Frances Valentine Opens Pop-up, Offers Kate Spade-Inspired Special-Edition Items

Five months after the death of Kate Spade, the company she helped to start, Frances Valentine, is moving forward with its first retail venture — a Madison Avenue pop-up store.
Spade’s suicide in June at the age of 55 shocked the fashion community and the team at Frances Valentine has quietly been trying to carry on. Going into retail was always part of the business plan, according to chief executive officer Elyce Arons.
Asked how the company approaches such a delicate and complicated situation with care and without being exploitive, Arons said, “For us, it is our way of honoring Katie and keeping her spirit alive. We have a really small team in the office and it hit us all really hard. That first week, we had so many customers and friends of the brand write in — people who had known her a long, long time and people we had never met, who said please keep going — you have to keep her designs alive.”
Arons said, “We decided that’s what we’re going to do. We’re going to embrace her spirit and the really good things that she brought to everyone. This has been a really happy, good thing. And it wouldn’t

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‘France’s Frank Sinatra’ Charles Aznavour dies

“France’s Frank Sinatra” Charles Aznavour has died at the age of 94.
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Home and Away actress Cornelia Frances dies

Cornelia Frances, who played Morag Bellingham in Home and Away, has died aged 77 following a battle with cancer.
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Man denies stealing Frances McDormand’s Oscar

Terry Bryant pleads not guilty to stealing the best actress statuette after Sunday’s ceremony.
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Shape of Water and Frances McDormand rule Oscars

The Shape of Water takes the Oscars glory as best actress Frances McDormand salutes female talent.
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Frances McDormand Stops By Allison Janney’s Post-Oscars Interview to Give Her a Sip of Tequila

Cheers!

Allison Janney‘s post-2018 Oscars interview with ABC’s Lara Spencer got an extra dose of fun when Best Actress winner Frances McDormand stopped by and shared a sip of tequila with the I, Tonya star.

McDormand was hustling behind the interview, drink in hand, when Spencer paused to say hello. Without skipping a beat, the Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri star told Janney, “Cheers, darling. Have a little sip — tequila!” 

Janney, who took home the prize for Best Supporting Actress, happily obliged despite saying that she wanted to keep her imbibing minimal.

“Every part of this day is emblazoned in my mind. I want to remember it. I’ll have a little bit of this just to enhance it,” she told Spencer, referring to the glass of champagne in her hand, “but I want to remember.”

Janney also praised McDormand’s powerful acceptance speech, in which she asked the female nominees across all categories to rise from their seats.

“That was the best moment, when she made all the women stand up,” the 58-year-old actress said to Spencer. “It was really special. It was one of my favorite moments of the night.”

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When asked by ABC if she had prepared an acceptance speech, Janney said, “Oh my gosh. If I could show you the pages and pages of speeches I have written,” promising to take a picture and someday share them with her fans.

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She continued, “All these brilliant writer friends of mine have all contributed and given me ideas, and I have stolen from every single one of them.”

Janney’s experience at the annual awards ceremony was quite the change from how she spent some previous Oscar Sundays.

“I have watched these awards — the Oscars — for the past 40 years on couches with friends — and sweatpants,” she explained during an interview on the PEOPLE and Entertainment Weekly Red Carpet Live pre-show.

The 2018 Oscars were held at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 4 and were telecast live on ABC.


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Ingie and Patrick Chalhoub Decorated With France’s Legion of Honor

IT TAKES TWO: “It’s a first for me, decorating a couple,” exclaimed Jean-Yves Le Drian, France’s Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, who awarded Patrick and Ingie Chalhoub with the Legion of Honor, France’s highest civilian distinction, on Tuesday night at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Paris.
In the crowd were a number of high-profile executives who have done business with the Dubai-based retail entrepreneurs, including Sidney Toledano, chairman and ceo of LVMH Fashion Group, and Bruno Pavlovsky, Chanel’s president of fashion.

