While many of us might spend a lifetime trying to emulate that so-called Parisian chic, for Camille Charrière – the half French, half English style maven behind Camille Over The Rainbow – it was London’s style ethos that tempted her from her native Paris. We caught up with her to find out what she loves about British fashion and more…
There was a time when I would have replied French, and to some extent it still is: I love denim, an unbuttoned shirt with a flash of lace peeking through, structured blazers, neutral hues and an overall effortless attitude. But living in England for almost five years has also influenced my style – I’m probably more daring than your average Frenchie. I’m not afraid to show some leg or to step out in something a little more editorial-inspired every now and then. I always strive to look underdressed though, rather than like I’ve put in the hours.
The British have this great quality in that they approach most things in life with a fantastic sense of humour; including fashion! Be it on or off the runway, London offers a super-eclectic mix of styles and people tend to express their individuality via their clothes. The result is a city bursting with colour, a melting pot of every trend you could ever imagine.
Like everything else in my life: I don’t. It’s a big problem actually, I wish I were more of a planner, but spontaneity is my middle name and when it comes to dressing I just have to pack a suitcase full of things I love and hope the magic happens on the morning of...
I truly believe in the power of personal style – as opposed to being a trend driven fashion victim – so try to stick to my everyday style, in essence at least. That said, I’m obviously dressing for a fashion fluent audience, which allows me to be a lot more experimental.
Right now all I can think about is beachwear as am planning a getaway, so I would have to say a really crisp shirt dress with a wicker basket and my Hermès sandals – feminine and fuss free.
Jeans, basically. I am a denim-head through and through and go through phases when I don’t feel like myself in anything other than blue threads. Fortunately they come in every shape and style nowadays, so I don’t ever get bored.
My favourite style icons are Jane Birkin and Caroline de Maigret. You can never fault Alexa Chung though, and I have a huge crush on British Vogue’s Sarah Harris.
I know absolutely nothing about beauty except the golden rules: brush your teeth, wash your face and moisturise. When it comes to make-up, I’m definitely aligned with the less is more school. I do, however, like to indulge in a very bright, borderline-orange lip; it’s fresh and modern and requires minimal effort but delivers maximum impact.
My secret is an eyelash conditioner that strengthens and elongates your natural lashes, allowing you to go mascara free by day without feeling completely bare. I also love TOM FORD’s Shade and Illuminate palette, and the eyeshadows are also gorgeous. For my skin, I like a tinted moisturiser as it keeps my freckles visible.