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Automakers Pass on Paris Motor Show

The upcoming Paris Motor Show will be marked by the notable absence of several major car makers, such as Ford, Mazda and Volvo, as well a boutique player we were looking forward to seeing, Alpine. [UPDATE] It is now being reported that Aston Martin, Bentley, Bugatti, Chevrolet, Lamborghini, Lotus, McLaren and Rolls Royce will all be skipping the Paris Motor Show. These major names in luxury will instead be saving their big reveals for the Geneva Motor Show. Ford and Mazda have shunned the French capital’s show to focus on their own special promotional events and operations in dealerships.

Given that the list we have seen is quite extensive, who’s left at Paris in terms of luxury names you might wonder. According to news reports, fans of luxury motors will still be able to visit the Parisian stands of Ferrari, Jaguar and Porsche to check out the new Spider, the restyled F-Type or the second-generation Panamera.

Volvo has been out of the picture for some time, following the last Paris Motor Show in late 2014. The firm will now focus on just one major event per continent each year, deciding to opt for the Geneva Motor Show rather than Paris this time.

Mazda will also be passing up on the Parisian rendezvous. Unsurprisingly, the firm doesn’t feel it gets enough visibility at such a “huge” show, where it’s hard to make an impact. What’s more, the schedule for announcing its upcoming models didn’t coincide with the timing of the Paris show. The Japanese automaker will therefore be organizing its own client marketing and communications operation during the time of the show.

The biggest blow for Paris Motor Show organizers was no doubt news that US manufacturer Ford won’t be attending the 2016 event. The manufacturer will instead be holding a series of events in dealerships in major French cities and carrying out its own promotional campaigns rather than relying on the Motor Show.

Finally, one surprise no-shower for 2016 is Alpine. Although the famous French brand made its comeback this year, Paris show-goers won’t be able to check out the new Alpine Vision, unveiled this year, with a design echoing the legendary Alpine Berlinette A110.

Nevertheless, there’ll still be almost 200 car brands heading to Paris for the event, set to showcase new models like the latest Peugeot 3008, the new Citroën C3 and the restyled Renault Clio.

In 2014, the Paris Motor Show welcomed almost 1.25 million visitors.

The Paris Motor Show runs October 1 to 16, 2016, at the Paris Expo Porte de Versailles exhibition center in Paris, France.

This story is also available in Bahasa Indonesia. Read it here: Absennya Beberapa Pabrikan di Paris Motor Show

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Paris Couture Week: Chopard High Jewelry Shines

Ralph & Russo, together with Chopard, are known to host some of the most elaborate and luxurious dinner parties, which usually involve the rich and famous. Their latest event earlier this month was no exception. Held on 4 July at the Georges in Paris, the prestigious dinner saw esteemed celebrities the likes of actors Sophie Marceau and Sonam Kapoor, alongside Victoria’s Secret model Jourdan Dunn wearing Chopard’s stunning creations.

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(Left to right) Sonam Kapoor, Caroline Scheufele, Jourdan Dunn

Chopard’s precious jewels also made an appearance at The Art of Giving Love Ball at the Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris to raise funds for the Naked Heart Foundation, an initiative by supermodel Natalia Vodianova to raise funds for children with special needs. Graced by the powerful, such as Bernard Arnault, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of LVMH, the supermodel brandished her own power look, with a pair of dazzling drop earrings.

PARIS, FRANCE - JULY 06: Natalia Vodianova attends the "The Art of Giving" Love Ball Naked Heart foundation : Photo Call as part of Paris Fashion Week on July 6, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Pierre Suu/Getty Images)

PARIS, FRANCE – JULY 06: Natalia Vodianova attends the “The Art of Giving” Love Ball Naked Heart foundation : Photo Call as part of Paris Fashion Week on July 6, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Pierre Suu/Getty Images)

Le Roch Hotel & Spa Now Open

France welcomes another luxury hotel and spa to its stylish capital, with the opening of Le Roch Hotel & Spa earlier this week. Located on a prime plot of real estate, the 37-room hotel is just steps away from iconic Paris locations such as the Place Vendôme, the Opéra Garnier and the world famous art gallery: the Louvre.Le-Roch-hotel-and-spa-suite

