Earn Your Stripes
Resort collections used to be called cruise which was probably because everyone used to take a cruise in the winter months for some fun in the sun and to prevent “seasonal affective disorder.” I always assumed this is why there is so much red, white, and blue and sailor stripes hitting stores in the winter. Or perhaps it’s due to Coco Chanel who stole the French sailor’s striped shirt for her 1917 nautical collection. The original Breton striped shirt was the uniform of French sailors in Brittany. There were 21 stripes to represent each of Napoleon’s victories over the British.
The striped shirt and its incarnations have been seen on celebrities and fashionistas for years and they are also on the cover of the March 2015 J.Crew catalog. The closest to the original are are made by Saint James but even Everlane has gotten into the act with their new striped boatneck shirts. Other favorites include Chance Co. and Kule Stripes which are coming soon.
Vive le Stripes!
French singer and “it girl” Caroline de Maigret wearing stripes during fashion week.
Emma Stone in the Independent Spirit Awards in Michael Kors Pre-Fall 2015 Stripes that will be available after June.
Singer Joan Baez
Andy Warhol and Edie Sedgwick.
Ines de la Fressange
Cary Grant in To Catch a Thief.
Even canines love Everlane stipes.
Vogue Paris editor in chief Emmanuelle Alt wears stripes to Paris Fashion Week so I might have to pack some too.
Moda Operandi founder Lauren Santo Domingo has also been seen wearing stripes to Paris Fashion Week in a way that I know Coco Chanel would definitely approve.
I really love striped shirts with full skirts such as the one above and below in Paris. I guess I better make some more room in my suitcase!