Brigitte - Social circles

Brigitte - Social circles

Bonsoir, my name is Brigitte. I’m the ultimate Parisian. There isn’t a VIP evening that I miss out on. When I was 18, I hunted autographs and stole photos of stars walking the streets of Paris or in concert. Vanessa Paradis, Catherine Deneuve, Jean Dujardin... they’re all in my book. It wasn’t very difficult as my parents produced concerts and I grew up in this fascinating world. I’ve turned it into a profession since I’m a people journalist! I now set up meetings with the stars and can question them without their bodyguards getting rid of me like they did in the past. I’d love to tell you more about these so French VIPs…

How can I thank you, all of you who were able to understand the immense grief of the French people after the attacks in Paris, showing us your support and your amazing love of Paris by the countless messages sent.  During these horrible days in January, I was in New York visiting the 9/11 Memorial and new museum devoted to the intolerable attack in 2011.  While my first reaction was sadness, I was gradually comforted by my admiration for these incredible tokens of love and solidarity that arrived from all over the world, often from strangers, distant relatives and from artists who expressed their grief in their works.   My friends from Canada, Rose and Herb come to Paris twice a year for a long three-week stay. Their love affair with Paris has lasted for more than 20 years and the City of Light, continues to fascinate them. The way they talk about it is one of the nicest things I’ve read these past weeks…

When it comes to effortless style, French women have a formula down pat—you know that intriguing je ne sais quoi that combines both effortlessness and elegance. To find out more, we talked with Nathalie Peigney, author of the new book Sophie the Parisian: Style Tips from a True Parisian (Rizzoli), who splits her time between Paris and Rome on all things Parisian, from style tips and the art of practicing moderation to her perfect day in Paris.

Carole Bouquet is a French movie star. She worked with the most famous directors. She became world famous with her role as a James Bond girl with Roger Moore in “For your eyes only”. Now 61, Carole Bouquet is still incredibly beautiful and hasn’t lost an ounce of her charm and unequalled allure. Nothing seems to tarnish her complexion. She claims that it’s better to try and overcome your age rather than try and hide it…

Edith Piaf’s songs and singing style seemed to reflect the tragedies of her own difficult life. According to her love letters published in France, it appears that she regretted many things: the great diva craved a “normal life, with children, pretty curtains and a husband”. The French cabaret singer, songwriter and actress is still considered as one of the greatest performers of the 20th century. Let’s have a look to her amazing personality and life. 

First things first, the hostess's polite "make yourself at home" is not to be taken literally! You are not at home, obviously. When it comes to the basic rules of manners that have been passed down from mother to daughter for generations, Parisian women are very strict. When invited by friends in France, some basic good manners to remember are:

Prima regola, non prendere mai alla lettera la frase, detta per buona educazione, dalla padrona di casa «Fate pure come se foste a casa vostra»! È chiaro, non è assolutamente così, non ci troviamo a casa nostra! Le Parigine ci tengono molto alle regole di base del “savoir vivre”, che si trasmettono da secoli di madre in figlia. Allora, se siete invitati a casa di amici in Francia, dovete conoscere alcune regole base della buona educazione, eccole qui:

Nel quadro della 35ma edizione delle Giornate Europee del Patrimonio e per il secondo anno consecutivo, il Crazy Horse invita il pubblico a scoprire i suoi backstage attraverso un percorso esclusivo, in cui aneddoti e piccoli segreti verranno svelati per l’occasione! Inoltre, quest’anno ai fan del celebre cabaret viene riservata una sorpresa, con un incontro a tu per tu con due Crazy Girls!

Roberto Ruggiero, uomo di grande cultura e fine affabulatore, ha partecipato e partecipa tuttora a grandi dibattiti televisivi in trasmissioni di risonanza nazionale. Conoscitore della vita mondana italiana e internazionale, riconosciuto e invidiato playboy suo malgrado, è uomo di elegante normalità e di modi raffinati, oltre che appassionato frequentatore della Ville Lumière, di cui conosce come pochi gli usi e i costumi e soprattutto l'“art de vivre”, tra i motivi ispiratori della sua vita…

Marion Cotillard was named "The most bankable French actress of the 21st century" in 2014, with her films amassing more than 37 million ticket sales in France between 2001 and 2014. Born in Paris in 1975, she appeared in a number of French and American films before landing her starring role as Edith Piaf in the film La Vie en Rose. She won an Academy Oscar Award for the performance. But who is Marion and why does she choose not call herself a feminist?

The charm of Parisians is as unmistakable as it is indecipherable ... Now a book explains their secret to us “ Sophie the Parisian, style tips from a true parisian Woman" (Rizzoli). "We don't look at the appearance," says the writer Nathalie Peigney. "What matters are self-esteem and savoir vivre". By Virginia Ricci for Io Donna magazine.

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