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Having a Ball

by habituallychic

12 . 04 . 09

I am too exhausted to finish my other post but I know everyone loves opening their Habitually Chic email in the morning so I am leaving you with this beautiful photo of Jacqueline Bouvier and her sister Caroline Lee Bouvier as a debutantes that I saw on Vogue.com. The Hotel de Crillon Bal des Debutantes was recently held in Paris and the Junior League Cotillion takes place this weekend at The Plaza. They both harken back to a bygone era where girls behaved like ladies and wore organza dresses to match. Oh, those were the days!

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  1. jamesxvi December 4, 2009 | 3:37 am

    Hi Heather, I have been following here for a few weeks and you can count me now as a fan.

    I know how you feel, I am editing future posts tonight for Garvinweasel, and hope you can drop by sometime. There’s a giveaway this weekend for “Axel Vervoordt: Timeless Interiors” and would love for you to enter.

  2. Lacquered Life December 4, 2009 | 4:06 am

    Whoa, this picture is wonderful. Will anyone ever be that chic again?
    Absolutely love your blog, thanks for all that is chic!

  3. Kitty December 4, 2009 | 4:09 am

    Jackie O once said something to the effect of, “If you bungle raising your children, nothing else much matters in life.” I love her for it. Thanks for a beautiful historic look at one of my favorite women!

  4. Karena December 4, 2009 | 4:12 am

    Heather I agree, even now at the galas, so few women wear ball gowns.
    I think it is so important to keep those traditions!

  5. KT December 4, 2009 | 5:10 am

    Oh to be a deb!

  6. WendyB December 4, 2009 | 6:59 am


  7. Modern Traditionalist December 4, 2009 | 11:55 am

    This photo is perfect. As the story goes, Jackie purchased her dress off the rack but her natural grace and charm earned her the honor of Debutante of the Year.
    And I agree, those were the days! Let’s bring them back!

  8. the NEO-traditionalist December 4, 2009 | 12:52 pm

    If only I had an occasion to wear such loveliness! Hopefully soon… I’m on the hunt. Have a wonderful weekend Heather!
    XX Kate

  9. princedeligne December 4, 2009 | 1:57 pm

    Heather, the photo is stunning, but no mention of her equally elegant sister standing behind her Caroline Lee Bouvier.

  10. Habitually Chic December 4, 2009 | 2:26 pm

    So glad everyone enjoyed my quickie post! That photos is just stunning and makes me want to go back in time to that era! And thanks for the heads up on Lee! I was so tired last night that I didn’t recognize her! Bon Weekend!

  11. avant garde December 4, 2009 | 6:15 pm

    i’d love to live like that for even a day! just dreamy. happy friday!

  12. Lucinda December 4, 2009 | 7:48 pm

    Lee Radziwill was my idol as a child. She was always the truly beautiful one in the family. Is still gorgeous in her 70’s. Why don’t I dress like that anymore?

  13. La Maison Fou December 4, 2009 | 7:56 pm

    So true people do not dress like they used too!
    Was at a gala last evening, many befitting attires but not like those days gone by!
    Enjoyed this post!

  14. Clinton Quisenberry December 4, 2009 | 9:21 pm

    Heather, Deb season is in full swing in Fort Worth, Texas, of course, it is nothing compared to days gone by in New York. But it does, at the very least, help me imagine the elegance and grace of the time. My friend recently made her debut and had a recreation of her grandmother’s debutante dress made….it was stunning! Thanks for posting this!

  15. Michael Alden December 7, 2009 | 3:01 pm

    ….and young men acted and dressed like men in that “bygone era.” The young ladies were an inspiration. White tie attire, boutonnière and shoes worked to a brilliant shine, all designed to provide an understated backdrop to the feminine splendor.

    Don’t despair, dressing may come back into fashion one day. And if it does, it will because you have inspired men once again.