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Exhibition: La Parisienne by Sofitel

PUBLISHED: 10:01 27 September 2016 | UPDATED: 10:11 27 September 2016

Sophie Loren ©Jack Garofalo - Paris Match/Scoop

Sophie Loren ©Jack Garofalo - Paris Match/Scoop

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A new exhibition at Sofitel London St James uncovers the secrets of being a Parisienne

French style has always held a certain mystery. For years women across the globe have shared a fascination for the most elusive of all creatures: La Parisienne. Followers of French fashion will already know the rules: never scrimp on quality, classic always trumps trend, and hair should always be un-done. We have longingly looked on as French women savour all kinds of delicious food and never seem to put on a pound, carry themselves with elegance and style, and seem in a permanent state of chic. We have wondered secretly to ourselves, how are they so damn effortless?

A new travelling exhibition hosted by Sofitel Hotels aims to answer just that question with the ‘La Parisienne by Sofitel’ exhibition in the St James, London, hotel this autumn, ahead of Fashion Week. Curated by the iconic French magazine Paris Match, the exhibition features intimate portraits of some of the world’s most celebrated women, exploring what it means to be ‘Parisienne’ and uncovering the style and poise of recognised starlets who have inhabited Paris throughout the decades.

Les Parisiennes ©Gerard Gery - Paris Match/ScoopLes Parisiennes ©Gerard Gery - Paris Match/Scoop

Running from September 27 until November 17 2016, the two-part exhibition unearths the Paris Match archives, stretching back to the 1950s, with several shots by famed photographer Emanuele Scorcelletti. It’s a must-see for Francophiles who will be able to catch a glimpse of previously unseen photographs of the likes of Catherine Deneuve, Francoise Sagan, Sophia Loren and Jane Fonda. The contemporary part of the exhibition is a display of 10 winning photos selected by a jury from the La Parisienne nationwide photo contest in France. The competition was made open to amateur and young professional photographers, and challenged entrants to capture what they believe La Parisienne embodies in this day and age.

What’s more, to honour the exhibition, Sofitel has partnered with the famous fashion blogger Ella Catliff of La Petite Anglaise, to curate a series of La Parisienne themed experiences, available exclusively to hotel guests. These will include La Parisienne Personal Styling Service, Hair Service and Beauty Service to allow guests to enjoy Parisian glamour from their hotel room. You don’t just get to gawk at the Parisiennes, they are offering to turn you into one too.

Jane Fonda ©François Pages -Paris Match/ScoopJane Fonda ©François Pages -Paris Match/Scoop

In November the exhibition will continue its world tour of Sofitel hotels, an adventure that will take it to Warsaw, Amsterdam, Lisbon and Budapest before continuing on to other destinations.

La Parisienne by Sofitel is opening at Sofitel London St James from 27th September 2016 until 17th November 2016. Admission free.

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