Saint Tropez Style
A few weeks ago I was whisked off to Balesin to live it up in the spirit of St. Tropez for Charriol’s newest line of timepieces and accessories – Saint Tropez Style. It was an extremely fun filled escape full of all the essentials that made up the Saint Trop’ lifestyle – carefree beautiful people and lots of sunshine! The dress code had said to come in our best St. Tropez Style which for me was an obvious nod to the ultimate Tropezienne, Brigitte Bardot. While I may not have her lush, sexy, unruly blond locks, I did my best to emulate the icon with smoky eyes (despite it being 4:30 in the afternoon – hey! in Saint Tropez, all hours are glamorous!) and with a 1960s inspired tenu: tiny shorts, a flowy vintage Lanvin blouse that I stole from my mother and gold wedges. Hubby-less, my date was the gorgeous Mikaela Martinez. To say we had fun was an understatement because after all the dancing under the stars practically everyone ended up in the pool! I luckily escaped that drenched fate by shouting to my would be assailants – “It’s vintage!!!!” Read on for my article first appeared in The Philippine Star where I share a bit more about the collection and my first introduction to the world of nightlife in the famous Les Caves du Roy in Saint Tropez!
Love and Light…and lots of rosé!, Stephanie
More summers came along and this time I was a newly anointed Parisienne. My fluent French accompanied by all the radiance of young adulthood and the right to inebriation. Once again with my vivacious mother and her friends, we rode around the town squashed in a small convertible Beetle, making our way to the infamous Nikki Beach where after multiple magnum bottles of cold rosé my mother was thrown into the pool by a few hunky Brazilians. We consequently all jumped in, cover-ups and all and danced the afternoon away. It was early 2000 and the house music was excellent, the crowd was flashy yet fabulous and my mother had just successfully recuperated from a serious brain surgery, here she was 3 months later looking smashing, laughing in the pool… The sunshine, the good people, luck on our side… There were just so many reasons to celebrate life! And Saint Tropez seemed like the perfect place to do so.
I often went back during my years in Paris, my uncle lent me his flat and it was a rather easy escape from cold dreary Paris. In true Saint Trop’ fashion on one of these many occasions I met Ivana Trump and had afternoon cocktails with Giorgio Armani who fell crazy in love with my toy yorkie Cleo, he offered to buy her. However, amidst all this glitzy hobnobbing, much like other seaside towns where the Glitterati has come to make their HQ, there is a quieter more charming and local side to Saint Tropez. Sun and rosé drenched languid lunches at Chateau Minuty or relaxed Asian nibbles by Cabane Bambou… Navigating the snaking roads that hug the rolling hills where the Mediterranean played peekaboo in between the trees… This town is about summer… Not the season but the spirit that stays with you… that everlasting sunshine that warms your heart when you close your in the middle of a hectic weekday… A memory of when things were light and happy because how could it be otherwise? The sun was in your eyes, the wind was in your hair, the sea was your friend and time did not exist.
This is exactly what Charriol’s new St-Tropez Style collection of watches and accessories embodies and what a few days in the beautiful island of Balesin successfully captured. Hosted by no less than THE Alexander Charriol himself, son of the brand’s founder Philippe Charriol, a carefree, artistic, fun loving spirit and the country’s exclusive retailers of Charriol, Store Specialists Inc., the Philippines’ glitterati converged by the sea, under a blanket of constant sunshine to live it up in true Saint Tropez Fashion.
The St-Tropez watch is already an iconic piece for the brand, with its mother-of-pearl bezel and attached chain bracelet. St-Tropez Style is a fully customizable version of this timepiece with different chains and clips that attach to the band. The accessories come in rose gold or steel with motifs and names that to me reflected the ultimate Tropezienne in her golden years – Brigitte Bardot. A chain with pearls called Gorgeous or one with a little bling called Starlet. Even the un-embellished with hearts and discs respectively called Romeo and Double Trouble and the ultimate embodiment, the endless infinity shapes of Sunny Days that even en ville will be a constant happy souvenir. The clips are similar in fashion, a romanticism that often lingers in the summer air – little disco hearts, lucky lovebugs, or quite blatantly the word love emblazoned across… The Tropezienne does not wear her heart on her sleeve, as she has none, allowing her lithe sunburnt arms the freedom to dance and wave her worries in the air. No, she wears it on her wrist, next to her timepiece so that every moment of her life may be filled with love.
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We are two friends who were former magazine editors. Having moved onto other things, we both realized that the creative flow the publishing world used to offer us was missing from our lives. Armed with a common love of travel to the exotic and familiar, a penchant for the bohemian, an obsession with food and a lust for writing, we decided to collaborate our unique and fashionable journeys through life together in one passion project.
We are The Gypsetters.