girl Style

Bastille Day is just around the corner, and while you pack your picnics of baguettes and brie, we vote to also pay tribute to one of the most iconic fixtures of French culture: fashion.

Oo la la! So as we sift through our wardrobes honing in on all things striped, we ask ourselves what makes French girl fashion just so alluring. From Coco Chanel to Emmanuelle Alt, French fashion has many faces, but all equally covet-worthy. So today, we’re breaking down the 4 commandments of French fashion: because if we can’t be sipping rose at the Tour Eiffel, we’d at least like to look the part.

1) Don’t Do Too Much: Contrary to its Italian counterpart, French fashion is all about fuss-free understated elegance.
2) Borrow From The Boys: The tailored lines characteristic of well-made menswear translates to female fashion: think blazers, trousers and overcoats.
3) Tread Lightly With Trends: French girls don’t obsess over fleeting, trendy pieces. Instead they invest in classic staples that are equally chic year after year
4) Be Mindful of The Big Picture: Think daring silhouettes and bold, structural details, as opposed to over-accessorizing or exaggerated glamour.

The Summer Hat Is Your New Best Friend

Shying away from the harmful UV rays that summer sun brings? We’ve got a solution that’s equal parts stylish and functional.

☀California dreaming

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Cue the item that you should become inseparable with this season: your summer sunhat. Of course, SPF is still of the utmost importance, but you can breathe a little easier knowing that your face is catching a break by way of shade.

Now that we’ve covered practicality’s bases, we can dive straight in to the sunhat’s stylish offerings. A wide-brimmed hat will infuse 70’s flare into your fashion vernacular. If retro glam isn’t quite your tune, an updated fedora, panama or even trilby can offset even the most feminine of dresses to balance your warm-weather aesthetic. But what we love most is a hat’s ability to disguise a bad hair day or an otherwise lackluster outfit. The extra accessory is a must-have for executing laid back meets finished.

So say goodbye to burns and basicness, and say hello to your favorite topper.

Shop Summer hats here!

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Bijou Van Ness Featured in The Knot Magazine

We’re excited to have Bijou Van Ness featured in the Summer 2015 issue of The Knot Magazine.

Check out the Summer 2015 issue of The Knot Magazine. BVN is featured on page 310.

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Hats Off to Amal Alamuddin Clooney

When Amal Clooney came on the scene (as Amal Alamuddin), she was given instant fashion icon status. Amal is undeniably chic, confident and she has the brains to match! What really won us over about Amal though was her effortless ability to rock a hat. She’s been spotted around town (and on her wedding day!) incorporating the hat into her style.

Amal started out the weekend of her Venice wedding in a gorgeous black and white Dolce and Gabbana dress. She also happened to be toting around a Venezia hat box. The vintage feel of a hat box can almost make an outfit as glamorous as a hat itself-almost.

amal clooney hat box

For the civil ceremony, Amal wore a Stella McCartney two piece Bespoke suit with black detail. She finished the look off with a wide brim hat with ribbon detail that matched her suit.

george clooney and amal alamuddin

The newlywed was seen again sporting a ladylike red hat box with a navy gingham dress. Her attention to detail is impeccable-note the scarf tied to the hat box.

amal clooney red hat box purse

Amal is obviously a fan of the floppy hat. She was seen out shopping, wearing a floral jumpsuit, jean jacket and casual wide brim hat.

amal alamuddin hat

Finally, here’s Amal epitomizing airport style. She looks comfy and cute, with her huge hat box in tow. If only we could see what’s inside!

amal alamuddin airport sytle hat box

 

6 Iconic Celebrity Hats

In the world of fashion, a hat can arguably be one of the most transformative pieces. A well-designed hat can make a statement in a way that no other accessory can. Styles may have transitioned through the eras, but there have been a few standout headpieces over time. We’ve complied some of the most iconic hats that, in their own way, are pieces of art.

Lady Gaga’s no stranger to head adornments, but this Philip Treacy Lobster hat was a fan favorite.

