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Coquettish, frivolous and a total vamp after dark, this season, fashion’s darling, la Parisienne, makes an uber-glamorous return. Yes, ready-to-wear meets couture this season as the Parisienne look brings glamorous and dramatic silhouettes with bold shoulders, soft draping, ruffles and big bows taking centre stage.

The City of Lights inspired some of the season’s best colletions with classic French cuts, sassy stripes and rich fabrics. Channel French heroines Brigitte Bardot, Catherine Deneueve and Paris muses Loulou de la Falaise and Inès de la Fressange.

On the Autumn/Winter 2009 runways, daytime wear was influenced by Left Bank leanings with Breton stripes in cashmere or sequins and sharp French monochromatic separates. Evening wear took on a more bourgeois feel with extravagant and fanciful gold brocades, French-blue satins and rich reds in couture-like cascading ruffles.

The Parisienne darling reiged the runways of designers such as Marchesa, Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Erdem and Rosksanda Ilincic.

Lashings of sheer black stockings, glossy red lips, and just a glimpse of lingerie all add to the playful feel of the Parisienne look. Prepare to be seduced…

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