How the Sisters of Filles à Papa Are Reinventing Streetwear

Even though they’re at the helm of a brand beloved by celebrities, sisters Carol and Sarah Piron of the Belgian label Filles à Papa don’t look to the red carpet when they’re in search of fashion inspiration. “We are not attracted to perfect and flawless elegance—what speaks to us is an interesting element that enriches the personality,” Carol explains. “The brand is a mix of our tastes that creates a unique dynamic.” Mixing up typical streetwear with sultry details and witty pop culture references—to David Bowie, Michael Jackson, and George Michael—the duo’s designs have struck a chord with everyone from Oscar winners like Marion Cotillard to Insta girl Hailey Baldwin.

The Pirons launched the label in 2012 and chose Filles à Papa (“Daddy’s Girls”) as the name even though their “very fashionable mom” was probably more of an inspiration. The sisters caught the fashion bug at different times. Sarah studied fashion design at ESMOD. Carol didn’t realize she wanted to become a designer until she began graduate school at Ecole de Recherche Graphique, where she was studying art history. “I started to feel a strong attraction to fashion—I thought it was a great way to express my creative research,” she said.

While immersing themselves in the business, they set out with the goal of creating clothes that represented both their individual styles. Carol’s favorite pieces skew sporty, while Sarah is drawn to the feminine, but there’s one thing they can agree on—great streetwear should look effortless. “Our collections are built in an unconventional way with the diversity and the mix and match of a wardrobe,” says Sarah.

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The brand’s vibe translates into their personal look. With Sarah currently craving luxe accessories like Saint Laurent’s crystal-covered boots and Carol itching to get her hands on Dior’s plexiglass heels, the designers already know exactly how they’ll be spicing up their basics and which pieces they’ll be sharing. “We are very fortunate that we have the same shoe size. Thank God!” they exclaim.

Below, the pair shares what they borrow from each other’s closets and how Instagram influences their wardrobes.

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Filles à Papa embroidered pin-striped blazer, $784, [farfetch.com](https://www.farfetch.com/shopping/women/filles-a-papa-embroidered-pinstriped-blazer-item-12406174.aspx?storeid=9760&from=1){: rel=nofollow}; Unravel Project lace-up fastening flared jeans, $895, [farfetch.com](https://www.farfetch.com/shopping/women/unravel-project-lace-up-fastening-flared-jeans-item-12194181.aspx?storeid=9331&from=listing&tglmdl=1){: rel=nofollow}; Filles à Papa Turner twisted jeans, $332, [fillesapapa.com](https://shop.fillesapapa.com/collections/denim/products/brad){: rel=nofollow}; Comme des Garçons double-breasted blazer, $915, [farfetch.com](https://www.farfetch.com/shopping/women/comme-des-garcons-comme-des-garcons-double-breasted-blazer-item-12450131.aspx?storeid=9475&from=listing&tglmdl=1){: rel=nofollow}
Filles à Papa embroidered pin-striped blazer, $784, farfetch.com; Unravel Project lace-up fastening flared jeans, $895, farfetch.com; Filles à Papa Turner twisted jeans, $332, fillesapapa.com; Comme des Garçons double-breasted blazer, $915, farfetch.comPhoto: (clockwise from top left) Courtesy of farfetch.com; Courtesy of farfetch.com; Courtesy of fillesapapa.com; Courtesy of farfetch.com

Borrowing from the boys never hurts.

“My interest in fashion started shortly after high school, and it then quickly became a way for me to express my creativity, so as a next step I studied fashion design,” Sarah says. “My [personal] style is mostly based on casual outfits boosted with a top or a bottom with a very feminine aura. For example, I mix my Filles à Papa sexy and sparkly ruffled dress with a casual oversize men’s shirt. Depending on my mood, I also enjoy twisting the same look with different styles of shoes—vintage Santiag boots, stilettos, Vans—it definitely changes the impulse and the attitude of my look.”

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Photo: Courtesy of Filles a Papa
Filles à Papa Gala Vichy shirt, $361, [fillesapapa.com](https://shop.fillesapapa.com/collections/tops/products/gala){: rel=nofollow}; Filles à Papa Sidney pink sequined minidress, $908, [fillesapapa.com](https://shop.fillesapapa.com/collections/dresses/products/sidney-pink){: rel=nofollow}; Balenciaga Santiag sandals, $995, [balenciaga.com](https://www.balenciaga.com/us/ankle-boot_cod11271329wp.html?tp=62535&targetid=pla-304679772435&location=9058761&gclid=CjwKCAiA6K_QBRA8EiwASvtjZXZQpJP8KHK-Q9la7fSf9SW4rf6vrOx-bRydANE5Yzaz5rmcU2jBphoCdzcQAvD_BwE){: rel=nofollow}; Vans Old Skool sneakers in black and white, $60, [vans.com](https://www.vans.com/shop/suede-canvas-old-skool-black-white){: rel=nofollow}
Filles à Papa Gala Vichy shirt, $361, fillesapapa.com; Filles à Papa Sidney pink sequined minidress, $908, fillesapapa.com; Balenciaga Santiag sandals, $995, balenciaga.com; Vans Old Skool sneakers in black and white, $60, vans.comPhoto: (clockwise from top left) Courtesy of fillesapapa.com; Courtesy of fillesapapa.com; Courtesy of balenciaga.com; Courtesy of vans.com

Don’t be afraid of mixing high- and low-end to create something new.

