Whilst the story may have started for this brand back in 1995, my love affair with Comptoir des Cotonniers came to light today after spotting some beaut spring yellow and ice blue printed denim in Grazia.
Now, before I go on to rave about my new fashion obsession, I should point out that I do tend to get a little light headed when it comes to all things French – and yes, this does include the men and those epically styled Gossip Girl episodes. But, beyond my yearly lust to be at Cannes and my craving for just one more Coutume coffee, Parisian style codes and the French way of dressing is something I’ve long adhered to. As a firm believer that good fashion sense is all about reflecting your own attitude, moods and individual state of mind, I love that the Comptoir woman appears a free spirited bourgeoise who freely plays with trends, shapes and styles by creatively striking a style balance between timeless chic and that little something avant-garde.
For 2013 the brand takes on ready-to-wear spring/summer trends like florals, geometric prints and masculine tailoring with a refreshing ”cool-couture” design aesthetic. It turns out that the pretty pastel denim I initially liked is from their new Floral Summer collection by a young Canadian designer, Calla Haynes. After living in Paris for ten years, this rising fashion star has put together a 15 piece edit filled with dresses, pants and skirts that feature her exclusive and oh-so stunning hydrangea print in 5 S/S13 shades – each one perfect for creating a delicately urban style statement.
Browsing through the rest of their womenswear collection, there’s everything from Chanel-inspired stripes to sports luxe trousers but my favourite items have to be the structured tux blazers and the spring ready coloured leather jackets. Here are a few other pieces from their e-boutique that made my spring/summer wishlist…
(Images taken from Comptoir des Cotonniers’ S/S13 Look Book which can be found here.)
During my last trip to the French fashion capital, I sat armed with beaten up notes from Inès De La Fressange’s book on Parisian dressing, pondering the reasons why French women always seem to look so great. Devouring pastries in Café de Flore and heading out to street spot the many, many stylish ladies strolling down Boulevard Saint-Germain, I noticed that whether their look be effortlessly Parisienne in a classic spring trench or ho-hum bourgeois in statement prints, the fashion rule the french actually live by is to have fun and feel comfortable in whatever they wear – an attitude Comptoir des Cotonniers beautifully reflects.
– Comptoir des Cotonniers
Words © Francine Heath.
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