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23 French Clothing Brands You Might Not Know, but Definitely Should

When you think of French clothing brands, it’s the iconic fashion houses—Dior, Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent, Celine—that probably come to mind. Their designs are stunning and totally worthy of a dream wish list, but they’re not exactly the most practical or affordable. Luckily a number of chic and budget-friendly Parisian labels have popped up in recent years, making it insanely easy to channel those French girl vibes for less.

French style consistently appeals to so many of us because it’s an effortlessly elegant vibe that can make us feel like our truest self. It’s all about ease, and most women across the Atlantic don’t really care for throwaway, high-street styles. What do they care about is clothing that’s well-made and versatile—pieces that read polished without trying too hard.

You won’t see red berets or ballet flats in here, but what you will find are simultaneously essential and fresh designs that can slip seamlessly into your wardrobe. The French fashion brands listed below also have a consistent point of view (that je ne sais quoi, if you will), so you don’t have to worry about adding something to cart today that will look dated tomorrow. Shop 23 of the best French clothing brands ahead.

Maje

With its fashionable silhouettes and edgy-but-subtle details, Maje’s pieces always feel current. The brand has grown in popularity since it opened doors stateside in 2011, and is currently stocked at major retailers like Nordstrom and Bloomingdales. 

Overshirt-Style Ecru Jacket

$525$315

Maje

Mohair Cardigan with Fancy Buttons

$340$238

Maje

Sandro

We can’t talk about Maje without mentioning Sandro—its slightly more polished sister brand. Check them out if your style leans classic since they make quality basics with a twist. Think boyfriend blazers, embellished jeans, and ruffled white button-downs.

Breton Sweater with Contrasting Cables

$340$204

Sandro

Cowboy Style Boots

$425$255

Sandro

Veja

Meet the sneakers that are about to be a staple in your closet (if they’re not already). Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton both love Veja’s white sneakers, and for good reason: They’re sustainably made and pair well with anything already in your wardrobe.

Veja Esplar Sneakers

$120

Nordstrom

Veja V-10 Sneakers

$140

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Ba&sh

Fans of Maje and Sandro will love Ba&sh for its similar selection of trendy pieces at affordable price points. We’re partial to its printed blouses and sweatshirts to dress up (or down) a pair of jeans.

opus. Print Blouse

$275$137.50

Ba&sh

tarah. Sweatshirt

$170$102

Ba&sh

Zadig & Voltaire

“Boho chic” is the first thing that comes to mind with Zadig & Voltaire. Its lace-paneled camisoles, teddy coats, and slouchy knits will give your current wardrobe some serious attitude. 

Zadig & Voltaire Christy Velvet Blouse

$198

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Zadig & Voltaire Fun Curly Jacket

$498

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Isabel Marant

From Katie Holmes to Beyoncé to Gigi Hadid, Isabel Marant and her eponymous diffusion line Isabel Marant Étoile have a serious celeb following. Her accessories and ready-to-wear designs are instantly recognizable (she was the first to make sneaker wedges a fashion must-have, btw), and somehow never go out of style.

Isabel Marant Étoile Moby Ombré Logo Sweatshirt

$275

Nordstrom

Isabel Marant Elise Blouson Sleeve Sweater

$775

Nordstrom

Rouje

A cult-favorite on Instagram, Rouje has a range of vintage-inspired tops and knits that look great with high-waisted denim or silk slips. Like its founder Jeanne Damas, you can expect the overall vibe to be soft and feminine without trying too hard. 

ALDO Blouse

TINA Cardigan

Loulou Studio

When Parisian influencer Chloé Harrouche couldn’t find the knitwear she’d always wanted, she decided to make it herself. The result: Laid-back staples in rich fabrics that make you feel good in your skin. Loulou Studio is truly an extension of Harrouche’s personal style, with boyish tailoring and earthy tones dominating the color palette.

Loulou Studio Tromelin Knitted Ribbed Cashmere Bralette

$155

Moda Operandi

Loulou Studio Maddalena Cashmere Track Pants

$360

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Sézane

No matter your personal style, Morgane Sézalory’s vintage-inspired brand will easily win you over. Its pieces are romantic and so easy to mix and match. Work one of its mohair knits into your rotation and see for yourself.  

Marlow Jumper

$140

Sézane

Kendall Shirt

$120

Sézane

The Kooples

If Zadig & Voltaire feels too grungy and Sandro too polished, you might love Parisian brand, The Kooples. The brand always features real-life couples in its ads, and fittingly, its pieces have an understated, unisex feel.

