In France the many smokers, are clueless and selfish! Besides being about the rudest people on the planet they are also bad for your health. Walking on the streets of Paris is full of peril, you seriously risk exposing your lungs the air is cigarette-saturated. New evidence
Will they ever change?
billionaire philosopher has endorsed a parenting technique that
allows generous time for smoking, drinking wine and having sex. Elisabeth
Badinter, a 68-year-old mother of three who is the 13th richest
French citizen according to Forbes,with a
reported net worth of $1.1billion. She has served as the chair of the
board for PublicisGroupe since 1996.
I see so many parents in cafes smoking with their babies in strollers next to them. Dads walking and smoking with young children, and adults smoking with kids in the car. This is common in France.
This butt's for you
SMOKING is deeply imbedded in the French Psyche.
In Paris at least 1 out of 3 people will be smoking as they pass you by on the street.
The French work ethic
If you walk by a school (middle school -university) or a government
office building there will be herds of them smoking together.
In Spain in the airports they put them in a BOX
This is a great idea then they can mutually annihilate each other.
In the UK the guardian reported
Class divide in health widens, says thinktank
Fund thinktank finds those with no qualifications are five times more
likely to smoke, drink, and neglect diet and exercise here
Not so in France The fashion press still styles shots like this. Here they start very young and keep on smoking!
They have kids, and keep on smoking.
It takes that unique Gallic cluelessness to blow toxic waste in the face of strangers or a baby with total abandon and in utter oblivion.
Sadly I have seen more than a few people with tubes up their noses dragging their oxygen tanks with them in my neighborhood.
As the population is aging the burden on the State must be unbearable.
Please, France 2012
Maybe the stylist thinks it's uber-cool because it's
pas tres "politically correct"... so French.
This image is supposedly celebrating the French Jeweler DINH VAN
photo by Olivia da Costa, styling by Adele Samani here
Marcel Vertès(10 August 1895 – 31 October 1961) was a Hungarian illustrator and costume designer. He won twoAcademy Awards(Best Art DirectionandBest Costume Design) for his work on the 1952 filmMoulin Rouge.
Vertès is also responsible for the fabulous murals in the Café Carlyle in the Carlyle Hotel in New York City, New York.
George Barbier was a master of scintillating illustration.
One book in particular Les Chansons de Bilitis,, 1922. Written in 1894 by Pierre Louys who claimed to have discovered and translated the work of the ancient poetess Bilitis a, contemporary of Sappho. It contains 143 prose poems, Songs of Bilitis.
The courtesan poet Bilitis was supposed to have been to the daughter of A Greek father and a Phoenician mother. The pretense that Louys was the translator of an ancient text did not last very long, and "translator" Louÿs was soon outed as Bilitis herself.
This only enhanced interest in the book.
The Songs of Bilitis was praised as a fount of elegant sensuality and refined style, even more extraordinary for the time was the author's compassionate portrayal of lesbian and female sexuality.
Dover republished the 1926 edition of the English translation of this book
with illustrations by Willy Pogany
From my collection of illustrations by George Barbier
Audrey Hepburn in Charade,1963. Directed by Stanley Donen.
This gorgeous exhibition at the Hôtel de Ville in Paris, September 18- December 15, 2012, explores the American film industrie's continuing fascination with Paris.
It is very well documented with running films, stills, original designs, and costumes.
Gigi (Leslie Caron) the young courtesan-in-training is being instructed to identify
jewels of high intrinsic value by Aunt Alicia, (Isabel Jeans, 1891-1985)
"What Is this?"
Gigi hesitates " A topaz"
A topaz!, amongst my jewels are you mad!? This is a yellow diamond of the first quality.
A still from my 1992 book Hollywood Jewels.
Greta Garbo plays Marguerite Gauthier in Camille, 1939.
Adapted from the 1852 novel by Alexandre Dumas La Dame aux Camélias
We will never be the same after Sofia Coppola's delicious Marie Antoinette 2006
This luscious film is a confection, it is so beautifully designed.
So This is Paris 1926
From silent films, with the supreme sophistication of
to John Huston's 1952 film Moulin Rouge
Costumes by Marcel Vertes
Zsa Zsa Gabor
Brooch design from the Mauboussin Archives
I have handled the realized brooch, the stocking are black enamel, oh la la.
Miss Gabor's costumes by the fabulous Elsa Schiaparelli.
Paris influenced Hollywood and Hollywood influenced Paris in return.
We never tire of the tales of courtesans, the Can Can
of the gilded Fin de Siècle!
Cheri, Bel Ami!
the prostitutes of Pigalle
Irma La Douce 1963
Shirley Maclaine, from Pigalle to the dueling dowagers of Downton Abbey
The brilliant comedic genius of Blake Edwards. The Pink Panther 1963
Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris 2011
Martin Scorsese's Hugo 2011
We will always have Paris. The Paris of our dreams, and collective imaginings.
The exhibition highlights the many many talents involved in bringing a film to the screen.
Acting,writing, adapting, designing, art direction, directing,
sound, music lighting, set location to name just a few.