Sidney Toledano and Bruno Pavlovsky. 
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The rising, rain-choked Seine river that could be seen from the windows nearly put a stop to the proceedings, said Le Drian, who saluted the couple’s contributions to promoting French art de vivre and the country’s luxury sector in the Middle East.
“You are each an ambassador of France, you have built a bridge between two worlds, two civilizations, around a dialogue built on a union of culture and commerce, a diplomatic feat in itself,” he said, describing the couple as “two artisans passionate about the promotion of know-how in a domain of excellence, embodying, in equal measure, determination and modesty.”
Le Drian in his speech also saluted the “remarkable business sense” of Ingie Chalhoub’s achievements in

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France’s 2017 Box Office Scores Third-Biggest in 50 Years

France confirmed its status as Europe’s biggest nation of moviegoers in 2017 with 209.2 million admissions, the third biggest score in the last 50 years, according to the National Film Board (CNC). In dollar term, France’s 2017 box office was also the third-biggest in modern times with an estimated $ 1.64 billion (1.36 billion euros) grossed […]

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Mexico’s Machete Films, France’s Cine-Sud to Co-produce Federico Cecchetti’s Second Film (EXCLUSIVE)

MORELIA, Mexico — Mexican producer-distributor Machete Films and France’s Cine-Sud Promotion are co-producing Mexican-Italian helmer Federico Cecchetti’s next feature, “Letters from the Land of the Tarahumara,” which Cecchetti developed at the Cannes Festival’s directors’ residence Cinefondation last year. Cecchetti’s debut feature “Mara’Akame’s Dream” (“El Sueno del Mara’Akame”) won the Best First Mexican Feature Prize at […]

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10 Takeaways from France’s 2017 Annecy Animation Fest

ANNECY, France — “Animal Crackers,” “The Big Bad Fox and Other Tales” and “The Breadwinner” proved to be three standouts among titles at a hugely hectic 2017 Annecy Animation Film Festival which is now taking its brand and the quality auteur-driven animated fare it champions on the road. Here are 10 Takeaways from this year’s… Read more »

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France’s Presidential Election Splinters the Country’s Culturati

The country’s cultural world is mobilizing against the far-right National Front party, but some left-wing voters say they’ll abstain in Sunday’s vote.
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OAMC and Rochas Homme Join France’s Chambre Syndicale

MAN UP: The men’s arm of French fashion’s governing body, the Chambre Syndicale de la Mode Masculine, on Friday announced two new members: OAMC and Rochas.
They were elected full-fledged members of the union by the newly elected management board of the organization, whose full name is Chambre Syndicale du Prêt à Porter des Couturiers et des Créateurs de Mode, at a general assembly on April 12.
Buzzy men’s wear label OAMC was co-founded by Luke Meier, who earlier this month was appointed co-creative director of Jil Sander, alongside his wife Lucie Meier. Rochas, meanwhile, relaunched men’s wear this January under Béatrice Ferrant after a 22-year hiatus.
The new management board also re-elected Sidney Toledano, chief executive officer of Christian Dior Couture, as president, and Paul Smith’s Isabel Ribeiro as vice president, of the Chambre Syndicale. This will be the final two-year stint in the roles for both executives, since a maximum of two terms is permitted.
The next Paris men’s fashion week is to take place between June 21 and 25.

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Robert Zemeckis Receives France’s Order of Arts and Letters Honor

PARIS– On the eve of “Allied”‘s Paris premiere, iconic American director Robert Zemeckis received France’s Order of Arts and Letters medal from Culture Minister Audrey Azoulay during an intimate ceremony attended by “Allied” star Marion Cotillard on Saturday. “It’s the first medal I’ve ever received and this is the first time I’ve been acknowledged by… Read more »

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The Mary Frances Knitting and Crocheting Book

The Mary Frances Knitting and Crocheting Book


This endearing book is a unique treasure for its delightful story, charming illustrations, comical characters, abundance of nostalgia, and practical instruction that introduces children to the world of knitting and crocheting in a gentle and encouraging way while providing a wardrobe of knitwear for dolls. Enjoy the adventures of Mary Frances as the crochet hook, knitting needles and yarn come to life, ready and anxious to teach her to knit and crochet. You will meet Crow Shay, Knit and Knack, Wooley Ball, Yarn Baby and a beautiful fairy as they take you though a series of lessons in a book that loves to be read aloud while teaching new skills in storybook format. Children will love the quaint language and captivating storyline alone, and by following along with the projects, they will be rewarded with needlework skills and a lovely collection of clothing for 14- to 18-inch dolls. Adults and doll collectors will appreciate the historical authenticity of the early 1900’s knitwear patterns. More than forty needlework projects are provided including doll hats, scarves, sweaters, shawls, a petticoat, leggings and more. Styles in knitwear are timeless fashion pieces. These projects can be used to create authentic period attire, or updated through the use of contemporary colors and accents. Modern girls can make their dolls look trendy by combining a piece of vintage knitwear with fashion-forward accessories.

