What defines the French look? I meet with stylist, model and French cabaret star, Juliette Dragon, to get some French style tips.
Story for Vive La France, the French Travel Board’s Australian and New Zealand publication. Photo: Juliette Dragon Photo @pinuporama Ève Saint Ramon and Foxy Chris
French women have long held the reputation for being the most classy and sensual dressers in the world. But there’s more to the look than a pencil skirt and dainty scarf, says Paris-based style diva, Juliette Dragon. The one-time Gaultier model is also artistic director of Cabaret des Filles de Joie, the Ecole des Filles de Joie and the Paris Burlesque Festival, and is sought-after as a coach in deportment and stage arts, recently travelling to Sydney to give workshops. She reveals her tips for dressing like a French woman.
Which French celebrities and designers have a definite French Style?
Women such as Catherine Deneuve and Inès de la Fressange have a perfect French elegance, along with designers including Chantal Thomass, Sonia Rykiel, Christian Dior and the all time French fashion symbol, Coco Chanel.
How could one add a timeless French touch?
A silk Hermès scarf or a Chanel suit. They are expensive, but will last a lifetime in terms of style and quality.
What would you consider typically French makeup?
An impeccable foundation, and a trace of carbon-black eyeliner for an oeil de biche (doe-eyed) effect. Don’t use too many colours. For the lips, my French style tip would be to choose bright red lipstick or a light gloss for a natural look.
How does one create a French look beyond the attire?
The French style is very much about attitude: being playful, mischievous and rebellious. The smile is assertive and the pout is a delicious balance of sulkiness and charm.
Read my full story with Juliette Dragon’s Top 10 French Style Tips in Vive la France HERE.