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Tenacious D Auction Props for Paris Victims

Tenacious D, actor Jack Black’s comic rock duo, put some of their stage props on auction December 22 to raise money for victims of the Paris terror attacks.

The items, which will be bid on for two weeks, range from gaudy coats worn by Black and band mate Kyle Gass to a ceiling-high phallic prop with an eagle’s face – estimated in value at $2,000 – that the band took on its 2012 tour.

Proceeds will go to the Sweet Stuff Foundation, a charity led by Josh Homme of Eagles of Death Metal, the fellow California rockers whose concert in Paris was attacked by extremists linked to the Islamic State group.

Black has performed with Eagles of Death Metal and said Homme reached out to the band.

“We were eager to join the cause. This is our small but heartfelt contribution,” Black and Gass said in a statement.

The auction items can be found here.

Tenacious D rose to prominence in the 1990s through an HBO television series in which the duo took on ironic rock personas. Their songs often dwell on sex moves or over-the-top science fiction themes.

Eagles of Death Metal have separately launched a campaign for artists to cover their song “I Love You All the Time,” with proceeds also going to charity.

Some 130 people died in the coordinated assaults around Paris on November 13, 90 of them at the Bataclan club where Eagles of Death Metal were playing with Austrian support act White Miles.

13 Hotels We are Waiting for in 2016

From the highly anticipated opening of a Toy Story-themed hotel at Shanghai Disney, to the grand reopening of two iconic Parisian landmarks, 2016 will be a big year for the luxury hotel market. While tens of thousands of new properties will open their doors for the first time in 2016, here is a selection of properties that are noteworthy for raising the bar in luxury, marking a milestone, or helping to transform the local tourism landscape.

Europe

In the last few years, Paris saw the temporary shuttering of two of its most iconic and luxurious hotels, the Ritz Paris and Hotel Crillon. This year, they will compete for attention as both are slated to re-open their doors after extensive and lengthy renovations.

Ritz Paris (March, 2016)

The hotel has been undergoing renovations since July 2012 – the biggest makeover in the hotel’s 117 year-old history. The refurbishment includes a new spa by luxury fashion brand Chanel, called “Chanel au Ritz Paris.” The hotel began accepting reservations for stays starting March 14, 2016.

Hotel de Crillon, Paris (2016)

With a history dating back to 1758, the Hotel Crillon (pictured above) is a veritable institution in Paris, located at Place de la Concorde where the Champs-Elysees begins. In 2013, it was announced that Rosewood Hotels & Resorts would take over the management of the property. The restoration will entail a contemporary overhaul led by Lebanese artistic director Aline d’Amman and architect Richard Martinet. It was also announced that Karl Lagerfeld has been commissioned to design two suites. An exact opening date has yet to be disclosed.

Nobu Hotel, Shoreditch, London (First quarter of 2016)

Nobu Hospitality (pictured below), co-owned by Japanese chef Nobu Matsuhisa and actor Robert De Niro, has announced plans to open its first European hotel in London’s trendy Shoreditch area in 2016. Expected to open in the first quarter of the year, the hotel’s five storeys are fractured into angular balconies and cantilevered steel beams using printed layered, glass and reflective facades to play with reflection and light. The hotel will be comprised of 156 rooms while the dining options will be helmed by chef Matsuhisa.

Il Sereno Lake Como, Italy (Spring 2016)

This five-star boutique hotel will be the sister establishment of the luxurious Le Sereno Saint Barths. Located 6 km from the center of Como and 50 minutes from Milan, the design of the new 30-room hotel has been overseen by Patricia Urquiola, who has focused on natural materials to create an aesthetic that is both timeless and full of character, intimate and casual. Urquiola’s studio will also design the interior of the ferry that will shuttle guests around the lake. Room rates will range from 600 to 4500 euros.