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Frances Bean Cobain Marries–Without Telling Mom Courtney Love

Courtney Love and Kurt Cobain's baby girl is a Mrs.: Frances Bean Cobain secretly married musician Isaiah Silva in an intimate ceremony—and didn't tell her mom 'til after they said "I do." Courtney is reportedly…


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Mary Frances Insight (Brown) Handbags

Mary Frances Insight (Brown) Handbags


Take a look into the deeper meaning of what fashion is to you, with the Insight.Made of intricate beading.Flap with magnetic snap closure.Chained crossbody strap.Lined interior.Interior back-wall slip pocket.Imported. Measurements:Bottom Width: 10 1 2 inDepth: 1 inHeight: 6 inStrap Length: 40 1 2 inStrap Drop: 19 in
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Mary Frances Strength Within (Black/Red) Handbags

Mary Frances Strength Within (Black/Red) Handbags


You have a special power, now flaunt the Mary Frances Strength Within, it will radiate all who see.Made of textile with intricate beading and stone detail.Magnetic snap closure.Chained crossbody strap.Flat bottom.Lining made of polyester.Interior back-wall zip pocket.Imported. Measurements:Bottom Width: 7 inDepth: 1 4 inHeight: 5 inStrap Length: 47 inStrap Drop: 22 inWeight: 10 oz
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Jimmy Fallon Shares First Photos Of Baby Girl Frances Cole

Proud papa alert!

After welcoming his second daughter with wife Nancy Juvonen on Dec. 3, Jimmy Fallon resumed his late night duties on Monday and gave us an adorable update on his newly expanded family. The “Tonight Show” host proudly revealed the first photos of baby girl Frances Cole, who was born via surrogate, to his audience. His team also posted the lovely images on the Fallon Tonight Twitter account:

Fallon, 40, and Juvonen, 47, became parents for the first time when they welcomed daughter Winnie Rose in July 2013. We can’t wait until the couple starts dressing up little Frances in some of the ridiculously cute costumes they’ve given Winnie to sport.
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Mary Frances Beaded Tortuga Handbag

Mary Frances Beaded Tortuga Handbag


Be one with island nature. This whimsical turtle is ready to soak up some sun in beautiful jewel tone colors and an amazingly detailed shell. Shell opens to carry those island needs and stands on his own four legs. W x D x H: 6.25” x 3.25” x 6.25” REMOVABLE SHOULDER STRAP LENGTH: 13” DROP: 5”
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Mary Frances Celebration Handbag

Mary Frances Celebration Handbag


Show off and celebrate with fun sophisticated style! This wine bottle bag has been hand beaded and dressed for any occasion that needs that extra something. A detachable strap makes it an easy clutch or shoulder bag. L x D x H: 4 x 3.5 x 9.25” DETACHABLE STRAP LENGTH END TO END: 33” DROP LENGTH: 13.5”
List Price: $ 266.00
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Mary Frances Vintage Inspired Silver Movie Star Handbag

Mary Frances Vintage Inspired Silver Movie Star Handbag


If you are unfamiliar with the Mary Frances line of bags; she is known for blending elegance with whimsy to create a unique style that is unmistakably her own. With each and every Mary Frances treasure individually hand crafted by skilled artisans who pay close attention to detail and quality; it’s no surprise that her designs are regularly seen on the arms of celebrities such as Jennifer Aniston; Jessica Simpson; Teri Hatcher; Eva Longoria; Britney Spears; Sheryl Crow; Shania Twain; and Kate Hudson; to name a few. Get ready for the paparazzi when you hit the red carpet with this bag because you’re sure to feel like a Movie Star! Encrusted in rhinestones and crystals this convertible clutch is definitely the most bling for your buck. Quite the head turner as well; the back is not to be missed – a shiny silver faux snake skin. This bag is the perfect accessory for that little black dress or really any outfit at all; dress up a pair of jeans even. Don’t miss out on your chance to be a Movie Star!
List Price: $ 282.00
Price: $ 282.00

SALE! Mary Frances Celebration Handbag

SALE! Mary Frances Celebration Handbag


Show off and celebrate with fun sophisticated style! This wine bottle bag has been hand beaded and dressed for any occasion that needs that extra something. A detachable strap makes it an easy clutch or shoulder bag. L x D x H: 4 x 3.5 x 9.25” DETACHABLE STRAP LENGTH END TO END: 33” DROP LENGTH: 13.5”
List Price: $ 266.00
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Mary Frances

