At the Ranelagh Theater, Paris
Celebrities at the show
Atmosphere of a Russian cabaret
This year’s Metiers d’Art collection, “Paris-Moscou“ has been dedicated to the capital of a country and a culture that fascinated Gabrielle Chanel. For the presentation, Karl Lagerfeld chose the confidential Theatre Le Ranelagh in the sixteenth district of Paris. At the theater’s entrance, beautiful constructivist-style posters were hung up on the walls, announcing the show’s arrival to the theater. After the fashion event, the theater was transformed into a Russian cabaret, complete with a Slavic orchestra and vodka, while Karl Lagerfeld conducted his interviews on the stage.
The life of Marina Tsvetaeva
The French actress was overwhelmed by Henri Troyat’s biography of the great Russian poetess, Marina Tsvetaeva. It is the story of a dramatic life, filled with violent love affairs and unimaginable pain, which starts amongst the literary intelligentsia of the tsars’ Moscow and continues with the escape of the Bolshevik revolution, the misery of exile and a tragic return to Stalin’s Russia, which will destroy her family and her life. A life so ardent and eccentric, dedicated to the story of her femininity and her liberal sexuality.
Anna Mouglalis says of this outstanding opus: “It is Marina’s true biography; to me, she is the most powerful poetess I have ever read. At the end of each verse, you get the impression she is about to disappear. She got me in touch with femininity. I didn’t know much about feminine literature and she made me want to discover more of it.”
Marina Tsvetaeva, Henri Troyat © Editions Grasset & Fasquelle, 2001