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The danger of writing a Paris fashion blog is that it turns into a Colette fan blog! Granted, Colette are probably the most interesting retailer in Paris, have the sweetest collaborations, and are the recognised arbiters of cool; but I’ve decided to promise myself only to include them for something really exceptional. I haven’t been in there for a while now, so yesterday I was beside myself to see they’re selling Korner skincare! Korner is the secret weapon used by Nicole Kidman and Naomi Watts. Their serum is a dream product, and one that I am happy to tell you to go out and get asap!
Colette, 213 rue St. Honoré, 75001 Paris, 01 55 35 33 90, M° Tuileries
We’ve always known that French girls were the coolest! Inspired by the 1922 Victor Margueritte novel, La Garçonne, the new ladies’ e-retailer, is the picture of independent boho sophistication (think Charlotte Gainsbourg and Lou Doillon), selling labels like 3.1 Phillip Lim, Alexander Wang, Jovovich-Hawk, Vena Cava, and Loeffler Randall. And they ship worldwide! I have a feeling there are going to be a lot more garçonnes this Fall!
With the recent spate of bad weather, flooding, and Venus about to turn retrograde on July 27th 😉 you may be looking for a new good luck charm! Ladies, look no further than Van Cleef & Arpel’s Sweet Alhambra collection. Four-leaf clovers, hearts, and butterlies are made from mother-of-pearl and white or yellow gold. Choose from Sweet, Lucky, or Magic motifs – there’s nothing cuter!
Van Cleef & Arpels, 22 place Vendome, 75001 Paris, 01 53 45 35 50, M° Opéra
OK, so let’s say I could have worked on Monday’s blog post this weekend, and in fact I did have a lot of work that needed attending to; however, somehow that all got waylaid for plans with friends (movies, dinners, drinks, dancing!); and then, although I’m slightly embarrassed to admit it, Harry Potter! HP is not very fashion, however young Emma Watson (Hermione Granger) is one of the new faces for Chanel, so let’s say there’s some (albeit slight) relevance 😉
In fact, I did interview the extremely talented men’s shoe designer, Pierre Corthay, on Friday afternoon; and not too long ago I paid a visit to women’s wear designer David Szeto, in his atelier. However, both are things I will be writing about for other magazines, so will not be gracing the pages of this blog.
Sad to say, but I do need to finish some work asap, so that I can get back to the last 100 pages of Harry Potter, so I will leave you with some eye candy/food for thought! Above is a shot from the soon-to-be-released Fall/Winter ad campaign for Aquascutum, shot by Mario Sorrenti. Discuss amongst yourselves: the ad features Gisele Bündchen and Jamie Dornan, two hot entities independent of each other, so is it just me, or does this picture have absolutely zero heat?
I adore Christian Lacroix! Despite his many years in the industry he is still a creative genius: inspiring others, and open to be inspired himself. This year he celebrated his 20th year creating haute couture, no mean feat, and certainly cause for celebration! M. Lacroix seems ever the artist: totally in love with colour, form, volume; his clothing is so French, and so wonderfully full of life and character!
With no sign of slowing down, the Centre National du Costume de Scène in Moulins currently celebrates Lacroix’s devotion to the arts, and to the world of theatre and dance, by staging “Christian Lacroix, costumier”. Closer to the end of the year we can also look forward to “Christian Lacroix, Histoires de Mode” held at the Musée de la Mode et du Textile, an intimate examination of Lacroix’s view of the history of fashion. Also supporting Mécénat Chirurgie Cardiaque, Lacroix has designed a limited-edition yellow jersey for the Tour de France (available in Tour outfitters and Galeries Lafayette during the month of July). And re-opening tomorrow (Saturday the 21st), is the Hotel Le Bellechasse, the newest Lacroix venture into the world of luxury hotels. Perfect for the man who has yet to stop dreaming!
Christian Lacroix, costumier (3rd June 07 – 11th Nov 07) – Centre National du Costume de Scène, 03000 Moulins – www.cncs.fr
Christian Lacroix, Histoires de Mode (8th Nov 07 – 6th April 08) – Musée de la Mode et du Textile, 75001 Paris – www.lesartsdecoratifs.fr
Hôtel Le Bellechasse, 8 rue de Bellechasse, 75007 Paris, 01 45 50 22 31, M° Solférino – www.lebellechasse.com
My favourite time of year by far, to make new resolutions, is in the summer: there’s no pressure to effect any miracles; it’s warm, which is conducive to a dreamy state-of-mind; and the promise of September (still enjoying your summer tan, looking great in Fall clothes) is a very strong motivator! Today I was contemplating my sartorial resolutions, and I decided that number one on my list was to start buying beautiful underwear. By that, I don’t mean more Agent Provocateur or La Perla! But really fine, seriously fabulous, handmade, couture, undergarments. And of course it would practically be a sin to go anywhere else than Loft Cadolle.
