Sunday Herald Sun - Stellar - - Q & A -

With its cob­ble­stone streets and fairy­tale ar­chi­tec­ture, Paris is un­doubt­edly the city of love. “It’s also the fash­ion cap­i­tal of the world,” says Stel­lar act­ing fash­ion direc­tor Ma­rina Afonina, who styled French model Char­lotte Co­quelin on a pic­ture-per­fect day in front of the Place de la Con­corde.

When look­ing for in­spi­ra­tion, Afonina took to the streets: “The shoot was in­spired by an It girl in the per­fect pair of jeans and a sim­ple striped T-shirt.”

French women are known for not fol­low­ing trends. “Parisian chic is all about keep­ing it un­der­stated and clas­sic,” ex­plains Afonina.

To achieve the look, she turned to French la­bel San­dro Paris, which is launch­ing a flag­ship store in Syd­ney later this year. “Its style is very Parisian, so it was easy to get that cool-girl ef­fect.” Afonina chose vel­vet tex­tures and lay­ered pieces. And she sug­gests light fab­rics and ba­sics when lay­er­ing in sum­mer. “Try a shirt with a camisole or a ’90s-in­spired slip dress on top.”

(above) SAN­DRO PARIS dress, $380, and top (worn un­der­neath), $340, (02) 9327 3377 (right) SAN­DRO PARIS blazer, $670, pants, $380, bag, $390, and shoes, $540, as be­fore (op­po­site page) SAN­DRO PARIS jacket, $790, top, $290, pants, $380, and shoes, $540, a

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