The spanking new hotel is housed in a heritage structure in the 1st arrondissement that dates back to the 19th century, which adds to its charm where sophistication meets modern design. The talented individuals behind the interior of the hotel are none other than interior designer Sarah Lavoine and architect Vincent Bastie. With amenities such as a sun-lit courtyard, a library a restaurant and an exclusive spa, Le Roch is a slice of Parisian heaven.Le-Roch-hotel-and-Spa-bathroom

The aesthetics of the hotel reflect the vibe of the neighborhood, while boasting colors such as sage, chartreuse and milky green. Furniture and fixtures are anything but boring, proving that the designer has a keen eye for detail. From pieces designed by Lavoine herself and crafted by Cassina, to the Carrera marble, solid walnut wood flooring right down to the bathtubs and basins by Kaldewei, each element blends together to create a stylish living space.Le-Roch-hotel-and-spa-hammam-shower

If a spacious en-suite wasn’t enough, Le Roch provides a private hamman steam bath in each suite — perfect for resting those tired muscles after a day of travel. Complementing the bath are cosmetics from Codage that are specially commissioned for the hotel and spa. To be truly well rested and ready for the real world once again, the hotel provides guest with a 75-minute top-to-toe facial and body massage. To ensure that guests make the most of the signature in-house treatment, they are given a one-month supply of Codage’s ready-to-wear skincare line that combats jetlag and the effects of travel (Score!)Le-Roch-hotel-and-spa-dining-rooms

France being an international culinary hub means that the hotel has a restaurant steeped in world-class gastronomy. In the capable hands of chef Arnaud Faye, the restaurant provides guests with a menu that is anything but traditional French fare. Instead, the dishes use vegetables and botany for a truly gastronomic experience. While the meals are designed to be shared, we certainly wouldn’t complain about having a plate all to ourselves.

Le Roch Hotel & Spa – 28 rue Saint Roch, 75001 Paris

Garden of Dreams: Chaumet Jardins Jewelry

The cool, crisp air is filled with the chirrup of birds and the pitter-patter of light rain. A team of regional journalists, myself included, have been invited by Chaumet to gather at Shi-Yang, a bucolic tea house an hour’s drive away from the bustle of Taipei city and tucked away in the valley of the spectacular Wuzhi Mountain. I am led into a room on the second floor of the ultra-slick duplex, a structure that wouldn’t look out of place in a design feature; one end of the room opens up completely to face the lush greenery. I am left alone to “clear my thoughts” and to find my “inner zen”.

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To fully understand why Chaumet has brought L’Officiel Singapore here, one ought to know that nature is, in fact, a really big deal for the Parisian jeweler. For 236 years, the brand has embraced both the beauty of the wild and wildlife as sources of inspiration, combining that with an inimitable know-how in craftsmanship and gem-setting to create highly impressive lines for an overarching collection named “Jardins”.

There’s Bee My Love, which, as its name suggests, celebrates the bee – a symbol of regality beloved by the French – and the honeycomb pattern on diamond bands and mini pendants. Hortensia translates the pretty hydrangea as bouquets of vibrant-colored stones on brooches, rings and earrings. Meanwhile, Attrape-Moi re-imagines the movements of spiders, dragonflies and, again, bees as playful motifs on the dial of a watch or as the centrepiece of a jewelry creation.

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Chaumet unfolds a new chapter in the enchanting Jardins story this month by presenting two unique high jewelry lines, Abeille and Épi de Blé, which, like their predecessors, are inspired by the same beautiful garden universe that the brand has looked to for over two centuries. The Abeille line sees a return to the house’s treasured bee motif, elevating the insect in never-seen-before arrays of contrasting-colored gems. Striking mandarin and hessonite garnets sit alongside the cool tones of aquamarine, peridot and green tourmaline on gold rings, earrings and pendants, all of which are decorated with delicate open-worked wings and finished with only the finest brilliant-cut diamonds.

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Meanwhile, the Épi de Blé range is a feminine tribute to Empress Joséphine, the first and eternal muse of Chaumet, and a fashion icon who, throughout her lifetime, remained true to the French Empire’s contemporary design codes. During her reign in the early 19th century, Joséphine quickly popularised the neoclassical tiara, which eventually led to the return of classical motifs such as the wheat sheaf in jewellery. Now, the symbol of life makes a second comeback as the Épi de Blé brooch and ring in yellow gold. The pair is rhodium-plated to resemble gold jewelry worn in the ’80s, but is updated with sparkling diamond accents for modern-day appeal.

