beau monde

Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild on the French Riviera: once a beau-monde playground, now open to the public.


(French, ‘beautiful world’)

The beau monde is the world of high society and fashion.

Members of the beau monde meet the requirements for membership in the carriage trade (they’re rich and well mannered), but they have the additional qualities of high social status and style.

In short, the term beau monde refers to stylish, high-born, well-bred rich people.

Members of Miami’s beau monde showed up for the art museum opening wearing Versace and Prada.