Sunday, September 5, 2010

The Last Queen of Paris: Jacqueline de Ribes

The revolution has long been over, but Vanity Fair has dubbed Jacqueline de Ribes "The Last Queen of Paris" in their September issue. Born on Bastille Day, described by Yves St. Laurent as "an ivory unicorn," and the model for Joan Collins' Dynasty villain, Jacqueline de Ribes embodies a Remembrance of Things Past in Paris. Forget about the PDAs all over this romantic city. After she married Vicomte Édouard de Ribes in 1948, Jacqueline reached for her young husband's hand as they were walking on the Champs Elysées, only to have him shake her loose with the rebuff, "Don't be so common." Another time, she told her father-in-law that the Duke and Duchess of Windsor would be joining them for dinner, and he protested, "But we've never had a divorced couple in this house!"

According to Nicolas Dadeshkeliani, "Her beautiful and original phrasing, her rich vocabularly, her very correct way of speaking are all part of what the French call 'la forme.' She epitomizes everything that is remarkable in France - savoir faire and l'art de vivre - the arts of knowing and of living, and she is the last one." Read Amy Fine Collins' fascinating article for an enthralling glimpse of French société. Then, make the trek to the City of Light.

Ann Taylor is giving away a 4-night Parisian Getaway for two, plus a $500 Ann Taylor Gift Card to pack your bags with pretty Parisian-inspired styles from the new collection. Dress to impress and enter.

Voilà - the link to Ann Taylor's Parisian Getaway Sweepstakes:

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