Emily in Paris! The show that poses and repeatedly answers the question “What if Carrie Bradshaw, only she’s a Millenial who has an actual job?”
The latest offering from Sex and the City and Younger creator Darren Star, Emily in Paris tells the continuing saga of … wait for it … a young woman named Emily, living in Paris. Is it more or less a flimsy framework upon which rests the show’s true raison d’etre, which is merely to have star Lily Collins parade around all the most photogenic parts of Paris making eyes (and more) at cute French guys in costumes provided by label queen extraordinaire Patricia Field? Darlings, of course it is. No tea no shade against Miss Collins, who does her best with a part that gets incredibly irritating incredibly quickly. Take Carrie’s predilection for egregious puns (“I’m petit-mortified!”) and Samantha Jones’ tendency to make everything sound like a double entendre, put her in the hottest looks of 2020, give her loads of fairly unearned self-confidence and a raft of French co-workers who consistently sexually harass and abuse her, and that’s pretty much the show and the character. Which isn’t to say it’s a waste of your time. On the contrary, despite it’s almost comforting stable of cliches (of course it’s very “ooh-la-la” about French people, who are all wine-swilling libertines and/or unconscionably rude), Emily in Paris is eminently watchable. Most episodes are less than thirty minutes and most of that time is passed in front of gorgeous Parisian scenarios while characters voice quick, quippy (if not exactly witty) dialogue at each other in cute outfits. Occasionally, a really hot guy gets kissed by her or goes down on her. It’s a hard show to hate, but a very easy one to stay continually annoyed with, right up to the final episode. Good for a homebound weekend and a couple bottles of wine, which make it particularly appropriate for these uncertain times.
There. That’s the mini-review, but let’s face it: you’re here for the clothes. And with good reason. Pat Field made her name turning Sarah Jessica Parker’s Carrie Bradshaw into a fashion icon and helping Anne Hathaway turn a killer pair of Chanel boots into an epic cinematic bitchslap in The Devil Wears Prada. You can see the DNA of both characters in Collins’ Emily, a marketing professional from Chicago who winds up with a dream job in Paris and a rising side career as a social media influencer. Field gives her the whimsy of someone who deeply enjoys using fashion to create herself (and clearly spends all of her inexplicable money on it) but also tries to maintain a certain unlikely sense of professionalism in her choices. Emily differs from Carrie in one really important way: she’s (supposed to be) very good at her job, with a Master’s in marketing and a head full of brilliant, unconventional, conversation-changing ideas. Yes, she’s as unlikely a character as your average superhero or wizard, which is why Field gave her a wardrobe just as unlikely – and unforgettable – as she is. The Emily look is bold and crisp, with little flair details like scarves tied around the neck, bag charms, eye-catching booties, loud prints and head-turning colors. It’s all too much, which makes it just right for her.
Kenzo Pink Cotton Poplin Floral and Logo Print Dress | Vivienne Westwood ‘Freed’ Boot
Alice + Olivia ‘Willa’ Photo Print Blouse | Ronny Kobo ‘Rida’ Snakeprint Mini Skirt | Aldo ‘Handful’ Bag | Christian Louboutin ‘Gorgona’ Boots
Ganni Silk Mix Top | Ganni Asymmetric Print Midi Skirt | Rag & Bone Black Studded Belt | Patricia Field Canary Hand Bag | Elie Saab High Heeled Sandal with Gold
Chanel Leather Chain Cardigan | Dope Tavio Patchwork Dress | Chanel ‘Round as Earth’ Bag | Vivienne Westwood ‘Freed’ Boot
Alexandre Vauthier Strapless Draped Stretch-silk Satin Bustier Top and Skirt | Yens ‘Face’ Acrylic Bag | Christian Louboutin ‘Xili’ Crisscross Metallic Leather Sandal
Keith Haring X Alice + Olivia Lonnie Graphic Reversible Silk Bomber Jacket | Asos Extreme Fringe Bag with Natural Handle | Tabi Split Toe Bootie Ankle Boot
Dolce&Gabbana Off-the-shoulder Lily Print Dress | Rag & Bone Black Studded Belt | Christian Louboutin ‘Agneska’ Pink Pump
Veronica Beard Check Blazer and Shorts | Chanel Iridescent Lambskin Quilted Bag | Christian Louboutin ‘Soval’ Ankle Strap Pump
Aje ‘Tilly” Dress | IRO ‘Asheville’ Jacket | Chanel ‘Evening by the Sea’ Clutch | Vivienne Westwood ‘Freed’ Boot
Kenzo Wool and Cashmere Coat | Chanel Calfskin Flap Bag with Coin Purse
Chanel Metallic Jacket | Dope Tavio Dress | Chanel Slim Bandeau Silk Twill Scarf | Dorateymur Stainless Ankle Boot
Chanel Green Jacket | Brandy Melville ‘Cara’ Skirt | Staud Mini Bissett Bag | Christian Louboutin ‘So Kate’ Collage Bootie
Aalto Cropped Knit Sweater | Awsaccy Phone Case | Chanel Quilted Bag | Dorateymur Stainless Ankle Boot
[Photo Credit: yoox.com, farfetch.com, intermixonline.com, aldo.com, christianlouboutin.com, patriciafield.com, theoutnet.com, aliexpress.com, asos.com, aliceandolivia.com, tabiousa.com, nordstrom.com, davidjones.com, saksfifthavenue.com, chanel.com, zalando.fr, matchesfashion.com, lemlo.com, staud.com, Courtesy of Stéphane Rolland, macys.com, msgmarchive.com, eliessab.com, ebay.com, Carole Bethuel/Netflix]
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