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December 2014 - Houston

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JE T'AIME, MOI NON PLUS S erge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin's famous erotic duet was a nod to their notorious and sometimes explicit personal relationship. Theirs was an epic love story infused with all the essential elements — sex, beauty, music and fame — plus a little playful sarcasm on the side. He was the film and music savant; she, the ingénue playing the role of wife and muse. With their fast friends and glamorous lifestyle, these two owned the '70s. Digital/style editor Francine Ballard captures the essence of the amorous French-Brit duo. Insta- house party. Old World music nostalgia meets modern mixmaster fun. Gramophone for iPhone $249, at Restoration Hardware. Keep your hands on the wheel. The fashion set's favorite dress-up prop. Hermès leather buckle gloves $548, at More Than You Can Imagine. Love notes. Christian Lacroix note-card set. $38, at À Bientôt. (I LOVE YOU, ME NEITHER) And a namesake for good measure. The iconic bag was named for Jane and is now every jet-setter's dream. Hermès Birkin bag, price upon request, at the Hermès boutique. Sexy staple. Neutral is sooo drab, n'est pas? Chanel Rouge Allure lipstick $35, at the Chanel boutique. Stepping out. Parisian nightlife is serious business, and Jane jumped in feet first. Azzedine Alaïa folded boot $2,710, at Saks Fifth Avenue. Shine on. Vintage 1960s French brass sputnik chandelier. $3,910, through If you must smoke … The only thing that touched his lips more than Jane's were his smokes. Alexandra von Furstenberg acrylic ashtray $210, at Area. Coasting. If you're perpetually poised, cocktail in hand, don't be caught without a coaster. Waylande Gregory coasters $90, at Tootsies. Undercover cool. Avoid being recognized at all costs, darling. Felt fedora $38, at À Bientôt. For those quiet evenings at home. Cozy up with a good book — or paint your body with chocolate. Shunga Edible Body Paint $13, at Straight jacket. For nighttime attire, creative types accessorize with ripped denim, RayBans and a scotch on the rocks. John Varvatos wool asymmetric cutaway jacket $1,598, at the John Varvatos boutique. Sweet surrender. Love & Tears by Kilian Surrender perfume. 1.7 ounce $245, at Saks Fifth Avenue. She who wears the gold rules. Jewelry isn't just for ears and fingers amongst the glitterati. Vintage 18K gold mesh opera bag $22,950, at Zadok Jewelers. A dirty mind is a terrible thing to waste. Dinner-party fun in the style of Serge and Jane. Dirty Minds board game $20, at Barnes & Noble. Cavalli for all. Roberto Cavalli crepe silk shirt with grommet detail $1,895, and crepe silk tuxedo pant $1,795, at Saks Fifth Avenue, Tootsies. Watch your step. Boss Hugo Boss Mexis Chelsea boot. $275, at Iced out. Nontraditional bling is the best kind of stocking stuffer. Vintage platinum and diamond bridge pinky ring $1,950, at Queen of Heirs. Need for speed. Chopard shift-knob cuff links. $338, at Zadok Jewelers. Promise to write. Graf von Faber-Castell Classic Annello ebony and platinum fountain pen with handmade 18K gold nib and wooden box. $595, at Dromgoole's. Fine Writing, Paradise Pen. A bird in the hand. Van Cleef & Arpels white-gold and diamond Oiseaux de Paradis earclips. $79,000 at Neiman Marcus. Time of our lives. Jacquet Droz Grande Seconde Ivory Enamel watch. $19,500, at Tourbillon. Fire at the ready. St Dupont Ligne 2 lighter in blue Chinese lacquer. $1,025, at Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg, circa 1970

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