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."

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