The Louis Vuitton fashion show at the Paris 2012 Spring ready-to-wear show was presented by artistic director Marc Jacobs, who is popularly assumed to be the front runner for the top job at Dior. The fashions, in ice-cream shades of lace and chiffon, were a little too frou-frou for my taste, but the guy sure knows how to put on a show! The “runway” was a carousel installed in the magnificent Cour Carrée of the Louvre. It was a perfect motif for a Paris fashion show. Ornate carousels abound in Paris; there are at least ten old beauties where children of all ages can reach for the brass ring.
Today’s expression, le clou du spectacle (luh clue due speck-tack-luh) literally means “the nail of the show.” It refers to the part of an event that is so amazing that it will fix the attention of the spectators the way a nail attaches a picture to the wall. Marc Jacobs’ show will be the talk of the town for quite a while, I imagine. It’s a great way to audition for a new job as he reaches for his own brass ring at Dior.