How To Spend It: Mise en Seine

Posted on October 31, 2012

Darlings, for your Pretty of the Day, let’s all go on a romantic fantasy trip to the Paris of everyone’s dreams, where bitchy-looking women drape themselves over benches and buildings while wearing furs and outrageous hats, because they couldn’t possibly take a step in those gigantic shoes.

Okay, maybe that’s just the Paris of our dreams. At any rate, enjoy.

How To Spend It Magazine
Editorial: “Mise en Seine”
Photography and styling:  Damian Foxe

Cinched waists, sweeping hemlines, dramatic millinery and hand-crafted luggage evoke the romance of the Grand Tour. First stop: Paris.




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  • Tadiana

    I’d love to live in this world, or at least visit for a week or two.

    • formerlyAnon

       I’m not so sure – I don’t think I could walk in the shoes, so I expect I’d be a sensibly shod and boringly clad member of the servant class, working 15 hour days.

    • golden_valley

      I’d visit but only if I get to wear comfortable shoes and have 21st Century American plumbing.

  • foodycatAlicia

    The only misstep is that hideous furry bag in the first picture. It looks like someone put a handle on Dougal. Everything else is just magic.

    • DeborahJozayt

      An overgrown Pekingese with one Helluva mat on its back 😀

    • Kate4queen

      Ha! I thought dog too!

      • kimmeister

        Me four – I thought Shih Tzu.

  • Ashleigh Boutelle

    damn that fog, I wanna see those shoes! :)

    • Taylor

      They look like horse hooves.

  • TieDye64

    That second shot is a stunner. 

  • JasmineAM


  • hughman

    Well SOMEONE off camera is sure chain-smoking those Gauloises! 

  • Vanja

    The black dress with the red coat has Helena Bonham Carter written all over it.  I keep staring at the bag in the first picture, it looks like a decapitated Yorkshire Terrier made into a bag. There is too much photoshopped fog in all the pictures, so while I appreciate the effort, my Pretty of the Day are the Daniel Craig and Javier Bardem photo’s.

  • Kate4queen

    I want to dress like that every day but it doesn’t work in California. :(

    • Heather

      San Francisco, perhaps?

      • Kate4queen

        I’d have to get there everyday and I can’t see those skirts doing well on the BART… I just need to be ‘that crazy writer lady’ where I live-maybe I could just about get away with it. LOL

  • Sarah Thomas

    That’s some top-shelf steampunk cosplay there.

  • formerlyAnon

    Sweet dreams are made of [these], indeed.

  • Rita Banninger

    Was that handbag (in the first photo) a pekinese at one time?

  • Joyce VG


  • LesYeuxHiboux

    That long houndstooth skirt! Je meurs. 

  • nannypoo

    I Would Spend It exactly like this.

  • BrooklynBomber

    That camel outfit is MINE!!

  • Corsetmaker

    So gorgeous. I’ll have the last outfit please :)

  • Imasewsure

    Pictures are fabulous but you can keep this era… I’m seeing misery, malaise and cholera. No thank you!  

  • MilaXX

    It’s pretty, yet a bit depressing considering it’s still rainy and gloomy out and these are all in muted tones.

  • Judy_S

    OK, the women in the other editorial were all going to be tragically executed by revolutionary tribunals. These women are all going to die of TB or syphilis. Pretty word, isn’t it, syphilis?

  •!/Space_Kitty Space Kitty

    Absolutely glorious.  And now I must find a way to make a fog machine follow me at all times.

  • another_laura

    I just love that last look although I think I hate the shoes which I can’t really tell with the fog machine on.

    I could really use a fog machine for my every day life.

    • Donna Tabor

       It looks like the same shoes as the photos above, but with spats strapped on. Very weird.

  • ojosazules

    This is just wonderful, gorgeous. Thank you.

  • Louise Bryan

    I love these more than I love the baroque styling.

  • jw_ny

    Beautiful pics…they should be framed.  

  • MajorBedhead

    Beautiful, although I could do with a bit less of the Lady of Shallot fog. 

  • Terri Pileggi

    I was born too late! So beautiful! So elegant! So mysterious!! So alluring!!

  • Call me Bee

    The suit with the red velvet over coat?  I die. 
    BTW–I looked at the “How to Spend It” website–now I want a yurt. 
    (Disqus is flakey tonight. Sorry ’bout the double post…)

  • Guest

    The suit with the red velvet over coat?  I die. 
    BTW–I looked at the “How to Spend It” website–now I want a yurt. 

  • Reneesance

    4th one down, I’m swooning! *le sigh*

  • PrunellaV

    In the first photo: Well, there you go. Instead of dogs in bags, now we have bags that look like dogs (a Shih Tzu in this case).

  • joything

    I will bring my own shoes, thank you very much, and swap out the skirts for ladypants, but I MUST have those coats!!

  • quiltrx

    LOVE.  Looks like a beautiful place to disappear for a while!

    They totally should have gotten HBC to model. :)

  • SewingSiren

    It’s the Paris of my dreams too. I fact I’m probably going to dream about it again tonight.

  • PeaceBang


  • RzYoung

    God i love Paris

  • Contralto


  • shirab

    In the next to last photo, it looks like she fell down (elegantly, of course) while trying to climb the steps in those shoes, and she can’t get up without help.

  • decormaven

    Is that fog Photoshopped in? It’s distracting to the nth. Pretty clothes- ridiculous shoes! But the hat in the last look is gorgeous.

  • Mary Stone

    OMFG! Let’s party like its 1913!  Seriously, I’m seeing total Edwardian era here, save for the monstrous platforms.  Shoe designers, can we please move on from the stripper platform?  Those of us with shoe wardrobes that are falling apart desperately need pretty, non-platform shoes.

  • stardust462

    The last picture reminds me of Dior’s “New Look.” 

  • Judy_J

    Love the “Downton Abbey” appeal of the clothing.  Except for the shoes.  When will the fascination with platform stripper shoes finally die?

  • librarygrrl64

    Wow, another beautiful editorial from them! Keep these coming, please! :-)

  • MoreShoes

    How long before we see Helena Bonham Carter in those clothes?

  • marilyn

    I am not sure of the purpose here.  The pictures are lovely.  But the 2nd, 3rd and 4th looks are not what any woman would wear in this day and age.  Not only do we vote now, but we get to wear skirts above the ankles during the day.  Whatever.

  • J MN

    Oh please, when booking this trip to the Paris of past, I would like to reserve a room for myself and one for my dresser.  It really would be only possible to dream of such a time and place.  The clothes and the hats… and the obvious wealth required.  I love everything about this editorial.