We in North America often have a very romantic — and often very false — view of Parisian chic, thinking it’s all frills and macarons, when in reality the most stylish French women have a rock edge. My friend Alexandra Suhner Isenberg, who lived in France for most of her 20s, would argue that there is nothing Rock ‘n’ Roll about France: “the French have a really bad understanding of the use of the words “rock” and “punk.” I remember Alexandra’s words because they are largely true. Looking at — albeit very well dressed — Parisian women like Emmanuelle Alt in their studded Balmain and ripped jeans, I somehow doubt they have a hefty collection of rock on vinyl at home. (We know Alt has a soft spot for Wham!)
But Chanel muse Caroline de Maigret seems more genuine than that. Never mind that this ex-model’s father is a Count, she does own her own record label. And, according to her feature on The Coveteur, she does indeed own many records! She is someone that looks just as put together in Margiela as she does in Madewell — a difficult thing to do. So, here’s a look at de Maigret’s enviable style.