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Accompanying the Abeille and Épi de Blé lines are also new additions to Chaumet’s highly popular Hortensia family. There are two parts: Aube Rosée depicts the hydrangea in the morning through powdery pink opals, pink sapphires and pink tourmalines; Voie Lacteé portrays the flower in the night time using symphonies of milky sapphires, tanzanites and white chalcedony.

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The final showcase of Chaumet’s new Jardins chapter soars high into the sky, immortalizing the swallow – the bird of hope, loyalty and rebirth – in a range of geometric-style pieces composed of intense onyx, emeralds and sapphires. An ode to the brand’s innovative spirit, a pair of transformable earrings – embellished with a pair of white agates that can be detached to be worn as short earrings – takes the spotlight.

This article first appeared in L’Officiel Singapore.

One Night in Miu Miu Club Paris

Not everyone gets a chance to step into the opulent world that is Hotel de la Paiva but for one night only, Miu Miu gave its members access to the decorated private residence that once belonged to infamous courtesan Esther Lachmann in the 1880s.

The Miu Miu Club Paris is an evolution of Miu Miu Clubs held internationally, such as London, Shanghai, L.A and Macau. This year, the Italian label brings its unique brand of whimsicality and kitsch to the exquisite rooms of Hotel de la Paiva to showcase its Fall/Winter 2016 campaign and video.

Head over to L’Officiel.com to find out more about Miu Miu’s latest extravaganza.

Best Fine Dining Airport Restaurant 2016 Is…

One can sample some of the finest French fare, it seems, without leaving the confines of Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris. “I Love Paris”, named the best fine dining airport restaurant of 2016, was picked at the Airport Food and Beverage (FAB) Conference and Awards in Geneva.

Owned by chef Guy Martin, the restaurant serves up classic French cuisine such as blanquette de veau (veal ragout) and pot-au-feu as well as vegetarian burgers and mango carpaccio. The spin-off of the chef’s Michelin-starred Le Grand Vefour in Paris, edged out Gordon Ramsay’s Plane Food to win the top prize in the category of chef-led, fine dining offer of the year.

However, Martin may not be the leader of the pack for long with the arrival of restaurants by celebrity French chefs Thierry Marx and Michel Rostang last week. Meanwhile, Copenhagen Airport took home the top honor for best overall airport for food and beverage for the second time — having first done so in 2014. While the Danish capital is now regarded as a culinary hotspot thanks to chef Rene Redzpei’s restaurant Noma, the airport offers 34 restaurants and coffee shops to choose from.

Other winners at the FAB Conference and Awards include Emirates Leisure Retail, Hudson and Brisbane Airport for the best airport coffee shop of the year. The Hausmann’s Flughafen Gastronomie at Frankfurt airport took home the title for the best casual dining restaurant of the year.

This story was written in-house, based on an AFP report, with an image from the same

Dior Tough Guys Heat Up Paris Fashion Week

Fans of Dior would be aware of the Maison’s sleek, refined style, but this SS17, the storied house shows that it is capable of more, baring a tougher side. It would be erroneous to deem it all punk – this is still Dior we’re talking about – but these boys are no joke. Every trope of the punk wardrobe was present, from string vests to dangling wardrobe braces, as if verbalizing a warning: don’t mess with the Dior boys.

Sure enough, the looks were dark and menacing, with braces-turned-chest-armour-cum-jewelry. More echoes of punk were observed in the check shirts, with evocations of the ghost of Johnny Rotten’s tartan in the contrasting red stitching against the collection’s predominantly black core. Of note are two pieces that ooze sheer punk fantasy: a blouson and a sleeveless jacket and trousers completely covered in boot eyelets, with laces hanging from each one.

Despite the omnipresent bad boy aesthetic, designer Van Assche asserts that the collection is more “New Wave romanticism” and less punk, citing his own “very good memories of New Wave music” from cult goth bands like The Cure as inspiration.

Whether it’s more punk or more New Wave, one thing is certain: the Dior tough guys mean business.

Utamaro Woodblock Print Sets Auction Record

The Japanese art of woodblock printing has a very long history, with its fair share of masters whose work is in high demand from collectors . One of these masters was Kitagawa Utamaro, an artist nonpareil at the time for his beautiful depictions of women. At a Paris auction, held by the Beaussant Lefevre auction house in association with Christie’s, Utamaro’s sensual skill was brought to the forefront again with an auction of his ‘Deeply Hidden Love’ (Fukaku Shinobu Koi) print. It fetched around 745,000 euros, and went way beyond the initial estimate of 100,000 euros – setting a record for both prints of the Ukiyo-e genre, as well as prints by the artist of course.

