Charlotte Casiraghi’s maternity style

courtesy of Hello Magazine

courtesy of Hello Magazine


She’s due anytime now! Charlotte Casiraghi, the prettiest face in Monaco since Grace Kelly, will give birth before the end of the year.

Spotted last week at a charity gala, Charlotte beamed in a delicate floor length maxi dress by French boutique “1 et 1 font 3.”

The soon-to-be father, French comedian Gad Elmaleh, recently confirmed that the couple are not engaged.

Natalia squeezes LVMH: couple alert!

One is a child of communist Russia, and the other a child of ruthless captialism, but this summer its free market love for supermodel Natalia Vodianova and LVMH heir Antoine Arnault.

The two lovebirds couldn’t stop their public displays of affection while vacationing in Ibiza this August.

Natalia, 29, freshly split from Brit real-estate heir husband Justin Portman, didn’t waste any time going after the Arnault heir, who is currently ranked the wealthiest family in France. LVMH also happens to be one of her major employers, as she does campaigns for Louis Vuitton, Guerlain, Givenchy among other labels.

Marion Cotillard, Natalie Portman…

Who will be the next pregnant vedette… it comes in three’s!

Marion Cotillard is just finishing up her latest project “Second Coming” in time for a romantic and pregant start to 2011. The 35 year-old actress is engaged and expecting with boyfriend/French heartthrob Guillaume Canet (formerly married to actress Diane Kruger). The two have been dating for three years.

The couple walked the red carpet together at the Marrakesh Film Festival earlier this month, immediately setting off pregnancy speculation as Marion appeared much more voluptuous than usual in her Dior Spring 2011 dress (perhaps not the best choice?). A simple diamond engagement ring can be spotted as well.

Is the whole world engaged, pregnant, or both? Petite B wants to know!!

 (Secretly thinking the recent rush of engagements/pregnancies is pure economics:  the Great Recession is over!)

What happened to Eva Green?

 

 

Eva Green has just dropped another role. After Gemma Arterton said she will replace Green in “Waiting for Robert Capa”, now Diane Kruger steps in to take over her role in “Farewell, My Queen”. The “National Treasure” blonde beauty will be seen playing Marie Antoinette in the upcoming movie, The Playlist says.

She joins Lea Seydoux and Gerard Depardieu whose involvements have been known before.

via Diane Kruger Replaces Eva Green to Bid ‘Farewell, My Queen’.

Portman engaged & preggers with hot Frenchman, Ben Millepied

Quelle surprise! C’est un bébé pour Natalie Portman et son chéri Benjamin Millepied.

Just when the gossip mill seemed lethargic after a cozy Christmas, news hits the wires this morning of Natalie Portman’s engagement to French choreographer Benjamin Millepied. Oh, and did we mention a bébé on the way?

The Bordeaux born-and-raised Millepied is as accomplished in his art as his new leading lady. Once touted as the “French Baryshnikov”, the sexy frenchman has spent much of his professional career in New York City since leaving France at age 16.

Felicitations to the hot couple!

KarL on becoming a supermodel:

Model Sigrid Agren,  images , dispersed with the banal interview questions and got straight to the point in a backstage interview with Karl at the Chanel show in Paris.28_karl_lg1

Karl, what is your advice on becoming a supermodel? He responds:

It’s not being perfect. What one needs is a face that people can identify in a second. That’s why the girls who were famous in the ‘90s can still work for advertising. People know their faces. The little blonde Russian, Sasha (Pivovarava), sash, has a face people can remember instantly, but for other models today, people think, Is she this one or that one? It’s very difficult, but, you see, in fact there is no advice, because all circumstances are very different. It depends on what you are ready to give, the kind of life you bring, what may be exciting or disappointing … You can’t accuse anyone of not doing enough to help you, because, besides yourself, there’s nothing anyone can do. You have to be given what’s needed by nature, and what’s needed is to bring something new. But it’s the most … (hits hand on table) unjust … (hits hand on table) thing in the world.

Actress Marion Cotillard scores coveted role

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She has nearly 40 films under her belt, but French actress Marion Cotillard is barely known outside of France. The only two English-speaking films you might remember her from are Tim Burton’s “Big Fish,” and Ridley Scott’s “A Good Year.”

Now things are about to change for the 32 year old Parisian. She has just signed on to star in director Rob Marshall’s new musical masterpiece, “Nine,” alongside Catherine Zeta-Jones, Sophia Loren, Penelope Cruz, and Javier Bardem. Marshall, who directed “Chicago” and “Memoires of a Geisha” is keen to take on the big screen adaptation of this Tony award-winning Broadway musical, and it looks like Hollywood A-list is too.

