When I started French classes 8 years ago, I remember the triumphant feeling of coming home learning how to say a complex word the proper french way. One day, I decided to watch French movies to get some more practice with my pronunciation and oral skills. I was lucky to find a film by Jean-Luc Godard in YouTube. Suddenly, the website was proposing me to watch movies with a similar style. And I fell in love with the French New Wave movement – to the point where I was watching 2 per day! I was in love with the visual aesthetic, the ambiguous and imaginary adventures, but mostly the long beautiful conversations (and silences) about life and love.
- Françoise Hardy. She was one of the first French musicians I got to know, and fell deeply in love with her music and sense of style. Her mix of androgynous and feminine sides of fashion intrigued me. As Nicolas Ghesquière said: “she is the very essence of French style.”
The trench-coat was born during the First World War, as it was used by the British officers in the trenches. Thomas Burberry, from the famous British luxury house, was contacted by the British War Office to design a coat that could replace the militaries current heavy coats. Burberry was already well-known thanks to his revolutionary discovery of gabardine. Thus, he created the trech-coats with this completely breathable and waterproof fabric. After war, civilians choose to wear these coats too, since they are perfect for outdoor activities.
I LOVE those decades. I do. At least the idea that I have of those decades, since I wasn’t alive at that time. I think it has been an incredible time for human rights, freedom of speech, women empowerment, LGBT social movements, sex revolution.