Poupie Cadolle, like the generations of Cadolle women before her, is a serious connoisseur; and with the lovely Céline, personally oversees all loft fittings. Together you can choose which models, which fabrics, which colours, and which finishings! It’s enough to make you feel dizzy! That said, I would certainly be interested to hear what your summer resolutions might be! But of course, if they’re Loft Cadolle, you know you can’t go wrong!
Loft Cadolle, 255 rue St. Honoré, 75001 Paris, 01 42 60 94 94, M° Concorde or Tuileries
Forget the Hotel Amour – huh, where? Apparently The Five Hotel is the new place for your naughty rendez-vous! Perhaps I should also categorise this in the nightlife section 😉
The Five Hotel, 3 rue Flatters, 75005 Paris, 01 43 31 74 21, M° Gobelins
Continuing a sort of beauty train of thought – I adore the way Autour de Christophe Robin feels so entirely intimate and confidential. You may well run into Catherine Deneuve, John Galliano, Penelope Cruz, or Kylie Minogue; but everything is made to feel so relaxed and friendly! You can also book manicures with Bastien Gonzalez, and facial treatments with Joëlle Ciocco; former model, Dorothy Barrick, even sells a capsule collection of her handbags, along with some seriously cute vintage finds! I think I might be happy to live there! 😉
Autour de Christophe Robin, By Appointment only: 9 rue Guénégaud, 75006, Paris, 01 42 60 99 15, M° Pont Neuf, Mabillon, or Odéon
If Bastille Day wasn’t quite the picture of calm and relaxation you expected (baking in the sun with 599,999 other people?), head to the newest address from La Bulle Kenzo, ChezKi, for an expert personal beauty consultation. Using plants like bamboo leaf, ginger flower, white lotus, and rice; KenzoKi skincare believe in rebalancing the energies found within you and the universe. Like the ultimate beauty crash-course, you can test to your hearts content, and leave confident you are starting a new path to summer serenity!
ChezKi, 3 Place des Victoires, 75001 Paris, 01 40 39 12 41, M° Sentier or Bourse
As the popular nursery rhyme goes: girls are made of sugar, spice, and everything nice. For those women who have never grown out of wanting to look pretty, Yesim Chambrey, is a name you must remember! In her boudoir boutique, opened this spring, you will find clothing like her delicate tulle dresses made from natural fabrics such as bamboo, amongst a selection of feminine handmade crochet-style necklaces, bracelets and other adorable accessories. A resounding “yes, please!”.
Yesim Chambrey, 1 rue de l’Abbaye, 75006 Paris, 01 44 27 06 32, M° Mabillon or Saint-Germain-des-Prés
Everyone’s favourite shop, Colette, has just announced their collaboration with Ralph Lauren, for an exclusive-to-Europe offering of 4 of the cutest rugby shirts ever! With two for men, and two for ladies, these limited-edition tops can also be customised to your tastes, giving a choice between various patterns and vintage patches. However, only 50 will be available, so this might be a good time to start sweet-talking those sales associates!
The collection is available from September 3rd – 15th, in time for the Rugby World Cup, and will be displayed in a specially reconstructed Rugby room based on the Manhattan boutique.
Colette, 213 rue St. Honoré, 75001 Paris, 01 55 35 33 90, M° Tuileries
If fighter planes practising formations in the sky aren’t an indication that something’s up – let me be the first to remind you – Bastille Day is on Saturday! You might not be certain why you’re celebrating it, but as they say, when in Rome.. well, when in France, it definitely would be a shame to miss what is certain to be the street party of the year!
Les bals des pompiers are without a doubt the most well known; the 11th arrondisement is organising their fourth scavenger hunt, known as the Incroyable Rallye, produced by Cédric Klapisch and Madame Renée; and Nicolas Sarkozy has even promised a large concert at the base of the Eiffel Tower (rumoured to include artists like Michel Polnareff). However, the party at the top of my list will be the Grand Bal Rock or the Grand Hop, held by the Fondation Cartier as apart of their Nomadic Nights series. The Jean Nouvel building will be transformed into a 1950’s dancehall, swinging to the tunes of Elvis and Big Joe Turner, poodle skirts and bobby socks strongly encouraged! Definitely a fun way to rock the night away!
With their collaboration avec La Moss, and a rotating selection of the best and brightest British fashion designers, Top Shop is without a doubt, the top shop on the English high street. Their online presence also leaves one asking, is there anything they can’t do? With comprehensive style guides, and even downloadable widgets for your computer, international buyers are only a click away from their daily fix. And now vintage lovers have another reason to go online – launching this week is Top Shop Archive, the new showcase for one-of-a-kind vintage finds from the likes of Lanvin, Chloé and Dior (circa 1960-1980), with an amazing selection of English designers made famous in the hey-day of swinging London (think Biba, Ossie Clarke, Mary Quant, etc). Of course once it’s gone, it’s gone forever – so don’t be left waiting in the dust for a peek at these treasures on offer!