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Nobu Hotel

Africa

The Oberoi Marrakech (Third quarter of 2016)

Located 20 minutes from the city center, the luxurious property is built within 25 acres of citrus orchards and ancient olive groves. Each villa and suite comes with a private pool and views of the Atlas mountains, while rooms are spacious, modern and feature handcrafted Moroccan design features. The brand’s signature spa is built on a private island on a lake within the orchard, and offers Ayurvedic and Moroccan-inspired treatments. Facilities also include Moroccan hammams, yoga studio and outdoor pavilion.

Americas

Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown (mid-2016)

Billed as the little sister to its flagship New York property in Midtown, the second Four Seasons hotel will open in the Tribeca district, a short stroll from the new World Trade Center, Wall Street and the Soho neighborhood and serve as a dual residential and hotel property. The 185 rooms are designed by Yabu Pushelberg. Dining will be provided by Wolfgang Puck and his CUT steakhouse restaurant and bar.

The James Hotel, Los Angeles (2016)

Once construction is complete in 2016, The James Hotel will open the doors to the first new ground-up hotel in West Hollywood in 30 years. The boutique property will open in the heart of Sunset Strip at the corner of Sunset and La Cienega Boulevards, and house 286 rooms, two restaurants and a rooftop and lobby bar. The LA location will be the third for the brand after locations in Chicago and New York. The brand’s philosophy embraces wellness, sustainability, local art and culture.

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Il Sereno Lake Como

Middle East

Four Seasons Abu Dhabi, UAE (2016)

Located in the heart of the new Central Business District, the opening of the Four Seasons Hotel Abu Dhabi at Al Maryah Island will mark the first hotel for the chain in the Emirati capital. The property will open along a stretch of prime waterfront, and house a retro-modern Chicago steakhouse, cocktail bar, and poolside restaurant. Along with 200 rooms, the property will also feature 124 private and serviced residences.

St. Regis Cairo, Egypt (October 2016)

Organized as two towers, the St. Regis will house 292 lavish rooms that includes 63 suites. The mixed use property will also offer 99 guest apartments and 117 residences. Located on the north end of Corniche Road, rooms will offer views of the Nile River and in proximity to the pyramids and retail area.

Asia

Wynn Palace Cotai, Macau (June 25, 2016)

Originally scheduled to open in March 2016, the ambitious Wynn Palace Cotai will be delayed by another three months for a set date of June 25. The $4.1 billion, floral-themed property features 1,700 rooms spanning 28 storeys, and an artificial lake. To enter the grounds, guests will board air-conditioned SkyCabs that cross the 8-acre Performance Lake into the heart of the resort. Like its predecessors, the Wynn Palace will house an opulent spa, salon, luxury retailers and gourmet dining restaurants.

Mandarin Oriental, Bali (End of 2016)

Located on the southern Bukit peninsula, the luxury hotel group’s newest property will be built on elevated terraces to offer commanding views of the Indian Ocean. The resort will be comprised of 97 villas, each with a private pool and 24 guestrooms. The signature restaurant will be a cliff-top, cantilevered dining space with sweeping ocean views. Guests will also be able to indulge in luxurious spa services that include Balinese treatments.

Shanghai Disney (Spring 2016)

After experiencing construction delays, the opening of Disney’s third theme park in Asia after Hong Kong and Tokyo is expected to open its pearly gates in spring. When it does, the park will also open the doors to two highly anticipated themed hotels, The Shanghai Disneyland Hotel and a Toy Story Hotel. Not particularly encouraging is the image supplied for this story but we digress! At the Art Nouveau-inspired Shanghai Disneyland Hotel, guests will be greeted by bronze statues of Mickey and Minnie Mouse, while Toy Story fans will find Woody and Buzz Lightyear at the hotel courtyard.

Rosewood Phuket (2016)

To open on Emerald Bay in Western Phuket, the luxury property will be comprised of 80 villas and 32 residences that are designed to blend in with its natural hillside forest surroundings. Retractable glass walls will provide guests with unobstructed views of their environment, while garden rooftops and cantilevered structures will help the villas meld with the landscape. Dining options include a rustic Thai seafood eatery on the beach, poolside eatery, bistro and terrace bar, while a Sense spa will feature six spa villas and a swimming pool.

