Friday, October 30, 2009
Thursday, October 29, 2009
The first couple of times we attended one of these, I was excited but absolutely panicked about what to wear. I had nothing "cool," (this is LA...), nothing remotely Sex-and-the-City-esque, and worried that we'd be barred entry at the door due to my imagined frumpitude. Of course, those worries were baseless. Sure, one sees the Starlet-Wannabees and the occasional Celebrity* but for the most part, attendees are a broad mix of people who work behind the scenes in the movie business and show up in their very best Dockers and Gap, young people dressed for the clubs they'll hit afterward, the Suits who have come directly from work, and various members of the public who have won radio contests or whatever. So (almost) anything goes. The unwritten code at these things is that it's better to be a little under-dressed than over-dressed, unless one is in the "going-clubbing-after" or "trying-to-land-a-slot-on-a-reality-show" demographics. For the rest of us, Trying Too Hard is a cardinal sin, and indicative that one is Not In The Industry. Ultimately, beyond a quick glance to ascertain that you are not Somebody Famous, no one pays any attention to what you're wearing.
We plebes do not walk the red carpet prior to the movie. We are ushered around to the side, asked for our passes 800 times, misdirected at least once, and herded like cattle first into the theater and then afterward (for those with the magic party passes) to the site a few blocks away where the music is already thumping and the lines at the bar stations are five deep. Tuesday night was no different. Usually by the time we actually get into the party tent, I'm already cranky and on the verge of sensory overload. (Despite my gregarious nature, I'm really not fond of crowds.) First order of business is an alcoholic beverage, then with the edge off I can tolerate the crush of people and noise and relax enough to observe and enjoy the scene. Best case scenario: we find some people we know to hang out with, score some seating, and locate the least crowded food and drink stations.
So what did I wear? I've learned to go with what's comfortable. Grey velvet tank and black beaded cardigan, my Gerard Darel big faux pearls, black jeans and my Fluevog boots.
To answer the questions I'm guessing you're asking:
1. No, I'm not a big Michael Jackson fan.
2. Yes, the movie is very impressive. If you are an MJ fan you will probably really love it.
3. The first vodka martini was just what the doctor ordered. The second was probably not my best move on a weekday night.
*Usually the actual Celebrities/Movie Stars™ are ushered off to a private, VIP party area, or leave once they're certain their picture has been taken.
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Monday, October 26, 2009
Friday, October 23, 2009
The very best part of the day, however, was being able to meet the fabulous Tish from A Femme d'un Certain Age! We rendezvoused in the afternoon at Angelina for a cup of the amazing chocolat chaud and what turned into hours of conversation. Tish is every bit as gorgeous, stylish, gracious, erudite, witty, warm and charming as you would imagine from reading her blog. We felt as if we'd known each other for years, and getting to meet her was a real treat and privilege.
Dinner for our last evening in Paris was at Christophe in the 5th (right near the Sorbonne, the streets awash with college-age kids). We'd heard that the food was great and the atmosphere lacking, but we found the minimalist, zen decor serene and soothing after a week of so much sensory stimulation. Yes, the food was as amazing as we'd heard. Back to the apartment to pack and crash, and the next day, an early morning cab to CDG. Always too soon we must leave!
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Capturing good scarf pictures was challenging, as almost everyone was wearing sweaters/coats over their scarves, due to the cool weather. However...
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
As previously mentioned, the predominant shape for eyeglasses among all ages is rectangular. Sunglasses show more variety, with aviators seeming to pull ahead of the pack among the more fashion-conscious.
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
I may have mentioned that boots were everywhere. From ankle to above-the-knee styles, les bottes seem to be de riguer right now. As I mentioned, the styles are a bit softer and more slouchy,
and often include some interesting detailing (bows, buckles, fringe, laces).
I really didn't spot many over-the-knee styles, and when I did, they were predominantly worn by younger women.
Another observed shoe trend is the low- to medium-heeled mary jane with a thick strap. Loafer/moccasin style shoes are also ubiquitous, and the occasional flat oxford/brogue style was spotted. Despite popular lore (and Fashion Week street style photos) one really doesn't see legions of women teetering around in stiletto heels.
Frequently seen were oversized, textured sweaters,
Monday, October 19, 2009
Ah, if only I had a suitcase large enough I'd pack up Paris and bring la ville home with me....but some photos, mustards, wines, chocolates, boots, scarves and handbags must suffice. Paris is like an addiction pour moi; no matter how much I see and experience, I'm always wanting more.
(Whew! Twelve hours in coach with malfunctioning air-conditioning is not une femme's idea of Happy Trails. Still, we're happy to be home even if quite fatigués.)
Above is a small taste of some of the Paris street style pics I snapped. This woman's ensemble captures many of the predominant trends I noticed: pants tucked into boots, big textured sweater, slouchy shoulder satchel. (For the record, I'll take a pass on the big sweaters.) The guy is also wearing boots under the pants.
More to come!
Saturday, October 17, 2009
Last night's dinner was at Robert et Louise, and were seated downstairs in the cozy cellar. This is a really old-time Paris restaurant, for carnivores only. Everything was quite simple and good, nothing fancy, just meat cooked (barely) over a fire right in the upstairs dining room, and lovely potatoes and salad. We really enjoyed it!
Tomorrow we're planning to visit Jardin des Plantes, and the Musee Cluny if we have time, and do some more shopping, this time for some wines to bring home. Later in the afternoon we're meeting Tish from A Femme d'un Certain Age!! This will probably be my last update until next week, as we leave e a r l y Sunday morning for the long flight home.