Autumn is a second spring, where every leaf is a flower. – Albert Camus
It turns out that there is “a cure for the summertime blues.” It is September. Although the official beginning of autumn is nearly two weeks away, I know I’m not alone in thinking it begins the day after Labor Day. There’s something about September that invigorates and inspires. September is a beginning, full of promise. We hold a blank slate waiting to be filled. In France, this back-to-school, back-to-normal pursuits period is called la rentrée.
Activity picks up as the temperatures fall (still a dream in my subtropical clime), and the simplest pleasures can fill an afternoon — like walking in the woods or watching dogs play in the fallen leaves. Even raking them is a pleasant excuse to be outside. If only the ragweed would go away — the latest in a series of allergens that have wreaked havoc with me since spring. And there you have it, another reason to welcome fall.
Leaving the lazy days of summer behind, there are so many things to look forward to. There are openings of exhibitions, sales at the auction houses, new films. Of course it’s a lovely time of year to travel, whether you want to squeeze in the last few beach weekends or explore an urban landscape. As much as I love the beach (especially in the off-season), cities are my comfort zone, the source of my energy.
September brings Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2020 (which lasts a month), going on now in New York, before it moves on to London, Milan, and tops off with the big one in Paris, which runs through the 1st of October. I won’t be attending, but I’m following to see if there are any surprises in what we’ll be wearing next year. The street styles are often more entertaining, if less wearable, than what comes down the runway.
In Paris, purveyors of fine and decorative arts will meet collectors and art lovers from around the world beneath the nave of the Grand Palais for La Biennale Paris (successor to the Biennale des Antiquaires). La Biennale will run from the 13th through the 17th, and it looks like a good one.
20 September marks the North American opening of the long-awaited “Downton Abbey” film. If you’re in the UK, it opens on the 13th. Meanwhile, the trailer makes good viewing.
The 13th brings a full moon. Depending on your source, a full moon on Friday the 13th is either a rare occurrence (every 20 – 30 years) or not so rare after all (the last one fell on 13 September 2014). In any case, it’s very romantic and seems to fit the season.
I leave you with Renaissance painter Giuseppe Arcimboldo’s whimsical depiction of Autumn, one of his Four Seasons series. No surprise that he has been called the Grandfather of Surrealism.
September is full of possibilities, and October looks even more promising. Stay tuned and vive la rentrée !