Camel-Colored Hoodie with Leopard Drawstring

$188

The Kooples

Ecru Cotton Shirt with High Neck

$238$119

The Kooples

Musier Paris

Here’s another influencer-led brand making waves. Brought to life by Anne-Laure Mais in 2018, Musier Paris gained major traction after Bella Hadid wore one of its cropped cardigans on a yacht this summer. Look to the brand for the ultimate Parisian wardrobe: shrunken knits, tailored separates, and versatile dresses.

Top Melissa

$147

Musier

Dress Sofia

$269

Musier

Eres

If you consider swimwear to be a worthwhile investment, Eres is the label to have on deck. The French brand is known for its elegant one-pieces and bikinis, featuring minimal seams and long-lasting fabrics. Its lingerie collection is not be missed either. 

Eres Cassiopée Printed Bandeau Swimsuit

$440

Net-a-Porter

Eres Les Essentiels Asia Swimsuit

$375

Net-a-Porter

Jacquemus

Those low-cut draped dresses and tiny bags you’ve been seeing all over the internet? You have Jacquemus to thank for that. The brand’s been enjoying its time in the sun, with basically everything being sought after by celebrities and fashion influencers—Boobie Billie included.  

Jacquemus Le Chiquito Noeud Small Leather Shoulder Bag

$715

Net-a-Porter

Jacquemus Valerie Leather and Canvas Slingback Sandals

$675$202.50

Net-a-Porter

The Frankie Shop

You may know The Frankie Shop for its minimalist vibes and expert curation (Ganni and Nanushka are two of the labels it carries), but the buzzy boutique also designs some of the coolest basics. Case in point: Its sweatshirt sets and sweater-and-scarf combo which feel both on-trend and timeless. 

Frankie Shop Ribbed-Knit Turtleneck Sweater and Scarf Set

$240

Net-a-Porter

Frankie Shop Jaimie Oversized Cotton-Jersey Sweatshirt and Shorts Set

$130

Net-a-Porter

Ysé

Give your top drawer a much-needed refresh with intimates from Ysé. The brand is founded by women for women, so you know you’re getting bras and undies that make you feel like your best self. Learn more about its made-to-measure approach here.

Robe Une Chanson Douce

Triangle Foulard À Fleur de Peau

Bouguessa

Drawing on her French and Middle Eastern background, Faiza Bouguessa’s label is all about modest and luxurious designs. Her shirt dresses, abayas, and trench coats are great examples of how she bridges modern culture with traditional dressing values.

Linen Maxi Skirt

$395

Bouguessa

Signature Shirt Dress

$250

Bouguessa

Maison Château Rouge

Maison Château Rouge is a socially-conscious lifestyle brand that sells hand-made, African-inspired fashion and home decor.  It was founded in 2015 by brouthers Youssouf and Mamadou Fofana as a way to change the narrative around African culture in France.

Naif ‘Khady’ T-Shirt

$91

Maison Château Rouge

Sweat á Capuche Uni Avec Motif Young Cut

$152

Maison Château Rouge

Ernest Leoty

“Tailored” and “activewear” aren’t necessarily two words you’d put together, but that’s exactly what you’ll find at Ernest Leoty. The brand draws inspiration from Leoty’s heritage as a storied corset maker, bringing you elegant bodysuits and stretchy sports bras in high-quality fabrics.

Ernest Leoty Anais Stretch Bodysuit

$160

Net-a-Porter

Ernest Leoty Anouk Cotton-Jersey Track Pants

$180

Net-a-Porter

Charlotte Chesnais

For jewelry that looks like a work of art, check out Charlotte Chesnais. Her sinuous, sculptural rings and earrings in gold vermeil and silver are statement pieces are well worth the investment. You’ll own them for years to come. 

Charlotte Chesnais Ribbon 18kt Gold-Plated Sterling-Silver Ring

$650

Matches Fashion

Charlotte Chesnais Pearl & 18kt Gold-Vermeil Ear Cuff

$445

Matches Fashion

Claudie Pierlot

Like many of the brands in this list, Claudie Pierlot’s clothes have a preppy but sophisticated vibe. Bookmark the label if you’re on the hunt for a new jumpsuit or Zoom-ready top.

Claudie Pierlot Jacques Houndstooth Cotton-Blend Jumpsuit

$360$220

Selfridges

Claudie Pierlot Cocteau Ruffle-Detail Woven Blouse

$220$109

Selfridges

A.P.C. Atelier

Opting for something super minimal? Look no further than the clean lines at A.P.C. Atelier. Its raw denim is a cult-fave too since it never loses shape or shrinks in the wash.

