FRENCH SAILOR CAPSULE

For SS16, ELLE magnifies the French Sailor in a special capsule collection, designed by Tamara Taichman.

This particular navy and white striped shirt was created in 1858 as the uniform for French seamen in Brittany.
Now known as the “Breton stripe”, the design was originally called “marinière” or “matelot”, and featured exactly 21 stripes, one for each of Napoleon’s victories.

In 1917, Coco Chanel introduced the classic French style to the fashion world with her nautical collection, elevating the look from traditional worker’s uniform to chic Parisian style.
Since then the popularity of the stripy top has remained strong and it never looks out of place in a contemporary wardrobe.
French women refer to it as “un basique”– a timeless classic and essential piece in their closet.
Today, more than ever, those famous stripes are still the star on the runway and on the ELLE magazine pages!

That’s why our favorite fashion editor, Tamara Taichman, chose to play with and added her twist on it. She has created an irresistible collection for a totally revisited style, daring the total look with stripes, from head to toe…
That is the Parisian lifestyle !

FRENCH SAILOR CAPSULE : THE VIDEO

 

FRENCH SAILOR CAPSULE : THE BEHIND THE SCENE