Street Style: Paris Edition

Grab your passport ladies because ESSENCE.com Street Style goes global this week! Sit back, relax and enjoy the ride to France as we present you with the fiercest fashions as seen on the streets of Paris.
ESSENCE.COM Jun, 11, 2009

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Grab your passport, ladies, because the ESSENCE.com Street Style team is going global this week! Sit back, relax and enjoy the ride to France as we present you with the fiercest fashions as seen on the streets of Paris.

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Joy
Age: 18
Occupation: Student
From: Paris, France
Summer Style: “I think my style is rocker chic, especially with my crazy hair!”
Spotted at: Châtelet Les Halles

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Aby
Age: 28
Occupation: Sales manager
From: Senegal
Summer Style: “Simple and fashionable.”
Spotted on: Avenue des Champs Elysées

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French fashions have long been associated with glamour and allure. Iconic brands such as Chanel, Christian Dior, Hermès, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Louis Vuitton and Yves Saint Laurent are all at the forefront of fashion.

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Arlette
Age: 26
Occupation: Student
Hometown: Yaounde, Cameroon
Summer Style: “Classically chic.”
Spotted at: Gare de L’Est

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Grace
Age: 22
Occupation: Student
Hometown: Cameroon
Summer Style: “Classic and sexy.”
Spotted at: Rue de Montorgeuil

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The expression “haute couture” in France is a legally protected name, guaranteeing certain quality standards and refers to the creation of exclusive custom-fitted clothing. Our top couture designers include Chanel, Anne Valérie Hash and Christian Lacroix.

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Valerie
Age: 26
Occupation: Visual merchandiser
Hometown: Paris, France
Summer Style: “I have a rocker-chic look that I love, but it changes all the time.”
Spotted at: Rue de Montorgeuil

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Laurianne & Nelly
Age: 22
Occupation: Student
From: Paris, France
Summer Style: “Classic and chic yet sexy.”
Spotted at: Centre Georges Pompidou

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Heading to Paris? Many of France’s most acclaimed fashion houses have stores on the Avenue Montaigne, rue du Faubourg Saint-Honore, Champs-Elysees Avenue, rue des Rosiers in Le Maraisand, and the Saint-Germain des Pres district.

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Charlotte
Age: 24
Occupation: In transition
From: Cameroon
Summer Style: “Classic, sexy, and elegant with a touch of femininity.”
Spotted at: The Champs Elysees

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Myriam
Age: 27
Occupation: Sales merchandising
From: Paris, France
Summer Style: “Hobo chic.”
Spotted at: The Jardin des Tuileries

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Erica
Age: 25
Occupation: Retail sales
From: Cameroon
Summer Style: “I love T-shirts, shorts, and anything colorful!”
Spotted at: The Champs Elysees

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Mirande
Age: 31
Occupation: Intel Consultant
From: Martinique
Summer Style: “It varies and depends on the day. I could wear baggy clothes one day and skirts the next!”
Spotted at: Place de la Bastille

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Meet Claire Siobhan Sulmers, a writer, editor and founder of the blog Fashion Bomb based in Paris, France. Sulmers scoured the streets of France to round up this week’s stylish overseas sisters.

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