Shanghai Disney

Shanghai Disney

Provisional Dates for Paris Menswear Shows

The Fall-Winter 2016-17 menswear collections will hit Paris from January 20 to 24. New additions to the schedule include two Japanese labels: White Mountaineering and Christian Dada. All times shown are local Paris time. Be advised that most shows are by invitation so make your plans accordingly. If you are attending, we’ll see you on Instagram, along with our friends from Men’s Folio and L’Officiel.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

10:00 – Lucien Pellat Finet

11:30 – AVOC

12:30 – OAMC

13:30 – Strateas Carlucci

14:30 – Lemaire

15:30 – Y/Project

16:30 – Walter Van Beirendonck

17:30 – Valentino

19:00 – Haider Ackermann

20:30 – Raf Simons

Thursday, January 21, 2016

10:30 – Issey Miyake Men

12:30 – Rick Owens

13:30 – Kolor

14:30 – Andrea Crews

15:30 – Julien David

17:00 – Louis Vuitton

18:00 – Yohji Yamamoto

19:30 – Dries Van Noten

20:30 – Boris Bidjan Saberi

Friday, January 22, 2016

10:00 – Junya Watanabe Man

11:00 – Maison Margiela

12:00 – Ann Demeulemeester

13:00 – Miharayasuhiro

14:00 – 22/4 _Hommes

15:00 – Christian Dada

16:00 – Cerruti

17:00 – Comme des Garçons Homme Plus

18:00 – Givenchy

19:00 – En attente de confirmation

20:00 – Berluti

Saturday, January 23, 2016

10:00 – Kenzo

11:00 – Sacai

12:00 – Songzio

13:00 – Etudes

15:00 – Dior Homme

16:00 – Wooyoungmi

17:00 – Balmain

18:00 – Henrik Vibskov

19:00 – White Mountaineering

20:00 – Hermès

21:00 – AMI Alexandre Mattiussi

Sunday, January 24, 2016

10:00 – Officine Générale

11:00 – Lanvin

12:00 – Agnès b.

14:00 – Rynshu

15:00 – Hood By Air

16:00 – Paul Smith

17:00 – Umit Benan

18:00 – Thom Browne

20:00 – Saint Laurent

Kinetic Sculpture: Menagerie des Miroirs

Ahead of the much-awaited sixth anniversary of Le Cabinet de Curiosites exhibition, designer Christopher Jenner has revealed what he plans to present. Ahead of that, the Cabinet of Curiosities is an old world concept that the noble classes pioneered in Europe. It involved collecting oddities and curiosities, hence the name.

Back to the story at hand, Jenner has created a highly engineered Menagerie des Miroirs, referencing the age of discovery and scientific observation. His composition, crafted with the precision and finesse of traditional watchmaking, is a technical layering of vertical stainless steel cogs and arms set in horizontal composition on a black marble plinth. The piece can be manipulated with a small oak turning dial to activate a kinetic choreography of cogs and wheels that reveals a complex ballet of magnified glass and reflective mirror.

The Thomas Erber-masterminded travelling exhibition will be open for public viewing in Paris from now to 31 December. Visit the official website for more details.

This story was originally published in Form magazine in Singapore.

Contempo Chinese Art at Fondation Louis Vuitton

Anyone who has paid even passing attention to art auctions in the last 10 years cannot have escaped the power of contemporary Chinese art. It is surprising to us then to hear that the upcoming exhibition at the Fondation Louis Vuitton in January is the first time an entire exhibition has been devoted to contemporary Chinese artists in France in 10 years. The exhibition, running though the spring, brings together 12 Chinese artists and their work.

Entitled “Bentu,” it references the concept of motherland or native land, which is what the term refers to specifically. Make no mistake though, this is not about national boundaries. Instead, it represents a dialogue between local and global and a process of self-discovery.

