Back from Paris to the Beginning of Autumn in New England
A spread from the upcoming Baccarat holiday mailer shot chez moi!
I have been back from Paris for a week but it is mum planting time at Weatherstone and I am only now getting back to you about my trip.
I cannot remember if I mentioned the reason I was going so early in September to The City of Light – as I typically love hanging out in the Rockies at this time of the year. A few months ago I was approached by two friends from Paris about the idea of styling a holiday mailer in the spirit of a magazine for the House of Baccarat. Their concept was that instead of a traditional catalog, the company wanted to try a new approach and show their crystal in the home of someone who actually uses and lives with Baccarat pieces. As the photographer would be my dear friend Sylvie Becquet, with whom I had done several of my books, I said “why not?” Lord knows after so many years of long days working together I had served us both many a glass of wine in my favorite Baccarat glasses (which alas the firm has discontinued… boo who) – alway an appropriate way to end the session. This last mid May about a million dollars worth of crystal including tableware, chandeliers, object d’art and lots of glasses and jewelry was unpacked in my garage. Can you imagine all that precious glass with my 8 crazy dogs running around? My hair turned whiter that week! Of course I can always resort to the bottle – the color bottle that is – plus the other kind as well, as the stress level mounted. At least we had plenty of glasses and decanters to choose from….but I digress.
The story of the shoot will perhaps come up in another post when the holiday mailer is dropped in the U.S. This is just a peek of how it was presented at the Baccarat Museum in Paris where I went to discuss our collaboration with the international press. Baccarat hosted the press, who were in town for Maison O’bjet, at a small gathering on Thursday night, followed by a cocktail for 400 in the garden on Friday. I shook a lot of hands and met people from all over the world. The few pictures here were taken at night, and quickly, but it is just to show how the team decorated the room in Paris, based upon how I styled the look at Weatherstone.
The opening page of what will be launched in late October – shot in the morning room at Weatherstone
The old glass house in Sharon – this was one of the bigger table settings that I did for the shoot. The chandelier weighs 204 pounds and took 6 hours to unpack piece by piece, assemble and light. I was not sure if my old and fragile glass house would withstand the weight, thankfully it did. I thought it might be a very nice permanent addition but alas, it went home to Paris.
Above are two pictures of the house of Baccarat’s reinterpretation with me and photographer Sylvie Becquet talking to a journalist. In the background is a blow up of one of Sylvie’s pictures.
Yours truly being filmed for television at the Baccarat Museum.
Funny to once again, after all those years, be interviewed by the charming young reporter from WWD – not about dresses but glasses!
It was Sylvie’s idea to shoot the Baccarat small crystal butterflies with some of my butterfly paintings – I would never have suggested it but thought it a nice marriage when I saw it.
Sorry I do not have a better picture of this but the Baccarat team along with artistic director Alexandre Wolkoff came up with the idea to blow up my flower paintings and use them as the backdrop for different products offered for this coming season.
Upon my arrival at my hotel, awaiting me was a lovely bouquet from Moulie Savart – some of you may remember when I did an internship there years ago! The Baccarat folks engraved a crystal glass with my name on it to hold the flowers and then the red folder is a beautiful presentation of our holiday project together. The French do things so well.
It seems only fitting to close this story with the statue of Washington and Lafayette that stands proudly at La Place Les Etats Unis right next to the Baccarat museum – the ultimate example of French American collaboration – am happy to have experienced my own, small version.
More to come on the subject when the Baccarat Holiday mailer hits the post office – this is just a sneak preview!