The venerable Italian fine jewelry house Bulgari is commemorating its 125th anniversary with a huge exhibit at the Grand Palais in Paris. The exhibition will retrace the main chapters in Bulgari’s history and the evolution of the esthetic that made the brand a driving force of the “Italian school,” from the opening of the first … Continued
A Paris mansion has been put on sale with a price tag of $140 million, making it the second most expensive property currently listed on the world market. The nearly 28,000 sq. ft. property has 12 bedrooms and 12 baths along with four staff apartments. Offered by Christieâ€™s Great Estates affiliate Daniel FÃ©au, the ultra-exclusive … Continued
Paris’ world-famous luxury Crillon hotel has been sold to Saudi investors linked to the royal family for around 250 million euros ($446 million). US-based Starwood Capital is in the final stages of the sale which does not include a reportedly 100-million-euro programme needed to modernise one of the world’s oldest luxury hotels, according to the … Continued
Luxury house Chanel, with its flagship store in Paris on Rue Cambon, will move its existing store on Avenue Montaigne to a larger space on the same boulevard. Chanel gets back the surface previously occupied by Jean-Louis Scherrer. The new space covers a surface of 1.000 sqm and will be open late 2011.
Chanel is to donate the exhibition pavilion designed by Iraqi-born British architect, Zaha Hadid, to the Arab World Institute. The pavilion showcased artworks by contemporary artists inspired by Chanelâ€™s iconic 2.55 handbag in 2008. Chanel will thereby perpetuate this work designed by one of the greatest contemporary architects.
Range Rover is to become the latest auto brand to enter the world of pop-up art, commissioning a series of installations on the streets of Paris. The four installations have been created by French artists to celebrate the launch of the Range Rover Evoque at the Paris Motor Show. The concept is reminiscent of the … Continued
French luxury designer Louis Vuitton kicks off the promotion for the 2011 edition of their renowned City Guide. In this lovely video (below), we are introduced to the mouth-watering Parisian delicacy: the Saint-HonorÃ© pastry. Since 1998 Vuitton has been giving us their views on fashion, design, the arts and gastronomy. Each guide highlights the latest … Continued
Reuters is reporting that Louis Vuitton is closing its Paris store one hour early in attempt to preserve stock before the holiday shopping season begins. Apparently the brand is having supply issues and is concerned that if they sell too much now, they wonâ€™t have enough stock to fill demand during the holiday season. “We … Continued
Burlesque superstar Dita Von Teese, in collaboration with Cointreau, is planning to open a pop up members only club in Paris’ Montmartre district. Cointreau Privé is set to open on Dita’s birthday on September 29 , the cabaret performer’s birthday, and stay open for one month. The club will serve her signature cocktail made of … Continued
A show of outlandish sculptures by a Japanese artist in the Chateau of Versailles near Paris has enraged traditionalists who say it dishonours France’s past. From September 14 to December 12, visitors to Versailles will see eye-grabbing multicoloured statues in silver, fibreglass and metal by Takashi Murakami alongside the chateau’s ornate murals and chandeliers. “The … Continued
A second Apple Store opened on July 3rd, two steps from OpÃ©ra, 18 months after the brandâ€™s first Paris store opened in the Carroussel du Louvre in Nov 2009. Named as Apple Opera Store, the design is a radical departure from the usual Apple Stores that you might have seen around the world. The location … Continued
A monumental lion, teeth bared and one front paw resting proprietorially on a giant pearl, held centre stage, its golden coat caught in the setting sun under the glass dome of the Grand Palais. Karl Lagerfeld is a past master at dreaming up attention-grabbing scenarios for his Chanel shows, and Tuesday night’s was no exception. … Continued
Designer Kenzo Takada, who founded the upscale Kenzo label, has tried his hand at painting, with a Paris exhibition of eight self portraits. The paintings shown at the Studio 55 gallery feature the designer in a series of flower-printed kimonos that recall the kinds of prints his label is known for.
New York City’s famed 5th Avenue is no longer the most expensive street to lease a retail store According to a new report from Colliers International. The average annual rent on Manhattanâ€™s luxury shopping destination fell 10.7 percent from a year earlier to $1,250 a square foot as of March. In first place now is … Continued
Five works including paintings by modern masters Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso have been stolen from a Paris museum. The canvases – worth a total of 100 million euros ($123m) – were discovered missing from the city-run Musee d’Art Moderne when it opened its doors. Museum officials found a broken window and a sheared-off padlock, … Continued
Japanese architecture firm Sanaa, winners of the prestigious Pritzker prize, will plan the conversion of iconic Parisian department store La Samaritaine to other uses, owners LVMH said in a statement. The firm, founded by Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa, is to present plans by the end of the year for converting the art deco building … Continued
Paris is the most expensive city to live in according to the latest survey from Economist Intelligence Unit, a sister company to The Economist. The survey assesses the cost of living by comparing housing, food, clothing, transport and utility bills and the like in 132 cities around the world. The study is aimed at helping … Continued
After beauty retailer Sephora targeted the French capital’s metro system with vending machines, it is now furniture giant Ikea that has chosen the tunnels for an unusual advertising campaign. The Swedish chain has furnished the Saint-Lazare, Champs-ElysÃ©es Clemenceau, OpÃ©ra and Concorde metro stops with lamps and sofas from its new Ektorp and Karlstad collections. With … Continued
Karl Lagerfeld has jumped behind the camera again for Chanel’s pre spring / summer collection. We saw a preview in July this year when Lara Stone and Baptiste Giabiconi were spotted posing with a motorbike in front of the Paris Chanel boutique. In this short film called Vol de Jour, Lara and Baptiste run around … Continued
The Eiffel Tower will become a “giant Chistmas tree” as Paris rings in the New Year with a spectacular light and music show, city officials said Wednesday. The “unique and magical” display will round off a year which saw the tower, one of the world’s most visited sites, mark its 120th birthday and usher in … Continued