Since it looks like we're all going to be stuck indoors for a few weeks, I have an idea... how about watching Emily in Paris? If you're new to the series, it's absolutely worth your downtime and if you just haven't started Season 2 yet, let's get going! To be honest, I've only gotten through the first five episodes of season 2 because it came out on the 22nd and there's just too much to do — like obsessively testing for COVID every five minutes.
SAY "OUI, OUI" TO EMILY IN PARIS
I don't know about you, but I've fallen head over heels in love with Emily in Paris. It's a lighthearted, fun, and fashionably fantastic Netflix series that follows Emily Cooper as she moves from Chicago to Paris to take her dream job at a marketing firm after her boss ends up pregnant. Created by Darren Star—yes, the same guy from Sex and the City—and just like Carrie Bradshaw, Emily loves big hoop earrings, and tulle skirts, cotton candy colors, and mix-and-match prints, and both characters shared the same costume designer, Patricia Fields.
So, you know what's coming? Whimsical fashion that some French women might find "ringarde" which means basic or cliché.
Emily is played by Lily Collins (musician Phil Collins’ daughter) who’s this doe-eyed, bushy-browed (best brows ever), beautiful little lady who lands in Paris, scores a sweet corporate apartment, stumbles over the French language, crushes on her neighbor, and causes quite a stir on social media. I won't give away the details of the series, but if you haven't watched it and love fashion, France, and champagne, next time you're scrolling through Netflix be sure to click on this and chill. While it won't win an Academy Award, it's definitely an enjoyable break from reality.
WHAT WOULD EMILY COOPER RENT?
After watching the first season and a few episodes of the second season, it got me wondering...if Emily Cooper had a subscription to Rent the Runway, what would she rent? Some of the biggest fashion trends for 2022 are on display in season two. From oversized sunglasses to silk scarves (either worn around the head or neck), and miniskirts, fringe everything, and bold color combos, Emily's wardrobe is a feast for the eyes and a danger to my wallet.
Since the premiere of the series in 2020, there has been an increase in searches for bucket hats, berets, the Marc Jacobs Jelly Snapshot Camera Bag, Ganni skirts, and Kate Spade bags as viewers try to emulate Emily's style. Well, no need to spend hours searching for some of her Parisian-inspired designs...we pulled together a collection of some of our favorite pieces from Rent the Runway that we think Emily would adore too!
Rent the Runway is a clothing rental company, but it was the first clothing subscription platform that provided the everyday woman with access to authentic, luxury fashion. Since its launch in 2009, RTR has gone through many iterations, some of which were the result of the pandemic, and now it's also a sustainable resale platform where shoppers can rent, buy, or subscribe to secondhand clothing.
Known for bold and brilliant colors, whimsical prints, mix-and-match separates, and lots of texture, Emily Cooper's wardrobe is on-trend and out of this world. From oversized bows to heart prints, and neon hues to lots of sequins and ruffles, Patricia Fields' over-the-top ensembles have caused a fashion frenzy as women frantically shop for high-waisted trousers, shirt dresses, oversized blazers, and cocktail dresses.
Philosophy Aspects Multi Stripe Dress, Retail Value $765
MM6 Margiela Sequin Navette Skirt, Retail Value $550
RED Valentino Floral Heart Embroidered Dress, Retail Value $1,395
Badgley Mischka Velvet Bow Dress, Retail Value $395
Monse Racing Stripe Plaid Top, Retail Value $1,490
Nha Khanh Red Lace Dress, Retail Value $595
Never underestimate the power of a statement-making topper. While to some, a coat is just a necessity, the truth is it's the first thing everyone sees on you when you're out and about. Whether running errands, visiting friends, or making a grand entrance at the latest hotspot, Emily and her crew rock coats, blazers, and jackets that are bold, brilliant, and beautiful.
Milly Prepster Check Shane Overcoat, Retail Value $595
Cinq à Sept Lita Fringe Plaid Coat, Retail Value $795
MSGM Cropped Floral Puffer Jacket, Retail Value $856
Koché Red Abstract Printed Coat, Retail Value $2,055
Paco Rabanne Floral Print Blazer, Retail Value $1,190
Some of 2022s biggest accessories trends are on display throughout Emily in Paris like oversized sunglasses, pearls, raffia purses, and statement earrings. In fact, I was able to find the Marc Jacobs Snapshot Camera Bag I mentioned earlier on Rent the Runway, and I joyfully discovered they rent out sunglasses too which is great news for those of us who don't want to invest in an expensive pair only to fall out of love with them a few weeks later!
Thierry Lasry Black Everlasry Sunglasses, Retail Value $485
Marc Jacobs Snapshot Airbrushed Camera Bag, Retail Value $350
Lele Sadoughi Freshwater Pearls & Doughnut Necklace, Retail Value $450
Kooreloo Fringe Jeans Petite Bag, Retail Value $395
Mignonne Gavigan Fuschia Bird Earrings, Retail Value $250
While Emily in Paris isn't exactly everyone's cup of tea, we can all use a good distraction from the doom and gloom that we're constantly subjected to these days. And this series, with its lighthearted storyline, will transport you to a bright and cheery place with characters that'll make you smile and a little bit jealous too.
Have you seen Emily in Paris? What are your thoughts about the characters, the locations, and the outfits?