The eternal, undeniable force—and the many faces— of the women of France
Still lifes by Bela Borsodi Fashion photographs by Pascal chevallier
Our lady here—done in paper after a Fernand Léger portrait—wears
pearl and diamond earrings designed by JAR. For details and pricing, see page 144.
STYLED BY MANE DUPLAN; HAIR BY KAKIE FOR MODSHAIRAGENCY.COM; MAKEUP
BY HUGO RAIA FOR ATELIER 68; PRODUCTION BY BLUE SAND/EMMANUELE CAUX
She may be a sixth-generation member of
Hermès’s Dumas family, but Mussard is poised to
take the 172-year-old retailer into the future.
She is currently overseeing the company’s newest
(and presently unnamed) venture, which will
produce limited-edition objects using materials like
salvaged leather and silk, set to launch later
this year. Despite her forward-thinking role,
Mussard’s most prized possession is also one of
Hermès’s most classic: “My agenda,” she
says, “contains my entire life.”
Photographed on the rooftop of the Hermès
headquarters at 24 Rue du Faubourg St.-Honoré,
wearing an Hermès aviator jumpsuit ($8,300)
Cartier put its roots down at 13 Rue de la Paix, Paris, back in 1899. This year marked the centennial of its arrival in America.
We salute Cartier—past and present—with a flexible gold necklace with scalloped outlines, ca. 1953; a Sputnik brooch, ca. 1960;
and a Trinity Centennial earring, ca. 2009, in rose, yellow, and white gold emblazoned, naturally, with stars.
STYLED BY MANE DUPLAN; HAIR BY KAKIE; MAKEUP BY HUGO RAIA; PRODUCTION BY BLUE SAND/EMMANUELE CAUX
“French women are always chic and discreet,” says the French-born model turned actress. Clearly. Despite a
closet full of couture (a black woven vintage Chanel jacket is her staple), Marnay’s most treasured piece is a small
diamond ring that belonged to her grandmother, with whom she grew up in the tiny town of Chartres.
Photographed in Montmartre, wearing a Chanel satin dress ($9,100), shoes ($675), and bracelet ($1,600)
At 103 years old, Van Cleef & Arpels merits its own chapter in the history of France. Part one might
discuss the clover-shaped Alhambra; part two might dissect the origins of the Mystery Set sapphire. For part
three we’d like to see an in-depth study of this yellow-gold and baroque pearl necklace, ca. 1970.
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TATYANA MAKAROVA FOR MARIE-FRANCE THAVONEKAM; PRODUCTION BY BLUE SAND/EMMANUELE CAUX
“Style is a combination of class and attitude,” says Catroux, the longtime confidante
and model-muse to the late Yves Saint Laurent. “Charlotte Gainsbourg has it; there’s no one else
like that.” Catroux herself is a fashion original, starting with the title’s main requirement—
a signature look. Hers: stick-straight white-blonde hair, blunt bangs, dark custom-made
YSL glasses, black pants (denim or leather), a men’s vest, and a leather jacket. For evening,
it’s one of her 20 YSL Le Smoking tuxedo jackets paired with black pants. “I don’t follow
fashion,” Catroux says. “My entire life, YSL is all I’ve ever needed.”
Photographed under the Pont de Bir-Hakeim over the Seine, wearing her own
leather jacket, T-shirt, denim jeans, and shoes, all vintage Yves Saint Laurent
L orenz Bäumer’s geometric spinel earrings and sapphire-
surrounded tourmaline ring will be on view at his atelier on Place
Vendôme (he also just debuted a fine-jewelry line for Louis Vuitton). Pierre
Sterlé, one of the unsung heroes of French jewelry, opened a Paris salon
in 1934, creating pieces for giants like Chaumet and Boucheron.
The ca. 1950 citrine and diamond bracelet, worn here as a necklace,
showcases the gold-rope work he was known for. OPPOSITE PAGE: STYLED BY MANE DUPLAN; HAIR BY HUGO RAIA; MAKEUP BY KAKIE; PRODUCTION BY BLUE SAND/EMMANUELE CAUX
Her father, the late Jean-Pierre Cassel, was a sort of French Fred Astaire who appeared in The Happy Road with Gene Kelly. Her
half-brother is Vincent Cassel, an actor and the husband of Monica Bellucci. At the tender age of 18, Cécile Cassel, now 26, decided to join
the family business and made her debut as a shy teenager in the sixties-inspired La Bande du Drugstore. American audiences may
recognize her as Mikhail Baryshnikov’s snobby daughter in the second-to-last episode of Sex and the City. Cassel is up next in the British
film My Last Five Girlfriends, the talk of this year’s TriBeCa Film Festival. But the verging starlet can still be spotted at the quiet,
nondescript, organic Rose Bakery in the Marais. “When it’s a wrap,” Cassel says, “I go home, there are no spotlights.”
Photographed at the Pont Alexandre III, wearing a Christian Dior Doll dress ($5,000)
Mauboussin and Marchak—established in 1827 and 1878, respectively—have been
recently revived and refreshed. Here, the Mauboussin Festival necklace in the house’s signature
star shape, and Marchak’s diamond and colored titanium Nebuleuses earrings. OPPOSITE PAGE: STYLED BY CHARLA CARTER; HAIR BY FREDERIC SOUQUET; MAKEUP BY CEDRIC GERARD
What becomes a grande dame most?
Orson Welles once referred to Moreau as
“the greatest actress in the world.”
Since starring in Jules et Jim in 1962,
she’s acted in, written, and directed
more than 130 films and plays. Moreau,
a self-described “woman with absolutely
no sense of nostalgia,” continues to
dazzle us time and time again.
Photographed at the restaurant at
Le Meurice, wearing her own Chanel
suit and diamond pendant.