Fashion Book–The Elegance of the Hedgehog
This week, I am reading Muriel Barbery’s The Elegance of the Hedgehog. The book is lovely, philosophical, and funny. It centers on a 54-year-old concierge named Renee, who is more intelligent, kind, and logical than most of the wealthy residents of the fancy French apartment building she works in. She hides behind her post in life, believing that if she reveals her intelligence, she will be even more reviled than she is when she’s simply ignored by her employers. Paloma, a precocious 12-year-old resident of the building, sees something more in Renee, and seeks to find out why she’s hiding.
Paloma holds everyone in great contempt–most of all her own family. She disdains their material wealth and academic posturing, all the while scribbling in her notebook, desperately searching for something worth believing in so she won’t have to carry through with her plan to commit suicide on her 13th birthday. It sounds heavy, but Paloma’s commentary (integrated into the book through her journal entries) is sharp, funny, and often surprisingly poignant.
To create a look for Paloma, I thought about what a 12-year-old might wear. However, Paloma is far from your average 12-year-old. I really love this outfit–I tried to make it casual and fresh, keeping in mind that she’s from a wealthy French family, where her Maman definitely still has a strong say in what she wears (hence the Louboutin ballet flats and Tiffany pen). I would love to wear this outfit myself and I’m in LOVE with the convertible satchel.
Topshop striped tunic
Old Navy roll-sleeve boyfriend cardigan
AB Studio embellished leggings
Christian Louboutin Rosella Panama ballerina flats
The Sak Silverlake convertible satchel
Calypso Orchid scarf
Moleskine pocket notebook
Tiffany Blue purse pen
What’s your favorite part of this look?