Manon 70 (1968) Part IV

Manon has met another sugar daddy who knows nothing about the existence of her boyfriend and sends her to La Côte d’Azur for a vacation. But hey Manon takes her boyfriend with her and lazies around on a speedboat.

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Reminds me of that trend called ‘Boyfriend’, Manon has borrowed one of those big thick wooly navy jumpers that shows off her perfect legs. Somehow very ‘Brigitte Bardot’ too.

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In the meantime, suspicion has arisen for the sugar daddy who tries to figure out what Manon is up to. Ultra modern personal office especially this uncanny metal wall decoration and futuristic phone handsets.

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Sugar daddy trapped the guilty lovers. Goodbye Ungaro! Here we go again with the ‘boyfriend’ flavour, mens’ jeans, mens’ t-shirt, barefeet with a sailor hat on the head. Still she looks absolutely fabulous!

Manon 70 (1968) Part III

At Ungaro

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Manon arrives at Ungaro to collect a made-to-order outfit. Her white coat screams contradictions, tiny collar, huge patched pockets, A-line and slightly too short sleeves.

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The new suit, candy pink, jacket and matching skirt

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The orange hole dress worn while dancing in a club. I love that picture!

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Finally Manon sails off Paris because well she has some business to do (justify her Ungaro wardrobe among other things) but life’s not so bad when it’s on a yacht and the sky is blue.

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The yellow/brown/orange/white coat

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Back to reality (no more luxury), Manon decides to split up with her boyfriend as obviously the situation is unbearable. Typical brown ‘col roulé’ jumper, rainbow ring and clear purple shades. Please get them back in fashion!

Manon 70 (1968) Part II

Manon is what we call in France a ‘courtisane’ a beautiful woman with ‘low morals’ who gravitates around wealthy and influencial men. When she truly falls in love with a young journalist (I suppose that’s Jean Aurel’s idea of a ‘poor’ man), things start to get rather complicated. You necessarily miss some interest and possible complex psychological situations when the story of Manon Lescaut is transposed to the 20th Century especially in the late 60’s.

I can completely understand our 18th century Manon’s insatiable hunger for luxury (this or the muddy streets, which one would you pick?). Whereas a beyond beautiful woman like Manon in the 60’s could have a job, her independence (see Georges Lautner’s Galia released in 1966), money, lovers. Manon’s brother comes across as her pimp as he’s the one who scours fashionable places to recruit potential sugar daddies. I found the character quite unpleasant because he lives off Manon who doesn’t seem too bothered about it.

But let’s carry on…

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More of the Ungaro’s stripey coats at the Ungaro show where Manon’s brother drags her to meet up a new sugar daddy.

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Yellow and black coat with the typical Ungaro’s fastening style. The fashion show is totally weird, the outfits announced with numbers pronounced twice with bird chirping sounds in the background and the models randomly jumping in odd manners.

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Manon lounging at one of her sugar daddies’ in a long blue dress.