|The magic aura that radiates around those who possess that irresistible quality: GLAMOUR.|
The subject of glamour came out of a recent conversation with my first and best American friend who lives in Paris. Our telephone exchanges, according to our Reasons-For-Living-In-France, are long, confusing, non-sensical and, oh yes, long.
They may believe our chats are non-sensical, but that is only because unlike the two of us, they are not blessed with monkey brains. We start a normal conversation in which a word triggers a different thought and we veer off in another direction and on and on it goes. I’ll spare you the details and the detours.
In the midst of one of our digressions the other day, she said to me, “You know the word ‘glamour’ is absolutely verboten in the world of magazines these days, in fact you have to be careful even using it in conversation.”
“Whatareyou talking about?” said I.
|Christine Lagarde, president of the International Monetary Fund.|
Then I argued glamour has nothing to do with bling and bad taste, glamour isexciting, fascinating, and is not related to the economy or money or status or any of those dreaded topics that can lead friends into real arguments.
“I know, I know, I agree with you,” she said. “I think of glamour as something out of the 30s or maybe even the 50s.” And off we went on that tangent.
Meanwhile, I think of glamour as somethingentirely different — epoch-less andageless, but rare. It has a sensuousness to it, but is never, ever vulgar. Difficult to describe, but easy to recognize.
|French journalist and author, Catherine Nay, is exceedingly glamourous.|
Let’s begin with the Webster’s Encyclopedic Unabridged Dictionary definition (we might as well start with the lexicology experts,n’est-ce pas?):Glamour— “the quality of fascinating, alluring, or attracting, esp. by a combination of charm and good looks.” And, “magic or enchantment. . .”
There we have it, another one of those “I know it when I see it,” qualities. It seems to me a glamourous woman (or man for that matter) has a star-dusted aura about them, but I can think of few celebrities today I would call glamourous. Maybe it’s because I think glamour also entails mystery and we know waaaaay too much about celebrities.
Talk about too much information.
Also, God-given beauty for me does not equal glamour. I think Catherine Deneuve for example is beautiful, I don’t find her particularly glamourous. (I’m sure many of you disagree.) My best French girlfriend said a couple of days ago that Deneuve was glamourous, but she has lost the magic.
|Dame Helen Mirren|
On the contrary, Helen Mirren didn’t have it when she was young and now she definitely oozes glamour.
IMF president, Christine Lagarde has it plus those who know her rave about her wickedly irresistible cocktail of charm, intelligence and humor.
Ed. Note:If you were here for yesterday’s party post, you may remember that although what I was wearing was completely me, it didn’t exactly fit the bill for the one detail on the invitation I clearly missed. Apparently the invite said “formal.” What can I say? I missed it.
However, had I seen it I would have worn either of the above pictured Carolina Herrera numbers.