Auction of the Portier Collection

The auction held in Paris was focused on Asian art and objects from a collection held by the Portier family – mainly consisting of Japanese earthenware including chawan (tea bowls) and kogo incense boxes. All 90 lots put up were sold after intense bidding, which is an extraordinary result. Some of the other major lots sold included a portrait of actor Tanimura Torazo created by artist Toshusai Sharaku (101,000 euros), and a bust of comedian Iwai Hanshiro by Utagawa Kunimasa (78,680 euros).

“(The Portiers’) expertise has been a reference for the Asian art market for the past four generations,” said the auction house in a statement.

There was also a set of eight exceptional Edo stamps that mainly depicted portraits of actors done by leading artists at the time. Each stamp was acquired by Henri Portier and his son Andre, major figures in the Asian art market in France, in sales at the Drouot auction house over the past century.

Utamaro, Master of Japanese Woodblock Prints

Compared with more popular forms of art like painting, the techniques behind woodblock printing are less known. It was a complicated process that involved three people working in tandem with one another. The artist himself usually only made the initial sketch of the final product, before sending it over to a carver to carve out the block, and a printer to apply inks to the block. Especially troublesome was the fact that each block could only be used for a single color (although some used blocks repeatedly to get special effects). Multiple woodblocks had to be prepared for a single print.

When the whole process worked out, under the conception of a skilled artist, you get the masterful combinations of color and form that characterize the best works in the medium. The powerful contrasts of blues and whites, for example, that blends together, for example, in Hokusai’s ‘The Great Wave Off Kamigawa’. Utamaro, on the other hand, was more focused on using those colors to create a light and idealized form of femininity – and captured subjects like courtesans and Geisha from the Yoshiwara district – or bustling scenes of human life.

The methodology of Japanese woodblock printing has fallen out of favor, especially in view of newer mediums like linocut and lithography (and not to mention digital printing today). Still, the effects and techniques achieved by the Ukiyo-e artists have inspired countless others in the East and West – including great painters such as Van Gogh, most famously. The prints are being perpetuated all over the globe and can gather up new fans over the years. Hopefully, that’ll continue.

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Dior Names Maria Grazia Chiuri Artistic Director

Anything can happen in the world of fashion and often does. In what seems like a big shake-up in the industry, Dior announces its first ever female artistic director Maria Grazia Chiuri, who was previously from Valentino.

Chiuri, known for her romantic, intricate designs at Valentino, will leave the Italian House and her longtime creative partner Pierpaolo Picciolo, whom she’s worked with since 2008. She will not only fill the vacancy left by Raf Simons since his departure last October, but will also join an esteemed league of designers the likes of Yves Saint Laurent, Marc Bohan, Gianfranco Ferre and John Galliano, who previously helmed the label.

Meanwhile, Swiss design duo Lucie Meier and Serge Ruffieux, who have been holding the fort, will likely move to Dior’s haute couture department, with their debut couture collection showing in Paris on July 4.

The LVMH-owned couture house has reportedly seen a four percent drop in growth in the last quarter, while its turnover is also down by one percent to (EURO)1.39 billion, and the brand is hopeful Chiuri can improve the situation. To be fair though, the overall macro-economic situation is likely to blame and the ripples from Brexit (still a possibility at the time of this announcement) will certainly not help.

Brexit Inspires Paris Fashion Week Catwalks

Great Britain determined its fate in a referendum to break away from the European Union despite the best efforts of experts and, strangely, the world of fashion. The anticipation of the results has not only dominated the news cycle in Britain but also the rest of the world, including the world of fashion, as reported previously on L’Officiel Singapore. Over at Paris Fashion Week, designers are making their political stance clear with their designs — of at least taking inspiration from one of the most talked about issues in Europe in the last decade. Sadly for us all, expressions of affection from Europe did not convince the English to stay the course…

Little England was under the spotlight, with cricket jumpers, brouges, boating shoes as well as neo-Morris men seen on the runway. The trend did not rest with suave and stylish designs. Instead, designers also sent out sweatpants, parkas, tartan and charity shop suits. The Balenciaga show in question was also a significant milestone for the brand as it is the first menswear runway show for the brand.

