It seems like trends always come back around, it’s just a matter of time. The straw boater hat as it is called in English is one of my favorite trends from the past right now. This shallow style straw hat was first in fashion in the late 19th century for young ladies making a subtle statement of independence through incorporating more masculine elements into their outfits. Last summer Marc Jacobs revived the boater hat in his collection and since then I have been spotting this typically french hat on the most stylish of ladies. Click play to enjoy some “Moi Je Joue” by none other than B.B.!
Auguste Renoir often depicted this classic hat on ladies and gentlemen alike in his lively scenes of French cafe culture. In French the straw boater is called a canotier.
Here is one of Renoir’s most famous paintings Le Déjeuner des Canotiers, or the lunch of canotiers. I knew this painting well but in fact never knew the title until my french beau enlightened me last weekend.
I bought my canotier at Les Canotiers Du Marais on my street in the Marais. I wore it out for the first time this weekend to lunch with at Le Café Marly at the Louvre.
On our way there we walked through the Tuileries to enjoy the sun.
Le Café Marly is located in the arcades of the Louvre overlooking the entrance to the museum at the glass pyramid.
From your table you can watch the many tourists and admire the ornate facades of the former palace.
Here I am relaxing and enjoying my déjeuner des canotiers.
The grass in the Tuileries is green, the flowers are planted and blooming, and all the trees have their leaves again. When paris parks come back alive after the winter it completely changes the energy of the city.
People compete to grab the famous green lawn chairs supplied by the city to sit around the lakes and enjoy some people watching. When I came to France I was completely amazed by the quality of the parks. Here the park is a pristine space always cleaned and well tended to where people off all types mingle, where everyone respects the shared beauty.
The dusty ground of the Tuileries has become infamous to me from street fashion photography like The Sartorialist, Garance Doré, and many others that frequently snap fashion’s elite crossing the park here after fashion week shows.
Hat – Les Canotiers du Marais / Sunglasses – Chloé / Jacket – vintage Pendleton / Dress – Louis Vuitton / Tights – American Apparel /Booties – Chie Mahara / Purse – Miu Miu
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