Our partner & shopping tour maven, Rachel from French Links tours, recently attended the Dior winter/fall 2012 ready-to-wear show after the firing of John Galliano. Rarely has the French fashion world been hit with such a scandal.
Dior models at this year's show; Galliano in better times; Dior CEO Sidney Toledano reads a statement after Galliano's outrageous remarks. Jacques Brinon/AP Photos.
Christian Dior Takes Verbal Eloquence to New Heights
Normally, a visit to the Rodin Museum means admiring the sculptor's most revolutionary works of art: The Kiss, The Thinker, and The Burghers of Calais. But last week, on March 4, 2011, another kind of revolution took place here in the Paris fashion world, one that has rocked the world of high fashion-namely the Dior fall-winter prêt-à-porter women's fashion show held beneath a cavernous tent put up in the Rodin gardens. What took place was far more radical than Dior's 1947 New Look. Read more.
wine of the month
Martin Schaetzel Riesling Ammerschwihr 2008
Riesling: L'Autre Vin Blanc
To many in the US, Rieslings represent a disturbing conundrum. The more novice among us are suspicious of their popularity, believing them to be overly sweet wines. Offer a Riesling to the wrong people, and they might even take offense, assuming you are trying to trick them into a wine that is strictly for the sauerbraten set. The good news is that it only takes one decent Riesling to open the mind and the palate. An ooh-la-la moment is sure to follow, and perhaps the bittersweet realization that the joke has been on them, since they have been missing out all this time. Les jeux sont faits!
Choucroute garnie is a classic of Alsatian cuisine and is particularly suited to long winter nights. The long-simmered dish featuring endless pork products becomes less appealing, however, when the sun begins showing its face again.
But produce availability can take a little while to catch up, and the Parisian markets still abound with wintry produce like cabbage and apples.