Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Paris en Gris

the view from C.'s kitchen window I've said it before - Paris is a gris/grey town. Paris has grey skies and all those grey Hausmannian buildings. Parisians dress in neutrals with a dash of color.
Bebe boutique on rue Vavin But I never expected to see baby clothes in shades of gris/grey.Look. The stuffed cat toy is the same one applicayed on the little shirt above...Same with the stuffed birdie here...mignon...
This little girl's dress is so sophisticated. It's got a 2-layered sheer skirt + a cutoff-sleeve WHITE cardigan? Not an ounce of PINK or BLUE ..
 Mommy gets to wear gris/grey to the beach or is this underwear? Hard to tell...
Le Café de la Mairie 8, place Saint Sulpice, 75006 Tel : 01 43 26 67 82 Do you see anyone sitting here at Le Cafe de la Mairie decked out in RED, YELLOW, BLUE or Pomme Granny? No, all neutrals or shades there of. The red wine glasses add the needed touch of color and refreshment.

20 comments:

  1. loveitaly9:09 AM

    But they always look fabulous in their greys...I remember thinking they looked elegant. Those baby clothes are adorable--I have always wondered why they don't make grown-up versions of some of those small clothes!

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  2. SUBLIME!
    J'adore le gris
    M.

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  3. aimée10:13 AM

    Three cheers for GRIS!
    Now I know what to pack in June :)

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  4. Claudia10:14 AM

    Grey is such a subtle color. You barely take notice of it. Yet it makes everything around it shine.
    MERCI
    Claudia

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  5. jenny from the block10:19 AM

    Adorable baby clothes!
    I never would have considered...
    But I love wearing grey myself, especially grey cashmere.
    You really know how to capture Paris in an offbeat way...

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  6. Oysters are pearl grey and SOOOOOOOOOO Parisien!
    You forgot them

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  7. Kathleen10:23 AM

    I agree with Loveitaly....I wish they would develop some grown up versions of children's clothes...especially that chhic little grey dress, though I would prefer a soft pink cardigan.

    I used to stand in front of an upscale children's clothing store and wish someone would design clothes with the kind of practicality that goes into those clothes...you can work in them, play in them, eat in them, nap in them..do just about anything and be very comfortable. I think someone could make a lot of money designing women's clothes with these things in mind.

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  8. LoveItaly -
    I think it's the other way around. The baby clothes designers get ideas from the French couture.

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  9. Kathleen
    I would love an all-in-one jumper suit too, but does it have to have a snap/drop-seat bottom?
    Heck, what do they call those things..
    Booties attached?
    Ah the days of jump suits...

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  10. Anonymous10:44 AM

    Interesting blog. I was thinking as I looked at the pictures how boring to be wearing only gray. Then I looked down at myself and realized I am wearing Gray and tend to wear it often. Someone once told me that if you wear gray you can be more creative. You can think better without alot of color on. Not sure if it is true but since I was wearing gray at the time I thought it interesting.
    And since pink is my favorite color, I think pink with soft dove Gray is yummy. ;-)
    Cris in OR

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  11. violetta10:58 AM

    That Paris cafe scene is so damn Parisien! Like being there and makes me want to grab a plane right this second!
    I love your vision of Paris...

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  12. When my youngest daughter was 15 months old she had a summer dress in grey and white. Though I always love colours, it was my favorite dress of hers that summer.

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  13. Carol,
    how'bout an OshKosh B'Gosh in Gris?
    Greys can be so fickle, but the right shade is very elegant. I have a Calvin Klein blazer in grey that's easy to wear and that I love (thanks, Filene's!).

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  14. All so very sophisticated

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  15. The grey is so one can go quite mad with the accessories - hermes scarves in all hues, tod bags in reds and with bangles, and of course rubies, sapphires, and emeralds to set off the Jimmy Choo and Bally wonders of the feet.

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  16. Marie-Noëlle2:10 AM

    Make sure you do not get "grisé" (=tipsy) over all those "gris" (=greys)... and over "rouge" (=red) !?!

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  17. Grey is the new baby pink, don't you think?

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  18. no, no, no, carol, here I have to disagree. iti s greatly reductioniastic to say paris is a grey town, when there are so many other colors at play that to the untrained eye might be just "grey." but you know better; you see better than that.

    there is ochre, slate blue, charcoal, sunset pink, just to name a few, in the photo you posted... and it's all suffused with the kind of light I've never seen anywhere else in the world.

    am I right?

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  19. maitresse Grey is not made up of BLACK + WHITE.
    GREY is made from mixing complementary colors like:
    GREEN + RED
    YELLOW + PURPLE
    BLUE + ORANGE
    So GREY can be slanted in any of those directions more so or less so.
    ochre, slate blue, charcoal, sunset pink are all shades of grey !
    And greys make other pure colors look more intense. Go to any photographer's home page and you'll see the background is grey.
    Like they say say, things are not just black & white, but many shades of grey.
    Paris' grey light is particularly attractive to artists because it's reflective and soft and doesn't wash out colors the way strong New York light does.
    I could go on and on...

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