For the sake of facility, let's agree that black and white are colors. Merci.
Now that we have that out of the way, let's include the vast range of beiges, creams, off-whites, greiges, ecru, egg shells and on and on as a color family. Merci.
I have now established the color spectrum I see everywhere on the streets of Paris and in the country. I'm talking about dresses. They are either black, white or that myriad family of non-whites.
We all agree, I think, that white is refreshingly clean, crisp and cool whether we wear it or not. Same goes for the beige brigade in general.
Black is another story. One either loves it in the summer or avoids it altogether. Obviously it gets my vote.
Soon we'll all be obliged to talk about fall, but I like the idea of prolonging summer right up and into the last balmy days. This post then is dedicated to the Little Black Dress of Summer from the runway to those chosen by France's first lady, Carla Bruni Sarkozy.
My thinking is, the majority are seasonless and maybe, just maybe there are still some hanging around the markdown racks. You really should check.
From the top: Paul & Joe, Ralph Lauren (I'm asking myself, "Is that navy blue?" Pretty either way, but breaks the theme unfortunately.), Diane Von Furstenberg, Michael Kors, Jil Sander, Max Mara, Ferragamo, Sportmax and Anne Valérie Hash.
My favorite of all Madame Sarkozy's choices is the ultra-simple perfection of the cap-sleeved dress she is wearing with her husband. I'm also wondering whether the sublime off the shoulder number isn't also navy blue.
Hmmm, is navy blue the new black?
No, I don't think so.
News Flash: As you are reading this, Madame Sarkozy is about to begin filming her cameo role in the Woody Allen film, "Midnight In Paris." The French looooove Woody Allen because he's an INTELLECTUAL.