Embody The Free-Spirited Grace Of The 6th Arrondissement With DIDIER DUBOT
by DIDIER DUBOT . on Apr 26, 2023
One of the biggest misconceptions that people have about Parisian style is that there is just one look.
A city as grand as Paris has many different aesthetics that all reflect the diversity of the population. That’s why DIDIER DUBOT has created several different collections, all to embody the regional life and fashion styles of Paris’ most famous neighborhoods.
From the artists and bohemians of the Rive Gauche to the luxury lovers of the Rive Droite, each arrondissement has its own distinctive look. Below we’ll be exploring the free-spirited sophistication of the 6th arrondissement, one of the city’s most renowned regions.
Defining The Style Of The 6th Arrondissement
Located on the Rive Gauche (Left Bank) of the Seine River, the 6th arrondissement is one of the most stylish and upscale neighborhoods in all of Paris. Home of some of the city's most iconic landmarks, the area is known for its historic architecture, vibrant arts scene, and high-end shopping.
The neighborhood’s style reflects its refined atmosphere, characterized by a mix of classic elegance and modern trends. Locals emphasize timeless pieces with a focus on quality, craftsmanship, and attention to detail rather than seasonal trends. They prefer a color palette that is often muted, featuring neutral tones like black, white, beige, and gray, with occasional pops of color.
Residents of the 6th arrondissement love finely tailored pieces, such as blazers, trench coats, and wide-leg pants, as well as luxurious fabrics like silk, wool, and cashmere. Accessories tend to be understated and elegant, such as silk scarves, structured handbags, and minimalist jewelry.
That said, locals are not afraid to incorporate modern trends and influences into their style, such as streetwear-inspired sneakers. The overall aesthetic is chic and polished, with a focus on individuality and creativity.
6th Arrondissement Style Icons
Catherine Deneuve. One of France’s most iconic actresses has long called the charming streets of the 6th home. Known for her refined style, Catherine’s fashion choices have influenced generations of women and continue to inspire fashion trends today. She can often be spotted in timeless pieces like trench coats, blazers, and little black dresses, with masculine elements such as tailored suits, oxford shoes, and fedoras. She also frequently wears statement sunglasses and jewelry, adding a touch of glamor to her looks.
- Sonia Rykiel. Playful, feminine, and innovative, the legendary French fashion designer was a pioneer of the Rive Gauche fashion scene. Her style and designs were characterized by a mix of bold colors, patterns, and unexpected details while still maintaining a distinctly feminine aesthetic. She would pair these eye-catching pieces with neutral styles to create a balanced and cohesive look that fit right in with the 6th’s classic vibes.
6th Arrondissement Landmarks
A stroll around the 6th will always be filled with beautiful sights, from the stylish people to the elegant architecture. Here are just some of the most memorable places to visit:
Les Deux Magots. This historic cafe has been a hotspot for artists, writers, and intellectuals since it opened its doors in 1885. Its interior is decorated in Art Nouveau style, with stained glass windows, a decorative ceiling, and walls lined with photographs of famous patrons including Ernest Hemingway, Pablo Picasso, and Simone de Beauvoir. It is a quintessential Parisian café that embodies the city's cultural and artistic heritage, offering visitors a glimpse into the city's past and present.
Café de Flore. Another must-visit cafe in the heart of the 6th, Café de Flore also boasts a rich history with the city’s most prestigious creative minds. Its original charm is well-preserved, with vintage decor creating a welcoming atmosphere. The outdoor seating area at Café de Flore is particularly popular, providing views of the Boulevard Saint-Germain and the Saint-Germain-des-Prés church. The café's prime location makes it a great spot for people-watching and soaking up the ambiance of the city.
Saint-Germain-des-Prés. Art lovers will feel at home in this renowned area, which is lined with galleries, bookstores, and independent boutiques. Saint-Germain-des-Pres has a bohemian vibe and a relaxed, laid-back atmosphere, with winding cobblestone streets and beautiful architecture.
- Jardin du Luxembourg. If you ever want to take a break from the bustle of the city, this peaceful park is the place to go. Covering over 60 acres, the Jardin du Luxembourg is one of the city’s most popular green spaces for locals and tourists alike. It’s a peaceful oasis with its well-manicured lawns, beautiful flower gardens, Renaissance-style Medici fountain, and stunning Palais de Luxembourg.
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Writer: Maria Polansky