4 posts tagged "Serge Gainsbourg"
“Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only,” Coco Chanel once said. “Fashion is in the sky, in the street. Fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.” This is the concept Bérénice Vila Baudry is going for with her new book, French Style. Out this April, the 216 page tome examines its subject from all angles. “I love fashion,” Baudry, a professor at Columbia University, told Style.com. “But fashion is the obvious thing to talk about when you think of French style. I didn’t want the book to be just about that.”
French Style is a full-blown menagerie filled with a combination of 165 obscure, albeit entertaining, tidbits (did you know French inventor Roland Moreno patented the Smart Card—that is, the chip at the end of your credit card—in 1974?), culinary delights, cultural milestones, cinematic legends, scientists, historical characters, artists, fashion innovators (obviously; she couldn’t just leave them out altogether), and beyond. “The whole book is a big disorder,” laughed Baudry, noting that each event, person, or fact is listed randomly. “But I think every entry is linked.” Case in point? Romantic poet Victor Hugo has his page right before the French kiss. More ironic couplings include Versailles and flea markets, the Tour de France and cheese, and the magazine Paris Match and philosopher Voltaire. “We French people are a bit of a paradox,” explains Baudry. “We are always between tradition and modernity, the past and the present. There’s always a contrast,” she said. Continue Reading “Joie de Vivre, in 216 Pages” »
The eternal Serge Gainsbourg—the jug-eared Gallic crooner who has a good claim on being the twentieth century’s oddest heartthrob—rises again today, when a new biopic opens in New York. Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life is director Joann Sfar’s tribute to the late, great troubadour, who wrote frank songs of love and sex (“Soixante-Neuf, Année Erotique,” “Je T’Aime—Moi, Non Plus,” “Les Sucettes,” and more) and seduced (and duetted with) many of France’s most gorgeous women, including Brigitte Bardot, Anna Karina, and the namesake of the Hermès Birkin, Jane Birkin. These days, Gainsbourg is better remembered for his amours, his antics (see his notorious TV appearance from the eighties alongside a young Whitney Houston , which is not quite safe for work), and for his gorgeous, fashion-favorite daughter Charlotte than for his music, which is a shame. Style-worlders may make haste to the theater to see Gainsbourg (which won its star, Eric Elmosnino, a Best Actor trophy at the Tribeca Film Festival) to catch Laetitia Casta as Bardot, but top it off with a visit to the iTunes store for the man’s own work. My recommendation? Jane Birkin/Serge Gainsbourg, their duets album from (when else?) 1969.
Felicitaciones to our neighbor to the south—last night, Jimena Navarrete (pictured), Miss Mexico, was named Miss Universe. We didn’t think we cared, really, but following what seemed to be the entire fashion community’s live-tweeting of the event, we got into it. [Styleite]
A selection of Avedon portraits are set to go on the auction block in Paris to benefit the Richard Avedon Foundation, including the famous Dovima with Elephants. It’s expected to reach up to around $4 million, for which price, we imagine, you might be able to buy an actual elephant. [Vogue U.K.]
Every Dame has her day, and Vivienne Westwood’s about to have hers: Selfridges is mounting an exhibition of her shoes, ranging from the early seventies to the present day. It’ll include the famous Super Elevated Gillie platform, which felled Naomi Campbell on the runway back in ’93. ]WWD]
Strange words from Isabel Marant: “I hate famous women. My ideal woman is Serge Gainsbourg, not that he was a woman.” [Hint Mag]
Speaking of strange, here’s one we didn’t expect: The top-selling item at Wal-Mart nationwide is…the banana? Apparently, the potassium-rich fruits really move, and come to think of it, we have noticed that they’re having something of a moment right now. Over the weekend, the Times weighed in on Chiquita’s new design-your-own-packaging campaign. Of course, by packaging, they mean “sticker”; it’s hard to one-up Mother Nature on that peel. [Racked]
Actresses, don’t quit your day jobs. Models have edged out celebs for the prime spots in ad campaigns. [WWD]
Sandra Bullock reveals secret, adopted baby. This may not be the right question to ask, but who styled this kid for his People cover? That necklace! [People]
Rodarte commissions photographer Catherine Opie for…something. An ad campaign? An art project? Speculate away. [Hint Mag]
Window shoppers will get an eyeful next month when Barneys installs a tribute to this year’s CFDA Fashion Icon honoree, Iman. They’ll include words of praise from fans like hubby David Bowie, Diana Vreeland, and RuPaul. (Fun fact: RuPaul’s “You better work” catchphrase was inspired by the Somalian model!) [WWD]
And in other model news, the first pics of Laetitia Casta as fellow Gallic stunner Brigitte Bardot in the upcoming Serge Gainsbourg biopic have hit the Web (pictured). Ooh la la indeed. [Grazia]