Saturday, April 14, 2012

Images Of Paris

Today is the 100th birthday of famed French photographer Robert Doisneau. To celebrate here are just a few of my favorite images.

  Le Baiser de l”Hotel de Ville~ 1950


Monsieur Doisneau is considered to be one of France's (and the world’s) most well loved, talented and prolific photographers. His images showcase everyday, innocent and ironic scenes that feature a glorious Paris as the backdrop.


His subjects were mainly the working class and captured moments in time that often featured their pleasurable pursuits. I love the female dancers Cuban heeled stockings and well formed dancing shoes. But it is the title alone that seals my adoration.

Be bop en cave ~ Saint-Germain-des-Prés, Paris 1951

His photographs often include humorous subjects.

Romi's shop window, 1948


Everyone was beautiful to Doisneau.

Chez Gegene, Quai de Polangis, Joinville-le-Pont (La Mariée) 1946


Of course he did have his fair share of famous subjects.

Robert Doisneau, Les petits pains de Picasso, 1952


To read Doiseneau’s story of his early life is ever inspiring. Sadly his lens stilled in 1994 at the age of 81. But he left behind an amazing catalogue of work. I have shared only a few of my favorites but there are many wonderful books that feature his vast collection of work.

Robert Doisneau aux Tuileries, Paris 1982 -by Marion Kalter

I will close with a heartbreakingly precious portrait. One who knows me well can guess why.

Le Chien a Roulettes, c.1977 Art Print

Le Chien a Roulettes, 1977

Joyeux anniversaire Monsieur Doisneau!


Friday, April 13, 2012

Are You Ready To Wear Ticking?

Yesterday I was wandering around Anthropologie. I had heard that their coral reef inspired windows were amazing (and they were). While there I noticed an entire wall seemed to have been inspired by the popular decorating trend of using vintage and antique French linen and sheeting.

Like these darling shorts! Wouldn’t they look great with a red top and espadrilles?


As is often the case, clothing designers and manufacturers often take their color and style cues from the interior design industry. A current example is the tremendous amount of orange clothing to be found which was no doubt influenced by Pantone’s color of the year, Tangerine Tango. I for one like the white linen trend which is featured beautifully via the Naudine dress.



As with any trend, just a touch is often enough. The pairing of a red ticking stripe against the cheery floral print found in the Lova skirt is just darling.



Being a pear shape I don’t really want to add any attention to my own hot pockets, but I enjoy looking at the buoy high waist trousers. I would however scoop up the Honfleur blouse in a hot minute if it was a bit more in my price point.



The blouse would look fantastic paired with the Brooks mini.



You can see the entire collection by Koto Bolofo HERE.  It is probably no secret that I love it all!



Happy shopping,



Fabulous French Fridays