Tuesday, May 18, 2010

French Bows

The French own the bow

They even invented ribbon!

Is wearing a bow at your back the same as having the wind at your back?
When I shot the pink trench above, the owner of Anne Elisabeth came out to check on me...was I going to steal her 'bow'?
Wearing bows at the neck goes way back and why not at the neck of your perfume like Annik Goutal does here?
YSL puts bows going down the front of this cocoon.
Don't miss the YSL show if you're in Paris!

Bows on your socks?  Sure why not?
The musee des Arts decoratif design shop puts a bow on your rain boot.
Lanvin ties a ruban in your hair
Marc Jacobs too
Painted on the walls, bien sur at Musee Carnavalet.Sonia is not just Queen of sweaters and queen of stripes, she is also queen of bows
Eat what's inside the bow, not the bow please.
“May the wind bow always be on your back and the sun upon your face and may the winds of destiny carry you aloft to dance with the stars.”
BOWn Journee PB readers!


RUBIS said...

I think those lovely rainboots are, british designer, Vivienne Westwood :D
Ribbon and bow knot are surely cute.

Anonymous said...

I can't tell you how much I love your blog: it's something about the art, the fashion, the whimsy, your sense of humour and, of course, your dedication to all things French.

Thank you!

Anonymous said...

I can't tell you how much I love your blog: it's something about the art, the fashion, the whimsy, your sense of humour and, of course, your dedication to all things French.

Merisi said...

Lovely bows, but all I want are those Marc Jabobs sunglasses!

A Brush with Color said...

What I want to know is how they always make such perfect bows! I've learned to make two rabbit ears and then loop them over one another for a pretty decent bow, but it's hard to make them look so good! I love 'em.

Giulia said...

I grew up with a mother who liked strict Coco-like tailoring but did soften things with a bow...so I was lucky. BTW, GG wears the gold ribbon from one of my AGoutal bottles on her organic cotton collar - green with gold, very nice. Goes with her golden-red head fur. I can't tell you how chic she is...her human cannot begin to keep up.

ciao, bella

Je m'appelle Cynthia said...

And it does have to end with a ribbon on our morning sweets...thanks! I love the bows on the rain boots. I could use a pair - it's raining in PA. In NY too, I suspect ...

Parisbreakfasts said...

Yes it is raining in NYC..
Why of why didn't I buy those bow rain boots?
I keep asking myself that...sign

WendyB said...

I always enjoy a good butt bow...or boob bow.

Paris Pastry said...

I have a certain 'thing' for bows! I adore them!

♥ Daniëlle

Parisbreakfasts said...

WENDY! you must be part French- you wear a lotta bows Hun.

I buy bows and never wear them -Sonia's black satin headband big bow-I bought TWO for insurance/investment.
I have yet to wear one. I don't think I'm the 'Alice' type except when it comes to tea cakes etc.

Thank you RUBIS for the info-I shall check if London's V&A carries Vivienne's rainboots. I would love to bet they don't but I'm afraid of losing...ahem

Dear BRUSH WITH COLOR-I'm certain those French bows are sewn to reach that height of perfection. Not tied as any poor schlep among us might do...

That GG is one pampered pet!

Misha in Paris said...

today I learn a word : bow !
thank you

Cynthia said...

Love you blog!!!I don´t comment often enough but always read it and smile,,,,thanks!....I work in graphic design and over a year ago we pronounced that the beloved bow would be the next deco rage...like a few years ago the swirl,,,then the flower and now THE BOW!!!!

Bugs (in the Mojave) said...

What ! No mention of rain "bows" ?
Love your beautiful site~ it brightens
my breakfast. Thank you.

Bugs~(in the Mojave)

The Armchair Parisian said...

Now I must go find a big ribbon to tie in my hair (and then likely take it out because I will look ridiculous :-))

The Armchair Parisian said...

Now I must go find a big ribbon to tie in my hair (and then likely take it out because I will look ridiculous :-))

Nikon said...

I love the colors in this post - the shoes, the raincoat, the shop front, the food :)

jill said...

Happy Belated Birthday, deary. Thank you for loving Paris as much as I do!

MesvitrinesNYC said...

Yes you are right! We, French people love bows and I like wearing them! You should wear them, too....

Reyes said...

In today's blog (Bows) , you metioned store owner came out when you were taking photo.....
How do you handle that? I get nervous and usually don't take the shot.
Do you have any suggestions on how to respond??



Parisbreakfasts said...

Grab the shot and worry later
I tell em it's for my blog
Don't ask, dont tell
and don't be obvious
my camera is small
the Canon S90
and I love it!

FoodWalker said...

I MUST have those rain boots

They probably cost 300 euros!

Frances said...

You might know that I am a huge fan of Merisi, as I know you are also.

Might I say that your site has got such a great atmosphere.

It's been a while since I have been able to board a plane at JFK to cross the Atlantic.

Your posts are encouraging me to try just a little bit harder (thinking of an old Janis Joplin tune) to figure out how to visit glorious Paris.

Thank you for the inspiration.

CarefulPeach said...

Hi Carol,
We, like you, love all things French.
We run a small French inspired boutique in the suburbs of Chicago and adore your blog.
The legwarmers with the bow that you recently photographed for your blog are to die for.
Are you able to give us any information on where you saw those or who makes them? We would really appreciate it!

Merci beaucoup!

Parisbreakfasts said...

The best I can guess is the bow-sock was seen on the corner of rue de Rennes and...maybe rue St. Sulpice
Another shot grabbed on the run by the bow stalker.

POLLY said...



jeanette, mistress of longears said...

I'm BOWled over! LOVE your observation on the gray coat bow interpretation!!! Sharp eyes!

Parisbreakfasts said...

JEANETTE -not sharp eyes at all I have to admit.
That is FRENCH GIRL's grey back with the bow in the Metro...
Boy! Did she get sick of me shooting her every move and outfit.
I had no shame around her :)

Italian Postcards said...

Super unique post!

Jennifer said...

Wonderful tour of bows! I love those rain boots. Très drôle!

Shelley said...

Belated wishes for a very happy birthday, Carol! Just catching up on this week's PB. Sorry I missed the day. Open this bow for many good wishes! >--<

Absolutely Ladylike said...

J'adore bows and this post dear Carol...and you are right Sonia is definitely the queen of bows :-)

Cheers: Evi