Works on display will examine a changing Chinese society with artists from different generations employing a wide range of techniques and materials. Alongside the installations, there will be classical and contemporary musical performances, as well as films and poetry.

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Liu Shiyuan; “From Happiness to Wherever”; 2015

Among the veteran artists on display is Liu Xiaodong, who has experimented with both acting and painting. Also exhibiting is artist Cao Fei, who has directed and produced experimental documentaries. Liu Shiyuan, of a younger generation, will be also showing her work.

The exhibition examines local cultures, tradition, new technologies as well as the interaction between urban and rural. The focal point being identity.

The “Bentu” exhibition is not meant to give an overview of contemporary Chinese art.  Rather, organizers want to present the multifaceted aspect of it and how its forms are constantly evolving.

The exposition will begin on January 27, 2016 and run until April. Music, poetry and films will continue until September 5. The Foundation Louis Vuitton will also highlight a selection of its permanent collection of Chinese art from January 27 until September 5.

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Cao Fei; “Strangers”; 205-2016

Yiqing Yin is First China-born Haute Couture Star

High fashion gets more inclusive, while staying completely exclusive. The first Chinese-born designer was admitted December 17 into Paris’s elite coterie of haute couture creators. Yiqing Yin, who recently quit as artistic director of Leonard to concentrate on her own label, is also one of the youngest, at 30.

Haute couture exists only in Paris and is sustained by a small number of the world’s richest women.

The designation — regarded as the pinnacle of the fashion world — is protected by French law and attributed exclusively by the ministry of industry to 14 houses whose clothes are entirely made by hand and tailored to each client.

Yin, who grew up in France after moving from China at age four, will feature in the next haute couture shows, which take place in the French capital between January 24 and 28.

Chinese designer Guo Pei — who created the spectacular, and much-parodied long yellow dress worn by the singer Rihanna at the Met gala in New York in May — has also been invited to take part in the January shows as a “guest” designer.

Yin studied at France’s famous national school of decorative arts before winning the Andam prize for her first collection in 2011, the same year she was invited to show her work in the haute couture shows.

Her big break was when actress Audrey Tautou chose to wear one of her intricately pleated dresses when she compered the awards ceremony at the Cannes film festival two years later.

Only 14 fashion houses have the right to call themselves haute couture – Chanel, Christian Dior, Givenchy, Jean Paul Gaultier, Maison Margiela, Giambattista Valli, Franck Sorbier, Adeline Andre, Alexandre Vauthier, Alexis Mabille, Bouchra Jarrar, Maurizio Galante and Stephane Rolland.

Another 20 are regarded as “guest members” of the elite club. In addition to Guo Pei, Dutch designer Iris Van Herpen and French designer Yacine Aouad have been invited to show as guests during January’s catwalk shows.

Fly, Sail, Travel – Louis Vuitton Toasts Freedom

Luxury icon Louis Vuitton is making its mark as a leading light of heritage, craftsmanship and innovation via the “Volez, Voguez, Voyagez – Louis Vuitton” exhibition at the Grand Palais in Paris. While we have previously covered this exhibition and another one in Singapore, it is appropriate to take stock and revisit just what makes Louis Vuitton such a powerful force and indeed, a force for good. Celebrities, influencers and such aside, Louis Vuitton is something to aspire to, a name that makes people feel good about themselves and their success, however those people define success. Coming on the heels of terror attacks in both France and the USA, this exhibition is nothing less than an expression of the triumph of freedom, of joie de vivre as it were. To go even further – because it is important at this moment in time – the exhibition is a reminder that life is not only to be savored but that celebrating life is the right message to send to the world, especially from Paris.

