From Cigarillos to Alex Wang, Lessons on Channelling Your Best '70s French Mistress



Rainer Werner Fassbinder's 1977 film Chinese Roulette features Anna Karina as Irene Cartisse, the stylish French mistress caught in a weekend of upper class melodrama, Munich mansions, crippled children, plexiglass interiors, dead deer, and psychological parlor games.


Fashion Fetish: Anna is in wealthy Bohemia splendor as she sports fringed scarves, auburn hair, smokes cigarillos, and paces nervously in fetching 1940-cum-1970s-style heels, this is a lady who can pull it together enough to do some serious accessorizing. For demure daywear she opts for a floral-printed skirt and red-lacquered nails, but for night-time melodramatics, Anna busts out a slinky one-shouldered silver printed gown, T-bar shoes, and completely wraps her hair in a black fringe scarf for that fancy-but-uncomfortable-Germanic-dinner-party look.


Copy It: For skewed evening parlor games, snap up this Alexander Wang one-shoulder dress and wear it with a black fringed scarf. Pair the look with Pour la Victoire Pascale heels. And keep your pacing to a minimum.


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