Ralph Lauren's "The Art of the Automobile" at Les Arts Decoratifs
|One of Ralph Lauren's 14 Ferraris|
Some people mistakenly think that I live with Ralph Lauren. After all, I wake up to the sight of his name on my sheets, dry off with a towel bearing his initials, and would have already worn my new Ralph Lauren white jeans a couple of times if the weather in Paris had been more cooperative. So, it came as a bit of a surprise that the security guards at the Art of the Automobile exhibition didn't seem to know about my close relationship with Mr. Lauren and told me that I wasn't permitted to take pictures of any of his cars. Thinking that he would surely understand, I took a couple of photos with my iPhone so that you could see what my numerous purchases of RL products have enabled him to buy.
While the Bugatti Atlantic (1938), which some automotive aficionados deem the most beautiful car ever made, is definitely gorgeous, the car that captured my attention was the Alfa Romeo "Mille Miglia". With it's sleek curves, sexy red sheen, and teardrop shaped mudguards, this exquisite automobile is the one that I would have wanted to drive during the "Thousand Mile Race" in 1938 when it reached the incredible speed of 115 miles per hour (185 kph). Additionally, this exceptional vehicle was judged best in its class at the 2005 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance.
The form, color, material, and design of each of the seventeen vehicles are outstanding examples of the creative genius of the automotive industry. For as one of Ralph Lauren's employees explained when asked why Mr. Lauren "only" owns 14 Ferraris, "You might know a guy with 27 Ferraris but that's like having 27 - one dollar bills, whereas Ralph Lauren has 14 - one hundred dollar bills!".
The Art of the Automobile exhibition is at Les Arts Decoratifs until August 28, 2011.
107 rue de Rivoli
Tuesday to Sunday 11 AM to 6 PM
Nocturne: Thursday 6 to 9PM
Visit the Ralph Lauren website to see more photos of these exceptional automobiles and to listen to their engines.
|A man sketching the Ferrari 250 "Testa Rossa" (1958). Next time I'm going to bring my sketchpad instead of my camera!|