Sur cinq colonnes à la une

A few days ago I wrote about Garance Doré and her partnership with Kate Spate with a capsule collection for Fall 2012. The entire, much larger, collection is called Parisian Chic (watch a video of it by clicking on the link). For the fashion show, rather than using a catwalk, the models were stationary on short columns inspired by the black and white striped Buren columns installed in the Cour d’Honneur at the Palais-Royal, opposite the Louvre.

The stark, modernist columns were added to the 17th century courtyard in 1986. Daniel Buren was commissioned to create the 260 columns by then-Culture Minister Jack Lang. Recently, they were given a buff-up at a cost of 6 million Euros. Personally, I’ve never been a fan of the Buren columns. They’re supposed to pay homage to the columns in the arcades surrounding the courtyard, but I just think they’re ugly. The space had previously been a parking lot, so I suppose the columns are better than cars. People do interact with this “art” installation, however. They’re a perch for friends, a climbing apparatus for children, and an obstacle course for skateboarders. I have to admit that in the Kate Spade show, the motif of the columns worked. They said “Paris” in a distinctly French accent, without a single reference to the usual clichés of the Eiffel Tower, baguettes, or berets.

As for the clothes, there are plenty of prints, so the severe columns helped literally and figuratively stabilize the collection. Lots of vintage-inspired looks in bold colors will have you singing “I love Paris” right through this fall. I have a ridiculous amount of clothing, so I was more interested in some of the accessory pieces to update my staples.  He-who-indulges-all-my-whims bought me the black and gold Ooh la la bracelet for our anniversary. Smart man. The Parisian Lights scarf is also very pretty, with a design based on a slightly blurry streetscape, like what you’d see from your cab window while driving back to your hotel after a wonderful dinner in a Parisian restaurant. And if you like polka dots as much as I do, take your pick from teeny to super-size. I’ve saved a bunch of the pieces to my Wish List, because it’s just over two months until Christmas. (Hint, hint.)

Today’s expression, sur cinq colonnes à la une (sir sank kolon ah lah oon), literally means “on five columns on the front page.” It’s a figurative way of saying “splashed across the front page.” The Kate Spade Parisian Chic collection has been getting lots of press, just as the Daniel Buren columns have gotten their share over the years. Ooh la la, indeed.

Kate Spade Paris iPhone Cover

About Patricia Gilbert

Patricia Gilbert is a French teacher. She's Canadian, lives in the United States, but dreams of living in France. Follow her on Instagram @Onequalitythefinest and on Twitter @1qualthefinest.
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