Veronika visited Chlóe in Paris during Haute Couture last week and shows us her everyday favorites
I gave a rundown of all the shows, collections and parties we liked the most during Paris Couture last week. What I was up to in “real time” during and in between all the appointments and engagements – and most importantly, what I wore to them – that’s what this article is about.
For me, the answer to the question of how I dress chicly enough for such a special event, but at the same time relaxed enough that I can feel good in what I’m wearing for the whole day, is always the same. My preference is to wear flowing silk gowns and cocktail dresses with my favorite basics. Maybe it’s also a bit of that German pragmatism in me that combines my love for the romantic with the practical.
Pure happiness: that’s what I call being a #ChloéGirl. Because this French house founded in 1952 by Gaby Aghion is exactly that through and through: the address for the perfect dress for every occasion, to buy immediately (aka pret-à-porter), so simple and beautiful that women have been drawn to the dresses like magnets since forever.
This wonderful silk georgette dress is made, of course, for a summer party. With tights and simple sneakers, however, it’s the perfect companion for my fashion appointment marathon in gray Paris. I’m already getting excited about my last duty of the evening – that would be dancing – during my morning coffee and homemade granola at the Hôtel du Temps. Preferably at Le Montana or Chez Castel and, of course, there’s no time to change.
For a dinner at Caviar Kaspia – the restaurant where Carine Roitfeld throws down glasses of vodka and where Kanye likes to sit by the window in the back to be able to watch the wild goings on – I happily lay it on thick. The romantic flowing dress fits perfectly to the classic wood paneling and the blue tablecloth.
For a small nightcap at the Hemingway Bar and my way home, I put on a turtleneck underneath and walk a few meters (=my workout/oxygen supply to be able to “perform” again the next day).
Speaking of performing, I admit that I’m a creature of habit. Maybe that’s also my way of getting through all the trips I make, to adopt my own personal routine in all places. So for a civilized lunch after a wild night, I happily land on GO: that would be the Caviar Kaspia. The big shows have all been seen, now there’s just any number of re-sees, fittings and meetings ahead. This cotton camisole from Look 1 of Chloé’s SS17 show is perfect for that. I wear this new favorite piece to lunch with my favorite jeans.
My preference is definitely for small bags. The trick is always having a larger one for all the necessities along, too. The Faye Bag is perfectly suited for that. And as a big fan of the 70s, the patchwork version is my absolute favorite.
For my personal Couture Week finale, when I’m putting together all I’ve seen, packing my bag and am making my way to the next “adventure”, I like to keep it super simple. Or rather I also have to say that these super-chic, high-waisted wool pants with sailor buttons are such a special piece that everything else should be in the background.
My jewelry is my personal lucky charm. I always wear the same pieces. Only when my outfits are showier will I hide one necklace or the other under layers of clothing. Another habit of mine: I always bring too much and also the wrong shoes. Unfortunately, these sandals couldn’t have withstood the cold weather even with socks. But I am looking forward to when the weather finally gets there!
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Photos: Sandra Semburg
Hair & Make-up: Arzu Kücük
– In collaboration with Chloé –
Born and raised in Munich/Germany, Veronika’s professional career has developed from being a model to a fashion editor, to online luxury retailing and most recently style editor of Harpers Bazaar Germany. She currently lives in Berlin where in the beginning of 2015 she started a company with Julia Knolle, the ex-editor at large of Vogue Digital.
Oh, and she loves pugs!