Planet Botkier August 18, 2010

Chantal Van Der Meijden runs the popular personal style blog Cocorosa. A must-visit for stylish finds, Chantal’s fashion diary documents her daily outfits and latest obsessions. Not sure how to wear mixed-prints, a headscarf, or thigh-high boots?   We’re always looking to Cocorosa for wardrobe inspiration – she’s always the first to try a daring new trend. When styling the Ava crossbody in chocolate suede, Chantal channeled a childhood favorite, Brigitte Bardot in Spaghetti Western Les Petroleuses – a vintage inspired look that’s perfect for the modern girl.

Tell us a little bit about why Brigitte Bardot in Les Petroleuses is your ultimate Bad Girl icon…

Chantal: I really love the old Westerns and Spaghetti Westerns like “The magnificent Seven” and “One upon a time in the West” eversince I was little, so naturally growing up all I ever wanted to be was one of those gunslinging bad ass gals like Brigitte Bardot or Claudia Cardinale who besides being tough are also incredibly sexy.

Brigitte’s style in Les Petroleuses is western-inspired. How can a 21st century girl incorporate this without coming off as a cowboy?

Chantal: I never like to translate my inspiration in a look directly, sometimes I might go for a single piece like a fringe jacket that I will incorporate in a everyday silhouette but often I really go by colors, fabrics and textures to create the look I’m inspired by, like the black leather with brown suede and sand colored neutrals. The over-the-knee leather cowboy boots gave a western touch while still being very modern in design.

Love that the wilderness is a theme in your shoot. Where’s your favorite quiet destination for a trip away from it all?

Chantal: I really love traveling and I haven’t yet traveled as much as I wanted to! I really love desolated places, I loved Morocco, when we were going by jeep from Marrakesh to Zagora and we took a short stop before reaching Ouarzazate, I was standing in the red earth and the view was truly fantastic! An other favorite place for me will always be Italy!

Brigitte was known to wear flats – are you a fan or more of a heels-every-day kind of girl?

Chantal: I’m often wearing boots or heels and when wearing heels I always carry flats with me!

When you’re in New York, what are your favorite destinations to let loose?

Chantal: I love Nolita, a favorite restaurant of mine is Epistrophy on Mott street. As for shopping I always check out Tokio7… I’m always down for hanging out in Brooklyn and love the rooftop parties!