Left Bank Lady

From old bookstores to vintage boutiques and typical café terraces, if there’s one Paris neighborhood that’s steeped in style history and typical Parisian charm, it’s Saint-Germain-­des­-Prés.

As the Parisian cradle of intellectualism, ideology and culture, the Latin Quarter has long been the ultimate Parisian meeting spot, a place for social get-­togethers and festivities alike, not to mention an area that has become synonymous with women’s liberation. After all, the liberated, confident, independent, charismatic and effortlessly chic Parisienne was born here.

It’s this innate Left Bank elegance that came to be epitomized by Sonia Rykiel, who herself opened her very first boutique on 6 Rue de la Grenelle, here in the 6th arrondissement in 1968. What can you find? Much more than a simple fashion destination, but also lifestyle boutiques with everything that inspires the Left Bank woman’s structured and sophisticated look that teeters on the aloof. But it’s not just that which continues to fascinate the world almost 50 years later, it’s also the way the Left Bank woman cultivates her mind, spirit and unique personality.

Fast ­forward to today and Sonia Rykiel and Lancôme are set to dedicate a playful new collection to the Left Bank woman, complete with bold and expressively colored makeup and a cool take on Rive Gauche beauty that’s all set for release in late July.

Sonia Rykiel x Lancôme. Available exclusively at Lancome.com, select department stores and Sephora