|Dr. Alexandra Fourcade, Chevalier de L'Ordre National de la Légion d'Honneur.|
|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.