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September 2021

The Fashion & Beauty Issue

When Richard Haines moved to New York in 1975, photography had replaced fashion sketches and the illustrator found himself unemployed. Forty-six years later, Haines has become one of the most sought-after artist in the fashion world. We met him in Paris during la semaine de la haute couture. Also in this issue, read about Dr. Elsa Jungman, the California-based French dermatology expert and “beauty minimalist” who wants to protect our skin’s microbiome, and Dominique and John de Menil, the French couple behind one of the biggest private museums in America: Houston’s Menil Collection.

Featured Articles




A Labyrinth of Contemporary Art in the Heart of Old Paris

The Pinault Collection inaugurated at the Bourse de Commerce Museum in Paris on May 22 heralds France’s return to the world of contemporary art.



A French Revolution

“Java” is an inextricable part of French art de vivre. Paradoxically, this custom – which dates back to the 17th century – actually owes its recent rebirth to the United States! With International Coffee Day on October 1, let’s take a closer look at a beverage worshipped by both our countries.




What’s My Line?

American Richard Haines has become an icon in the fashion world. For the last ten years, his talent as an illustrator has seen him invited to the front rows of Couture, Women’s and Men’s fashion shows in Paris, Milan or New York.



The French Art Barons of Texas

Does anyone remember Dominique and John de Menil? This French philanthropist couple arrived in the United States in 1941 and founded the Menil Collection in Houston – one of the biggest private museums in America – and the Rothko Chapel, located in the same Texan city. Yet few people know of this determined pair who worked ceaselessly to make art more accessible in the 20th century.


Table of contents


Light at Tunnel’s End, or Oncoming Train? How Covid Has Disrupted the Political and Social Agenda. By Anthony Bulger


French Cultural Events in North America. By Tracy Kendrick


Editorial: “Google and My Sister.” By Guy Sorman

Philippe Aghion: “American Capitalism Drives Innovation, and French Capitalism Social Protection.” By Guy Sorman

What’s in a Name? Quite a Lot, Actually. By Anthony Bulger


Elsa Jungman: The Beauty Minimalist. By Benoît Georges


The Gentleman’s Style: The Mismatched Jacket. By Julien Scavini


The Pinault Collection: A Labyrinth of Contemporary Art in the Heart of Old Paris. By Jean-Gabriel Fredet


The French Coffee Revolution. By Clément Thiery


Diane Coletta: A Petite American’s Rise to Fame. By Gabriel Bertrand

A Canvas, an Artist: Niki de Saint Phalle, Photograph of Hon Painted Over. By Tracy Kendrick

Richard Haines: What’s My Line? By Jérôme Kagan

The Menils: The French Art Barons of Texas. By Prune Perromat

The Uneven Literary Market Between France and the United States. By Sophie Joubert

Joseph Andras: Remembering a Man Executed for his Ideals. By Sophie Joubert


The Wordsmith: Quand les mots passent de mode. By Dominique Mataillet

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