Wednesday, October 22, 2014

70 YEARS AGO.....

But what happened 70 years ago????

picture by Didier Vanspranghe

It was the libération of the area where we live.

Even if the D-day was in June 1944, it took a few more months for all our country to become free again.

So there are a lot of events that are commemorating this anniversary.

A lot of people are collecting military souvenirs.

They are even really accurate in WWII era.

But I must tell you that it's quite difficult for me to understand what they like so much about war.

Even if some uniforms are really well cut, I really prefer civil outfits and cars.

Much more joyfull and colorfull!!!!

We were invited to go to to an event in a town near home to commemorate his 70 years of freedom.

We drove there with my Chevy...

Quite anachronistic as it was "only" its 60th anniversary this year!

Sylvain was wearing a french 30's suit like what people were still wearing during the WWII...

Due to the fabrics restriction, men continued to wear their old clothes during the war.

 But those suits were so elegant and well cut!

French men's fashion of that era always turned around navy blue and black, no fancy colors like in the USA.

I chose a patriotic outfit to celebrate our country.

Time for this NOS 30's french dress to go out for the first time!

I also picked up some 40's patriotic jewels: "bleu-blanc-rouge"!

I regreted not to have a navy blue bakelite bangle... it's on my wish list!

That was also the first time I was wearing this crazy vintage french turban.

It matched perfectly my new dress!

Even if my car was not the perfect match, I tried to create an accurate 1944 look,

like that french girls who welcomed the G.I. 70 years ago!

I added a blue-white-red ribbon to my purse as they would probably do in 1944... 

I went out with my most beautiful shoes...

I love them but use them rarely because I fear to dammage them.

I found them NOS in a flea market in Paris years ago.

For once our outfits were fully french from hat to shoes!

That's not easy because as french people were really poor during and after the war, they didn't have a lot of fancy clothes... most of them were worn till death, so just a few survived and are still wearable today!


If you are not US, is it easy to find 40's clothes of your country?

Did/Will you have some commemorations for the end of WWII in your area? 

Si la date du débarquement est connu de tous beaucoup ont oublié que la France n'a pas été libérée du jour au lendemain, cela a pris plusieurs mois! Notre région a été libérée au cours des mois de septembre, octobre et novembre 1944. Nous avons donc pu assister à quelques commémorations pour fêter ces 70 ans de liberté, notamment dans un village à côté de chez nous. Pour cela, pure vintage français aux couleurs de notre drapeaux! Pas facile de trouver du vintage 40's par chez nous... au vue des restriction tissus et du niveau de vie des français à cette époque, les vêtements étaient souvent portés jusqu'à la corde, donc peu sont malheureusement arrivés jusqu'à nous! Seul anachronisme... ma voiture... qui a "seulement" fêter ses 60 ans cette année!!!
Et vous, avez-vous pris part à des commémorations pour les 70 ans de la libération?
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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Flash stop in ROYAN !

A few days ago, Sylvain left me alone :-( to spend a few days in south of France to see his parents...

It was a good oportunity for him to make a stop by the seaside,

 in a town really lost in the 50's: ROYAN!

He spent a night at "Le trydent Thyrse".

Just in front of the Atlantic ocean,

this hotel kept his modern architecture direct from the 50's!

It has been fully re-furnished in a mid-century style.

The owners like to go to flea markets to find real vintage furniture.

They have created a beautiful interior. 

Here is how Sylvain was dressed on that day.

30's black jacket on beige high waisted pants,
simple but so elegant!

Time for checking out...

Sylvain got just few hours left to enjoy Royan...

1900s and 1950s architectures are side by side on the seafront.

Royan can be compared to Palm Springs ...but without the palms...

Many beautiful modern villas...

but also many public buildings built in the 50's
with a look of the future,

like this market mall!

These kind of buildings are still in use.

There are so many different kinds of 50s houses there,

but it's only recently that people thought that these kind of designs can also be a part of our history!

This one was  for example detailled in a famous architecture book from 1961.

It's hard for people who live in a country like France to understand that a modern 50's church can be as interesting than a gothic one from the middle age!

People value stones but not concrete....

However if you can visit the cathedral of Royan, you can easily understand why this kind of designs can be real pieces of art!

 You can see some traditionnal gothic shapes nicely revisited.

Little by little a few buildings are saved and restored...

but there is still a long way to make all people understand how important are that post WWII architecture...

Do you have a lot of modern architecture where you live?
Do you feel that people value / like 50's buildings?

Sylvain m'a "abandonné" il y a quelque temps pour passer quelques jours en famille dans le Sud Ouest. Il en a profité pour faire un petit stop à ROYAN, Mecque de tous les amateurs d'architecture 50's. Il a eu la chance de passer une nuit dans un hôtel entièrement remeublé vintage. Malheureusement, ce type d'architecture n'est pas très valarisé en France, ce n'est que récemment que les habitants de Royan ont pris concience du potentiel de cette architecture atypique. Mais il reste encore un bon bout de chemin pour faire comprendre à tous qu'une église en béton 50's peut avoir autant d'intérêt qu'une cathédrale gothique du Moyen Age...
Et vous trouvez vous que ce genre de patrimoine est suffisamment préservé et mis en avant?
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