While the political climate was clear, Britain’s politicians were also unlikely forms of inspiration for designers. Looks such as double-breasted suits and blazers worn by Leave campaigner and UKIP party leader Nigel Farage were seen. Though it must be said that it will be a cold day in hell, as they say, before the aptly named Farage is seen in a Balenciaga shoulder padded suit with high-heeled boots.

Though not as controversial as Balenciaga’s, Dutch designer Walter Van Beirendonck’s designs sought inspiration from the Pony club and Morris men motifs that are familiar sights in a London flea market. While he denies using his clothes to make a political statement, the designer did concede that this is the first collection that has seen him use black on this scale. And he chose a riddle from the most English of books, Alice in Wonderland — “Why is a raven like a writing desk?” — as the title of his show. “I was questioning why this was all happening,” said Beirendonck. “We don’t have answers to our questions. I feel the world today is a riddle without an answer.”


Beat Generation Exhibit Opens At Centre Pompidou

The spirit of the road embodied by the Beat Generation seems to have experienced a resurgence this decade, especially with the release of movies like On The Road and Kill Your Darlings. Both contained high-profile names such as Kristen Stewart and Daniel Radcliffe in their cast. While these movies didn’t exactly fare well in terms of their critical reception, at least they show how many are still enamored with the rebellious ideology of the literary and artistic movement. Now, the Centre Pompidou in France will be paying homage to them with an exhibition outlining their influence on culture as a whole.

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The movement was kickstarted by Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, and William S. Burroughs, as well as a variety of friends and acquaintances surrounding them. Their literature was unabashedly about the rawness of life – drawing inspiration from earlier movements such as the Surrealists and the Dadaists. Kerouac’s seminal On The Road was written in a fever pitch solely from his own life experiences, dictating a journey across America that he took, and the adventures he had along the way. Burroughs’ Naked Lunch, on the other hand, was a psychedelic and purposefully obscene novel that gained landmark notoriety when it was placed at the center of an obscenity trial for its content. Beyond their literary output though, it was the lives and personalities involved that were the primary draw.

The trio met in New York, and then shifted over to San Francisco on the USA’s west coast. From 1957 onwards they took to Europe by setting up in Paris. The city’s Beat Hotel proved a particular focal point – with the trio, and other regular beatnik guests like Gregory Corso, Peter Orlovsky and Brion Gysin.


Much like Andy Warhol’s Factory set much later, the Beat Generation artists and writers epitomized recklessness and freedom. The drug use, Buddhist undertones, and backpacker attitude of the beatniks transferred over into the 1970s hippy movement, and the rest from there is history. What the Centre Pompidou aims to showcase in their exhibition is exactly this ‘centerless-ness’ that so embodies the movement.

The Exhibit

The exhibition will be split geographically into sections – covering New York, California, and Paris – as well as smaller sections on Mexico and Tangiers.

The New York section focuses on the relationship between the literature and music – especially Jazz music, which was a primary influence on Kerouac’s writing and Ginsberg’ poetry. It also goes into the technology of the age such as vinyl records and typewriters. These were especially important to Burroughs, who developed a method called the ‘cut-up technique’ that utilized mixing together different fragments in audio recording and printed media to achieve new literary effects. The California area focuses on the general literary and artistic scene from 1952 to 1965. This was the primary period where much of the movement’s breakthrough works were released.


The Mexico section explores many factors that drew beatniks over the border, including the country’s violent yet magical appeal. Tangiers looks into the influence of trance music recorded by composer-artist Paul Bowles, who met the Beat Generation writers over there. Finally, the exhibition ends in Paris – going into the poetry written at the Beat Hotel.

Since live readings and concerts were an important facet in the movement, there will be several of those – as well as meetings, films, and other events accompanying the exhibition.

For any Beat Generation fans still out there, this definitely makes for an exhibition not to be missed. It’s running now, all the way to October 3 2016.

Park Hyatt Vendôme Offers Best Value Luxury

While the term ‘affordable luxury’ may seem an oxymoron, a recent study conducted by the research firm Consultourisme has discovered which luxury hotel offers the best value out there. The 5-star Park Hyatt Vendôme was discovered to be the least expensive option out of all the ‘Palace’ hotels located in Paris.