The story centers around a film director who can’t concentrate on his work because he’s dealing with numerous women in his life including his lover, wife, and dead mother. Poor guy. It is based on the Fellini movie “8 1/2.” Cotillard will play the director’s wife, Louisa.

Charlotte Gainsbourg hospitalized, ‘out of danger’

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Following an emergency operation on Wednesday night, Charlotte Gainsbourg remains hospitalized following what doctors called a “massive cerebral hemorrhage.”

The 36 year old actress was not released yesterday, as her agent at first projected. Instead, she will remain hospitalized for several more days as doctors monitor her condition. The hemorrhage is thought to have developed from a waterski accident several months ago.

Charlotte was out and about with her children in Saint Germain-des-Pres earlier this week. Thankfully, she is expected to make a full recovery!

Salma Hayek– it’s about time

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Salma, aka Salami, has looked 9 months pregnant since she first announced she was expecting a baby!

The voluptuous Salma Hayek, 41, is expected to give birth any day now to a baby girl. Following her baby shower this month at her home in the Hollywood Hills, sources report the baby’s name will be Valentina.

While Salma divided the summer between Europe and the US, it remains unclear where she will have the baby. She went for tests at the Laboratoire de Parc Monceau several months ago.

Salma turned down her latest role offer– that of Parisian housewife. She plans to stay in the US following the birth, where she will continue to run her production company. Apparently her future-husband, Francois Henri Pinault, is supportive of her work endeavors, even though it means a long distance relationship. He will remain in France to run PPR.

She has also reported that the two will marry before the end of the year.

Damien Saez, Bataclan, & the crossover album

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Damien Saez is a household name in France these days. After the success of his first album nearly 5 years ago (with songs like Fils de France), he has successfully won the hearts and minds of a certain sociopolitical youth constituency.

Although bashful at times, Saez seemed fairly comfortable exuding a rock star persona in front of his sold out final show at the Bataclan tonight. Beginning the first half with a new set of English songs (which will be featured on his October-release album), Saez followed in the second half with what the crowd of frenchies really wanted to hear: his older french anthems.

Saez has spent the last month partying in New York City… staying with various friends and then shacking up in the Mercer Hotel with a bevy of models. His eye is set on conquering the US airwaves, and if Petite Brigitte’s friends are any judge of what will work in America, it seems like he does have crossover potential. Saez is sans doute a musical genius, and his songs are a melange of groups like Coldplay, the Verve, and Nick Drake. His English lyrics could use some polishing… I’m not sure how a song entitled “Yellow Tricycle” will work in the US…. but on the whole an impressive English debut.
Now that the Americans seem more ready to let the French back into their lives (hey, they are listening to Justice now!), Monsieur Saez could be set for a US tour by the end of the year. Bonne chance you son of a … French.

Goodbye Gianfranco

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Italian designer Gianfranco Ferre died Sunday night in Milan of a brain hemorrage. He was 62.

Ferre, known as the “architect of fashion” for his structured shapes, lept to the world fashion scene in 1989 when Bernard Arnault tapped him as top designer for Christian Dior. He remained in that position until 1996.

Condolences have poured in today from leading designers, just as the men’s fashion week in Milan sets to kick off this week.

“When I think of Gianfranco Ferre, the idea that comes immediately to mind is the dignity, the calm, the sense of responsibility that he brought to his work,” Armani said, according to the ANSA news agency.

Kate Winslet is a Tresor

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Kate Winslet has landed a lucrative contract with French cosmetics powerhouse, Lancome. She takes the reigns from Isabella Rosellini in promoting the legendary perfume Tresor. Taking a break from her current filming of Revolutionary Road in NYC, she flew to Paris this week for the “unveiling, ” and stayed at the Ritz.

Her inauguration was feted at the Musee Rodin in front of fans, artists, and press. The campaign, which will launch in September, was shot by famed photographer Peter Lindberg on the Pont-des-Arts.

Wearing a tight black Valentino dress from the Fall 2007 collection, she commented on her new role:

“I didn’t feel that I was just being asked to be the face of something,” Kate explains. “It was me as a person. . .and my message to women — about being real in who you are and comfortable in your skin.”

