High heels

Ever since Catherine de Medici introduced them to the French, the high-heeled shoes were a fashion must. At first, they were an inseparable part of man's wardrobe, especially royals and nobility but later, in the late 18th century, they became a feminine symbol, the sexy,

Perfume

If you want to adhere to that "When in Paris act like a Parisian" then perfume is a must. It is one of the essences of French girl chic, along with mariniere, beret, cigarettes, red lipstick and espadrilles.   Any perfume, whether it is floral, “oriental,” wood,

Mariniere

When it comes to Frenchness,  striped sailor jersey known as tricot raye, mariniere or Breton shirt is the iconic garment,  a cool classic worn by trendsetters from Coco Chanel, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Pablo Picasso to Brigitte Bardot, Jean Paul Gaultier and Caroline de Maigret.   Traditionally

Beret

When you say France, chances are that one of your first associations would be a beret, that soft, round, flat-crowned Basque hat usually made from sturdy wool felt that prevents the passage of wind and water and is designed with a tight-fitting crown that helps

La Reine Margot

She was one of the most educated, cultured, beautiful, fashionable women of her time, a “pearl of de Valois,” but also a victim of misogynist propaganda that portrayed her as nymphomaniac and incestuous La Reine Margot (Queen Margot) and downplayed the importance of her actions

Women of style – Catherine de Medici

We know her as a sinister Queen, “the Italian woman”, a scheming poisoner and a ruthless power player who controlled her sons and gave her daughter a hell of a wedding present - St. Bartholomew’s Day massacre.   Film lovers probably remember Virna Lisi’s rather accurate portrayal

Heloise and Abelard

Hers was one of the most beautiful and tragic (true) love stories, a model upon which many fictional love stories were later based on. But who was Heloise, the woman whose love affair with Pierre Abelard scandalized the 12th-century world?   Despite being one of the greatest

What’s in a name…

Rose has always been a used as a symbol, most often a symbol of the feminine principle, divine love and later, in the 19th and most notably 20th century an important symbol of a fight for women’s rights and anti-authoritarian associations.   It was one of the

Alexandre Dumas

The legend has it that when his character Porthos died in The Three Musketeer’s final installment - The Vicomte of Bragelonne, the whole Paris knew of it and mourned him as Alexandre Dumas walked the streets of French capital crying “I killed Porthos!”   Parisians watched in

Angelique

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