A challenge from the lovely Badaude, illustrator and writer extraordinaire with a talent for navigating the vagaries of French it-girl fashion (see above and also here). She imagined a 21st century night with her favorite Parisian artists of any era, and invited a few other bloggers to do the same.
So who would be my guests?
Colette -- Because I’m leaving for vacation today, and Judith Thurman’s Colette bio Secrets of the Flesh, which I found at Abbey bookstore recently, is in the reading pile. (Taking the book on my trip was prévu, but Lauren’s recent twitter link to this review cinched the deal.)
Romy Schneider – A star yes, but an artist too. Although my favorite period for her acting was around the César and Rosalie time, in my fantasy I would like her to be about the age she was in this Will McBride book: 25. Conscious of ditching her “Sissi” image and showing her sensual, strong, and vulnerable facets, when these photos were taken she was recently jilted by Alain Delon. It would give us something to talk about. (Some more great shots of Romy on this site -- I love the session from 1974 (not safe for work) and the “Romy in Chanel” album.
Edna St. Vincent Millay – The flame-haired American poet was only a short term Paris resident but oh, I’d like her to meet me just after the night her husband Eugen jumped into the Seine to save a drowning woman (while wearing a tuxedo).
Location? I first thought of the classic, book filled, centrally located Le Fumoir, but it’s too fashionable for what I have in mind. No, I’d prefer the low key L’Autre Café for this encounter. I love the ambiance in the morning with the breeze coming in the big windows and the regulars sitting quietly with their papers, and all the morning sounds of the city waking up outside the cafe. We could meet for a café creme, talk about the night’s adventures, then stay for lunch and a carafe of wine.
(Another option? Because why limit ones fantaisies, right? We meet in the late afternoon at the 104, then walk down to the Place Sainte-Marthe for a drink on the square.)
Apropos of Le Select, the setting of Badaude’s fabulous new header for Maitresse (which inspired this fantasy challenge), here’s a photo taken from the inside of my friend Alex’s apartment – he used to live right on top of the cafe, if you can believe it.