[Photo by Bill Cunningham/NYT]
I know this cafe. It’s just a hop, skip, and a jump from the Pont des Beaux Arts foot bridge and the statue of Voltaire. It has a grand view of the Quai de la Seine, where it can feel as windswept as the Russian steppe even in June. Traffic noise on the quai overwhelms intimate conversation sometimes. Positioned s strategically between the Louvre and Saint-Germain-des-Prés, it does have the kind of fashionista through-put Bill Cunningham describes in today’s On the Street photo essay:
Critiquing the style spectacle seen from a sidewalk cafe in Paris is a major spectator sport that hits its peak during Fashion Week, an intense series of designer shows that ended earlier this month. Women — and a few men — who dress as an art form mixed in with models wearing exotic hairstyles rushing from show to show. Celebrities either passed nearly unnoticed (can you spot one here?) or were chased by paparazzi. Known for her exotic hats is the Italian Vogue editor, Anna Piaggi. The latest twist: skirts shortened to expose lacy undergarments [alas, you won’t see that in the online slide show; you have to buy the paper]. And that celebrity? Kanye West .
To a certain Fashionista who must be arm-wrestled to persuade her to keep her head warm: look at this. Hats are in.