By Ava Gilchrist

Lily Collins Makes a Comeback in France Donning a Beret, Sparking Conversations About the Potential for ‘Emily in Paris’ Season 4

Even with the help of legendary stylist Patricia Fields, you just can't shake the Chicago out of Emily Cooper.
SAINT-JEAN-CAP-FERRAT, FRANCE – MAY 04: Actress Lily Collins is seen filming on set of series two of Emily in Paris on May 4, 2021 in Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, France. (Photo by Arnold Jerocki/GC Images)

Just like the viral “Are you happy to be in Paris?” sound taking over TikTok, Emily Cooper is back in the French capital, taking over the Champs-Élysées with her polarising ‘American does Parisienne’ fashion choices. Indeed, Lily Collins has been spotted filming with France’s first lady, Brigitte Macron, in the City of Lights, meaning that production for the upcoming fourth season of Emily In Paris

Staying true to the “ringard” spirit of the series—a French phrase that translates to ‘tacky’ or ‘basic’, but has since been reclaimed to advocate for the titular character’s peak-millennial maximalist aesthetic—Collins’ look offers a glimpse at how Emily does colour blocking for cool-weather. (Click here to see the look.)

In a monochromatic ensemble of shades of brown, Collins-as-Cooper sported a chocolate-coloured trench coat that featured a poncho-style cape, a burgundy leather jacket, houndstooth beret and Tod’s Kate horse bit-detail loafers with contrasting shearling trim.

Emily in Paris. Lily Collins as Emily in episode 307 of Emily in Paris. Cr. Courtesy of Netflix © 2022

It’s clear Emily’s marketing executive wardrobe is slightly elevating this season, but aren’t these whimsically deluded silhouettes exactly the kind of escapism we want from the show? If you want specimens of chic French style, the show is exploding with examples of that, too. Just look at Philippine Leroy-Beaulieu’s ‘Sylvie’ or Camille Razat’s ‘Camille’ for proof.

Speaking on her approach to Emily’s evolving style, costume designer Marilyn Fittousi said, “Her outfits may hurt your eyes, they may not appeal, but they leave no one indifferent. That bet paid off last season, and she got everyone’s attention.”

“Emily being too chic or too French would have meant that she’d given in and that her personality was no longer as strong,” she added before concluding, “So she may have accepted a certain type of Parisian code, but we’re sticking to her eclectic, colourful style with prints that I will continue to defend.”

Credit: Stéphanie Branchu/Netflix © 2021

While we’re far off from seeing Emily in a Saint Laurent sheer pencil skirt and pussybow blouse from the luxuriates FW/24 collection or even a pair of Celine micro shorts, we at least have evidence that beneath the gaudy phone cases and eclectic layering, Emily’s looks are eye-catching, irrespective of how you judge them.

A release date for Emily In Paris season four is yet to be set. In the meantime, click here for one GRAZIA writer’s rebuttal to the show’s divisive style.

This story originally appeared on GRAZIA International.