Oh Cecilia, you’re breaking my heart

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Cecilia Sarkozy looked casual and chic on stage with her on-again-off-again husband, Nicolas. But is their marriage back on track? And could this kind of relationship ever get a man the Presidency in America?! Nooo way.
Here is an excerpt of an excellent Herald Tribune article:

Mme Sarkozy left Nicolas for another man in May 2005, leading to a seven-month separation. Then French magazines followed her every word and movement. Why the omerta this time? Much of the French magazine industry is owned by friends of M. Sarkozy. According to every opinion poll since January, he was a good bet to become President Sarkozy. He is known to have a long memory for journalists who anger him.

So what is going on? Is Cécilia Sarkozy going to be the first lady of France after all? Yes, it appears that she is. Will she be a conventional first lady like Bernadette Chirac, organising the collection of centime coins for charities? “The whole idea bores me to tears,” Cécilia said in an interview in March 2005. “I am not politically correct.”

Anastacia kicks off honeymoon in Paris

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Pop superstar Anastacia (“I’m Outta Love,” “Left Outside Alone”) was at Black Calvados with her new hubby (and bodyguard) Wayne Newton. The two were married last weekend in Mexico, and stopped in Paris for some amour before heading off to Mauritius for honeymoon part II.

Glowing and fresh faced, Anastacia, 33, could not have been friendlier (with a sparkler like that on her finger…). After a brief chat (during which we discussed her amazing success outside of America– 25 million albums and loads of awards!) she even agreed to pose with the stuffed animal I had been dancing with for the evening. Don’t ask.

Meanwhile, Black Calvados is a small jewel in the club scene around the Champs, and often hosts celebrities and fashionistas such as Jaquetta Wheeler, Pink, Carine Roitfeld, Maria Carla Boscono– Liya Kebede celebrated her birthday there with a cake topped with sparklers. Despite its small size, the club packs a punch as far as hot clientele.

Last night was Cabaret themed, and the costumes were impressive with girls in outlandish flapper outfits and feather headbands. Of course the music was a more of the heavy rock genre– sending the crowd into a frenzy with Nine Inch Nails “Closer.”

Note: dancing on the sofas and tables is allowed and common.

What else would you expect with Chris Cornell (Soundgarden/Audioslave) as the bossman?

Black Calvados
40 avenue Pierre 1er de Serbie
011 33 1 47 20 77 77

An Open Letter to Madame Bardot:

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Dear Madame Bardot,

 

I have some happy news to report.

As you are well aware, for many decades you have suffered from a bit of a PR nightmare. For a long time, your fellow frenchies thought you were a bit off your rocker. Posing with seals was cute and all, but they really couldn’t handle the ‘unpatriotic’ books, the passionate attack speeches, and your marriage to LePen’s buddy.

Of course, I never shared their sentiments. Upon arriving in France, I was disgusted to see posters of Marilyn Monroe lining the stalls of the bouquinistes—instead of you. What did Marilyn ever do for France? Adding insult to injury, I went to 3 video stores looking for Et Dieu Crea La Femme (your first and best), only to find that they didn’t carry a single film of yours! Even at BHV!

I asked myself: has France abandoned its most famous star? Quel horreur. The woman who brought billions in tourism to the Riviera, the face of the nation, the star of the world’s first music video… c’est pas vrai! If anything, they owe you an apology for years of torment from stalkers, paparazzi, and poor behavior! Like the jealous women that would spit at you on the street. You poor thing– the police couldn’t even manage the crowds to get you to the hospital to give birth!

The good news is that public sentiment is finally turning around. After several conversations this week, with the bouquinistes, taxi drivers, and some antique dealers, I feel reassured that the French ultimately love you and feel your persona has been misinterpreted these past few decades. Paranoid you still may be, but crazy you are not. In fact, you have become extremely cool within the fashion crowd, and your CD was playing at Shakespeare & Co. this weekend. Who knows, you could turn up in Colette soon. (You-know-who would be proud of that!)

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So, aside from being the bearer of good news, I would like to invite you to come out of your St. Trop hideaway and join me in Paris for tea at a quiet café where I can do a friendly interview. I want to remind France, and the world, what a contribution you have made to so many genres: film, fashion, music, tourism, activism, and the sexual revolution. And since I know you wouldn’t have fun in Paris without making some attack at fur wearers, I propose we egg someone high profile, like Carine Roitfeld.

As compensation for the interview, I just found an original copy of your first Elle cover, when you were 16. If you sign it for me, I’ll auction it off and give the proceeds to the Brigitte Bardot Foundation!

 

Cordialement,

 

Petite Brigitte

 

 

 

 

 

Congrats to Petite Anglaise!

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From PetiteB to PetiteA, a big congratulations! This week was a victory for all French bloggers!

