Friday, December 2, 2016
Petite Meller, the Parisian pop singer, plucked from obscurity after debuting her track ‘NYC Time’ has become somewhat of a style icon. Spotted sitting front row at Chanel’s Spring 2016 show, the artist turned heads dressed in a head-to-toe pink look complementing her signature red lips and kawaii flushed cheeks. It’s her unusual beauty look and penchant for pastel which has kept the fashion establishment on their toes. Pastel has become synonymous with her name, which dominates her artfully directed music videos including that for ‘Baby Love’ underpinned by a Brigitte Bardot theme. As if she didn’t have enough on her plate, the singer and songwriter splits her time between music production and studying for a master’s degree in philosophy from Sorbonne. I’m a sucker for smart, talented women and while she may look young, Meller is clearly wise beyond her years.
In a cookie cutter world where there is so much sameness, anyone who dares act as an individual is usually met with some level of condemnation, criticism and scepticism. Petite Meller’s unique beauty look stems from her childhood, where blush became a method of highlighting her sunburn. That feeling of turning a vulnerability into something to be proud of, likening the feeling and confidence to that of jewellery. She wears this with rumpled sailor hats, straw boaters and her hair plaited in thick blond braids. Her personal style is an extension of her personality, influenced by her academic study (sidebar: she’s a Freud fangirl) and the experiences during her childhood. The song ‘Backpack’ illustrates how her style came about, with the outfits in the video a collaborative effort between her London-based stylist, Noa Koyabu. The two choose vintage bathing suits from the 60’s and 70’s with directors A.T.Mann and Napoleon Habeica attempting to recreate the aesthetic of a childhood summer in the South of France.
Ambiguous in age, living in a dream-like state and dedicated to creating a magical world for herself, Petite Meller firmly believes her study only enriches and enhances her song writing experience. I’m somewhat envious of her ability to balance her artistic career while simultaneously penning a thesis on the sublime interaction and finding time to sit front row at Loewe, Stella McCartney and Chloe. While the outfits she wears front row may be borrowed, Petite manages to make the looks her own, favouring anything feminine, pleated, with ruffles and preferably pink. “It’s always from my perspective—a girl’s world, and I show how I see it as a girl”.
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