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  • Culture

    In the details: Stylist Dee Jenner on French festival style, vintage shopping secrets and nailing Parisienne chic

    By Noelle Faulkner 15 October 2018

    When it comes to French style, there are many cliches and icons that might spring to mind – Breton striped t-shirts, berets, Broderie Anglaise….the list goes on. And with thousands of articles and fashion shoots dedicated to French style, you’d think by now we’d all have French-girl exhaustion. But that hasn’t stopped much of the world still (if secretly) yearn to possess the effortlessness and confidence of Parisian women.

    One Sydney-based stylist who we think nails the effortlessness of the French, but with a touch of Scandi minimalism and Australian coolness, is Dee Jenner, a former ELLE editor and also the founder of details, an online vintage store and best-kept secret of Australia’s style set. As a fellow Francophile and fierce vintage shopper, we asked Dee to give her best festival-dressing advice, her vintage shopping secrets and how to build an effortlessly chic wardrobe.

    How would you describe French style and why do you think we all want to emulate it so much?

    Whether it’s wild hair or a gap tooth smile, the French seem to embrace what other women might see as imperfections, and with that confidence comes an effortless allure which we all want to emulate. I think French women also focus on stocking their wardrobes with great basics that are both chic and comfortable (I’ve never seen anyone on the streets of Paris awkwardly struggling in too-high heels!) and this gives a true sense of innate style as opposed to just being a follower of the latest trends in fashion. French style is nonchalant, easy and practical while still emanating a certain magic or “je ne sais quoi”, as they say!

    What French muses, films, artists, musicians or books do you look to for inspiration?

    Model Elodie Christ was my muse for the fourth vintage capsule from details. She is so heavenly, the perfect details girl! In terms of style, I think It-girls Jeanne Damas and Sabina Socol always look great. I also love looking at old photographs of Brigitte Bardot, Vanessa Paradis, Laeticia Casta, Françoise Hardy & Catherine Deneuve for inspiration – I have a Pinterest board full of them! La Piscine is an old French film from 1969 by Jacques Deray which is worth a watch for the wardrobe alone and Jeune et Jolie (Young & beautiful), Lila dit ça (Lila Says) & The Dreamers (not French but set in Paris) are modern, sensual films with alluring female leads. Finally, I love listening to Melody’s Echo Chamber, while I work. The self titled album from Melody Prochet (and produced by her boyfriend at the time, Tame Impala frontman Kevin Parker) always makes me feel as though I’m back in Paris

    For those dressing for SFSC19 this year, what advice do you have for those wanting to “Frenchify” their festival look without feeling too cliched?

    A beautiful vintage cane basket is the perfect way to carry all your picnic essentials while channelling Jane Birkin (who was actually British but adopted as a French muse!) Skip the eye make up and instead choose a vibrant berry red lip. I like RMS Beauty’s Lip2Cheek in Illusive which you can dab on with your fingers to get that effortless, imperfect French girl feel. Finally a cute printed midi dress is both easy to sit in and breezy for a picnic in the hot summer sun, I love this polka dot number by Faithfull.

    As the founder of Details, you’re an expert vintage shopper  – what are some of the tricks of the trade when it comes to shopping and styling vintage?

    When sourcing vintage I tend to stick to good quality basics such as Levis 501s jeans, wool aran knits, silk slip dresses and mens cotton shirting. These pieces are classics that never date and always look fresh and modern. Before purchasing I always try something on to get an idea of the fit and have stopped buying anything that needs alterations – I just never get around to it! I like to style my vintage pieces with a modern shoe or bag. For accessories I can never go past Chloé, another French favourite of mine.

    If we wanted to emulate Parisienne style all year round, what should be on our must-have lists?

    A great pair of high waisted slightly flared trousers to wear back with a simple white ribbed tank in summer or a crew neck cashmere sweater (another must-have) in the cooler months. I love Nathalie Dumeix’s Jeanne trouser and this vintage pair! Also, a low heel is a practical but stylish addition to your wardrobe – Miista, By Far & Mansur Gavriel all have great options.

    As a world traveller and lover of the joie de vivre, can you share three to five French-related addresses in your black book? 

    Kilo store to buy your weight in vintage gems. 69-71 Rue de la Verrerie, 75004 Paris, France

    Hotel Amour for brunch (or afternoon drinks!) 8 Rue de Navarin, 75009 Paris, France

    Le Comptoir Général for a fun night out. 80 Quai de Jemmapes, 75010 Paris, France

    A trip south to Marseille; escape the city & swim in the sea at beautiful Calanque de Sugiton.

    And finally La Renaissance Patisserie does the most amazing cheese croissant that will make you forget that you’re still in Sydney! 47 Argyle St, The Rocks NSW 2000

    Check out Dee’s finely curated store details. , https://www.thedetailsstore.com/

     

    Join us :  So Frenchy So Chic, Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney festivals, January 11, 13 and 19, 2019. Book here.

     

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