Thursday, 14 May 2009

Why Everything French Is Hot Again

Songs for Swingin' Lovers
Long before Sofia Coppola moved to Paris and fell for Phoenix frontman Thomas Mars, les filles were fou for the diminutive, sad-eyed crooner Charles Aznavour. The 84-year-old pop sensation, who's known as the "Frank Sinatra of France," has still got it—he had them swooning in the aisles at New York's City Center last month. As for Mars and co., May 25 marks the world release of Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix, the album they recently promoted on SNL. Listen to a remix of the first single, "1901," here:

It's a Thin Line
Better get a copy of that French diet book now. We can almost guarantee that the long, sinuous line synonymous with Madeleine Vionnet, a.k.a. "the queen of bias cut," will soon be back in fashion. A major retrospective of the designer's work opens at Les Arts Décoratifs in Paris next month, and come October the house itself will rise from the ashes. That's when new owner Matteo Marzotto and his handpicked design head, Rodolfo Paglialunga, will debut their first efforts for the storied label. As Karl Lagerfeld once said, "Everybody, whether he likes it or not, is under the influence of Vionnet."

Why Everything French Is Hot Again

French Men Do Get Fêtes
Apparently, the French didn't get the memo about fun being banned post-crash. New York fashion week would have had no joie in its vivre without Olivier Zahm's Purple dinner, Le Baron's late-night shenanigans at the Bowery, and, most of all, Vladimir Restoin-Roitfeld's raucous, so-packed-you-couldn't-swing-a-spring-roll bash at Indochine. Meanwhile, Louis Vuitton was happy to underwrite Marc Jacobs' Stephen Sprouse tribute back in January, and last month a Balenciaga-clad Salma Hayek and her Gallic beau, PPR chief François-Henri Pinault, retied the knot at Venice's La Fenice theater and Punta della Dogana in front of the likes of Penélope Cruz, Javier Bardem, and Stefano Pilati. Charlize Theron had so much fun her floor-scraping Dior gown became a mini.

Effortless Is More
Joana Preiss and Cécile Cassel are fixtures in Chanel's front row, Clémence Poésy has been tapped for Chloé's fragrance campaign, and Paris Vogue editors can't cross the Tuileries without being accosted by Japanese paparazzi. And all of these girls have dirty hair and don't wear makeup. So what is it about French chicks? Allow Jane Birkin's offspring Lou Doillon, left, to explain: "I'd go to castings and people used to think I was the delivery boy with someone else's portfolio.…The whole thing was basically one big misunderstanding, but one misunderstanding led to another and another, and suddenly I was doing campaigns."


Friday, 8 May 2009


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