The vaunted ‘Palace’ status is only awarded to the most prestigious hotels in the country. The city of Paris itself happens contain eight of these ‘Palaces’ – out of a total of 16. Consultourisme (which did the study for Tourmag.com) did a first comparison of rates in February for a two-night stay in a double room from April 1 to 3. A second comparison was carried out mid-May for a weeknight booking for the following day for a one-night stay in a double room with breakfast. From this, the researchers managed to check out which of the Paris ‘Palaces’ offered the best in terms of price.

In both cases, the Park Hyatt Vendôme proved the least expensive option at a rate of €1,394 for two nights booked in advance or €868.80 for a single night booked last minute. On the other hand, none of the hotels really stood out as the most expensive. The priciest two-night stay booked in advance came in at €3,167.50 at the Plaza Athénée, whereas the Royal Monceau topped the list for last-minute one-night bookings at €1,316. Of course, all this is dependent on the season and events being held in Paris, such as the popular fashion weeks. Prices are also dependent on whether it’s on a weekends or weeknights.

One of the great things about all the Paris ‘Palace’ hotels are their locations – they’re all found somewhere in the 8th and 16th arrondissements. This puts them in close proximity with the city’s major tourist sights, like the Louvre or the trendy shops set along the Rue du Faubourg Saint Honoré. For those of you interested in visiting the City of Lights with a bit extra to splurge, you might want to consider the Park Hyatt Vendôme as the spot to check out.

Change is Coming: Paris Men’s Fashion Shows

Following on the heels of London and Milan, it will soon be the French capital’s turn to showcase its Spring-Summer 2017 collections for men. We have the latest news on the newcomers, the big names who won’t be there, and some changes in store.

Will Paris be the only fashion capital to resist the far-reaching changes shaking up the ready-to-wear and luxury fashion industries? Whatever happens, its men’s shows will give us a first glimpse of the fashion of the future.

Upheaval in London and Milan

There has recently been a move away from tradition, with designers and luxury fashion houses increasingly combining their men’s and women’s collections and moving into “see now, buy now” as they believe there is too long a delay between the shows and the clothing going on sale, given current social media trends. The consequences of this move were seen in London from June 10 to 13. Few of the big-name fashion houses were present, and Burberry – which is normally a leading light at the event – cancelled its show in order to combine its men’s and women’s collections together next September. This was a major shakeup to the London schedule.

Milan will also be impacted by this upheaval. The number of shows is slightly down compared to last year (just five shows less), but a number of big names – including Ermenegildo Zegna, Roberto Cavalli and Bottega Veneta – will not be there. Some of the houses which decided against a fashion show, chose instead to provide a simple presentation, while others decided not to unveil their collection at the event. Fashion fans can console themselves with the fact that Prada, Missoni, Vivienne Westwood, Marni, Versace and Giorgio Armani will all be there.

Paris is resisting the trend

The French capital seems to be fighting these changes, for this season at least. Although one major announcement caught everyone by surprise this month. Saint Laurent announced on June 7 that Anthony Vaccarello, its new creative director, will not be presenting a show during men’s fashion week in Paris. The designer’s first collection for Saint Laurent will be unveiled during Fashion Week in September. Is this the first in a long list of no-shows or is it simply because the timeframe was too tight for Saint Laurent’s creative director who was only appointed last April? Only time will tell.

Songzio, which has put on a runway show in Paris for several seasons, will also not be there this time. However, the unveiling of the brand’s SS 17 collection was not cancelled, as it was organized in London, on June 13.

In the meantime, the newcomers seem to be unaffected by these seismic changes in the fashion world. For the first time, the Sean Suen brand will present a collection as an official member of the event (on June 26, at 15:00), as will Facetasm (on June 22, at 11:00) and Off-White (on June 26, at 17:00). Three shows worth watching in light of what’s going on.

And the heavyweight fashion houses will still be present, including Dior Homme, Lanvin, Hermès, Balmain Homme, Cerruti, Berluti, Kenzo, Louis Vuitton, and Valentino.

Stella McCartney Designs First Menswear Collection

Long regarded as one of Britain’s most talented designers, Stella McCartney has dressed some of the world’s most elegant women. While the likes of Kate Middleton and much of Hollywood have donned her designs, it is the men who have yet to strut out on the red carpet in her creations. Come November, McCartney will be expanding her vision to include collections for both genders.

