I can just imagine how tickled I would have been at 13 or 14, in full francophile and feminine bloom, to have received a series of biographies of great women in French — and in graphic novel format.
Naïve is a small independent French publisher of books and music, and they’ve come out with this series called “Grands Destins de Femmes.” Subjects include Angela Davis, Dian Fossey, Frida Kahlo, Agatha Christie, Eleanor of Aquitaine, Aung San Suu Kyi and Virginia Woolf.
On the Hermès site right now, you can download PDF patterns for six versions of the dog collar bracelet to print and make yourself. Just go to the Hermès site, click Travel the world of Hermès, and choose Surprises from the menu (vertical orange bar, top left). Note that different country sites might have different versions!!
If you don’t find them, or if they take them down (they don’t stay up there forever, ladies!), you can get them here.
On the Hermès site right now, you can download PDF patterns for six versions of the Jigé clasp clutch to print and make yourself. Just go to the Hermès site, click Travel the world of Hermès, and choose Surprises from the menu (vertical orange bar, top left). Note that different country sites might have different versions!!
As with the other Hermès goodies we’ve posted, if you don’t find them, or if they take them down, you can get them here.
We can’t get enough of this ad. It’s the iconic beauties so seamlessly CGI’d into it and the kick ass song Heavy Cross by Gossip. And Charlize is liquid gold on legs, of course. Directed by Oscar-winning French director Jean-Jacques Annaud.
The work of Serge Gainsbourg, the large-nosed, Gitanes-smoking French icon whose jazzy, bohemian songs exemplified a sexually liberated France of the 1960s and 1970s, is enjoying a resurgence in the most unlikely of places — perfume ads.
“I own 100 percent of everything that I need. I can drink my own wine, go to my own theatre, eat in my own restaurants, sleep in my hotels on my own sheets, dress in my own clothes and use my own perfume,” Cardin once said.
Read the rest at AFP. Image and French article at L’Express.
Gabrielle Rothschild is a 14-year-old francophile fashion designer in California. J’adore this dress! Here’s what she says about her inspirations:
The inspiration for my clothing line mostly comes from places in France, such as the Arc de Triomphe, Monet’s garden, 31 Rue Cambon, and especially la Tour Eiffel (the Eiffel Tower)! I also love art, so Van Gogh, Monet, Da Vinci, and Degas frequently inspire me.
France’s soccer team (referred to unofficially as les Bleus) has a new jersey for away games designed by Nike. Some seem to think it’s a cliché (yet another incarnation of the marinière), but we think it’s classy and sharp! We’ll be checking the FFF boutique to see if they will be available to the public.
Her francophile style has been seen everywhere: on scarves for DKNY and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, in the “Vive La France” campaign for Bloomingdale’s, in her redesign of Saks Fifth Avenue children’s department and the list goes on….