If I learnt anything during the two months I spent working in the Paris it is this; everything you’ve heard about the French is true. They devour red wine and cheese like there’s no tomorrow (how French women stay so svelte is still a mystery to me). They’re capable of making you feel hideously gauche with little more than a meaningful look. They smoke like chimneys. But most of all they are impossibly and effortlessly chic. Since the dawn of time there’s always been a healthy rivalry between us Brits and our French contemporaries. But with The Hundred Years War well behind us, said rivalry is now of the sartorial persuasion. So it stands to reason that when London’s fashion elite headed to Paris in celebration of the new Burberry flagship store, a full on English V French fashion showdown ensued. Well, having not been able to attend the event myself (damn full time education) I can only assume that this was the case. And even if (more likely) it wasn’t, adding bit of drama into the mix just makes everything more entertaining.
Paris may be the home of Haute Couture but having spawned the likes of Alexander McQueen, Jonathan Saunders and of course, Burberry’s own Christopher Bailey, London can certainly hold it’s own in the style stakes. And who better to fly our fashion flag abroad than Alexa Chung, Rosie Huntington-Whitley and Cara Delevigne who descended on Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré adorned in Burberry’s new season finest.
|From left: Rosie Huntington-Whitley, Cara Delevigne and Alexa Chung all wearing Burberry|
In any other company, these Brit beauties would have sent the competition running for the hills but unsurprisingly French fashionista’s don’t scare so easily. Lou Lesage, Ludivine Sagnier, Lou Doillon and Audrey Marney gave their Burberry ensembles an elegant, Parisian twist and made for a fash-off to remember.
|From left: Melanie Laurent, Audrey Marney and Lou Lesage also all wearing Burberry|
You’ve heard the news, you’ve seen the snaps and only one question remains. Who wore it better, the English or the French? This time YOU decide…
Love Ella. X