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    Ellen Lampert-Greaux lives in Petite Saline and is the new editor-in-chief of Harbour Magazine, and when she's not organizing the St. Barth Film Festival, or writing for various magazines, she turns her all-seeing eye upon local happenings.

    June '06

    True or False?
    The rumor mill is at it again. St Barth seems to be rife for rumors these days, but what else is new? One of the most recent ones that I found amusing is that there will be a "fashion week" in Saint Barth next year. I would guess that if this is true, it would take place sometime during that mythical week between Christmas and New Year's, when the beautiful people congregate on the island, running from party to party, yacht to yacht, boutique to boutique, art gallery to art gallery. So it stands to reason they need something to wear. After all, a woman needs more than her Rolex and a pair of Hermes sandals to fly home, even on a private jet, where the air-conditioning calls for at least a cashmere Pashmina. I guess they would set up a few tents, maybe turning the streets of Gustavia into the fashion capital of the Caribbean, with tents covering the streets and chairs set up along the sidewalks. That way the boutiques could serve as dressing rooms, and locals who need to get to the post office would have to wait a week or so (better get your Christmas cards mailed early!). Of course, fashion shoots have been taking place on the islands beaches, and in some of the more glamorous villas and in front of picturesque local scenes for quite some time, so it stands to reason that the models, or "long girls" as they are sometimes called here, could be called upon to fly in for fashion week as well. Or maybe Gustavia is not the best place. Perhaps some of the more fashionable beach spots, such as Nikki Beach or La Plage, where models sometimes wander between the tables, would be more fun, and everyone could simply wear a bikini and pareo and splash into the ocean at the end of the runway (the fashion runway, not the airport runway, which of course also ends at the waters edge). And maybe the clothes could be donated to the Lion's Club or some other worthy charity, which would make more sense then shipping them back to Paris or New York. Who would attend such an event? An A-list of celebrities no doubt, with paparazzi lined up to click away, and quickly email the hot images off to "W" or maybe "People". And I thought the rich and famous came to Saint Barth to chill out. Enjoy the tranquility of the island. Relax where people might or might not recognize them. So whether the rumor about a tropical version of fashion week is true or false, I sometimes wish that people would enjoy the island as it is, instead of trying so hard to turn it into someplace else! Or if was just an empty rumor, please don't get any ideas.

    More to come,
    Ellen Lampert-Greaux
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