The other day I went into Paris for an interview with Eric Antoniotti, the International Artistic and Training Director of Clarins, (I’ll tell you more about that in a future post). He was running late for our appointment because of a meeting and kindly sent me a message to explain. We were to rendezvous on a place at a café for coffee. The only problem was that there were lots of cafés on the place and I didn’t know which one. So I thought, I’ll just try to see which direction he will enter the place and then we can walk together. I vaguely knew where he might enter, but wasn’t completely sure, which made me decide to ask someone.
At this point I saw a stunning woman of a certain age, perfect posture, easy stride, dressed in navy blue trousers and a navy blazer with a multi-blue and white scarf, navy loafers, red leather gloves, a red bag and sunglasses. She had that oh-so-gorgeous naturally gray/platinum hair color I envy cut in a simple, just-above-the-shoulder bob.
When I asked her for help, she asked me the inevitable question: “Are you American?” (I can’t even say “bonjour” without an accent.) I admitted I was and in her perfect, unaccented French she said to me, “So am I!”
I was sure, absolutely certain, that she was French. I told her so and told her how absolutely chic and beautiful I thought she was. She then replied: “You have no idea how much I needed that today. I’ve been having a very difficult time recently and you have made me feel so much better.”
She then suggested that she keep me company while I waited for Eric, which she did. She is as lovely inside as out. The week after next we’re having lunch together.
I can’t really tell you why this particular woman’s appearance made me choose to stop and ask her directions. There was just something about her. I think serendipity intervened again.
Regarding first impressions (again), you probably think I’ve overdosed on the subject so I’ll stop now. But before I do, I’d like to once again mention Amal Clooney.
Yes, I think she has superb style, yes we all know she is brilliantly intelligent and frankly I don’t care how much she spends on her wardrobe. I think the price of her clothes is totally irrelevant to her work for human rights. I truly do not see a conflict of interest. She and her husband give millions to the causes in which they believe.
How much, or how little people can, do, don’t, or can’t spend on themselves is of zero interest to me.
Maybe you’re right, maybe I am buying into some hype, but from what I see as a distant observer I cannot help but admire her.
Also, whether she never won a human rights case or if she only assisted on one, at least she is out there fighting for what she believes in and maybe, just maybe she is moving the conversation into our broader consciousness. That is nothing but positive, don’t you think?
Bottom line: Again, thank you so very, very much for vastly broadening the conversation. I am sorry that I have disappointed some of you, but I hope we’re still friends. After all, friends don’t need to agree about everything, n’est-ce pas?