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In today’s television shows, fashion plays just as important a role as everything else, and that couldn’t be more true with the hit Netflix show Emily in Paris, which is set for its third upcoming season. The Netflix show starring Lily Collins in the titular role of Emily Cooper, an American who finds herself transported to France for her dream fashion job, has costume designer Marylin Fitoussi and Patricia Field, of Sex and the City fame, as lead costume consultants to thank for all the talked-about outfits from the show, whether or not fans love them.
“You need to catch the eyes of the audience in two seconds,” Fitoussi says. “You know how we are now crazy about social media, and fast — we consume, and we need to see colour, et cetera, et cetera. So looks [in a TV show] need to be stronger and bigger, and more designed than in normal life.”
With Emily in Paris season 3 set in motion, we’re taking a look at some of the most memorable outfits throughout the course of the hit Netflix show (with a few spoilers that unwitting fans should keep an eye out for to avoid unnecessary internal drama).
From Christian Louboutin shoes and a Balmain skirt to a Zara jacket and a high-street branded bag, you can catch Emily in an assortment of colourful casual outfits that you could shop for in reality to completely out of the box style choices that only Emily could own in her collection and yet are still totally très chic. Here are just a few looks we love from Emily in Paris.
While she’s normally spotted in looks that blend classic with modern, this look we see on Emily is a bit of a departure from her typical style. Emily looked absolutely stunning and put together in this vintage Courrèges dress and a gorgeous vintage jacket. Donning Valentino sunglasses, Vivienne Westwood x Melissa heels, Maison Fabre fingerless gloves, and a vintage scarf, the look serves Hollywood glam despite the character finding herself in the French Riviera.
While Emily’s friendship with Camille, played by Camille Razat, would be doomed to go sour over discoveries regarding her ex, Gabriel, before all this, however, we see Camille sport one of the show’s most talked-about looks when the girls are visiting Mindy at the drag bar she works at during the first episode of the second season.
Viewers of the show might also recognise the sexy and daringly cut Yves Saint Laurent dress from when Olivia Rodrigo wore a longer version of it to the opening gala for the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures.
Early in season 2, Emily meets Alfie, played by Lucien Laviscount, a British businessman from her weekly French classes. On one of their many outings in Paris, Emily wears a ruffled red crop top, a Roger Vivier bag, and a tweed Balmain skirt that we consider to be the pièce de résistance of the look. It’s a surprisingly simple look for a typically over-the-top Emily, but with that extra dash of scarlet to catch Alfie’s attention.
While Emily Cooper’s wardrobe is one typically filled with bright colours and unique silhouettes, we were surprised with this absolutely gorgeous and classic ode to Audrey Hepburn in the first season. A nod to the actress’s character in Funny Face and a great way to emphasise the likeness Lily Collins shares with the late great, we’re so glad we get to have a closer look at the stunning attire and headpiece Emily is wearing as she speaks to Pierre Cadault.
One of the most standout casual looks from Emily in Paris, we love how the designers took what would have been a very simple look and made it a lot more interesting, all with the power of colour and patterns. Emily wears an eye-catching green Chanel jacket with a plaid bucket hat and matching skirt, a mini bag, and Christian Louboutin leather booties in a collage print. While fans of the show know she’s definitely not one to shy away from colour, this is one look that definitely tells us everything we need to know about the style of Emily.
While Emily in Paris is known for its kooky outfit pairings that can leave some viewers scratching their heads, this party look from the wardrobe of Emily had us gasping. The entire heart-themed look was a stunning one, with an all-over print dress by Anouki being the star of the look. Capped off with a delicate heart necklace, red heels, and a white headband, we could see ourselves wearing this for an over-the-top Valentine’s day.
In order to assemble the many costumes of the hit Netflix show’s second season, Fitoussi got innovative when it came to sourcing garments for Lily Collins and the other characters on the show. That meant that this season of Emily in Paris contained a greater mixture of both high-end designers and affordable brands mixed and matched within the same ensembles. That’s how Emily ends up in a look like this one, which pairs a white vest from Zara with a Valentino belt, a style pairing we could definitely see happen in the real world.
Emily Cooper’s American counterpart in France and who completes the trio alongside Camille, Mindy, played by Ashley Park, is also known for her interesting wardrobe full of colour. This eye-catching look that we first saw in teasers for the new season gave us summer holiday vibes with its bright yellow ruffle top, lavender shorts, delicate basket bag, and attention-grabbing wide-brimmed hat.
Emily gave us some spring fashion inspiration after she layered a purple leather jacket over a violet sequin dress for a party in the Saint Tropez episode. With all of the monochrome looks we’ve seen throughout the course of the Netflix show and in Emily’s collection so far, we’re taking a page out of Emily’s book and bringing it to reality by doing the same with our outfits for a cohesive style that’s still so unique.
Emily has a bit of a soft spot for plaid, and we really like how she can turn what’s otherwise a down-to-earth print into something high fashion in the city and that’s true to her own style philosophy. We love this look consisting of a matching plaid jacket and shorts set offset by a bright red beret – that French viewers definitely made clear they didn’t love – simply accessorised with a small leather Chanel bag. This is yet another look we totally see ourselves going out to shop for and wearing in reality.
Emily’s boss Sylvie, played by Philippine Leroy-Beaulieu, is such a goal when it comes to style that’s mature yet sexy. While her fashion throughout both seasons 1 and 2 always had us admiring her, her look consisting of a belted strapless jumpsuit and a white scarf while attending Gregory Dupree’s larger-than-life runway show at Versailles, kept it simple yet sleek and chic.
Emily in Paris season 2 definitely went out with a bang, and that includes an absolutely stunning red gown seen on Emily during the finale episode. While in attendance at a fashion show at Versailles, Emily wears a gorgeous, over-the-top H&M x Giambattista Valli dress. Something we really love about the dress – other than how good Lily Collins looks in it – is how affordable it is when it comes to designer garb and how we can see ourselves wearing this exact piece if we had the occasion for it.
Not a lot of television or Netflix shows can say they have an iconic look per episode that consistently leaves the audience talking about them, but Emily in Paris is one of those unforgettable ones. With a uniquely bright wardrobe and style that’s distinct to the show, we’re always left excited for the next episode to see what the characters are wearing and that we could potentially grab some inspiration from in reality.