Lady Gaga Lobster Hat

Before Lady Gaga was on the scene, Grace Jones was Philip Treacy’s biggest fan. Her famous styles run the gamut from surrealist headpieces to edgy mohawk head toppers.

grace jones philip treacy

At the height of the flapper era, Marlene Deitrich served as an empowering female role model in her androgynous get up and sleek top hat.

Marlene Deitrich top hat

The bowler hat is often associated with Charlie Chaplin, as he used it as part of his famous “Charlie Chaplin Hat Trick”.

charlie chaplin hat

Coco Chanel, who got her start in fashion as a milliner, often kept her outfits sleek and modern by wearing a simple hat.

coco chanel hat

Jackie O.’s chic pillbox hats made a lasting impression, as the hat is seen in different variations today.

jackie kennedy pillbox hat

The variety of hats has made it so it’s an ever-changing art that is here to stay. Which style did you find the most interesting?

Quote of the Week: Anais Nin

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“I must be a mermaid, I have no fear of depths, and a great fear of shallow living.” – Anais Nin

Celebrities Storm Paris Fashion Week

If fashion month is a race, consider Paris fashion week the final sprint. The famous faces that were missing from London and Milan resurfaced in Paris, ready to oogle the crème de la crème of fashion’s most iconic designers.

Dior, Louis Vuitton and Miu Miu’s shows blew us away with high fashion so gorgeous our hearts nearly stopped, but the celeb turnout was equally notable in our books.

Thank you again @nicolasghesquiereofficial and @louisvuitton for another year of your greatness ❤️

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Young starlet Selena Gomez was a vision in vintage-inspired prints at Louis Vuitton.

navy, cream and gold; in soft waves and secret smiles // your @chloe lady yesterday

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Lorde donned a softer-than-usual ensemble while front row at Chloe.

Givenchy Show

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A platinum blonde Kim Kardashian oozed sex appeal at Givenchy.

Quote of the Week: Albert Einstein

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“I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious.” -Albert Einstein

5 Iconic Vintage Celebrity Wedding Dresses

While the white gown has remained a staple in modern weddings, the beautiful detail and nostalgic touch of vintage gowns set them apart. We’ve pulled together some of the most famous celebrity vintage dresses that could serve as some inspiration or simply leave you in awe.

When Elizabeth Taylor got married (for the first time) to Conrad “Nicky” Hilton Jr. she wore this classic lace and ivory satin dress with pearl embroidery. The dress was made by MGM studios chief designer Helen Rose, who also created Grace Kelly’s wedding dress.

Elizabeth Taylor Conrad Hilton Wedding

Audrey Hepburn and Mel Ferrer married in 1954. Hepburn wore this amazing high collared and bouncy sleeved dress by French fashion designer Pierre Balmain. Her delicate flower crown completed the feminine wedding look.

audrey hepburn mel ferrer wedding

Grace Kelly’s iconic gown worn in 1956 during her wedding to Prince Rainer III has been said to be the best remembered wedding dresses since the mid 20th century. The gown, also designed by MGM costume designer Helen Rose, featured a high neck, long sleeves, fitted torso and billowing skirt. The bust was made of 125-year-old Brussels rose pint lace. As if the gown wasn’t elegant enough, she dawned a gorgeous crown and lace veil.

grace kelly wedding dress

Brigitte Bardot went down the less traditional path when she chose to wear a pink gingham mid length dress by Jacques Estrel to her 1959 wedding. The dress was flirty and fun, much like the actress herself.

Brigitte Bardot Wedding

In 1953, Anne Lowe designed Jackie Kennedy’s infamous gown worn during her marriage to John F. Kennedy. The voluminous gown featured off the shoulder sleeves, a bouffant style skirt and a fitted top. The detail throughout the dress was impeccable, with mini wax flowers adorning the skirt, and 50 yards of ivory silk taffeta.

Wedding Portrait Of Jacqueline Bouvier