Today is La Fête Nationale, America's Fourth of July if you will, but I'm not here to talk about the horses, dogs, planes, heads-of-state, Légionnaires and the entire panoply of soldiers, firemen and police who paraded down the Champs-Elysées this morning. That is not my purview.
No, I'm here to talk about creoles (!). That's the BIG news coming out of our area of interest -- the "soft," feature news as we call it.
Carla Bruni Sarkozy, France's first lady and Rachida Dati, former justice minister, current major of the Seventh Arrondissement in Paris and newly elected European deputy, were both wearing them today. Carla's were medium-sized and Rachida's quit large.
(For reference, pictures of the two beauties -- both in their 40s -- wearing their creoles on other occasions.)
As I write this, both are charming guests at the annual Juillet 14 garden party in the jardins of the Elysées Palace. Speaking of charming, the French don't say "Fete de Jardin" they say, "garden party."
Moving along: I've also included two over-the-top possibilities which I would avoid wearing even if someone gave them to you (or me) as a gift. They appear to be large enough to make us look like fools, but could be useful as bracelets, which would show one's appreciation and simultaneously one's good sense.
Creoles will be continuing through the end of the year as a branché ("in," "trendy") accessory and as we all know they're never out of fashion so we're talking MAJOR investment no matter how much or how little you spent on yours.
(I read, I can't remember where, some fashion person or other remarked they're the perfect adornment for these economic times because they're an empty circle. Hello? One could have an empty circle encrusted with precious stones. . . What is wrong with these people?)
Above, from the spring/summer 2009 collections of Louis Vuitton and Stella McCartney.
P.S: When you get really, really bored to tears with this subject, by all means drop me a little note and let me know. I shall then try to control myself.