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  1. #Metoo and the Death of Seduction or Catherine Deneuve versus the World

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    Article by Meredith Keeve a.k.a.  the Wandering Parisian In January of 2018, on the heels of the Weinstein affair  Catherine Deneuve and 99 other famous French women signed a letter that was printed in Le Monde complaining that the definiton of harassment, as articulated by some in the #MeToo movement, was too broad. While these women clearly supported the victims of Weinstein’s egregious aggressions, they felt that flirtatious commentary – whether or not it was requested or provoked – should not be included in the definition of sexual harassment. A week later Deneuve came back into the public eye to apologize for offending those who had suffered traumatic incidents of harassment. So much for fighting the zeitgeist. How do we define harassment? Rape and sexual aggressions are unspeakable crimes. However, when it...
  2. A New Elegance as we come out of Lockdown: Is it a Frame of Mind?

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    Article by Meredith Keeve a.k.a the Wandering Parisian As we move out of lockdown and back toward a “normal” life we will certainly find many things have changed. There will be a “new normal” in terms of telecommuting and socializing, but one thing is absolutely certain – we are ready to get out of our sweatpants! But before you wonder how to transition from absolute comfort into your “working wardrobe”, lets take a moment to consider notions of elegance, and how they may intersect with comfort. As ever, our French neighbours may have some useful ideas…   A few years ago, Nathalie Rykiel, the daughter of famous French fashion arbiter Sonia Rykiel, wrote a book called Elegance. Intrigued by the elusive notion of elegance, and how it might be recognized and applied in...
  3. Style over 50: How to Wear Prints for 2020

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    Article by Meredith Keeve a.k.a The Wandering Parisian While I, personally, am VERY leery of print, as are many of my compatriotes françaises, I do know les Anglaises are, on the contrary, very fond of prints, particularly floral prints. Though we can agree that Liberty makes lovely prints and fabrics and that they are endlessly charming on small children, or perhaps for sleepwear – one needs to be aware that print can be very dangerous on the fifty + female who is not going for a granny-themed outing or a pyjama party. Inspiration from Dries Van Noten at Paris Fashion Week So lets look, again inspired by our current Paris Fashion Week runway, at one of the greatest masters of print;...
  4. Style Inspiration for Fifty Plus Women from Saint Laurent’s 2020 Collection

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    Article by Meredith Keeve a.k.a. The Wandering Parisian   Those of us who remember the fashions of the 70s and 80s remember French Haute Couture and Ready to Wear couturier Yves Saint Laurent and his unparalleled and unprecedented use of colour. Navy and black; orange and red; pink and orange – these unusual combinations made the most traditional tailoring extremely exciting.  These extraordinary combinations made the designer, unambiguously, one of fashion’s greatest colourists .   While current designer (for the renamed SAINT LAURENT) Anthony Vaccarello’s vision may at times have been controversial, his 2020 collection, shown recently during Paris Fashion Week, is clearly inspired by YSL’s colour palette. If ...
  5. Reinventing Your Life Over 50 the French Way : Part Three Downsizing

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    Article by Meredith Keeve a.k.a. The Wandering Parisian   RIGHTSIZING…and learning to live in smaller spaces   In a sense, many French women have a head start, they have been living in tiny Parisian apartments and thus have managed to avoid accumulating too much. But for those of us who lived in houses (as I did in North America for over a decade) the luxury of space meant the luxury of acquisition and now, as they say in museum-speak we must de-acquisition. If you are so inclined Marie Kondo and her Konmari method is everywhere in books, on television and on youtube. If she is not your cup of tea there are other organizational methods, numerous books and articles…. But, if you cannot be bothered...
  6. Reinventing Your Life Over 50 the French Way: Part Two – Moving Forward

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    Article by Meredith Keeve a.k.a the Wandering Parisian   Freedom of choice/Le bon choix Discernment has long been my favorite adjective to describe French lifestyle and culture. Reflecting then selecting is the operative way to move forward in all of your decision-making processes at this point. If we think about lifestyle as a series of choices we pare things down to their essentials. What do you want your lifestyle to be? What do you want your life to look like? Many people at this stage of life dream of traveling – whether that means exotic adventures in Borneo, or wandering through museums in Florence or simply sitting by a turquoise sea – if that is truly your dream and your desire then what choices...
  7. Reinventing Yourself Over 50 – The French Way: Part One

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    Article by Meredith Keeve a.k.a. The Wandering Parisian   France, and particularly French women – of a certain age – give us valuable insight, and set useful examples of how to tackle the health, wealth or emotional challenges of the years ahead.   French culture is very strong, and French history an important factor in French life, and this history includes a very rugged streak of individualism, a kind of refusal to accept, a desire to fight for the things you believe in (welcome to the strikes we all know about!). France’s most iconic women from Simone de Beauvoir to Catherine Deneuve or Jeanne Moreau have all been completely independent thinkers, each one – in a sense – happily selfish, making sure her choices...
  8. Going Grey – the French Way!

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    Article by Meredith Keeve – a.k.a. The Wandering Parisian There used to be a saying:  French women don’t get older, they get blonder. And many French women do, get “blonder” with age. But, as is the case in many places, there are also many French women who choose to go grey. Sophie Fontanel, the famous French journalist from Elle magazine, decided to go grey and wrote a book about it. She found it not only liberating, but even a source of a new power and beauty. Choosing to go grey But, as ever, with the French, it is a question of choice. In France, choosing to go grey, like most other attributes, is capitalized upon, and used as a strength. Often silver hair is becomingly...
  9. Planning for Christmas – the French way (including your holiday wardrobe)

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    Article by Meredith Keeve a.k.a the Wandering Parisian Joyeux Noel: Christmas Cocktails and other Perils of December It is here, looming on the approaching horizon – the HOLIDAYS! As wonderful and terrifying as this time of year can be, a couple of helpful hints may guide us a little more gracefully through this glorious and stressful time of year. As usual, our Parisian icon can lead the way. Organization is the Parisian’s secret weapon. While she appears notoriously nonchalant, behind the scenes she has checklists galore and is steaming ahead with her preparations – in all aspects of her life. With regard to gift giving, well, the better part of her shopping for gifts is done. A visit to her favorite upscale outlet store, a single decision with regard to gift...
  10. Parisian Perspectives: Celine is Dead, Long Live PHOEBE!

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    Article by Meredith Keeve a.k.a. the Wandering Parisian   Only those of you living under rocks will have escaped the pertinent and provocative response of the UK press (the French press was much more discreet, after all LVMH is a VERY big deal in France) to Hedi Slimane’s “New” Celine runway show. Basically Slimane did recycled Slimane: lots of skinny black suits and sheer mini-skirts – clothes that tend to look fabulous on anorexic teens. His show seemed to repudiate everything that went on before – namely Phoebe Philo (2008-2018). For those of you flying below the Fashion Radar, once upon a time there was a woman called Phoebe Philo who in 2008 took over a French brand (belonging to LVMH) called Celine and turned a...
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