“The Parisienne’s signature item is that vital detail that brings her outfit together, from head to toe,” states Caroline de Maigret, the symbol of French chic, in her co-written best-selling tongue-in-cheek guide to nailing that je ne sais quoi (How to be Parisian Wherever You Are: Love, Style and Bad Habits is a must-read). In de Maigret’s latest short film for Chanel, the said signature item might have just been revealed as the two-tone dandy derbies from the brand’s cruise 2017 collection. Either hitting the cobbled sidewalks of Paris or lazily lounging on her couch, the style sage has her boyish derbies slipped on — keeping her masculine-feminine allure intact at all times.
A signature first made iconic by Coco Chanel in 1957, these famous two-tone derbies are punctuated with a black toe cap. Inventively reinterpreted by Monsieur Lagerfeld, the maison’s code is emphasised by a leather stiffener and a discreet metal double C in both heels. The uppers come in a slew of materials and shades, inspired by the vibrant Cuban palette that lights up Havana. Creased leathers are combined with smooth, patent, exotic and even perforated leathers, while luxurious patchworks stand out against elegant white broderie anglaise.
In line with the gender-bending philosophy of the founder, these Chanel classics are crafted to amplify the ‘tude of a sophisticated tomboy. And as de Maigret knows all too well, that’s what matters when it comes to owning a statement piece the French cool girl way — by borrowing her line, “The signature item is an attitude. It is the gun in your holster that makes you feel well-dressed and invincible.”
Chanel cruise 2017 collection’s derbies are available in Chanel boutiques.