The men’s collection will debut with the latest women’s spring 2017 line at a special fashion presentation. The designer’s Summer 2017 collection will hit the runway October 3 during Paris Fashion Week, prior to the unveiling of the highly anticipated Spring collection for men and women.

Those looking forward to the brand’s new menswear collection will be able to shop the designs when they arrive in stores in early December at selected Stella McCartney boutiques. The collections will also be made available to customers online and at major Stella McCartney retailers worldwide.

Le Bristol x Kamel Mennour Artwork by Daniel Buren

From now until October 6, Le Bristol Paris will host a colorful pergola by Daniel Buren. The installation can be seen opposite the hotel’s triple Michelin star restaurant, Epicure, and is made up of five colours that are arranged alphabetically.

The structure that was created just for the garden, takes the place of the climbing plants and flowers that usually line the path of a traditional pergola. The beauty of the artwork comes to life, as the sunlight shines and moves across the panels that hang overhead and the play of colors is reflected around the gardens in various ways. Daniel-Buren-le-bristol-paris-article

The one-of-a-kind pergola is the result of a collaboration between Le Bristol and Galerie Kamel Mennour. Along with the pergola, the hotel will also feature an installation by Hicham Berrada in the hotel’s bar where ethereal videos are projected onto a giant mirrored screen. The project named “Le Bristol x Kamel Mennour” is hardly the first time that the hotel has opened its doors to installations. Other well-known artists who have been featured in Le Bristol over the last three years include Ai Weiwei, Anish Kapoor, Pascale Marthine Tayou, Hans Op de Beeck and Gianni Motti.

Daniel Buren, who along with Berrada is represented by Galerie Kamel Mennour, has been known since the ‘60s for creating pieces that combine white and coloured stripes that are featured in private and public spaces. Back in 1986, his installation named “Deux Plateaux” — also known as “Colonnes de Buren” was installed in the inner courtyard of the Palais Royal in Paris. Hicham Berrada, is a young artist who trained at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris. He enjoyed a residency at the Villa Medici in 2014 after his first monographic exhibition at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris in 2013.

Guests can catch “Le Bristol x Kamel Mennour” at the Le Bristol Paris from now until October 6. For more information, visit Le Bristol Paris.

Diner en Blanc 2016 at Place Vendome, Paris

The Place Vendome in Paris was a sea of white on Wednesday evening as diners took part in the Diner en Blanc (Dinner in White). Over 7,000 people were part of the classy, well-dressed and well prepared mob who showed up to the exclusive event in the French capital.

Like the spin-offs that have been held yearly in areas such as Shanghai, Mumbai and Stockholm, the venue was a closely guarded secret. With picnic baskets and linen napkins at the ready, the participants are to ensure that they “conduct themselves with the greatest decorum, elegance, and etiquette”. Guests are also required to leave the venue at the stroke of midnight and ensure that the venue goes back to the way it was before the dinner began.

The concept is not a new one, having started in 1988 by Francois Pasquier. The French Businessman had dreamt of eating out in the open in unconventional places, thus giving birth to the first Diner en Blanc at Bois de Boulogne Park in Paris. Today, the event has spread to 70 other cities and continues to grow. Previous venues to have hosted the secretive upper-crust club of food lovers, include the Champs-Elysees, Chateau de Versailles as well as the gardens under the Eiffel Tower.

To attend the soirees, one must first be invited — making this all the more enticing. Only people invited by Diner en Blanc members can attend the gatherings, which are run with almost military precision, with guests and authorities only alerted to the precise venue at the last minute.

Paris Ritz Reopens After Renovations, Fire

Finally, after four years of renovations and a major fire that necessitated restoration, the landmark Paris Ritz hotel will be reopening its doors to guests. The new Ritz, situated on the Place Vendome, will only have 142 rooms and suites, compared to 159 previously, and not all of them will be immediately available as the final touches are still being applied. The hotel boasts a legendary history – with names such as Charlie Chaplin, Coco Chanel and Ernest Hemingway having visited since its founding by Cesar Ritz in 1898.

Hemingway, especially, was enamored with the place, once making the statement that: “When I dream of afterlife in heaven, the action always takes place in the Paris Ritz”. The writer famously rallied a group of Resistance fighters to go and liberate his beloved hotel which had been requisitioned in June 1940 by the Nazis and occupied by German brass. However he was too late as the Nazis had already left, so he took to the bar where he is said to have run up a tab for 51 dry martinis. The hotel was also the place where Princess Diana spent her last hours before her tragic car accident while being chased by paparazzi.

