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Marks and Spencer: Win €300 toward your new autumn wardrobe

It’s time to set aside your summer tops and bikinis and swap them for the crisp autumn months of soft knits and gorgeous statement coats. This autumn’s fashion has something to suit all tastes, as Marks and Spencer’s latest collection shows.

Marks and Spencer: Win €300 toward your new autumn wardrobe
Time to ditch the bikini for something a little cosier with Marks & Spencer's 5 new autumn trends

As summer winds down, the five trends in Marks & Spencer’s autumn line-up are set to create quite a stir in France – and readers of The Local have the chance to really indulge by winning a €300 M&S voucher.

Click here to let us know which of these five trends best matches you (or someone you know) and you’ll be entered to win a €300 M&S voucher.

Bold Brights – shop the trend

The Bold Brights style epitomizes a modern woman who is ready for any new opportunity that comes her way. She’s independent, driven, and forward-thinking. She’s willing to take a few risks, and doesn’t shy away from a challenge, whatever it may be. If she’s not working late into the night, she’ll be out on the town at a sleek restaurant or the latest club, ready for her next adventure.
Her style: primary colour blocks with minimal sculptural lines.

Sixties Revival – shop the trend

Our Sixties Revival woman is a true socialite. At any hour, on any occasion, she’s soaking up life out in the city. She’s feminine, retro chic, and always up on the latest happenings. She thrives off the energy of people, whether strolling down Paris’ Rue de Rennes or attending a friend’s birthday party. She can be found at the latest pop-up restaurant, or perhaps out for a cocktail at a rooftop bar.
Her style: warm playful pastels meet textured metallics with high shine layers.

Parisienne Chic – shop the trend

Our Parisienne Chic woman lives up to her name: sophisticated, calm, elegant. She is both vivid and graceful, and has an eye for detail. She is always prepared – it’s in her nature – and knows just what to say at the right time. She can be spotted at the corner table of a quiet bistro in the evening, or perhaps enjoying a simple but delicious meal in her own kitchen. She has a weakness for sweets.
Her style: graphic, monochrome combined with floral silks for a vivid tactile contrast.

Fabulous Folklore – shop the trend

Our woman of Fabulous Folklore is a woman of the arts. She loves music and theatre and colour – and has tried her hand at all three. She’s dramatic and moody at times, but also decisive and well-composed under pressure. She’s not afraid to stand out from the crowd – and often does, whether or not she’s trying. She can be seen at all types of concerts, whether the Opéra Bastille or the Halle aux Grains, and knows every gallery opening in town. She spends the afternoon in a faded, wingback chair of her favourite cafe where coffee refills are unlimited.
Her style: a rich blend of layered textures and patterns combined with both simplicity and opulence.

Simple Lux – shop the trend

Our Simple Lux woman is confident and glamorous. She goes about her day with an air of knowing exactly what to do – because she does. She is sophisticated, but has a soft side, too. And she does not deprive herself of life’s luxuries. She enjoys dinner at a quiet, intimate restaurant, or spends the evening sipping a glass of pinot noir at a low-light wine bar.
Her style: a simple, flowy elegance – comfortable, yet sleek.

With such a wide range of styles unfolding this fall, there’s something for every fashionista.To win your €300 voucher, click here. Just let us know which of these character trends best defines you (or someone you know), and you’ll automatically be entered to win this exciting gift give-away.

The Autumn collection is now available on the Marks & Spencer at marksandspencer.fr

This article was produced by The Local in association with Marks & Spencer.

FASHION

Paris exhibition celebrates 100 years of French Vogue

A new exhibition in Paris will tell the story of 100 years of French Vogue - from the post-war 'New Look' of Christian Dior through the sexual liberation of the 1960s to the dangling-cigarette waifs of the 2000s.

French Vogue celebrates 100 years
French Vogue celebrates 100 years. Photo: Thomas Olva/AFP

But as well as celebrating the magazine’s storied history, the exhibit comes at a time of turbulence for the publication.

Just last month, it was confirmed that its editor of 10 years, Emmanuelle Alt, was out and wouldn’t be replaced.

She was not alone.

Looking to cut costs, owner Conde Nast International has axed editors across Europe over the past year, and put international Vogue editions under the direct control of global editorial director, Anna Wintour, in New York.

New York-based Anna Wintour now has overall control of French Vogue. Photo by Christophe ARCHAMBAULT / AFP

Like much of the media industry, Vogue is struggling with tumbling sales and ad revenue in the digital era.

But the latest twist is also part of the endless push and pull between New York and Paris going back to its early days.

“The whole history of French Vogue is one of back-and-forth with Conde Nast in New York – growing more independent for a while, then being reined back in,” said Sylvie Lecallier, curator of the new exhibition, “Vogue Paris 1920-2020″, which opened this weekend after a year’s delay due to the pandemic.

The Paris edition was often the loftier, more bohemian sibling to its more hard-nosed New York version.

But it was also the hotbed in which much of 20th century style and womenhood came to be defined.

“Paris was the place to hunt out talent and content and bring it to New York,” said Lecallier.

The exhibition charts the evolution from art deco drawings of the 1920s through the erotic image-making of photographers like Helmut Newton in the 1960s and 1970s.

Its last peak was under editor Carine Roitfeld in the 2000s, who brought back a provocative Gallic identity by ridding the newsroom of foreign staff and becoming a fashion icon in her own right.

Her successor, Alt, was a quieter presence, though she still oversaw key moments including its first transgender cover star, Brazilian Valentina Sampaio, in 2017.

But internet culture has created “a perfect storm” for Vogue, says media expert Douglas McCabe of Enders Analysis.

“The first 80 years of Vogue’s life, it had the market to itself, it was the bible for fashion,” McCabe told AFP.

“But online today, there are so many other ways to get your information. Influencers, Instagram, YouTube — everyone’s a threat.”

In a world where new fashion trends can blow up around the world in seconds, it has become much harder for a monthly magazine to set the pace.

“It’s not that they can’t survive for another 100 years — but they will be differently sized,” McCabe said.

Vogue has tried to branch out into different areas, including events.

“I used to work for a magazine, and today I work for a brand,” Alt said on the eve of French Vogue’s 1,000th issue in 2019.

But the big money was always in print, and Vogue Paris sales are dropping steadily from 98,345 in 2017 to 81,962 to 2020, according to data site ACPM.

It is perhaps unsurprising that the new top job in Paris, redefined as “head of editorial content”, went to Eugenie Trochu, who was key to building the magazine’s online presence.

She declared herself “thrilled to be part of Vogue’s international transformation”.

For the curator of the exhibition, it is ironic timing.

“We had no idea it would end like this when we started work on the exhibition,” said Lecallier.

“Who knows where it will go from here.”

The exhibition Vogue Paris 1920-2020 is at the Palais Galliera in Paris’ 16th arrondissement. The gallery is open 10am to 6pm Tuesday to Sunday and is closed on Mondays. Tickets for the exhibition are €14 (€12 for concessions and under 18s go free) and must be reserved online in advance. 

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