11.10.2021

PARIS’ RIGHT BANK ELEGANCE

If there is a Paris’ Left Bank elegance, nourished by the irreverence of Saint-Germain-des-Prés, the omnipresence of publishing houses, the Faubourg’s Proustian aristocracy – a syncretism once so well embodied by Arnys – then there must be an elegance of the Right Bank.

On the left bank, the settled men ; on the right bank, those who dream of great destinies.

On the left bank, the nonchalance of the well-born ; on the right bank, the ambition of the hurried.

 

Bordered by the Opera Garnier, the Bourse de Paris and banks’ headquarters, the Right Bank is at the origin of an elegance of movement anchored in business life, between conservatism and modernity.

 

Under the Second Empire, Baron Haussmann foresaw that the Grands Boulevards district would be Paris’ economic lung. The Opéra Garnier served as a catalyst for the cultural and economic life of the French capital. Banks set up shop around the Opera so that, after each performance, the wealthy bourgeoisie could put their diamond jewellery back in the safety of their vaults. Tailors followed, attracted by a wealthy clientele who came to have their business suits and evening clothes made.

 

In search of clothes that are both luxurious and useful, bankers, lawyers and financiers all dressed and bought their shoes in the same houses on the right bank: Old England, Charvet, Camps de Luca, Hilditch & Key and Aubercy. Nothing in their style is superfluous: each piece in their wardrobe meets a precise and determined need. The style of the right bank is an elegance of conquest.

 

The Right Bank is:

_Serge Gainsbourg’s style before he moved to rue de Verneuil

_Ferdinando Caraceni’s pair of buckled loafers

_the grey of the suits in Francis Bacon’s portraits

_Baron de Redé’s collection of Cleverley shoes

_the shoulder of Belmondo’s suits in L’Héritier

_Marc Bohan’s polo coat in the 1973 Battle of Versailles

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Marc Bohan, Philippe Guibourgé, Oscar de la Renta, Halston, Joe Eula and Bill Blass during the Battle of Versailles, Paris, 1973

Marc Bohan, Philippe Guibourgé, Oscar de la Renta, Halston, Joe Eula and Bill Blass during the Battle of Versailles, Paris, 1973

Serge Gainsbourg on stage, 1965

Serge Gainsbourg on stage, 1965

Gustave Caillebotte by Charles Marville, Paris, 1891

Gustave Caillebotte by Charles Marville, Paris, 1891

Jean-Paul Belmondo in The Inheritor, 1972

Jean-Paul Belmondo in The Inheritor, 1972

Portrait of a man walking down steps by Francis Bacon, 1972

Portrait of a man walking down steps by Francis Bacon, 1972

Baron de Redé's Cleverley shoe collection

Baron de Redé's Cleverley shoe collection