Mary Frances


Inspired by the uniquely ornate, Mary Frances has been designing handbags, scarves, and accessories for over 23 years. Mary Frances’ vision and business-savvy approach has driven her originally home-based venture into an international, multi-million dollar corporation. Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, Mary Frances Accessories has twice been named one of America’s 500 fastest-growing, privately-owned companies by Inc. Magazine in 2005 and 2006, as well as one of the largest women-owned businesses in 2010. In 2004, Mary Frances proudly received the Accessory Designer of the Year Award at the Dallas Fashion Awards and was one of five designers acknowledged as a Star of the Show during Paris Fashion Week in 2004 and 2005. Mary Frances’ handmade treasures are all available at an accessible price point at over 3,000 boutiques and department stores around the world. Seen on the arms of quite a few notable celebrities, Mary Frances handbags transition smoothly from flashbulb-infested red carpets to quiet, elegant evenings out. Known for their signature ornately embellished facades, these beaded and embroidered handbags serve as opulent statement pieces. Primarily inspired by fabrics, textures, and unique combinations of materials and colors, Mary Frances embodies the latest trends, but doesn t allow those trends to define her designs. Mary Frances creates from her instincts and inspirations, and firmly stands by her motto that life is too short to dress boring!
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Mary Frances: Mary Frances Accessories

Mary Frances: Mary Frances Accessories


Mary Frances: Mary Frances Accessories: Inspired by the uniquely ornate, Mary Frances has been designing handbags, scarves, and accessories for over 23 years. Mary Frances’ vision and business-savvy approach has driven her originally home-based venture into an international, multi-million dollar corporation. Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, Mary Frances Accessories has twice been named one of America’s 500 fastest-growing, privately-owned companies by Inc. Magazine in 2005 and 2006, as well as one of the largest women-owned businesses in 2010. In 2004, Mary Frances proudly received the Accessory Designer of the Year Award at the Dallas Fashion Awards and was one of five designers acknowledged as a Star of the Show during Paris Fashion Week in 2004 and 2005. Mary Frances’ handmade treasures are all available at an accessible price point at over 3,000 boutiques and department stores around the world. Seen on the arms of quite a few notable celebrities, Mary Frances handbags transition smoothly from flashbulb-infested red carpets to quiet, elegant evenings out. Known for their signature ornately embellished facades, these beaded and embroidered handbags serve as opulent statement pieces. Primarily inspired by fabrics, textures, and unique combinations of materials and colors, Mary Frances embodies the latest trends, but doesn t allow those trends to define her designs. Mary Frances creates from her instincts and inspirations, and firmly stands by her motto that life is too short to dress boring!
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SALE! Mary Frances Beaded Rhinestone Cowgirl Handbag

SALE! Mary Frances Beaded Rhinestone Cowgirl Handbag


A classic Mary Frances shape reinvented for that inner cowgirl. Fabulous gold background is highlighted by hand embroidered roses and beautiful bead work making this handbag a true gem! Rhinestone Cowgirl is a true gem! Dress up any outfit day or night with this wearable piece of art. W x D x H: 6.5 x 1.75 x 9.75” CROSS BODY STRAP LENGTH: 45” DROP: 20”
List Price: $ 192.00
Price: $ 192.00

SALE! Mary Frances 1920s Style Wildflower Handbag

SALE! Mary Frances 1920s Style Wildflower Handbag


If you are unfamiliar with the Mary Frances line of bags; she is known for blending elegance with whimsy to create a unique style that is unmistakably her own. With each and every Mary Frances treasure individually hand crafted by skilled artisans who pay close attention to detail and quality; it’s no surprise that her designs are regularly seen on the arms of celebrities such as Jennifer Aniston; Jessica Simpson; Teri Hatcher; Eva Longoria; Britney Spears; Sheryl Crow; Shania Twain; and Kate Hudson; to name a few. Fun and flirty yellows; blues and greens all the colors of spring are prevalent in the fabulous Wildflower handbag. The charmingly colorfully striped raffia backdrop highlights the tan body of this bag showcasing the wonderful hand-cut flowers and exquisite bead work. This day bag is the perfect size to hold all of your necessities as well as fashionable and cute! Details W x D x H: 12” x 3” x 6.5” SHOULDER STRAP LENGTH: 19” HANDLE(S)/STRAP(S) DROP: 13.5” WEIGHT: 1 LB
List Price: $ 150.00
Price: $ 150.00

SALE! Mary Frances 1920s Style Mini Sea Of Pearls Handbag

SALE! Mary Frances 1920s Style Mini Sea Of Pearls Handbag


If you are unfamiliar with the Mary Frances line of bags; she is known for blending elegance with whimsy to create a unique style that is unmistakably her own. With each and every Mary Frances treasure individually hand crafted by skilled artisans who pay close attention to detail and quality; it’s no surprise that her designs are regularly seen on the arms of celebrities such as Jennifer Aniston; Jessica Simpson; Teri Hatcher; Eva Longoria; Britney Spears; Sheryl Crow; Shania Twain; and Kate Hudson; to name a few.
List Price: $ 99.00
Price: $ 99.00