“I’m quite tall, with skinny legs that already give me a slender silhouette, so you will rarely see me in high heels!” says Carol. “I’m a tomboy; a denim lover at heart, I keep an eagle eye on great washings with perfect cuts. I also love wearing uniform looks, from all denim to tailoring suits by way of revisited tracksuits. My distressed T-shirts always have ironic statements, and I love collecting iconic masterpieces. For instance, my Comme des Garçons blazer that I mix with authentic and eternal pieces, such as my white Nike Air Force 1 sneakers, which I have never washed.”

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Filles à Papa Jack tracksuit jacket, $675, [fillesapapa.com](https://shop.fillesapapa.com/collections/wn/products/jack){: rel=nofollow}; Filles à Papa Lenny tracksuit jeans, $617, [fillesapapa.com](https://shop.fillesapapa.com/collections/wn/products/lenny){: rel=nofollow}; Nike Air Force 1’07 sneakers, $90, [nike.com](https://www.nike.com/t/air-force-1-07-mens-shoe-JkTGzADv){: rel=nofollow}
Filles à Papa Jack tracksuit jacket, $675, fillesapapa.com; Filles à Papa Lenny tracksuit jeans, $617, fillesapapa.com; Nike Air Force 1’07 sneakers, $90, nike.comPhoto: (clockwise from top left) Courtesy of fillesapapa.com; Courtesy of fillesapapa.com; Courtesy of nike.com

Sharing heels with a sibling can create the ultimate closet.

“We both share designer shoes, including our Chanel boots, Saint Laurent high heels, and Céline leopard slippers, as well as Vetements lighter heels,” Sarah says. “Not to forget our Laurence Dacade favorites: the Merli boots and a pair of white patent leather thigh-high boots.”

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Photo: Courtesy of Filles a Papa
Filles à Papa cropped jumper with sequined frill, $589, [farfetch.com](https://www.farfetch.com/shopping/women/filles-a-papa-cropped-jumper-with-sequinned-frill-item-12356578.aspx?storeid=9040&from=1){: rel=nofollow}; Kim Mee Hye Swing Swing ring, price upon request, [kimmeehye.com](https://www.kimmeehye.com/portfolio/swing-swing-ring-white-diamond/){: rel=nofollow}; Filles à Papa Fever black sequined pants, $745, [fillesapapa.com](https://shop.fillesapapa.com/collections/bottoms/products/fever){: rel=nofollow}; Saint Laurent Niki 105 thigh-high crystal-embroidered boots, $10,000, [ysl.com](https://www.ysl.com/us/shop-product/women/shoes-niki-niki-105-thigh-high-boot-with-all-over-embroidered-white-crystals_cod45361450sq.html#dept=women_shoes_boots){: rel=nofollow}
Filles à Papa cropped sweater with sequined frill, $589, farfetch.com; Kim Mee Hye Swing Swing ring, price upon request, kimmeehye.com; Filles à Papa Fever black sequined pants, $745, fillesapapa.com; Saint Laurent Niki 105 thigh-high crystal-embroidered boots, $10,000, ysl.comPhoto: (clockwise from top left) Courtesy of farfetch.com; Courtesy of kimmeehye.com; Courtesy of fillesapapa.com; Courtesy of ysl.com

Go beyond the usual suspects on social media.

“Everyday people on the street, provocative and absurd Instagramers—[all influence our style],” Sarah says. “Absurd isn’t really the right word—we mean more of the wild style that some of the girls have. We love remixing different ideas, including extreme styles that we picked up on the platform. We are more attracted by fashion that goes against the norm.”

Filles a Papa
Photo: Courtesy of Filles a Papa
Louis Vuitton jacquard denim trucker jacket, $5,999, [stadiumgoods.com](https://www.stadiumgoods.com/jacquard-denim-trucker-jacket-blue-su1884?utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&adpos=1o1&scid=scplp152529&sc_intid=152529&gclid=CjwKCAiA6K_QBRA8EiwASvtjZTVd-BzzN0X96DpA0k2pHpfwqxGRATjY_3qeDwaOwysxIKSxfwgJ-RoC-48QAvD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds){: rel=nofollow}; Filles à Papa Britney and Justin T-shirt, $160, [farfetch.com](https://www.farfetch.com/shopping/women/filles-a-papa-britney-and-justin-t-shirt-item-12280186.aspx?storeid=10573&from=1){: rel=nofollow}; Filles à Papa Ross embroidered jeans, $442, [fillesapapa.com](https://shop.fillesapapa.com/collections/denim/products/ross){: rel=nofollow}; Dior ankle boots, $1,250, [yoox.com](https://www.yoox.com/US/11340669/item?gender=D&cod10=11340669NX&kpid=US-11340669NX-13-AI17&adtype=pla&mrkgcl=976&mrkgadid=2985172202&rkg_id=h-44bf6e08f878e3e5c2fd3c257107e26b_t-1510786701&adpos=1o1&creative=72294457727&device=c&matchtype=&network=g&tp=107965&gclid=CjwKCAiA6K_QBRA8EiwASvtjZdsvVBZWaa_zQHFHTFzMSH-dpuIxD0cXyrJP0F_q6qnblHtCqwK40RoCBW8QAvD_BwE#cod10=11340669NX&sizeId=&sizeName=){: rel=nofollow}
Louis Vuitton jacquard denim trucker jacket, $5,999, stadiumgoods.com; Filles à Papa Britney and Justin T-shirt, $160, farfetch.com; Filles à Papa Ross embroidered jeans, $442, fillesapapa.com; Dior ankle boots, $1,250, yoox.com

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