France is regarded as a country at the cutting edge of fashion and one of the world’s leading fashion nations. Since the 16th century, France has been leading the way and through the 19th and 20th centuries, many of the leading fashion brands have emanated from France. Here we look at how the country became a leader in world fashion and how the French capital in particular, has rediscovered its mojo and is lighting up the fashion world again.
History of fashion in France
It is probably possible to trace the origins of French fashion right back to the reign of Louis XIV who enjoyed having his clothes made in the most luxurious fabric. It therefore made sense, in the 19th century when people wanted to have clothes made especially for them (haute couture), that this industry would flourish in France and in particular Paris. The French capital gradually became home to many fashion designers who would give their name to brands that are familiar to everyone today, including Chanel, Dior, Givenchy and later Balmain and Yves St Laurent.
What is happening in French fashion today?
The Independent recently reported that in Paris there is a buzz again around all things fashionable. After a period of quiet following the terrorist attacks in Paris in November 2015, recent times have seen a rise in the number of new designers who are being recognised on the Paris fashion scene as well as a revival of some established brands and other
brands taking on new designers.
The key to French fashion, particularly for women, is that less is more. The majority of French women will team items such as womens skinny designer jeans like the ones from www.cuba-clothing.com/. among others with a top that came from the high street. However, one of the key areas where French women do not seem to compromise is on shoes and accessories, so if the French ‘look’ is a trend you are aiming to replicate then it is worth spending that little bit more on your shoes and handbags which can lift an outfit that came from the high street.
So next time you get dressed, there’s every chance that what you are wearing probably had its origins somewhere in a French fashion house before it found a home on the high street.