How to wear Conscious Exclusive like a Parisian It-girl
Forget Breton stripes and berets! According to actress Marie-Ange Casta the new way to do French-girl style is with beaten denim, chunky boots and one very delicate capsule collection.
“It’s such a satisfaction to feel, see and wear beautiful clothes, and to know that they don’t have a negative impact on the planet.”
Marie-Ange Casta is an actress, model and mother, living in the Le Marais neighbourhood in the middle of Paris. A career in fashion and art came somewhat inevitably for the 26-year-old, who’s often seen in French films, magazine spreads, or on Instagram posts from openings or fashion shows around the city.
Conscious Exclusive is H&M’s greenest and most glamorous collection, with accessories crafted from shoreline waste, sequins made out of recycled shampoo bottles and beautiful dresses in organic cotton, linen and silk. Despite the fact that the collection is made for all the occasions when you want to look head-turningly hot, it easily translates to convey a pared-back vibe as well.
H&M Magazine met up with Marie-Ange Casta to get to know the best of Paris, and the best of the Conscious Exclusive collection.
HEY MARIE-ANGE! WHAT DO YOU DO, AND WHY DO YOU DO IT?
“I’m an actress and a model, and I do it because I have a visceral need for creation and expression. I get both free thanks to my job.”
DID YOU ALWAYS WANT TO ACT?
“No, I wanted to be a plastic arts teacher for a long time, I had even started studying it, and then finally realised that it was not enough for me, it was not my life. I needed more creation, more risk.”
WHAT’S THE BEST THING ABOUT LIVING IN PARIS?
“I feel lucky to live in one of the most beautiful cities in the world, I didn’t realise it before, but when I travel abroad and come back home, the beauty of the city strikes me. It happens every time. It’s very inspiring.”
… AND WHAT’S THE WORST THING?
“Life can be quite stressful here. Everyone runs in every direction, no one takes the time to take a break, breathe and live… sometimes we forget to be simply happy in Paris.”
This collection gives me a lot of hope for the future.
MARIE-ANGE CASTA ON THE CONSCIOUS EXCLUSIVE COLLECTION
WHAT ARE YOUR TOP SPOTS?
“I love my neighbourhood, Le Marais. It’s very young, and you see a great mix of people and cultures. There are plenty of nice little restaurants around my place, including one of the best Italian restaurants I've know: Baffo, on Rue Pecquay in the 4th. I also love the Beaubourg museum, where there is always a great exhibition to see, and finally the garden at the Rodin museum, it’s lovely to have a cup of tea surrounded by beautiful sculptures.”
WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST THOUGHT WHEN YOU SAW THE CONSCIOUS EXCLUSIVE
“I was impressed to see what could be done from sustainable materials in general, and recycled materials in particular. Every piece is beautiful and so rich in detail. This collection gives me a lot of hope for the future, for the environment. The pieces are all very original and very rich.”
WHAT ARE YOUR FAVOURITE PIECES?
“The asymmetric black crop top, the tuxedo set, the long-sleeved shirt with ruffles, the embroidered off-white jacket and the pink Japanese-style sandals. I like these pieces because they are very strong in terms of style and correspond to what I wear in everyday life. I also like their versatility, they can be easily styled to work for so many different occasions.”
OUT OF ALL THE LOOKS YOU’VE PICKED AND STYLED – WHICH ONE IS YOUR FAVOURITE?
“The tuxedo because it really represents my personal style: sober, elegant and casual, with a lot of singularity and originality.”
THIS IS H&M’S MOST GLAMOROUS COLLECTION. WHAT ARE YOUR BEST TIPS
FOR WEARING IT ON AN EVERYDAY BASIS?
“Mix it up and do not hesitate to break codes: for example wearing sneakers with a tuxedo or heavy boots with a pink sequined top. I recommend a nude, very natural, makeup to go with it. However, in my opinion the most important thing is your attitude: that’s what will really make a difference in how you're perceived when wearing the collection in a laid-back way.”
Conscious Exclusive for women, men and children will be sold in selected stores and online from 20 April. Read more about the collection here.
OCCUPATION: Actress and model
FAMILY: A 3-year-old daughter