THERE ARE two things that signal the arrival of fall and the autumn days of October. Football and Fortnight. October in Dallas just wouldn’t be complete without one of the other. The Cowboys are coming on strong and so is Neiman-Marcus. This year, the N-M team has crossed the Atlantic to bring Dallas the best of France.
But the activities don’t stop there. Here’s a floor-by-floor outline of what’s happening at Fortnight XXIX, “France by the Sea.”
The visual theme of the First Floor will be a reflection of the fishing harbour at Honfleur in Normandy. There will be ancient slate-blue and ochre buildings on the perimeter walls with balconies, awnings and signs.
In Stationery: Appearance by Madame Gomez, President of Waterman, fine writing implements. Oct. 14.
In Stationery: Personalization of Limoges boxes by artist. All three weeks.
In Fashion Jewelry: Appearnce by president of Christian Dior, Andrew Flintermann. Oct. 14 and 15.
In Precious Jewelry: Extensive collection of Mahie Jewelry and personal appearance by Jacquline Mazard. Oct. 14-18.
In Men’s Furnishings: Original French Chemise Lacoste Shop, direct imports from France. Appearance by son of founder, Bernard Lacoste and Dick Baker, president of Izod-Lacoste. Oct. 14-19.
In Men’s Furnishings: 1909 French Renault Roadster on display.
In Les Flacons: Appearance by Dorene Burger with her collection of French boudoir accessories. Oct. 14-19.
In Les Flacons: Appearance of Iris Lane with her collection of antique compacts, miniature perfume bottles and bibelots. Oct. 21-26.
Marche d’Honfleur-A total market concept with French foods, including fresh pates, caviar, fresh salmon, salads, meats, sweets, bakery items, 60 varieties of cheeses and chocolates.
– Demonstration of cuisnart techniques with Jean Claude Prevot, Oct. 18 and 25.
Appearance by Princess Marie-Blanche de Broglie to autograph her book, Cuisine of Normandy. Oct. 14, 16 and 18.
-Appearance by Julia Child and her new French Cooking Video on Oct. 29.
Bonaparte: The Imperial Legend-A major exhibit of items Imperial with paintings of Bonaparte from the Musee Massena in Nice. Paintings, bronzes and artifacts from other museums, all relating to Napolean Bonaparte.
Complete Hermes Shop to include scarfs, gloves, apparel, ties and gifts. There will also be demonstrations by a leather craftsman during the first week as well as an appearance by Mr. Jean-Louis Dumas Hermes, president, Hermes, Paris on Oct. 14-15.
In Fur Salon: Appearance by Lisa and Andre Bisang, designers of dramatic and innovative furs. Oct. 24 and 25.
Appearance on Oct. 14 by Roger Vivier, shoe designer with a retrospective exhibit of shoes made for Marlene Dietrich, the Duchess of Windsor, Catherine Deneuve and others.
A Patou Fragrance shop highlighting “Ma Collection-a revival of 20 famous Patou fragrances, reformulated for the 80’s.
In the Sports Shop: On the Cote D’Azur-with swimwear, T-shirts and sweatshirts in a resort setting.
Nouvelle Couture Showcase: A presentation of the more avant garde women’s sportswear designers in a contemporary and slick environment including Montana, Gautier, Mugler, and Alaia.
Le Cap Ferrat: A tiny cafe, with black and white decor, featuring buckwheat pancakes and caviar, smoked salmon and the finest champagnes by the glass.
Noel Francais: A French Christmas Shop featuring everything for a country Christmas. The shop will be rustic on the outside with more than 400 Santons (figurines carved in Southern France) but with a jewel-like presentation of the Imperial Christmas hidden inside.
Les Halles: A representation of the new shops housed in the old heart of Paris. Old building facades with their original signs in tact such as “Charcuterie” or “Boulangerie”, now house modern fashion boutiques or other eclectic treasures.
Or Les Halles houses:
?Sonic Kaleidoscope-Exhibit and sale of white canvasses that when sound activated become multi-colored compositions, with more than 3,500 variations. Alain Bis-son, the artist will be here on Oct. 14 and 15.
Harry’s American Bar-A mirror of Paris’ famed gathering place. Pennants and peanuts accompany hot dogs, beer and jazz from the juke box.
In the Gift Galleries: Exhibit and sale by Roland Roure and Gerard Rigot, well-known folk artists. Rigot makes French wooden folk art furniture and Roure, moveable and whimsical sculptures. Both artists will be here to discuss their works on Oct. 14 and 15.
Retrospectives by Lalique crystal and Puiforcat silver including art deco original photos and drawings by Rene Lalique and Jean Puiforcat. Appearances by Marie Claude Lalique, President of Lalique, Paris on Oct. 14 and Elaine Scali from Puiforcat, Paris on Oct. 14 and 15.
In the Toy Shop: Appearance of . Catherine Refabert of Carolle dolls. Oct. 14, 18 and 19.
Appearance by Leon Harris, children’s author who will be autographing his new book, The Great Diamond Robbery, a story about a French mouse that lives in Neiman-Marcus. Oct. 14, 26 and Nov. 2.
Exhibit and Sale of “Paris in Miniature,” famous Parisian buildings are recreated in miniature (7 to 15 inches high). Artist Jan Junca will be here Oct. 14 and 15.
“Moulin Rouge-(Entertainment Center) Restaging a turn-of-the-century Moulin Rouge act including a master of ceremonies, a chanteuse, a French cancan with six girls and one male dancer and the comedy act of the Gendarme and his mischevious dog. Performances daily except Sunday.
Antique Fan Collection of Karl Lagerfeld. Collection of 40 of Mr. Lagerfeld’s fans ranging from an 1840 Chinese fan named “Fan of Thousand Faces” to a Thirties French fan with mauve ostrich plumes and rhinestones.
Cafe St. Tropez: The diner will feel as if he issitting in a wonderful seaside cafe overlookingthe water as he nibbles on crepes, cheeses, andfruit while sipping French wines.
SIXTH F LOOR
Les Lumieres-the French flag colors of red, white and blue are reflected in 109 lights while the diner samples French cuisine in the transformed Zodiac Restaurant.
Le Poissoniere: An extra restaurant has beenadded that will feature French fish, flown in fromFrance daily.