New Sailor Jeans

$265

A.P.C. Atelier

Suzy Tailor Top

$165

A.P.C. Atelier

Iro

French women love their leather jackets—and Iro has some of the best on the market. They cost a pretty penny, but you’re paying for quality. The material gets better with age, and unlike some oversized fits which can feel too Danny Zuko in Grease, Iro’s slim-fit designs would add polish to your look à la Emmanuelle Alt

Iro Labra Blouse

$355$106

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Iro Ashville Leather Jacket

$1,200

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Why Some Say Netflix’s New True Crime Doc, The Night Stalker, Goes Too Far

Netflix’s new true crime doc series, The Night Stalker, has a lot of people talking—and not all of it is good. 

The four-episode series centers on Richard Ramirez, the serial killer who terrorized Los Angeles and San Francisco in the 1980s. Ramirez didn’t have a certain “type” of target; he murdered young people, old people, women, men, and across races. He also sexually assaulted women and children. He was a monster; there’s no other way to describe him. 

Netflix goes into detail about Ramirez’s crimes, sharing testimonials from survivors and their families, as well as photos from the actual crime scenes. The images are disturbing, and many are presented in dramatic slow motion. BuzzFeed calls the series a “gory mess.” Others on Twitter are using different words. 

“Maybe, yes, Netflix went too far in filming Night Stalker,” one person tweeted. Someone else added, “Watching the new Netflix Night Stalker series. No need for them to include the victim crime scene photos, and slo-mo blood splatter shots, it’s not necessary.” 

“Not sure if I can get through all of #NightStalker on Netflix. This is tough viewing,” a third person wrote.

Some, however, are defending the show’s intense approach. “Ramirez was glorified by groupies and ‘fans’ for a long time,” one person said. “Showing what he did – literally – as well as detailing the more horrendous things are necessary to show that he is not someone to be revered but is a monster.” 

According to Today, The Night Stalker has a TV-MA rating for “nudity, sexual violence, language, and smoking.” That being said, the episodes don’t start with warnings about graphic content, and perhaps they should. Maybe the criticism wouldn’t be as sharp.

All four episodes of The Night Stalker are now streaming on Netflix. Consider this your warning to tread carefully. 

Casey Affleck Responds To Accusations That He Trashed Ben Affleck’s Ana De Armas Cutout

Earlier this week, Ben Affleck and Ana de Armas, who’d been dating for almost a year, called it quits. While they had some good times together, ultimately the couple wasn’t meant to be, and they decided to go their separate ways. Then just a few days later, pictures emerged of a life-sized Ana de Armas cardboard cutout, which Ben Affleck’s kids bought for him, being thrown into the trash outside Affleck’s home. It was an unusual sight, but it gets weirder, because evidently some thought it was Affleck’s own brother, Casey Affleck, who was responsible for the cutout being trashed.

Borat 2’s Producer ‘Excited’ That Maria Bakalova’s Getting Awards Consideration

Maria did such an amazing job and was such a revelation. We knew it from early on, you know, as soon as we sat down and saw some first cut pieces, Sasha and Jason knew immediately, our director and Sasha of course knew as they were working with her. But when I sat down and watched some cut footage, I was like, ‘Wow, this is uh, she’s amazing.’ I’m so excited that people are recognizing her and that critics have been recognizing her and giving her Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress, it’s just really exciting.

Joe Biden’s Daughter and Granddaughters Say They Look Up to Sasha and Malia Obama

On January 20, America said out with the Trumps and in with Joe Biden’s much cooler family—one with style, dance moves, and zero interest in holding positions in the president’s administration. To be honest, all it took was a tuxedo, some pastel coats, and a pair of sneakers for first daughter Ashley Biden and her nieces, Natalie, Maisy, Finnegan, and Naomi Biden, to steal the show at the inauguration. 

Despite not receiving any sort of welcome from their predecessors, the Biden women are looking back for guidance on how to handle life in the spotlight, just not from Donald Jr., Tiffany, Eric, or Ivanka Trump. In a new interview with Today, the Bidens revealed they’ll be taking some cues from Sasha and Malia Obama

“[We’ve] had the privilege of being able to see two of our friends navigate eight years of what was really difficult and they did so so beautifully and they came out so grounded and humble and they’re so smart and driven,” 21-year-old Finnegan said in the pre-inaugural interview with former first daughter Jenna Bush Hager. “So I think we can only take advice from them.”

Of course, things could get awkward when the former first daughters return to their old home, Finnegan notes. “They’ve been so nice and offering advice to us and support,” she continued. “So it’ll be weird, though, when they come to the White House to hang out.” You know, because those were Sasha and Malia’s bedrooms first. 

