style muse: Virginie Mouzat - une femme d'un certain âge

style muse: Virginie Mouzat

Virginie Mouzat, style museVirginie Mouzat, Editor-In-Chief of Fashion for Vanity Fair, France is another of my French style muses. Though she doesn’t stick to a single uniform, there is a consistency to her look utilizing cleanly designed basics, neutrals and a mix of structure and softer pieces that I find accessible. She deploys prints sparingly but effectively, and does seem to share my affinity for leopard print.

From her interview in Net-a-Porter’s The Edit last year:

Generally speaking, I like that my outfits don’t shout “fashion”, but whisper “style”. I don’t like an outfit to speak louder than me.

My sentiments exactly!

Many of the garments I’ve seen her pictured wearing are riffs on classics that can be updated with current accessories. She seems to favor tops with a bit of ease and fluidity. Granted, she is tall and slim, but I think there are versions of these pieces that would flatter a variety of body types.

The look, translated: (though I’ve replaced the stilettos she’s wearing in pictures above with some lower, walkable heels)

Get the look: Virginie MouzatTop L to R – Coat: Stella McCartney // Sunglasses: Ray Ban // Ring: Saint Laurent // Silk Blouse: J.Crew //
Peacoat: J.Crew // Sweater: Eileen Fisher
Bottom L to R – Boots: Tabitha Simmons // Slim Pants: J.Crew // Cashmere Tee: J.Crew // Trousers: J.Crew // Boots: Belle by Sigerson Morrison

Who are your style muses? How have you incorporated elements of their style into your own?


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  1. November 26, 2014 / 5:12 am

    She looks lovely, doesn’t she? Especially in that short coat with the grey sweater under it and the leopard print boots. That look is definitely you….in my humble opinion. I’d love to own that grey Stella McCartney coat you chose. Or anything by Stella, actually. I always admire her clothing and the sweaters this fall are to die for….or at least to sigh for.

  2. Jill
    November 26, 2014 / 6:13 am

    Virginie is a good one, I agree. I don’t have a style muse per se, I just like to see how different ladies, whether in the public eye or not, are mixing it up. I am definitely on a ladylike kick these days, I think it must be the holidays, I just want to see high heels, big necklaces, skirts, red nails and sequins, as many as possible! Have a great Thanksgiving! XO, Jill

  3. November 26, 2014 / 6:52 am

    She looks marvelous, and I think she is copying your style! I would wear all those pieces today. She has glorious hair, too (envious).

  4. November 26, 2014 / 7:03 am

    Such a polished look! Simple, yet dramatic. As for my own style muse, I’ve never really sought one out nor been drawn consistently to one look that might suit me, although I am inspired by many. I always feel a bit deficient when the question arises, to be honest. I suspect my lack of such a style model points to a lack of focus or commitment or organization, or something, and I fear that gets reflected in my own sartorial performance. . . . 😉

  5. November 26, 2014 / 7:42 am

    Love that quote and her style! I think you are about to convince me to get some leopard booties! Happy Thanksgiving!

  6. November 26, 2014 / 12:03 pm

    I like everything in her style except the extremely high stilettos. Women don’t have to destroy their feet to look chic, especially not women who look like her.

    • une femme
      November 26, 2014 / 12:35 pm

      lagatta, I agree and think you can get the same impact with lower heels, which is why I included in the collage below.

      • November 26, 2014 / 2:01 pm

        I forgot to add that very point! I love shoes and booties with chunky heels, and am actually more comfortable walking in them than in truly flat shoes – moreover they give us shorties some much-needed cm!

  7. nell
    November 26, 2014 / 1:15 pm

    Wow, what fun questions, especially after wrestling messily with deviled eggs in the kitchen…. Style muses? There are so many I admire, mostly from the past. Let’s see, I love the way Lena Horne put herself together– elegant and alluring at the same time. Audrey Hepburn (it goes without saying) but also Fred Astaire (my sartorial idol), Pauline de Rothschild (way, way ahead of her time), Coco Chanel, to some degree the Duke and Duchess of Windsor– not my personal style, but they were a pair of impeccable dandies! Oh, and I love the sporty, tailored but feminine style of Claudette Colbert, both in and out of her films.

    For jewelry style, I LOVE the taste of Merle Oberon, who had a fabulous collection, leaning heavily on exquisite turquoises and emeralds. Come to think of it, I love the way she dressed as well, even when she was mostly out of films and leading a very social existence in Mexico. And I have a book that details the collection of Paulette Goddard– she had a legendary bunch of baubles, and went in for ravishing colored stones, diamonds and large scale pieces, even though she was slender and petite. Also loved the very individual look of Millicent Rogers, who lived in New Mexico at times, mixed Navajo pieces with antique Russian things and was doing this in the Forties, as well as designing her own stuff. Very eclectic.

    I’m trying to think of modern style muses? I like the way Catherine Deneuve presents herself, and also Helen Mirren. They are age-appropriate but look fresh and pretty, like they are not trying to hard, or trying to be hip and cool and unrealistically young. Oh, I also like a lot of what Nicole Ritchie wears– I think she is stunning.

    I could never come even close to the inventiveness and effortless style of any of these people, but the one who has probably influenced me the most is Claudette Colbert…

    Happy holidays to all!

  8. November 26, 2014 / 1:48 pm

    Love the way you realistically translated her high end look (including pragmatic heels that accommodate bunions) I love her style as I do style that is minimalist, comfortable and easy. Dressing in monochrome makes the day you actually choose and wear a print a striking surprise and that keeps people always wondering what you will come up with next.
    Accidental icon

  9. karen
    November 30, 2014 / 4:19 pm

    First off, can I just change my name to Virginie? so chic! I love her style, and Emmanuelle Alt.

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