Ralph Lauren's 1929 Bentley Blower.
You start to hate American designer Ralph Lauren the minute you buy your ticket for l'Art de l'Automobile exhibit at la Musée des Arts Décoratifs (the Museum of Decorative Arts, which is actually attached to the enormous Musée du Louvre).
First, it is the slow-moving line that irks you. Next, it is the officious guard, who glares at your ticket stub as if he worked at Charles de Gaulle airport and you just handed him an obviously forged passport. But what really pushes you over the edge are the cars — seventeen 20th-century automobiles that are so exquisite, so lovingly crafted and so outrageously expensive that you find yourself calculating the prices of all of the Ralph Lauren towels, sheets, pillowcases and sox you have bought over the years and wondering just how much you have contributed to the designer's fortune.
If, after reading this post, you still wish to see Ralph's toys, do so quickly — the show closes August 28th.