For those of you who haven’t been keeping up with the legal proceedings of blogger Petite Anglaise, which made the front page of cnn.com and was featured in the Daily Telegraph, here’s the story:

PetiteA was fired from her accountancy firm job here in Paris, because of some harmless and rather anonymous critiques of her colleagues that she posted on her blog. Fired!

It takes a tough cookie to bring a fight to the big bad bureaucracy, but this witty single-mother went for it, and this week, nearly two years after getting the boot, the verdict came down:  Victory to Petite Anglaise, one year’s salary and costs!

All is won in principle, but not financially: the firm can still appeal and delay compensation. We’ll keep our finger’s crossed for the month of April, when the firm must file if it chooses.

We are also waiting for the book version of Petite Anglaise, due for release in 2008!

We love you, Sophie Albou

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Meet another neighbor in the 75007. She’s blonde, beautiful, drives a green MiniCooper, and listens to Curtis Mayfield. Her name is Sophie Albou. OH, did we mention she has two sons, aged 11 and 14? Their names are Paul & Joe.

Paul & Joe happens to be my favorite French label. People like Sienna Miller, Julia Roberts, and Keira Knightly may agree with me. Since lauching her womenwear collection 1997, Albou has gained international fame for her collection of feminine yet bold designs, all meticulously crafted with amazing fabrics and prints. The collection sells in 30 flagship stores worldwide, as well as in major retailers. The closest store to me is on rue de Saint-Peres, practically adjacent to Sonia Rykiel.

Born in Paris to a family of shirtmakers, Sophie studied at the prestigious Institut Francais de la Mode and began her professional career working at fashion house Azzedine Alaia at age 16. From there she joined her family business, La Garage, where she trained in the art of fashion design under her mother. After seven years, she stepped out on her own with the creation of the Paul & Joe brand in 1995. Initially only menswear (worn by Usher and Jake Gyllenhaal to name a few), she came out with the killer womenswear line a few years later.

Now Paul & Joe is on its way to becoming the lifestyle brand of Europe. Sophie is to Europe what Ralph is to the US. Her brand now boasts women’s, men’s, children’s, accessories, beauty, lingerie, and home– not to mention a stunning new store on Avenue Montaigne. Your carte bancaire might burn a hole in that new Muse bag.

Compared to YSL a few doors down, however, P&J seems perfectly rational. And it is, to be honest: these are clothes that are truly seasonless.

http://www.paulandjoe.com (the website is dreamy, opening music is Romeo & Juliet theme by Nino Rota…. ahhhh).

Charlotte Casiraghi: A young Brigitte Bardot, says Karl

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Is CC really like a young BB? Monsieur Lagerfeld would seem to think so, and that was when she was a mere eight-years old! Read on for an interesting vignette on our darling CC, by Rob Sheffield, for Rolling Stone Magazine.

 

Charlotte Casiraghi is the stuff that Eurotrash perv dreams are made of, a royal princess who looks like she just wandered into the palace from a Robert Palmer video. The nineteen-year-old beauty is fourth in line to the throne of Monaco, daughter of Princess Caroline and her coolest husband ever, the late Italian speedboat racer Stefano Casiraghi. She’s the hottest teen star in Europe, kind of like Tatu, except there’s only one of her and she hasn’t made any lesbian disco videos yet. She inspires countless online fan shrines, including some of the most laughably bad fan porn fiction ever written. [This is an unmistakable reference to the Charlotte Casiraghi Uncensored Yahoo! Group.] For her fifth birthday, she got a $9 million island off the coast of Sardinia. [Here is an interesting increase by two digits of the island’s previously-reported value.] When Princess Caroline was Charlotte’s age, she was already a disco-till-dawn playgirl, motoring toward a scandalous early marriage and a decadent public image. But like her grandmother Grace Kelly, Charlotte keeps her freak to herself. She’s a fashion icon (Karl Lagerfeld once said, “She makes me think of Brigitte Bardot”), a pianist, an accomplished equestrienne. She shows no signs of having her mama’s wild side. Not yet, anyway. But she’s clearly a ticking time bomb. This girl just needs a saucy American to bring out the nasty in her – the poor thing has probably never tasted her first Dorito. She’s been living in her white-plate world as long as anyone with hot blood can. And now? She’s looking for a downtown man! Yeah, well, dream on, buster. Charlotte sometimes? Charlotte always!

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Lou Doillon still an it-girl

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I won’t lie. She scares me.

However, it seems everyone and their little dog is interested in Lou Doillon, perhaps more for her heritage and it-girl status than for any of her acting repertoire, at least for us non-Frenchies. She’s been a media darling for some time now, but this year her star seems to be rising at a record pace.

