stylist's own: cafe nero

Here's how my friendship with Estelle began: we were in the car near home (South Ken) and I jumped out, introduced myself & did a quick shoot (BCBG with a twist) - back when I was still shooting in film, no less - and we've been friends ever since.

As she's French - it's also her mother tongue - I assumed her style was French, too. But it's very much her own (her father's Italian, for example) and what I really love about her individual style, which is so casual and fun, is that she spends like NO money on her clothes.

Case in point, when we met last week - on a rainy day - at the local Cafe Nero. Showed up all in black and charcoal grey and silver, looking like a million bucks. I asked where she got that amazing long cardigan and she shrugged and said 'Alsace'. I asked a few times so just assumed she meant a region of France. Turns out she meant ALL SAINTS, and at £100 it probably cost more than everything else combined.

Whenever I ask where she got things, it's either a shrug ('Morrocco', 'dunno') or a smile, as she proudly tells me it's H&M, or Primark.

I know it's Labour Day Weekend in the States - Hurricane Earl has kindly decided, amazingly, to simply GO AWAY and my family can all convene at my parents' summer place. (I'm with them in spirit) and the sun's out here, too, so I'm going out soon as I post this. I can really relate to what Sabine (psynopsis) said about beaching the summer shots for now: I still have many I want to share with you guys, but I'll sprinkle it in from time to time, maybe on grey days when we need the most sunny pick me ups.

For now, tho, I can get psyched about going back to black, and charcoal grey, and layers, if it looks this good. I just think we need a new word for black. Noir? Currently, I like Nero: my London home away from home.

By the way, Estelle, who did some modelling back in Paris when she was a teen, is looking to work as a stylist, which I think she'd be brilliant at. Any ideas? I suggested she offer to intern with a stylist whose work she admires. Anyone have any good names she should contact?

Estelle is wearing: cardigan: All Saints, boots: New Look (£20, she said proudly), rings: somewhere in Morrocco, bag: Primark, white fox-tail as handbag embellishment: eBay, chains: (shrug) 'everywhere', top: boyfriend's, Rick Owens. hat: 'dunno'

(p.s. This is wild: I forgot when I did this post today, that Estelle had told me she'd started a blog: Serendipity2307. When I see her - cause I want to do a series on her style - I've got to ask her why she chose that name. For me, for starters, everything is about serendipity - but also, my magic numbers are 23, and 7.)

Have a GLORIOUS weekend all! May the sun shine down up on you wherever you are!


styleeast said...

Great look, she's got amazing style, love her necklace(s) especially. This is the second time I've seen the white furry tail, Alice from Alice Point blog had one when I shot her at the yard sale. It's cute!

Thanks for your comment on my latest shot, I also loved the cute anklets and pumps, in fact it reminded me of you at the time as I know you're a fan of the look! As for the "Vogue thing", check the previous post!! Love from Scotland (where, unbelievably, it's hot and sunny!) x

Matthew Spade said...

ok yeah she is wicked, that is a damn cool ring

SabinePsynopsis said...

Love Estelle, she does look like a million bucks, and I think that's because her clothes let her personality shine.
Thank you so much for the mention. I'm confident we can survive winter by releasing a steady stream of summer photos on our blogs - and YES, we really do need to meet up, pronto! (will email you about this)

Anonymous said...

hello polka dot,
does this girl have a blog? I love yours by the way.


Style At Every Age said...

One of my daughters has those boots and although I am not a big fan, Estelle looks great!

Estelle Chemouny said...

Thx you for the post :) I really love those pictures ! I can't wait to put them in my portofolio !

My blog is :



Anonymous said...

Really love this 'thrown together' outfit! She looks rock star cool to me. I love finding people who spend barely any money for just excellent outfits.


allsaints said...

Loving the style, the boots are fab! she has a very individual and quirky look

Estelle Chemouny said...

Serendipity2307 :)

Serendipity is because of my tatoo on my ribs, a tatoo I did almost 9 months ago , I love this word , it explains all my life , why I am in London , why I stayed here , people I met ... Everything !

And 2307 , 23 july 2009, its the day I decided to stay in London for some reasons :)

Its weird because once you used the word Serendipity in one of the post you made about me and at this time you did not know it was my favourite word !



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Anonymous said...

How about Temperley London or Erdem, which by the way is my favorite designer!

xoxo Sandra

The style crusader said...

Love her whole outfit - especially the hat and long cardi. Gorgeous photos. xx

Anonymous said...

what a trashy look!