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In honor of Bastille Day, we are toasting a top French export: style icons. For centuries, Gallic gals — with a mix of natural beauty, soignée taste, and plenty of je ne sais quoi — have left their fashionable mark on the world. And, even though contemporary guidebooks tout the secret to this Franco-sophistication, you can’t beat learning from France’s own iconic darlings. Here’s a look at eight style pioneers with plenty of personal panache.
Look, we embrace the way food culture has emerged as its own huge world. We'll be the first ones to jump on a cronut, we enjoy making ricotta from scratch, and the toast that accompanies it, we try to shop at the farmers' market for fresh local produce when we can, and we try to eat healthfully in general and not scarf read
To see and recognize that bold, golden arrow on the side of a sunglasses means you’re part of the Karen Walker club. Her bold specs have long ago become cult products, and the only thing that might inspire a bigger wave of fanaticism than the sunglasses themselves are the clever lookbooks she puts forth each season. read