Thursday, October 6, 2011

Cocktails In Paris

Dr. Alexandra Fourcade, Chevalier de L'Ordre National de la Légion d'Honneur.
Dresses, dresses everywhere. It was a warm Indian summer evening, we were in a garden with the doors thrown open to the interior of a magnificent maison particulière on the occasion of the presentation of the prestigious Légion d'Honneur to the niece of My-Reason-For-Living-In-France.
Alix, Julie and Caroline.

Champagne flowed, the group was stunning, a melange of ages from Alexandra's 91-year-old mother-in-law to her youngest daughter, 16, and the reason for the celebration made the soirée magic.

Apart from the ceremony marking the accomplishments of Alexandra and the presentation of her medal, I realized I was in the midst of a carpe diem fashion moment and I needed to act. Under the circumstances I wasn't sure if it was in the best taste to set out on my mission. Therefore I asked her permission. "Of course, of course," she said. "Go for it."




I hesitated at first since it was an event dedicated to her brilliance and all that she has accomplished -- medical research, political activism, a gorgeous family and, as Joel de Rosnay, who presented her with the medal pointed out, "Alexandra is the very definition of anti-procrastination." He then went on to break the word down into its Latin roots since "procrastination" it seems is not in the French vocabulary. (Now I understand why I love living in France.)

An aside -- well, what did you expect (?): Joel de Rosnay, Docteur ès Sciences, Conseiller de la Présidente de la Cité des Sciences et du Palais de la Découverte (Universcience), Président exécutif de Biotics International, recently conducted a seminar on staying young old (as in when one is chronologically old, our organism can function as if it were young , not the preconceived inevitable old/old) for that reason I would love to interview him.

I thought, easy enough, I'll ask Alexandra if she can intercede. Then, I went to my friend Mr. Google and realized how intimidated I would be. He did seem exceedingly friendly and accessible during the cocktail party, but I wonder whether it was because I was drinking champagne. I sometimes lose a sense of reality when under the influence. We shall see.

Four months pregnant -- drinking a glass of sparkling water -- in the most divine stretch of a LBD. What about the shoes, and the headband? I want to interview her as well. She is a perfume "nose."



You witness here my recovery from hesitation to photograph the gorgeous invitées. I don't think there was a pair of trousers in the crowd, except for the men of course who were mostly in gray suits or navy blazers, a few with the red thread on the left lapel which indicates they too possess the Legion d'Honneur.

29 comments:

LPC said...

Wow. That's just fantastic. What an achievement, and how wonderful to see the women dressed at an occasion to honor YRFLIF's niece.

Pam @ over50feeling40 said...

I love the construction of Alexandria's dress...thanks for sharing the event!!

ms. caboo said...

They all look so put together with such ease. Oh, to have that confidence!

Parthenope said...

Wonderful ! What a happy occasion. Thank you for being brave enough to ask. The photos are so inspiring. I like all the looks, but my favourite is the lemon dress. It's so good to see a change from black.

kathy peck said...

What an incredible accomplishment for your beautiful niece. Congratulations to the whole family!

déjà pseu said...

Wow, congratulations to her on her stunning achievement! Your whole family must be so proud.

Everyone looks so lovely. It looks like it might have been a warm evening.

Sam @ My Carolina Kitchen said...

Congratulations to your niece. What an honor. She's a beautiful young woman and has a lovely smile.

Every one of the ladies looks so chic. My favorite is the one with the blue scarf over her shoulder, the short lace skirt, and the Chanel shoes. So glad to see dresses on everyone. Very feminine.
Sam

hostess of the humble bungalow said...

Bravo and congrats to your niece.
She looks lovely in her LBD.
I was hoping for a snapshot of you Tish!

helen tilston said...

Tish

Congratulation, what an absolute wonderful honour. Alexandra is beautiful in so many way and also a brilliant mind. I feel it is so important to honour greatness and achievement and in particular when achieved by young women. Bravo. This makes me feel very proud
Helen xx

JMW said...

The honoree looks amazing! As do all of the women.

