Coco Chanel, Brigitte Bardot, Ines de la Fressange, Charlotte Gainsbourg – they are but just a small fraction of style icons from France to stun the fashion world. Perhaps there’s something in the water they drink over in Paris? This effortless style is seen everywhere, even seemingly ordinary women seem to possess that certain je ne sais quoi in Paris.

Even on their way to work or just hanging out with girlfriends, French women have a way of making the simplest ensembles look like a million bucks. We are not sure whether it’s the beret, a scarf or a great pair of pants but we are on a quest to steal some of this impeccable Parisian style.

So what’s their secret? We went straight to a source, Honore Paris’s designer Axelle Oran – a true blue French woman – to impart a few tips.


Left: An effortlessly chic look from Honore Paris Collection #4. Right: The Justine dress

While we were stealing style advice from Oran, we also managed to get a sneak peek of Honore Paris’ Collection #4. Oran runs with the same concept for her fourth collection: to create reliable staples with an element of fun and that all important touch of Parisian chic. We were particularly taken by Justine – a 1960s shift dress with hearts emblazoned all over and a smart preppy sharp collar – that is also one of Oran’s favourites.

Honore Paris pieces are known for their natural fabrics but this time, Oran introduces a new linen and cotton blend that works perfectly for new styles like the jacket Georges. Synthetic materials rayon and cupro also make an appearance in this collection and lend their lightweight and breatheable qualities to the looks so we can channel breezy Parisian style even in our humid climate.

So this goes to prove that even if you live in sunny Singapore, you can still dress like a chic Parisian girl! Oran imparts her French style secrets to us in the video below so don’t forget to take notes!

The Honore Paris Collection #4 will be available from mid April 2014 at Level 3 Robinsons Orchard; Paperbag Princess at #02-27 Cluny Court; Level 2 Tangs Orchard; Rockstar by Soon Lee at #03-08 Orchard Cineleisure and 22 Orchard Road. For more information, go to www.honoreparis.com. Follow the brand on Facebook atwww.facebook.com/HonoreParis and Instagram @honoreparis.