The refurbishment started in 2012, with an estimated $150 million brought together to spruce up the whole establishment. Although it was slated to re-open in March this year, a fire ravaged a section of the building and caused delays. All that is over now though and the new Ritz is ready for business, boasting a summer restaurant under a movable glass canopy, a larger ballroom and the latest technology in its rooms.

If you’re interested in finally being able to experience the atmosphere of the Paris Ritz, you can check out their website over here. Bear in mind that rooms are severely limited and demand is projected to be unreasonably high…

Un Art Pauvre: Paris Pompidou Explores Simplicity

Although Andy Warhol is probably the most well-known artist in the attempt to breakdown the demarcation between ‘high’ and ‘low’ in the arts, there were many others who attempted the same – albeit through different paths than Pop Art. The Paris Centre Pompidou will focus on one such group in their exhibition from June 8 to August 29 2016 in Galerie 4, where they’ll dive into the work of the Arte Povera (‘poor art’) artists from Italy. The exhibit is a multidisciplinary event entitled “Un art pauvre” that also extends to music, design, architecture, theater, performance and experimental cinema – all meant to showcase a return to simplicity in art forms.


Height: 120 cm. Diameter: 200 cm. Iron cage, plastic bags filled with clay, neon lights, batteries. Collection Centre Pompidou, MNAM-CCI

Originating in the early 1960s, the Arte Povera sought to use recovered or recycled materials in order to infuse their art with a “new symbolic power” separate from previous conceptions of beauty. The two predominant figures of the movement were the art critic, Germano Celant, who named the movement, and Alighiero Boetti, who created the “Manifesto” poster listing 16 artists. Beyond that, they’ll also focus on other post-war Italian artists such as Lucio Fontana, Piero Manzoni and Alberto Burri. The show will explore the diversity and roots of Arte Povera through some 40 works by these and other less well-known artists, focusing on the decade 1964-1974. Throughout you’ll be able to see the whole scope of the movement’s irreverent attitude towards art and relentlessly avant-garde vision of the world.


70 x 23 x 37 cm. Granite, lettuce, copper thread. Collection Centre Pompidou, MNAM-CCI

Furthermore, architecture and design from names such as Ettore Sottsass and Andre Branzi will be featured on level 5 – focusing on installations, films, photos, models and objects created around the 1973 “Global Tools” movement. This was a movement that called for a return to manual skills in the face of a growing industrial landscape. The Centre Pompidou has also teamed up with IRCAM (a French institute for the science of music and sound) to stage film screenings, dance events and theater performances exploring the idea of “plainness”.


Height: 57 cm. Base: 40 x 30 cm. Painted wood, brass, metal and silk shade. Collection Centre Pompidou, MNAM-CCI.

You can check out more on this exhibit, and the wide variety of other exhibits running in the Centre Pompidou over at their website.

Louvre Evacuates Artwork In Wake of Floods

As one of the most visited tourist sites in the world, the Louvre museum’s location next to the River Seine is well known. Yet, after days of torrential rain hit the French capital, causing the river to burst its banks at some places, the location is fast becoming a liability. Due to worry about artworks held in their underground reserves, the museum is closing for a short period in order to evacuate the most valuable works.

This isn’t the only museum to be affected though. Opposite the Louvre, on the other bank, the Musee d’Orsay closed early on Thursday to put its own “protection plans” into place. This is to be expected, given that such masterworks as paintings by Renoir, Manet, Van Gogh and Degas, as well as 24 works by Gauguin are held inside its galleries. Both museums have anticipated the possibility of flooding before, and they have extensive emergency plans to follow in such cases. They’ve even organized drills for it, with the Louvre evacuating the whole of the underground section of its new Islamic art galleries in a day during March.

Hours before its decision to activate these plans, the Musee d’Orsay had played down the threat to its vast underground stores which are fitted with anti-flood pumps and sealed waterproof doors – at least until the Seine swelled up to more than five meters above its usual levels. The estimate is that the river could rise 6 meters above its usual height Friday.

In order to prevent such things from happening in the future, The Louvre has plans to move its vast stores from its vulnerable riverside site to a new building near its satellite museum at Lens in northern France in 2019.