The Obama and Biden families are so interlocked that Maisy recalls the time President Barack Obama served as the coach of her and the Obama girls’ basketball team—a temporary position he was eventually forced to give up. “There were a lot of teams that were like, ‘This is unfair. You can’t have the president be your coach,” the 20-year-old revealed. “But, I mean, we won. So maybe it wasn’t fair.”

Watch the full clip, below, and for more info on Joe Biden’s daughter and granddaughters, you can click here and here. You’re going to be hearing a lot from these women for at least the next four years.


Bad News For The King’s Man And Bob’s Burgers As More Movie Delays Come

When movies first began to see delays early last year, there was a hope that things would get back to normal before too long. Some films were only pushed back a couple of months in hopes they could be the first back in theaters. As time went on, it became clear that mass theatrical distribution was off the table for some time, but it seems that every time the end might be in sight, it is determined not to be. 2021 is a new year, but so far it looks very much the same, as films have continued to get pushed back, and now Disney, or more specifically, Disney’s Fox subsidiaries, are the most recent to push everything back even further. Popular franchises like The King’s Man and other films previously set for early 2021, are now set for the second half of the year.

The Dakota Johnson Lime Controversy Has Everyone Spiraling

When coronavirus lockdowns first started in March 2020, we were scared, lost, and confused. But Dakota Johnson’s Arch Digest house tour swooped in triumphantly and gave us all the comfort we desperately needed. The video went super viral, and for good reason; in it Johnson muses about crushed mohair, her grandmother’s tigers (plural), a bamboo feud, and limes. So many limes. 

The limes are the stars of the video, really. While showing AD her kitchen, Johnson gestures to a display of limes and says gleefully, “I love limes. I love them. They’re great. I love them so much, and I like to present them like this in my house.” 

Something about watching a movie star wax poetic about citric fruit in the middle of a contagion brought thousands joy—myself included. For 10 seconds, we forgot about hand sanitizer shortages and social distancing and lost ourselves in, well, a big ‘ol bowl of limes. I said it last year and I’ll say it again: I want to be one of those limes. 

But it’s all a lie. Those weren’t Dakota Johnson’s limes. Dakota Johnson doesn’t even like limes. She confessed this to Jimmy Fallon on January 19. When asked about the video, the actor said, “I actually didn’t even know that [the limes] were in there. I was giving the tour and went into the kitchen, and it was set dressing. I’m actually, I’m allergic to limes…Limes make my tongue itch.”

We’ve been deceived. Duped. Bamboozled. Johnson says “it was just hard to just ignore [the limes], so I just lied. I went the full opposite direction.” 

That’s right. The bright green ASMR blanket that kept you warm during the early days of the pandemic was stitched with perjury

Because of, ya know, the historic inauguration that happened on January 20th, this bombshell is just being unearthed by the internet. And people are spiraling (myself included): 

Many are pairing this with another classic Johnson moment: when Ellen DeGeneres accused Johnson of not inviting her to her birthday party, and Johnson replied, “That’s not the truth, Ellen.” 

So what is the truth (Ellen)? One fan called out a scene in Johnson’s 2015 movie A Bigger Splash in which she’s eating a whole lime. Did her tongue itch afterwards? Has this poor woman been haunted by limes for years?

Everything is confusing. I don’t trust anyone. Nothing is sacred anymore. The only thing I do know is if I ever have a tequila shot with Dakota Johnson, I’ll just give her salt. 

Jared Leto Responds To Morbius Delay With Bernie Sanders Meme

As far as Morbius is concerned, this is the fourth time it’s been delayed. Back in 2018, Sony first dated it for July 10, 2020, and then at the beginning of 2019, the studio shifted it to July 31, 2020. However, like so many movies, Morbius had to be further pushed back in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, with Sony initially delaying it to March 19, 2021, and then October 8, 2021. Now we’ll have to wait until the beginning of 2022 to watch Jared Leto play Michael Morbius, a scientist with a rare blood disease who finds a way to cure his condition using vampire bats, only to become afflicted with a form of vampirism.

Zayn’s Bare Hymn, Kota The Friend’s Brooklyn Bop, And More Songs We Love

24-year-old indie-rocker Samia dropped her debut studio album The Baby last August, so the title is hardly a misnomer. But it’s a new year now. The Baby has to make room for its younger sibling The Baby Reimagined, a new collection of remixes from 11 different artists. Palehound’s spacey, slowed-down take on “Big Wheel” is a standout. Added guitars and warped vocals create the perfect backdrop for her simmering frustration. “God, I’m really gonna blow with all this empathetic shit,” she sings. “I understand the thing you did and every reason you did it.” Also of note: The “lover in my bedroom” here is a “she,” not a “he.” I got good news, and I didn’t fight! —Sam Manzella