We still can’t mention her without the requisite “daughter of Jane Birkin” tag (as if it weren’t obvious in the photo above!), even though her mother has been more low-profile recently. Jane is currently travelling France in her running performance of Electra.

Lou was born in Paris in 1982, and as to be expected coming from Jane and partner/director Jacques Doillon, she endured a somewhat hippyish upbringing that got her caught in sex, drugs, and multiple piercings by the time she was 14.

“I was such a tomboy,” says Lou. “I had absolutely no bosoms, and I wore my hair really short–shaved, like a boy. My father was pissed that people would go on saying. ‘God, Lou’s got beautiful hair.’ So he shaved it all off and said, ‘Now they’ll say she has a beautiful face.’ It was a nice act, really, but also quite shocking.”

At 15, her father cast her in “Too Much (Little) Love” as a last-ditch effort to calm her down and give her direction. According to Lou, it worked, and she has been hooked on acting ever since. That’s not to say she has lost her wild ways or spontaneity completely.

In 2002 she gave birth to a son, named Marlo Tiger.

Lou recently finished a film entitled “Sisters,” written and directed by Douglas Buck, co-starring Chloé Sévigny and Stephen Rea. It is the remake of “The Two Sisters”, directed by Brian de Palma in 1973. She will soon appear in Boxes , the story of a family, directed by her mother Jane Birkin and starring Geraldine Chaplin, John Hurt, and Natacha Régnier.

You can also check her out in the 2007 Pirelli Calendar.

UPDATE: Lou is currently performing in a series of readings called Lettres Intimes at Theatre de la Madeleine, through June 1. Tickets 20 euros through FNAC.

Charlotte Gainsbourg: just your normal francaise

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Yes, I’m in love with Paris. Some days I walk out of my door in the mornings, and feel like I am still dreaming. Today was one of those days, but not for the ususal reasons.

Today I walked out of my door and right into Charlotte Gainsbourg.

Well, I didn’t bump her, but we did make brief eye contact. She was by herself, looking very bobo in jeans and a Zadig & Voltaire ensemble, no make-up, and her hair was long and stringy. Ah, so French. Of course, I recognized her right away– although for a brief moment her sister, Lou Doillon, came to mind because they look rather similar in the jawline.

Of course, a reminder why we love Charlotte: she is refreshingly normal, a talented singer/actress, classically French, leads a beautiful life with husband Yvan Attal and her 2 children. And oh yess, she is the daughter of Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg, who romanced our heroine Brigitte Bardot. Actually, both of her parents have been naked in bed with wild Brigitte!

Update: Charlotte has just recorded an album (her 2nd, the 1st was 10 years ago (when she was 13!) and written for her by her father). The new album was recently released, and is called 5:55.  It was recorded with the lyrics of Jarvis Cocker and Divine Comedy’s Neil Hannon, and the music is by Air (amazing French band, who also just released a new album, Pocket Symphony). Charlotte’s new album was produced by Nigel Godrich, who is the producer for Radiohead and Sir Paul McCartney.

5 French girls to watch out for

These filles francaises are making their country proud. Keep an eye out for them around town, but beware, we all know just how friendly French girls can be!

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Charlotte Casiraghi: At 21, Charlotte (daughter of Princess Caroline) is bringing back the glamour to the Principality of Monaco. We love her because she is beautiful, brainy (brilliant student and pianist), and discreet… dare we say, a role model? Give up the ciggies Charlotte, and you’ve got the job!

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Eva Green: At 27, this bond girl is having a break-out year. Dividing her time between London and Paris, she is a captivating actor with a quintessentially french sense of style. We shall never forget her performance in Bertolucci’s The Dreamers.

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Lou Doillon: At 24, Lou has the looks and acting talents of her mother, Jane Birkin (the most beloved expatriate in France). With a distinct rock n’ roll style and tomboyish attitude, she’s the kind of girl you’d like to be friends with… if she weren’t so fierce!

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Julia Restoin-Roitfeld: At 25, we can only imagine the upbringing this girl got from her editor-in-chief Mom, Carine. After graduating from Parsons in May, Julia will work in art direction for fashion publications. We’re sure she’ll still manage the yearly trip to St. Barth’s.

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Marie de Villepin: At 21, this daughter of politician Dominique de Villepin ditched her econ studies at Paris-Dauphine and hit the runways. Snapped up by Givenchy for the new fragrance Ange ou Demon, we’re having a hard time deciding if Marie has a naughty side herself: gossip reports suggest a recent make-out session with a female friend chez Maxim’s! What would Daddy think?