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Marie-Antoinette As Usual


I had a great time watching French movies at Rendez Vous with French Cinema this week-end, and hope to see more as the festival continues until March 11: The Untouchables (so funny!), the Gangsters (a good old-cop movie) and finally, if I may say, The Last Days of Marie-Antoinette.
“The story of the film is about these important moments in time, in our lives, when History changes all perspectives, and when our awareness of the importance of the moment does not follow” (“Le monde change et notre conscience ne suit pas”), said Benoit Jacquot (“Midnight in Paris”). Certainly July 14, 1789 was such a moment in the History of France when the people stormed the Bastille and the very idea of absolute monarchy was beheaded.
A pamphlet circulated in the corridors of Versailles, clustered by the courtesans, stating the 250 or so names of heads which should roll. The King and the Queen being number 1 and number 2. How Marie-Antoinette is living through these last 3 days and nights? According to Benoit Jacquot’s interpretation of Chantal Thomas’s book (“Farewell, my Queen: a novel”), her main concern was the sensuous Princesse de Polignac, and the appeal of her senses …I will leave that to him.
For me (yes I am biased), the real star of the movie is Versailles and the beautiful and sensitive depiction of life at court, Versailles as a place of great political significance: the Grille du Roi, the Grande galerie, the Trianon, the gardens… all these places have their own role on the royal checkerboard and for that matter on the checkerboard of History! Not to be missed. http://www.rendezvouswithFrenchcinema.com

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Michelle Obama on the Catwalk


Fashion Week just started at the Lincoln Center, and we have an eye on the new “campus” where fashion and arts meet. But only one eye ! The other is looking toward Washington where the First Lady is crowned Queen of Fashion in “Everyday Icon: Michelle Obama and the Power of Style” (Clarkson Potter) by Fashion journalist Kate Betts.


Not so long ago, in a New York Times Oped, Betts defended Michelle Obama who was attacked by the US fashion industry after wearing a Alexander Mac Queen red silk dress at a White House official diner with Chinese president Hu Jintao.

Michelle Obama’s impact on fashion extends far beyond the “made in America” label stitched into her dress.(…) Yes, she is sometimes an ambassador for American designers, but more important, she is an ambassador for the self-possession that defines American style.

I asked Fashion Director at Lincoln Center Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, a queen ( or rather a princess) of fashion in her own right, what she thought. For her, Michelle Obama has “revolutionized fashion at the White House” where, ever since Jackie Kennedy, fashion was absent from state diners. “Michelle Obama has an incredible following. She has a real sense of style. Most important she wears what she likes”!

In the end, New York and Washington are looking in the same direction: the silhouette on the red carpet that will inspire us.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/29/opinion/29betts.html?_r=3&scp=1&sq=kate%20betts&st=Search

EVERYDAY ICON: Michelle Obama and the Power of Style By Kate Betts Clarkson Potter/Publishers

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Fashion as Art


Great! Fashion week is starting tomorrow in New York and we are all going!

This is really going  to be  different this time  with fashion playing in the same field as art. For the first time – don’t you know it by now?- the shows will be held at Lincoln Center instead of Bryant Park.

Smart move for the City as Mayor Bloomberg will  probably  confirm tomorrow when launching the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week which will be held at Damrosch Park from September 9 to 16. Spaces will be bigger. Also it is right there in the center of Manhattan with lots of subways and buses stopping nearby. It is great business for the city, so they say: “The semi-annual fashion events draw more than 230,000 attendees every year, generating more than $770 million .”

Moreover,  it is  a symbol: Fashion is moving into art territory. These two  worlds  have flirted for a while  and the opening of the Costume Institute at the Met was a symbol in itself. Moving to Lincoln Center is a consecration. There is the Met and there is Fashion Week. I am all for it as I do think Fashion is Art … at times. But what about this famous First Row pinned down in the New York Times this morning this mix of journalists, stylists, bloggers and often wannabe celebrities? It is  a crowd far off from the sophisticated world of  chamber music and operas?

We can also look at it this way: who are the great divas today? Is it not Anna Wintour and Lady Gaga? Lets just hope they will animate the first row  and start singing…  for the back.

“At Fashion Week It’s Where You Sit That Counts”    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/08/fashion/

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