Clare Vivier’s Three French Style Icons
The designer identifies the critical components of Parisian style so that you too can put effort into looking effortlessly chic.
“The first time that I went to Paris was when I moved there,” says Clare Vivier, whose bags have a certain no-fuss polish that would make those Frenchies proud. “It was really scary, but when you’re 24, you kind of just know you can do it.” These are the three women who constantly dot Clare’s inspiration board (pictured above) now that she’s back in the U.S. of A. All of the images are pulled from Clare’s files—she’s also a self-described magazine junkie.
Clockwise from top left: Charlotte in Vogue Paris, Emmanuelle in Madame Figaro Japon, Sigrid in T Magazine.
“Charlotte has a way of making faded jeans, flats, a trench coat, and a T-shirt just work really well.”
“She looks so incredibly cool and relaxed. Her jackets are always short in the arms—you can see her wrists—and big shoulders really look good on her.”
Sigrid de l’Epine
“She works for Balenciaga—I love her. She’s this classic French woman, in skinny pants, heels, wrist wraps, leather adornments.”
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Clare Vivier’s Very Favorite Places in Silverlake
The leather maven is a regular at these five spots.
“Taix is a really old-school French restaurant—the interior hasn’t changed in 30 years, and the waiters have been there forever. I love to eat steak frites in the bar area.” (taixfrench.com)
“It’s just the best coffee. I usually get an espresso, and they serve it with a little glass of sparkling water. I think that’s really cute.” (intelligentsiacoffee.com)
“My very favorite restaurant is Forage. I eat there at least once a week and order the kale and arugula salad with lemon vinaigrette and toasted breadcrumbs on top.” (foragela.com)
Mohawk General Store
“I got a pair of silver Rachel Comey loafers there last year, and I feel like she should release them again because I get so many compliments on them! There’s a Raquel Allegra coat in a nubby, boiled wool that I want right now.” (mohawkgeneralstore.net)
“This is a super cute little market on Echo Park Avenue. Any time you don’t have an idea of what to cook, they’ll help you figure it out. It seems like a small store with a small selection, but they’ll be like, ‘Oh! Just take this arugula, this mint, and peas…’ Which is nice—to have your selection totally slimmed down.” (cookbookla.com)