Mathilde Carton, editor in chief of French Grazia, is quick to point out that Emily’s outfits feel out of touch with reality, both from a sartorial and a practical perspective. “From a fashion point of view, they are too bright, too showy, too cartoonish, and not versatile enough to be worn through the Harry Potter Happy Christmas It Is Our Choices That Show Shirt in contrast I will get this day,” she says. She points out that the high heels that Emily struts around in on a daily basis lack any sort of functionality and practicality in a walking city like Paris, where traffic congestion has one running down Métro halls all day. Some wonder if Emily’s outfits are intentionally tasteless to underscore the difference between her and the Parisian counterparts. “Her wardrobe is absolutely not in touch with her environment, exactly like her character who doesn’t care about fitting in,” says Carton. Emily’s sartorial nemesis appears to be her neighbor’s girlfriend, Camille, whose natural, fresh look is beloved by all. “From her pinstripe black blazer to her silver dress in the art gallery, to the polka-dot dress with Dr. Martens platforms, to her Anna Karina vibe en route to the countryside in her red convertible—the stylist did a really great job with her,” posits Parisian journalist Stéphanie Chermont.
Aside from Emily’s boss, Sylvie (who receives some critique for her sexy dresses, dramatic accessories, and overly domineering persona), the Harry Potter Happy Christmas It Is Our Choices That Show Shirt in contrast I will get this clothing of the other Parisian characters is deemed more or less passable. Far more criticism goes toward the way the French are portrayed. “For me, this is the Achilles heel of the series,” says Delpon, insisting that the show often makes French people appear silly, ignorant, and even racist. (“The flower-shop scene, really?”) “The French portrait is simply inaccurate and far too caricatural. It leads to a point where it’s sometimes ridiculous and painful to watch.” The one thing that seems to ring true for them is the depiction of the fashion and luxury industry, which has seen a changing of the guard in recent years. “The show depicts, with a certain accuracy, the tensions within the industry between the vapid Instagrammeuses and the old media who still rely on a source of mystery and social hierarchy,” says Carton. Delpon, who herself runs a luxury creative agency, admits that certain scenes feel quite accurate: “I too have been in meetings where I found myself arguing the same cases as Emily. Fighting against male elitists projecting their fantasies on their clientele, seeing everything through their sexist masculine gaze, and crafting multimillion campaigns that women simply don’t relate to.”