3/12/18, Happy Paris


Hi Everyone,

I hope that all is well with you. Paris has had a history-making Arctic cold front from Siberia for the past couple of weeks—New York has been hit with snow, the middle of the country is still freezing cold, so except for those of you in Florida or Hawaii, I hope you’re staying warm!! I was chuckling to myself this morning thinking of the song, “I love Paris in the Springtime”….yeah, right, whatever….I mean, Siberia—-seriously?? Yes.

Other than the weather, pouring rain and freezing cold, Paris has been happy and fun. As I told you last week, I loved going to my daughter’s fashion show, and I wound up Paris fashion week with the Chanel show. Chanel is famous for their incredible, outstanding decor for all their fashion shows. I think the prize-winner for me was the very real looking rocket ship a year or two ago. It sat center stage, and looked like a movie set. The models swirled around it in space age inspired clothes. And to give it some life, there was vapor coming out from under the bottom of the space ship, and I figured that was as real as it was going to get. Not at all. At the end of the show, more vapor came out, rocket ship noises, and much to the entire crowd’s amazement, the rocket ship lifted off the ground, or appeared to, and headed toward the roof of the beautiful glass building, the Grand Palais, where the shows are held, and just as it reached the very top of the building, and you thought, holy COW!! It’s going to break right through the roof, very clever mechanical tricks came into play, where it sort of pleated into itself, so it LOOKED like it was taking off through the roof, but it really wasn’t. That was a total WOW!!! My second favorite was the time they flew in a REAL ‘small’ iceberg from Sweden. Small in relation to other big ones, but it nearly filled the huge building, so not so small. It was flown in, and back to Sweden after the show, and the temperatures in the building had to be kept freezing for the safety of the iceberg. I was frozen, but so fascinated by sitting only a few feet from a real iceberg that I didn’t care. The fashion show went on around it, as the models walked around the iceberg. They were sloshing through a small amount of water by the end of the show. The sets are always so fabulous at Chanel that sometimes it’s hard to concentrate on the clothes (once, a full sized replica of a Supermarket, an end of the world desolate expanse of black sand, a moonscape, lush gardens.) All of the stage sets for Chanel are designed by Peter Marino, he is a brilliant talent, and always appears at the shows himself entirely dressed in black leather.

The clothes for the show last week were for fall and winter, so the stage set was a winter forest. Clever photographic curtains surrounding the whole area showed tall trees that looked very real, and real trees were set up on the area the models walked through, dead leaves and moss were on the ground, and earth, and the whole place had an autumnal earthy smell. It was a perfect fall/winter scene, and the clothes were very pretty. It is a huge show with many models, probably over 100 looks, and beautiful clothes. It was a terrific show!!!

For the rest of the week, I puttered around my house, watched a ceiling light fixture get set up, (black glass), I did a little shopping, saw my daughter off (always sorry to see her go), worked, read, watched my favorite TV series (“Call the Midwife”), and had lunch with a friend, and had fun talking to him, and then settled down to writing again. End of Fashion Week, and back to work. For those who work at ‘fashion week’, they see the end of it with a huge sigh of relief. It begins in New York, goes on to London and Milan, and ends in Paris—and is really a 4 week marathon for anyone involved in ready to wear fashion. I get to see it at close range with my daughters, and love it.

So it’s back to work for me. Have a fantastic week, and don’t forget to have some fun. We all need a break at times, to have a good laugh, see a friend, just take a little time off, to break the rhythm of work. I tend to work too much, too long, and too hard, but I love it—-and I have to remind myself to take a break and have some fun. So you too, and have some fun! (I have a sign in my office that says “Do what makes you happy!” Good advice!!) Spring will be back one day….I can’t wait!!


much love, Danielle

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5 Comments so far
  1. David March 12, 2018 4:03 pm

    Have a great week, Danielle!

  2. Deede March 13, 2018 5:13 pm

    Loveth your description of the rocket ship and the iceberg..The fall/winter set from last week’s show really caught my fancy…I can almost smell the fall leaves and the decaying moss..THX for sharing…

    I am just so upset over the little dog’s death in the overhead luggage bin…I have tried to get this off my mind but the dog was a little Maltese and the death was so senseless…These little ones are so defenseless…

    Enjoy your time in Paris…

  3. vivian stephens March 16, 2018 7:29 pm


    I love your novel Special Delivery,1997, it is a favorite. Do any of your
    other books have heroines fifty years old and older? In today’s culture
    women sixty and older are so vibrant and doing so many interesting thing, it would be fun and informative to read about such a woman in a contemporary
    setting. If you have books of this nature , may i have their titles?

    Enjoy Paris



  4. Kerri April 9, 2018 8:31 pm

    Glad you enjoyed the fashion show despite the brutal cold! I was one of the several fans who recommended “Call the Midwife” when you were mourning the end of “Downton Abbey,” and I’m so glad you have given it a try and fallen into love with it! I recently finished season 4, and I’m saving seasons 5 and 6 for later as I want to watch other shows. If you’re looking for something American with really good stories and not too gratuitous in violence, language, and nudity, I highly recommend “This is Us.” Enjoy “Call the Midwife”!

  5. Kerri April 9, 2018 8:47 pm

    @Vivian Stephens –

    Yes, there are quite a few books where the heroine (some heroines are quite minor, but they’re just as vibrant!) is over 50 years old. I’d be happy to help you. Here are they:

    Happy Birthday
    44 Charles Street
    Sunset in St. Tropez
    The Sins of the Mother
    Rushing Waters
    One Day at a Time
    The House
    Property of a Noblewoman