ALIX of BOHEMIA

THE GYPSY TAILOR

A MUSE FOR ALL SEASONS

Alix Verley PietrafesaComment

IN THIS BUSINESS OF BOHEMIA, WE HAVE ACQUIRED MANY A MUSE. SOME WE HAVE COLLECTED AS FRIENDS, SOME ARE IDOLS FROM ANOTHER TIME AND SPACE...HECK, SOME ARE EVEN IMAGINED FROM THE DEPTHS OF OUR TINY LITTLE BRAINS. LUCKILY, WE DON'T HAVE TO LOOK TERRIBLY FAR TO BE INSPIRED. OUR GRANDMOTHER, WHOSE NAME IS FRANCE, WHOM WE CALL 'MAMIQUE' IS BASICALLY COCO CHANEL. 

THIS IS US WITH HER, WHEN WE WERE VERY YOUNG (AND BLONDE!) IN AUVERNE, FRANCE: 

(WE REMEMBER BEING AFRAID THAT MAMIQUE WOULD FALL OVER THE WALL AND INTO THE RAVINE BEHIND.)

SHE WAS BORN IN PRAGUE, THE ELDEST OF 12  (TWELVE.) CHILDREN.

THEY CALLED HER 'FRANCE' BECAUSE THEY MISSED THEIR HOME COUNTRY:

THEN THEY HEADED BACK TO PARIS, WHERE FRANCE EVENTUALLY MET ALAIN, (WHO WOULD BECOME OUR GRANDFATHER) ON A PILGRIMAGE TO CHARTRES.

HE OFFERED TO CARRY HER BACKPACK. THIS SEALED THE DEAL:

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WITH MY GRANDFATHER, IN NEUILLY ON THEIR WEDDING DAY, 70 YEARS AGO.

GOTTA LOVE THE COSTUMES.

SHE LOVES A GOOD HAT TOO. WE INHERITED THAT FROM HER.

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LOVE HER CENTER PART, AND OUR GRANDFATHER'S SUIT:

TOTALLY CHANNELING AUDREY

SO FORTIES. ESPEDRILLES, CHECK.

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OUR DARLING GRANDMOTHER WITH OUR MOTHER, LA DAPHNE. THE FIFTH OF THE NINE CHILDREN SHE WOULD HAVE.

YES, THATS RIGHT. THAT BABESHOW HAD 9. 

(FRENCH CATHOLIC FAMILIES WEREN'T TOO HEAVY ON THE BIRTHCONTROL)

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FAVOURITE PHOTO OF GRANDPARENTS, CHILLING IN PARIS TOGETHER. 

MORE BABIES. AND A FRESHLY CUT PIXIE FROM VIDAL SASSON, APPARENTLY.

WHY WEAR A WINTER HAT WHEN YOU CAN WEAR A TURBAN?

BOTTLE FEEDING ON THE BEACH:

THIS MUST BE A SEVENTIES MOMENT:

US IN MAMIQUE'S ARMS AT A WEDDING IN FRANCE.

YOU LIKE OUR HAIR BOW? 

(WE ARE BOTH WEARING OUR SIGNATURE LOOKS. SHE IN A HAT AND GLOVES AND US IN LIBERTY PRINT)

AND AGAIN.  (SHE WAS A MOSTLY AND FAVOURITE COMPANION):

WHAT HAVE WE LEARNED FROM FRANCE?

 RED LIPSTICK AND CHANEL SOLVE MOST PROBLEMS.

THERE IS NO EXCUSE FOR NOT MAKING AN EFFORT. ALWAYS MAKE AN EFFORT.

DO NOT BE AFRAID.

HAVE A LOT OF BABIES. IT KEEPS YOU YOUNG.

COOKING AND SEWING AND KNITTING ARE VERY VALUABLE SKILLS.

SPREAD JOY.

PEARLS  AND FUR GO WITH EVERYTHING. 

FAMILY FIRST. 

BE TOLERANT.

BE AS GLAMOUROUS AS POSSIBLE AT ALL TIMES.

LIVE WELL DARLING! ALWAYS LIVE WELL. 

LOVE EACHOTHER. 

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FRANCE TODAY, AT 89. 

SOMETHING FOR US TO ASPIRE TO.

(LET US HOPE WE GOT THOSE GENES)

 

HAPPY WEEKEND PARTY PEOPLE.