Monday, September 21, 2009
Did you hear the news? The Parc Monceau's name was changed to Parc MOMceau because it's the next best place for Paris fashion news after Elle and Vogue. It's the moms that make this park oh la la special!
Love those sexy stiletto boots in last week's Elle, but not sure how they'll hold up at the park? Head over to Parc MOMceau to see them in action. It's a safe bet that at least one, if not twenty-one moms at the park will be wearing them!
Don't have a subscription to Elle? That's OK - National Geographic is just as good for fashion news. In fact, join La Mom on a tour of the park to check out the Mommalia Fashionalius in their natural habitats. First stop:
The Snack Shack/Merry-Go-Round/Duck Pond
Native species: Mommalia Botoxfaketanalius
How to spot them: Aside from the frozen faces and fake tans, these moms are religious freaks. They doesn't leave home without a bible (Elle, Vogue, Grazia). See it peeking out of their handbags, stroller pouches, and diaper bags.
Signature accessory: A 7€ bag of popcorn from the snack shack for the kids to feed the ducks. Bringing leftover baguette isn't à la mode in this part of the park, it's all about conspicuous consumption.
The International School
Native species: Mommalia Moneybagsalius
How to spot them: They use the main entrance into the park as their personal runway with two fashion shows daily: 9am (drop-off) and 4:30pm (pick-up). Front row seats can be found at the benches across from the school's entrance.
Signature accessory: Anything with fur. Take the two moms I saw while jogging recently. At least I think they were moms. They were definitely twins. Both were dressed identically except for their hair color and handbags: Prada riding boots, leggings, long sleeve shirts, fur vests with matching fur headbands. Good thing PETA wasn't invited to the fashion show.
Native Species: Mommalia Stilettus
How To Spot Them: These moms wear shoes that are totally unpractical for playing with the kids, building sandcastles, or pushing strollers; but very practical for a night on the town in the latest LBD from YSL.
Signature accessory: Stillettos (check out page 73 from last week's Elle)
The Grassy Knoll
Native Species: Mommalia Designercasualchicius
How To Spot Them: Sporting designer jeans (bought in the US because they're cheaper), Hogan sneakers, and tops from H&M and Zara. These moms aren't afraid to sweat in their designer duds. After all, looking fashionable is always important, but it's more important to be able to kick a ball around with your kids or bend over and have a picnic.
Signature accessory: The très chic Clorox Bleach Pen (also bought at home and in bulk at Target). It's hasn't been featured in Elle as one of this season's must-have accessories yet? Don't worry, by Christmas even the quintessential Parisian clothing boutique Colette will be stocking them!