Monday, November 23, 2009

Rene Gruau Rouge

In Paris I spotted a new book on Italian-born "French" fashion illustrator René Gruau (1909-2004).
Did you watch the 2009 American Music Awards Last night. No color to speak of. Even crazy Lady didn't put her red on...
In the '50s and 60's Rene Gruau waved his red wand and did wonders for Dior, Balmain, Lanvin, the Lido, Moulin Rouge, Vogue, Harper's Bazaar..
Fabulous line drawing with touches of red were his signature...
The touch of red/rouge is Paris' signature too in my opinion...
It's omnipresent...
What other town features red the way Paris does?
Set me right puleeze.
Not New York, that's for sure...
Even if purple is the color of the month...
Red is never out in Paris...
Is it just me seeing all this red..?
Red bustier - who does lingerie better than the French?
Or red desserts?
BONJOUR PARIS ROUGE!

24 comments:

Anonymous said...

RED IS MY COLOR OF CHOICE ALWAYS!

MY LIVING ROOM IS PAINTED RED!

I LOVE RED!!!!!

Cynthia said...

When in doubt,,choose red. I went to an event the other day in Cologne, Germany and atleast half the women had on RED...it was unbelieveable. Purple is the in color here right now but who can resist red? I have a warm red wall in my living room too. Brings energy into the room and what painting does not look good on warm red wall.
Love your blog!!!!

Giulia said...

Yep. I have a lot of purple/lilac/grape/aubergine this season. Buy it when you can. I don't wear red clothing but have many red accessories, all from Italy. It livens things up & makes me feel great.

ciao-rouge-meow

Marina Mott said...

I really love red!!

Daffodil said...

i looooove your blog!!
and all your work - writing photos watercolors
Thanks so much
Daffodil!!!

La Seine said...

More "Rouge" for fashion dog...
I saw this "collier" for dog last week in Champs Elysées Lancel store... They presented their dog collection last Monday.

Jannine said...

Love the hounds at the cafe watercolor..slrping water from a champagne bucket no less!

Anonymous said...

Vive le rouge! I really enjoyed your farmer's market post. Ours won't begin again until May, sigh...
Congrats on the DC showing! Really enjoy your blog.

Valérie-jeanne said...

I'm not anonymous! Sorry.

The Fashion Disappointment said...

The new thing this year in France is gray and black leopard print. And a turquoise color. 1980s here we come shoulder pads and all!

Nikon said...

I love that book. Beautiful colletion of shots, Carol.

Unknown said...

Bonjour! Love yr pictures on red in Paris! Thank you for inspiring me to try something different - next year will try abit of red in my usual grey dress code :=)

Nancy R said...

RED is always in..
especially if yr last name is Reagan..

Kristen said...

red = blood = vampires = New Moon

Thriller said...

WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOF !

janice Cartier said...

rrrrrrred so luscious... Love it. I love how you know all these fabulous designers and who did what for which house. .so cool. I am thinking I had some favorite Chanel Red lipstick at one point... hm...may have to get some more.. qui sais?
:))

jeanette, mistress of longears said...

My father is rolling in his grave. He always said red is the Chinese color.

Parisbreakfasts said...

CHINA RED is another name for the pigment vermilion, which is the traditional red pigment of Chinese art, used since antiquity, originally derived from the powdered mineral cinnabar.

jeanpomelo said...

Hello, Ms. ParisBreakfasts!

I love your paintings and illustrations, they're all so whimsical and dreamy!

I mentioned you in my blog (http://operationparisfrance.blogspot.com), please drop by if you have the time. :) Thanks, and great job!

- Nikki,
operationparisfrance

DENNI said...

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PeterParis said...

You should have taken a photo of my electric motor bike, black and RED!! :-)

Merisi said...

I have to think about that,
red in Wien,
hmmm,
politics aside,
there are some great reds around here,
but I would probably say blue-greens are more the accent here.

Di Overton said...

Nothing better than a splash of red as long as it isn't blood.
I created a whole ad campaign once in this vein. Everything black and white with one red item in the shot. It was the most enjoyable campaign I worked on.

jill sandlerson said...

spain. their flag is yellow and red.
also italians love the colour red.
since when does france own red?
also, do you ever visit other cities in france? paris must get boring.