Since its premiere earlier this month, Netflix's Emily in Paris has grabbed headlines with its ambiguously aged protagonist, hunky love interests, and closet full of designer looks that a recent university graduate shouldn't be able to afford (unless she has a trust fund). The popular series stars Lily Collins as Emily Cooper, a young 20-something woman who moves from Chicago to Paris to take on a job at a luxury marketing firm.
Throughout the first season, her unabashed American-isms cause friction with her colleagues, including her intense fashion sense — a departure from the French je ne sais quoi. And while her boss Sylvie may find her over-the-top, we think her fashion sense is right on the mark.
Here, L'Officiel charts the five trends that Emily in Paris took straight off the Fall/Winter 2020 runways.
If there's one French stereotype that we all know and love, it's the beret. This versatile accessory is an unassuming but still chic addition to any look. Emily leans into the "American in Paris" vibe by co-opting the beret on several occasions. In this scene, the young ingénue pairs a simple red beret with a checked jacket and shorts from Veronica Beard.
Adding a dash (okay, a ton) of colour to her winter wardrobe, the fresh-faced lead hits the streets of Paris in a blindingly bright pink coat from Kenzo, layered over a matching pink sweater, skirt, heels and socks. While a head-to-toe monochrome moment isn't for everyone, an elegant pink coat is nevertheless this season's statement piece.
Be warned, there are spoilers ahead!
In episode five, Emily scares away couturier and potential client Pierre Cadault with her Eiffel Tower bag charm, for which he dubs her ringarde (“basic”). Not one to accept defeat, Emily hunts him down at the ballet, winning him over with her honest confession of her love of fashion and Gossip Girl — the bag charm was a noughties trend that Serena van der Woodsen rocked throughout the Upper East Side.
In fact, it was Karl Lagerfeld who introduced bag charms to the fashion world with the "Karlito" charm at Fendi's Fall/Winter 2014 show. More recently, the Italian house fashioned an Airpods case into a bag charm, thanks to a collaboration with London-based brand Chaos.
After struggling to adapt, Emily finally manages to make a French gal pal (and the epitome of French chic), Camille. In this checked dress from See by Chloé, actress Camille Razat demonstrates how less really can be more. Major labels like Dior and Burberry have made this pattern a longtime signature, found in their archives as well as on their runways.
Little Black Dress
No wardrobe is complete without a little black dress. In the second episode, Emily dons a strapless number by Alexandre Vauthier that conjures up thoughts of Audrey Hepburn. The power of an LBD is infinite, which is why it’s a runway staple at luxury houses like Marc Jacobs and Fendi.