Mary Frances: Mary Frances Accessories: Scarves

Mary Frances: Mary Frances Accessories: Scarves


Mary Frances: Mary Frances Accessories: Scarves: Mary Frances: Mary Frances Accessories: Inspired by the uniquely ornate, Mary Frances has been designing handbags, scarves, and accessories for over 23 years. Mary Frances’ vision and business-savvy approach has driven her originally home-based venture into an international, multi-million dollar corporation. Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, Mary Frances Accessories has twice been named one of America’s 500 fastest-growing, privately-owned companies by Inc. Magazine in 2005 and 2006, as well as one of the largest women-owned businesses in 2010. In 2004, Mary Frances proudly received the Accessory Designer of the Year Award at the Dallas Fashion Awards and was one of five designers acknowledged as a Star of the Show during Paris Fashion Week in 2004 and 2005. Mary Frances’ handmade treasures are all available at an accessible price point at over 3,000 boutiques and department stores around the world. Seen on the arms of quite a few notable celebrities, Mary Frances handbags transition smoothly from flashbulb-infested red carpets to quiet, elegant evenings out. Known for their signature ornately embellished facades, these beaded and embroidered handbags serve as opulent statement pieces. Primarily inspired by fabrics, textures, and unique combinations of materials and colors, Mary Frances embodies the latest trends, but doesn t allow those trends to define her designs. Mary Frances creates from her instincts and inspirations, and firmly stands by her motto that life is too short to dress boring!
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MARY FRANCES 1920’s Style Green An Apple A Day Beaded Handbag

MARY FRANCES 1920’s Style Green An Apple A Day Beaded Handbag


If you are unfamiliar with the Mary Frances line of bags; she is known for blending elegance with whimsy to create a unique style that is unmistakably her own. With each and every Mary Frances treasure individually hand crafted by skilled artisans who pay close attention to detail and quality; it’s no surprise that her designs are regularly seen on the arms of celebrities such as Jennifer Aniston; Jessica Simpson; Teri Hatcher; Eva Longoria; Britney Spears; Sheryl Crow; Shania Twain; and Kate Hudson; to name a few. Be the hit of the party carrying this one of a kind evening bag. Give into temptation with An Apple A Day. This gorgeous; brightly colored bag is rich with embellishments and subtle detailing making it a delicious treat! A convertible clutch; the strap can also be worn as a fabulous necklace. The fun and flirty Lady Bug design add a little something to this luscious apple that is unlike any other.
List Price: $ 262.00
Price: $ 262.00

MARY FRANCES Beaded Groupie Handbag

MARY FRANCES Beaded Groupie Handbag


If you are unfamiliar with the Mary Frances line of bags; she is known for blending elegance with whimsy to create a unique style that is unmistakably her own. With each and every Mary Frances treasure individually hand crafted by skilled artisans who pay close attention to detail and quality; it’s no surprise that her designs are regularly seen on the arms of celebrities such as Jennifer Aniston; Jessica Simpson; Teri Hatcher; Eva Longoria; Britney Spears; Sheryl Crow; Shania Twain; and Kate Hudson; to name a few. Keep on rockin’ with the latest in the guitar collection! Groupie is the perfect handbag to grab before you head out to have some fun.
List Price: $ 255.00
Price: $ 255.00

SALE! MARY FRANCES Beaded Rose Colored Glass Handbag

SALE! MARY FRANCES Beaded Rose Colored Glass Handbag


If you are unfamiliar with the Mary Frances line of bags; she is known for blending elegance with whimsy to create a unique style that is unmistakably her own. With each and every Mary Frances treasure individually hand crafted by skilled artisans who pay close attention to detail and quality; itA€s no surprise that her designs are regularly seen on the arms of celebrities such as Jennifer Aniston; Jessica Simpson; Teri Hatcher; Eva Longoria; Britney Spears; Sheryl Crow; Shania Twain; and Kate Hudson; to name a few. Who wouldn’t see the world through Rose Colored Glasses when carrying this gorgeous Mary Frances Accessories clutch? It has all the hallmarks of celebratory style: a sure sense of whimsy; lots of pretty pastels; and jewels jewels jewels.
List Price: $ 177.00
Price: $ 177.00