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Iconic: The Louis Vuitton Trunk

What do the 18-carat gold FIFA World Cup trophy and Johannes Vermeer's The Milkmaid have in common? Both items travelled in a bespoke case designed by the French house Louis Vuitton. Rediscover the trunk originally designed by Louis Vuitton in the 19th century. Crafted in poplar wood and featuring the monogram fabric bearing its inventor’s initials, it raised travel to the...

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Jeanne Damas’ Love Letter to Parisian Women

The book of photographs À Paris, which was released in France last year, is now available in the United States under the title In Paris: 20 Women of Life in the City of Lights. According to French fashion designer and model Jeanne Damas, it is impossible to define what the archetype of la Parisienne really means: there are as many Parisian...

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Hijabs and Freedom: How a U.S. Ad Shocked the French

The French controversy surrounding an advertising campaign featuring a young girl in a hijab has revealed cultural differences between France and the United States — the latter of which has applauded this diversity. American ready-to-wear brand Gap was met with criticism in France in late July. The label’s advertising campaign for its back-to-school collection includes a young girl wearing a blue...

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Françoise Hardy, Aging Gracefully

She is the face of 1960s French pop. At 74, Françoise Hardy is also a style icon, and her (almost) tell-all autobiography has finally been published in English along with the release of a new album. Some evenings in the Parc de Bagatelle in the heart of the Bois de Boulogne, a tall, elegant, white-haired woman with an androgynous silhouette...

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Iconic: The Vuarnet Sunglasses

Originally destined for high-altitude resorts and adopted by city-dwelling fashionistas and celebrities, the French brand will open on July 14 its first U.S. boutique in the SoHo neighborhood of New York. Take a look back on this French success story. In the late 1950s, French optician Roger Pouilloux teamed up with the skiing superstar of the day, Jean Vuarnet, to...

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Iconic: The Espadrilles

Once a working-class shoe, then the footwear of choice of Spain’s Franquistas, this rope-and-canvas sandal has attracted eccentrics such as Salvador Dalí, fashion designers such as Yves Saint Laurent, and in recent years, luxury and ready-to-wear brands. Basic and affordable, the espadrille has long been labeled the poor man’s shoe. The Basque country and Catalonia each claim to have invented...

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Anne Willi, a Parisian Fashion Designer in Brooklyn

Anne Willi dresses women from Paris to New York. The Franco-Swiss fashion designer already has two boutiques in France, and opened her second New York store in Williamsburg in March.   France-Amérique: You have two spaces in Paris – one in the Bastille neighborhood, and another in Saint-Germain-des-Prés. What made you decide to expand your activity to the United States?...

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Iconic: The Escape Scarf

Before becoming a collector’s item, silk scarves adorned with map prints were actually distributed in World War II to allied pilots, who would hide them under their collars and use them to find their way through occupied territory. In 1939, the British secret service created a covert organization — MI9 — responsible for giving Royal Air Force pilots flying over...

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Cervin: French Stockings on American Legs

Arsoie is a company located in the Cévennes mountains in France, and is the world’s last business still making silk stockings according to 1950s methods. This unique know-how has won the hearts of dancers from the Crazy Horse cabaret, burlesque pioneer Dita Von Teese, as well as the likes of Beyoncé, Rihanna, and Katy Perry. As part of her preparations...

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The Battle of Versailles: A French-American Fashion Showdown

Five American designers and five French fashion hotshots went head to head for a runway show at the Château de Versailles on November 28, 1973. The event’s objective was to raise money to restore the château, and saw the United States make its grand entrance onto the international fashion scene. "By the time the curtain came down on the evening’s...

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Iconic: The French Beret

This felt hat is as much a national French symbol as the baguette and the Eiffel Tower. Originally made and worn by shepherds in the French province of Bearn, it continues to cultivate its nonconformist aura, having adorned the heads of farmers, intellectuals, laborers, pastors, Hollywood stars and soldiers. The beret is now cashing in on its French chic thanks...[Subscriber]

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Paris and Marrakesh Museums for Yves Saint Laurent
The New York Times

The Musée Yves Saint Laurent Paris, a concept 10 years in the making, will open to the public on October 3. Housed in the old headquarters of Saint Laurent’s company, on Avenue Marceau, the museum will feature rotating exhibitions of the iconic designer’s couture with original pieces dating all the way back to 1964. In conjunction with this project, the...

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French Fashion v. American Fashion

There are countless generalizations about the contrasting approaches that French and American women take toward fashion — French women pick quality over quantity; Americans are more casual — but most are products of our fantasies. To get closer to reality, we spoke to two women in the fashion industry: American fashion expert Valerie Steele and French fashion designer Anne Fontaine....

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Style Right Down to the Smallest Details

Maison Guillemette has been adorning brides’ hair with tulle headwear, pearl combs, crowns of dried flowers, diamante brooches and headbands since it was founded in 2014. The French brand recently established itself in the United States, and is winning over clients with artisanal, French-made products, reasonable prices, and a boho-chic creative world. Pauline Bignan is head of Maison Guillemette in...

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A Wedding Dress Made in France

Fashion designer Margaux Tardits creates bold, glamorous wedding dresses sold in New York, and which will soon be available in California. The hang of the dresses is inspired by the Dior pieces designed by Maria Grazia Chiuri and the structured style of Cristóbal Balenciaga. Needless to say, Margaux Tardits’ motto is “get married in style.” American brides tend to prefer...

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An Exhibition About Yves Saint Laurent to Open in Virginia

After an acclaimed 4-month stint in Seattle, an exhibition chronicling the life and remarkable 44-year career of the famed French designer will open this Saturday, May 6, at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Yves Saint Laurent pioneered modern women’s wear with such designs as the safari jacket and Le Smoking. His willingness to borrow from menswear prompted many to view his creations...

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Couture Confessions: A Conversation with YSL

Yves Saint Laurent is the subject of a retrospective exhibition at the Seattle Art Museum through January 8, 2017. In her book Couture Confessions, published by Rizzoli in France this summer and now available in the United States, Pamela Golbin imagines a conversation with the legendary fashion designer. Pamela Golbin is Chief Curator of Twentieth-Century Fashion and Textiles at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in...[Subscriber]

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An Exhibition About Yves Saint Laurent Started in Seattle

An exhibition chronicling the life and remarkable 44-year career of the famed French designer opened on Tuesday at the Seattle Art Museum. Yves Saint Laurent pioneered modern women’s wear with such designs as the safari jacket and Le Smoking. His willingness to borrow from menswear prompted many to view his creations as instruments of female empowerment. (Upon being refused entry...