Article by Meredith Keeve a.k.a. The Wandering Parisian
Virginie Mouzat is the fashion and lifestyle editor of French Vanity Fair
Ms. Mouzat is a terrific example of how a 50+ French woman looks absolutely stylish and fabulous with a cleverly edited wardrobe and a defined style.
I recently posted several photos of Virginie Mouzat to my FabAfterFifty.uk pinterest board because I was struck by how well photos of the fashion journalist represented all the ‘rules’ that help guide the Parisian wardrobe and make French women look incredibly chic on a consistent basis.
Ms. Mouzat clearly has a ‘uniform’: lots of separates, mostly trousers, though sometimes there are skirts, in neutral colours that she mixes and matches and wears repeatedly. Her particular signatures are two: amazing shoes (some stilettos that terrify me!) and extraordinary and sculptural pieces of jewelry.
There are lots of black trouser looks, consistently paired with an interesting jacket in an unusual cut, lots of boots in different heels and shapes paired both with trousers and skirts. There are grey pieces mixed in, often with black, maintaining this very neutral background to set off the woman in the clothes. She has that wonderful French habit of mixing navy with everything, setting it off against black, grey and even brown.
She also uses print pieces very effectively; there is a black and white print blouse that appears several times in online photos, and a print skirt with a zipper up the front that also makes several appearances. But the prints are two colours only, often black and white, occasionally navy and white. There are a couple of leopard pieces, notably a coat worn over all back, and amazing leopard shoes and boots that add daring to all those neutrals.
What is particularly striking for such a frequently photographed fashion editor is her obvious lack of concern about being seen twice in the same pieces. I did not take the time to source the actual garments shown, it would seem safe to assume that she has access and resources to wear top designers. But no matter who is making or selling the clothes she wears, it seems very obvious to me that this 50+ Parisienne has found her style and makes the most of it.
A note of thanks to Francois Goize who kindly allowed us to use his photos for this feature.
Credit: Photo (c) François Goizé for Vanity Fair France