BigLittleWolf said...

Wonderful pics!

And I'm reminded that one of the things I miss most about socializing in Europe is the splendid mix of generations. It is rejuvenating to the older, and occasionally, inspiring to the younger. To those of us in the "middle" - it's an enriching view, no matter which way we turn.

sharon said...

Congratulations to your niece, you both must have been so proud. and congratulations to you for being that brave with your camera - I honestly wouldn't have dared - the champagne maybe?

Susan Tiner said...

What an honor! You all must be so proud.

Beautiful dresses and lots of bare legs. Feminine AND comfortable.

Lorrie said...

What a wonderful accomplishment for your niece. Congratulations to her.

I love all the dresses, and how they are all accessorized uniquely. And what a gorgeous setting. My eyes keep drifting to the floors and walls of the venue.

Semi Expat said...

Congratulations to the niece of your RFLIF - wonderful. Fantastic to see so many gorgeous women and all looking fabulous - thank you for sharing with us. And many congratulations to you on your appointment to MORE magazine... X

Northmoon said...

Congradulations to your beautiful, talented niece. It looks like it was a perfect celibration, thank you for taking the pictures to share it with us.

Chanterelle said...

Details: they all have bare, suntanned legs, and I can't see any punishingly vertiginous heels (even great-niece Caroline's shoes don't look all that high). Minimal jewelry. They all look fabulous, and bien dans leur peau.

ida said...

Congratulations to YRFLIF neice what a beautiful smile she has so natural and elegant in her lbd.Ida

V.O. said...

Brava to your niece! An incredible woman! As an academic trying to imagine what it will take to survive in a growingly anti-intellectual and anti-intelligence country (USA, in case it wasn't immediately obvious), I am always just stunned and heartened by the way the French treat their academics. Plus, everyone from politicos and nerds are over-the-top chic! You are so lucky to live there. I loved this post.

Lost in Provence said...

Well, this is even better than what I could have hoped for! I would have been thrilled with a random, sampling of the net as flitered through your impec lens mais non! En plus, we get a real party. And I love that your niece, with all of her accomplishments, still has such a warm smile. We all know that is the best accessory.

Beadboard UpCountry said...

How fun was that?!!!! Everyone looked Fabulous! Love the nose's blue suede shoes...... Strappy!!!!!Better that a magazine shoot. Drink more champagne it makes you "focus" better! Maryanne xo

Tamera Beardsley said...

So happy to have found your fabulous blog via More magazine! Having been rather new to the world of blogging I was lost amongst the world of "mommy blogs'.....finding you and yours I now feel as though I have found my pond!

Thank you so for your inspiring , uplifting and oh so chic blog!

Anonymous said...

Tish,
What an honor for Alexandra. She is so fresh and radiant. Her girls are charming. Thank you for this slice of your life in France.
What a nice variety of cocktail dresses and shoes. Prints, colors and anything but boring black. Well done. So, what did you wear?
Will you tell us? How did you make up your mind? Just saying....
the women in yellow must be working out at the gym. Her arms...are toned, right?.

Jeannie

Carol said...

What a brilliant accomplishment for your beautiful niece, you must have all been bursting with love and pride for her..

SewingLibrarian said...

They all look beautiful! Must have been a fun party.

Young at Heart said...

what a night.....and such effortless elegance!!

Belle de Ville said...

What a wonderful event. Congratulations to your niece for her accomplishments.
And, she looks way too young to have daughters that age.

MarthaB said...

Wonderful and thanks for showcasing this! Félicitations!
My husband is a Chevalier de L'Ordre Des Arts et des Lettres and his medal ceremony was one of the proudest moments of my life. I wore - alas- trousers! (they were silk) - and a beautiful Chinese jacket bought in Hong Kong.

quintessence said...

Well firstly huge congratulations to Alexandra - clearly well deserved. And so funny about her children - my girls are Julia and Caroline and one of my boys is Alexander (Alec). What a chic crowd - so glad you recovered from your initial hesitation!!

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