I moved to Los Angeles in October 2020, a time when the complete world, irrespective of the place you lived, was embracing athleisure. Given the context of the pandemic, I believed nothing of the truth that all of the folks I noticed on my sporadic grocery retailer runs and takeout pickups appeared like they have been employed by Alo Yoga, Nike, Supreme, or—in uncommon moments of creativity—a hybrid of all three. It’s now January 2022, and the world has since showered and became its out of doors clothes. Los Angeles, nevertheless, has not.
Months of eager (and, admittedly, judgment-laced) commentary have proved to me that many L.A. clichés are primarily based on true details: Athleisure is a faith, bralettes double as outerwear, and an elegant outfit is as frequent an incidence as a wet day. Sometimes, as I catch my reflection in a storefront window in my saggy denims and sneakers du jour, my thoughts flashes again to a time after I lived in Paris, a metropolis that commanded magnificence with every Haussmannian constructing. (All of the trademark Parisienne staples—blue denims, crisp button-down, basic trench—immediately come to thoughts.) Given the variety of French transplants in Los Angeles, how does a European sensibility fare within the metropolis of sunshine and sweatpants?
Because it seems, the decision on L.A. type is just not as one-dimensional as I had assumed. Granted, there are those that share my opinion. “I’ve a really onerous time in the case of L.A. type, or the shortage thereof,” says model advisor and founding father of StudiumVDLF Victoria de la Fuente, who lived in Paris for 5 years earlier than coming to dwell in L.A. amid the pandemic. “In a bizarre approach, I consider my life as an editorial, and Paris gave me the proper stage set to ship.”
Though De la Fuente is just not a proponent of pared-down Parisian type herself—she wore Alaïa to the ballet and Dries van Noten for espresso—she respects the stylish effortlessness of the French aesthetic. “It’s put-together with an undone contact—there’s a continuing energy steadiness to be sure that it seems informal.” On the alternative finish of the spectrum, in her eyes, is L.A. type, which is centered round making a persona. “L.A. type is homogenized but polarized—both they’re carrying Lululemons with Love bracelets, or they’re carrying Amina Muaddi heels in a brilliant tight Attico costume. There isn’t a lot in between.”