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Detailed view from the exhibition, Chapter 4 The Invention of Travel. All exhibition photos ©Grégoire Vieille

Opening night of “Volez, Voguez, Voyagez – Louis Vuitton” saw plenty of star power, assembled we think not only to push the brand but also to push this positive message. Of course the top brass of LVMH were present – CEO of LVMH Bernard Arnault and CEO of Louis Vuitton Michael Burke – and so was the French Minister for Economy, Industry and Digital Affairs Emmanuel Macron. They were joined by Daniel Buren, Bertrand Lavier, Christian de Portzamparc, Xavier Veilhan, Olafur Eliasson, Jean-Michel Othoniel, Gaultier Capucon, Laurent Grasso, Fabrice Hyber, Laurent Korcia and Kader Attia. In the official press release, Louis Vuitton calls this “a statement to support freedom of creation and the French art-de-vivre.” It is also worth noting that travel expands one’s horizons and reminds us of what a diverse world we live in. This diversity is also worth celebrating in Louis Vuitton’s past, present and future in the spirit of world travel – and potentially travel to other worlds in this or the next century.

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Alber Elbaz

Curated by Olivier Saillard, “Volez, Voguez, Voyagez – Louis Vuitton” (literally Fly, Sail, Travel) traces the history of Louis Vuitton from its foundation in 1854 right up to present times, and then projects into the future. There are nine chapters to this tale, conceived and brought to life by Robert Carsen. Of particular note here are elements from private institutions and collections, the most notable of which is Gustave Courbet’s Chene  de Flagey, on public display for the first time since 2013. The exhibition is open to the public of course and is ongoing till February 21, 2016.

Rome by Way of Paris: Chanel 2015/16 Métiers d’art

French luxury giant Chanel brought the drama to Rome December 1, with legendary Italian film studio Cinecittà serving as the backdrop for the unveiling of the Paris-Rome 2015/16 “Métiers d’art” pre-fall collection.

It was a star-studded affair all round, with designer Karl Lagerfeld using the opportunity to debut a movie of his own – the short film Once and Forever, starring Kristen Stewart and Geraldine Chaplin (covered previously in L’Officiel Singapore). The runway itself was a movie-theater-worthy black and white cinema reconstruction of the City of Light.

The clothes invoked both the nostalgic Paris of the silver screen and that of the modern-day fashion capital, walking the delicate line between romantic and suggestive.

A model presents a creation during the 12th Chanel Metiers díArt show “Paris-Rome”. AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYS

Knitwear was given a dreamy makeover for the collection, with chunky sweaters in pastel hues livened up by intricate detailing that was overtly pretty. Lagerfeld captured the poetic charm of the French capital with whimsical pieces such as a puffball-sleeved cream dress adorned with a pink ribbon belt.

However, there was more than a hint of the vamp in the collection’s glamorous black leather mini dresses and peacoats, while the lace stockings, pencil skirts and cropped tops lent the affair a distinctly racy undertone.

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There were plenty of the French house’s classic tweeds on show, with cape silhouettes and trouser suits adding a 1960s vibe that was exacerbated by the model’s coiffed beehives and kholed-out eyes. The signature fabric was used to created bulky overcoats and trenches that were layered over the gossamer-light lingerie-style dresses for a very French insouciance that perfectly encapsulated the Parisian nonchalance when it comes to style.

US actress Kristen Stewart (C), US actress Geraldine Chaplin (3rdL) and Italian director Matteo Garonne attend the 12th Chanel Metiers díArt show "Paris-Rome", an annual event to honor craftsmanship that artisan partners bring to the houseís collections, on December 1, 2015 at the Cinecitta studios in Rome. AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYS / AFP / GABRIEL BOUYS
Kristen Stewart (C), Geraldine Chaplin and Italian director Matteo Garonne attend the Chanel show. AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYS

From Paris to Singapore: Louis Vuitton Exhibitions

Tis the season of Louis Vuitton, with dual exhibitions in Paris and Singapore. The history of Louis Vuitton, France’s most famous luxury leather bag maker and one of the leading lights of contemporary fashion, will be showcased at the Grand Palais in Paris from December 4, 2015 to February 21, 2016. The three-month event is designed to allow the general public to discover treasures from this giant’s past.

Concurrently, the Louis Vuitton Series 3 exhibition is already underway at The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore. A deep dive into the world of Louis Vuitton, this show runs till December 23.

