July 14, Bastille Day/La Fête Nationale (The National Celebration,) commemorates the French Revolution’s storming of the Bastille July 1789, and the rising of a modern nation. France celebrates like crazy as do Franco-Americans and Francophiles all over the world. In New York, there are parties aplenty. Dress in your best blue, white and red and join the fetes! Every French restaurant in the city has special menus, many have entertainment. Book in advance. Some special alternatives after the fashion.
Looks French, doesn’t it? Add a pair of heels or strappy sandals, perhaps a big artificial flower. This one will carry you from dancing in the street to dinner out. Dress up or down. Blue, white and red with hidden zipper fastening on the side, small kick pleat at the back. Skims the body. Viscose/polyamide/elastane. Machine washable. ($14 shipping) $165.00
Faaabulous, sexy, and distinctive. Arty too. Wear it first on Bastille Day (adding a touch of red, of course-shoes, Bag, necklace? Just a touch-don’t gild the lily.), then throughout the season. A worthy investment piece. Navy, white and blue off the shoulder. Hidden zipper and hook fastening at the back. Boned corset for an hourglass figure. Ruching, gathered skirt; fully lined. 100% polyester. On sale (60% off) $758.00
You’ll own this one for years. It’s like a blank canvas with good silhouette. Add red belt and/or shoes for the fete and something white. Perhaps a hat with ribbons trailing down your lovely back. Afterwards, play with accessories. Trend it up with lime or hot pink, create a classic with crystal or pearls. Dark blue with tiny polka dot pattern and a bit of sheen. Sweetheart neckline, pleated trim detailing. Detachable spaghetti straps. Exposed gold tone back zipper closure. Tulip hem. Fully lined. Polyester/rayon/cotton. On sale $267.00
Top: Cacharel Red Belt- Adds a delicate waist and color accent. Girly but demure. Skinny leather belt with large bow in front. On sale $71.00
Bottom: Calvin Klein Cherry Red Belt- 2” wide patent leather , covered buckle. Definition and pizzazz. $42.00
Shoe: The Walltz- (yes, it’s spelled correctly)You’ll wear these all season and the next. Feminine, practical, just right. Available in 5 colors including blue and white- Peep-toe, 4” spiked heel, ankle strap. Suede upper, manmade sole. $70.00
An extremely sophisticated option. Wear with understated jewelry, please. Appropriate at four-star dining, Broadway, this year’s trip abroad. Navy blue, red and cream (ok, we’re fudging.) Round neckline, slight ruching along the sides. Detail trim on neckline and armholes. Blue stitching. Partial back zipper closure. Acetate/silk. On sale $459.00
Tops to pair with simple white or navy skirts, shorts or pencil pants
Left: Smythe Cotton Peasant Blouse- With a nod to French sailors and mimes, this jaunty, slightly whimsical piece is a marriage of modern and traditional style. Gathered neckline, flattering ruffle, self tie cotton ribbon with red tassel. Sleeveless, lightweight, unlined. Can be hand washed. 100% cotton. $295.00
Right: Etro Paisley Tunic Shirt- Ready for a festive patio meal or Hudson River sail on your dear friend’s boat. Later, pack it for vacation. The chic and unusual shirt will make an outfit. Contrasting red and blue stripes with floral and paisley integrated prints, classic collar, front button plaque, rolled sleeves, slightly curved hem. 100% cotton. On sale $410.00 Import duty included
Piece de Resistance
Heart Necklace - As if created for the occasion, this unusual, handmade necklace will single you out as a woman with style, humor and a real sense of herself. Really makes an impression, yet never raises its voice. No idea why they call it a heart necklace. Red silk rope, red and red and black leopard print/red leather with gold tone detailing. On sale (50% off) $119.50
Bastille Day Ball, a tradition since 1924, July12. Dance to French music and big band tunes at this gala event at Club 404 (33rd Street and 10th Avenue). One lucky person will win a trip to Paris. Admission is $30 per person ($120 for VIP admission) 7:30 PM. The 404. 404 10th Ave. www.bastilledayball.org
Thursday, July 14th: Midsummer Night in Damrosch Park at Lincoln Center. Les Hot Sardines will be playing jazz, with tap dancers and an accordion player also in attendance. A costume party with serious prizes. Begins at 6pm.
Sunday, July 15 at the annual street festival on 60th Street between Fifth and Lexington Avenues. Presented by the French Institute Alliance Française, the street fair includes French cuisine, live music and Cancan dancers, classic crafts, and some lively pétanque. Admission is free and one lucky Francophile will win a trip for two to Paris. www.bastilledayny.com