The “Je Ne Sais Quoi” of 4 Iconic French Pieces

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That French women are effortlessly stylish isn’t a new idea to anyone, but as our Paris-born model Rebecca Dayan (that’s her, above) told us, it’s not entirely true. That lived-in dishabille is no accident—it’s basically heirloom style that’s passed down from grandmothers to moms to daughters. And our latest collaboration with Sézane wouldn’t be complete without four of those timeless styles that each generation’s lived in. But how’d these pieces reach icon status? And how are we wearing them now? To learn about their origins, we stopped by the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute collection (a massive archive of clothes from throughout history) and then strolled over to our photo shoot in Central Park to find out more.

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Pardon Their French: Our #MadewellxSezane Models Rebecca and Louise Interview Each Other

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We recently reunited with cult-favorite label Sézane on a new capsule collection of quintessentially Parisian pieces (with New York twists). To bring it to life with a photo shoot in Central Park, we looked for a woman who truly embodies the best of both worlds. And we found deux: Meet Rebecca Dayan (left) and Louise Follain. They’re two French-born models-slash-creatives who know a thing or 10 about what it means to live in and love both cities. We got out of the way and let the two of them get to talking while we eavesdropped. (And no, not just for the accents.)

Style icons, housewarming gifts, childhood pursuits and guilty pleasures—Lou and Rebecca break down the differences between Paris and New York.

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Sézane Designer Morgane Sézalory Gives Sweatshirts as Presents and Has a Holiday Party Uniform (Plus, More Holiday Advice)

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We’ve teamed up with French cult-followed brand Sézane to bring you a capsule collection of 10 gift picks, chosen by head designer Morgane (these are the hard-to-find-anywhere-else kind for the Francophile in your life). We texted her to ask for a little advice on holiday gifting, style and general sanity this time of year. What happened? Read on…

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Inspired by Madewell et Sézane: An Illustrated Guide to Our Favorite French Words

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We had so much fun teaming up with Sézane® (our favorite Parisian label) for a second time, and it wasn’t long before we started racking our brains trying to remember some of our high school French. (We have a thing for other languages, which you probably know if you’ve been reading our Weekly Roundups.) An illustrated French lesson, after the jump.

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Noticed: On Sézane Designer Morgane’s Radar (+ a Little Sneak Peek of Madewell et Sézane)

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When we teamed up with cult-favorite French label Sézane on a second collection, we knew just where to look for inspiration: two of our favorite cities (and our respective hometowns), New York and Paris. And we can’t wait for it to arrive next week. To tide you (and your closets) over, we asked designer Morgane Sézalory to share a few other things inspiring her.

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MADEWELL ET SÉZANE: BEHIND THE COLLAB

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Our exclusive collaboration with French brand Sézane lands tomorrow, 10/21, and to learn exactly how it came together, we arranged a little tête-à-tête with both our head designer Somsack Sikhounmuong and Sézane designer Morgane Sézalory to ask them a few questions. Turns out the trick to a great collaboration isn’t just a shared fashion sense.

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Show + Tell: Sézane Designer Morgane Sézalory

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Parisian Morgane Sézalory’s designs for her line, Sézane, reflect her personal style ethos. First, every piece must have a “this was made just for you” effect and second, a well-stocked wardrobe shouldn’t include a million versions of any one thing. Her determination to create “the perfect black dress, the bag for all seasons, things that are both practical and quality” has garnered her a cult following in France. Her now-iconic La Superbe sweatshirt sold out within days when it was first released (do a quick Google search and you’ll see it on style bloggers, French editors and the like). Partnering with her on a 14-piece capsule collection—including a reissue of that very sweatshirt—felt natural for us, and we quite honestly can’t wait for Madewell et Sézane to arrive on Tuesday, October 21st. We went to visit Morgane in her hometown to understand the feverish obsession her designs provoke and the woman behind them.

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