Monthly Archive for January, 2008

Parisian Party Giveaway!

Diva filmDo you remember that artsy French movie called “Diva“? It came out in the early 80’s, while I was in the height of my francophile stage. Me and my group of friends must have seen it, and “Betty Blue“, at least 5x each (that would have been in an actual theater…) For us, those 2 films personified everything that was Paris- vibrant, cool, and cutting-edge. Me and my newly-pubescent girlfriends would lie around each others rooms listening to their soundtracks and fantasizing about our French boyfriends- My Fantasy French Boyfriend and I lived in an artist loft with murals painted on the floor, and we would ride around Paris on his scooter. I would wear a black scarf that was about 3 yards too long and wrapped 5 times around my neck, and leg-warmers with scrunchy boots (just like Miou-Miou). My Fantasy French Boyfriend had floppy brown hair, and dreamy blue eyes, and drankBetty Blue his cafe au lait out of a bowl, and smoked his cigarette with his palm cupped against his mouth (do you know what I mean? “French Guys” smoke like that…) For mid-80’s Kim, the Ultimate Romantic Scene in a French movie was in Betty Blue when Zorg takes Betty out for a drive and opens the trunk of that vintage yellow Mercedes and whips out a birthday cake (with the candles lit, no less!)

As it happens, I grew up and got married and now I live with My French Husband- not in a Paris loft, but in a house in the Paris suburbs. We ride around in a Picasso (a Frenchy mini-van). We drink our cafe au lait out of mismatched Christmas mugs and neither of us has ever smoked. He recently bought a Vespa (but just because there wasn’t parking at his office). His hair used to flop…… BUT he still has the dreamy blue eyes! For early- millennial Kim, the ultimate romantic scene in a French movie tends to feature Daniel Auteuil, rather than some brooding, doe-eyed “ado” with a retro-80’s shag…

Which brings me to the point of my ramblings: I’d like to know what other people consider to be the Ultimate Romantic Scene in a French movie, and why. What is it about that particular scene that stays with you? Have you ever been to visit the spot in Paris (or elsewhere in France) where that scene took place? What was that like? If you were there with your honey, did you try to recreate the scene? French Love PoemsAnd, as a little incentive to drop me a line, I’m presenting the very first ever Parisian Party GIVEAWAY: “Pour mon mari, avec amour” - (”To my husband, with Love”), is a mini gift-book of quotes and love poems from all over the world, compiled by Helen Exley and translated into French . With Valentine’s Day just around the bend, this would make a sweet little bisous for your bébé d’amour (be he French or otherwise…). So, go peruse IMDb, and tell all your friends. Be sure to get your comments in by next Monday, February 4th, 12:00AM Paris time. I’ll compile the names, draw one and announce the winner around 8:00PM Paris time that same day. Good luck (this should be fun…)

The Swarovski Paris Bridal Event

 

Unbridaled Swarovski Crystal Wedding DressesOK, yesterday I had one of those experiences where I thought, “OMG, I actually live in Paris”. I went to a show at l’Hotel de la Monnaie called “Unbridaled- The Marriage of Tradition and Avant-Garde“. Get this: to promote “Crystallized”, their new product brand for all of their loose crystal elements, Swarovski invited over 100 designers from all over the world toUnbridaled Swarovski Crystal Wedding Dresses create one-of-a-kind bridal gowns and accessories using their crystals. John Galliano, Vera Wang, Lolita Lempicka, Fendi, Pucci, Armani, Westwood and many, many others took them up on their offer and created the most amazing wedding gown collection ever assembled. Ever! From the Crystallized website: The dazzling fruits of this major collaboration with world-class creative talents combine to provide an all-encompassing interpretation of modern marriage – a glamorous tableau in which every girl’s romantic fantasy becomes extravagant and gorgeous reality. And the result was magical! All I could think of was my friend Terrica Unbridaled Swarovski Crystal Wedding Dressesover at Fabu-luxe Events- I honestly don’t think she would have made it out of there without fainting. It was like I had stumbled into Salvador Dali’s wedding banquet (after having first sipped a cocktail laced with acid and ecstasy). My favorite room was what I call the “Diva of the Woodland Fairies” exhibit. The room had been transformed into some sort of grotto with stark white trees encircling a queen-sized bed made entirely out of moss, and these orbs of glowing crystals dripping down from the ceiling (I know, right??). Languishing on top of the bed was a mannequin with this beautiful flow-y bejeweled gown. In front of the bedUnbridaled Swarovski Crystal Wedding Dresses was a glass dome covering the most incredibly sparkly couture shoes ever. Oh, and there was some sort of lady-in-waiting sporting a fur coat which had been “crystallized” as well. Yup. A crystallized fur coat- that was this show!

The show was only open to the public for two days (?!?), this past Friday and Saturday, but I heard that there are plans for it to travel to New York before heading to Japan. If you’re wanting to figure out ways to put a little more bling into your wedding day, they’ve also put together a beautiful coffee table book of the show, with excerpts available on the Swarovski website at www.crystallized.com


The Perfect Accessory for A Black Wedding Dress

Bouton d’Or Cymbeline 2008

cymbeline black wedding dress

Since posting about the Black Wedding Dress trend a little while back, I’ve received tons of emails from brides who have decided to “go for it”, but are now wondering about their bouquet. Some brides are choosing dramatic red rose bouquets, and some, sleek calla lilies in white or black. I think that after making such a bold statement with the black dress, any other accouterment - flowers included- would have to be understated yet exceptional. Which is why I was so excited today when I spotted these gorgeous fans by designer Olivia Oberlin. Originally a clothes designer, Olivia fell in love with fans in the mid-90’s, and went on to study for two years with a Master Fan-maker under the patronage of the French Ministry of Culture. Now she and her assistants custom create fans for customers all over the world. She uses antique as well as contemporary materials, and works carefully to make every fan exactly to her client’s wishes. Her collections have names like “Temptation” and “Eden” and are made out of things like peacock feathers, shantung and sequins. One of her fans would make a great accessory to carry down the aisle, during a wedding reception or on the dance floor at the after-party. They could also be offered as a beautiful bridesmaids gift, or simply as a lovely souvenir of Paris.

shantung & sequins, olivia oberlin

shantung & sequins, olivia oberlin

linen & pheasant feathers, olivia oberlin

linen & pheasant feathers, olivia oberlin

taffetta & coq feathers, olivia oberlin

taffetta & coq feathers, olivia oberlin

lace & peacock feather, olivia oberlin

lace & peacock feather, olivia oberlin