Back to “Volez, Voguez, Voyagez – Louis Vuitton” in Paris. Curated by Olivier Saillard, the head of Paris’s Galliera fashion museum, the exhibition not only tells us about the history of this luxury goods house, but also the main people who have had an impact on it, from the founders to Nicolas Ghesquière, the current creative director of the brand’s womenswear collections.

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“Louis Vuitton has always been at the avant-garde of creation….For this exhibition, Olivier Saillard has immersed himself in the archives of our Maison to decode its secrets. He delivers a fresh vision of our past, present and future,” says Michael Burke, Louis Vuitton’s CEO.

The exhibition will be spread across several rooms at the Grand Palais, with set design by Robert Carsen. It will open with an iconic symbol of Louis Vuitton, a trunk dating back to 1906, and will be split into nine themes covering the design house’s links with the art world, plus other fields such as cars, yachts, aviation, writing, and beauty.

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Similarly, Series 3 looks at the past, present and future of Louis Vuitton across a series of rooms – hence the name. The focus here is the vision of Ghesquière in the Fall/Winter 2015 collection. There is a secret final room here, which can be discovered in the Louis Vuitton Marina Bay Sands flagship store.

Many of the special orders made by Louis Vuitton will also be put on show. The exhibition will end with a room dedicated to the company’s craftsmanship.

“Volez, Voguez, Voyagez – Louis Vuitton” — from December 4, 2015 to February 21, 2016 — at the Salon d’Honneur in the Grand Palais, Paris.

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Airbnb offers night in Paris Catacombs for Halloween

paris catacomb Airbnb

No one has ever woken up alive in Airbnb’s latest rental offer, but then again, no one has ever spent the night alongside six million dead Parisians in the city’s Catacombs.

For Halloween, the home rental website is offering brave travellers a night in the sprawling tunnels filled with skulls and bones that is one of Paris’s most popular — and ghoulish — attractions.

The competition offers two people a night in the Catacombs on October 31, with a “real bed”, dinner with private concert and breakfast.

“Before bedtime, a storyteller will have you spellbound with fascinating tales from the catacombs, guaranteed to produce nightmares. Finally, enjoy dawn with the dead, as you become the only living person ever to wake up in the Paris catacombs,” reads the listing.

Halloween Night Paris Catacombs

Town hall sources said Monday the California-based Airbnb paid up to 350,000 euros to privatise the tunnels.

The transfer of human remains from Parisian cemeteries to the tunnels began towards the end of the 18th century when authorities realised that the decomposition of bodies in the city’s cemeteries was not particularly good for public health.

“It was said that the wine was turning bad and the milk was curdling,” Sylvie Robin, the site’s curator, told AFP in an interview last year.

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Among the bones lining the walls of the two-kilometre (1.2-mile) long tunnels — only a small part of a network of abandoned underground quarries — are pictures and quotes about mortality.

“Think in the morning that you might not survive until the evening, and in the evening that you might survive until the morning,” reads one.

The House Rules section on Airbnb, which allows property dwellers and owners to rent a room or entire home, warns guests to “respect the Catacombs as you would your own grave”.

Halloween Paris Catacombs bed

The Catacombs, some 20 metres under the sewers and metro system, lures some 500,000 visitors a year. It has already been rented out to film crews and for fashion shows.

Writers like Victor Hugo, Gaston Leroux and Anne Rice have all drawn inspiration from the spooky network of tunnels.

Coach opens first flagship store in Paris

Coach Paris flagship store

American luxury brand  has opened its first flagship store in Paris as part of its ongoing strategy to expand into Europe.

Coach Paris flagship

After opening standalone stores in London and Madrid, the retailer known for its high end accessories has opened a two-level store on the glitzy Rue Saint-Honore, occupying a former Hugo Boss boutique.

Coach Paris flagship handbags

The Parisian outlet will sell men’s and women’s fashion and accessories across 6,500 square feet (604 square meters).

Coach Paris flagship store interior

The store will also feature a “craftsmanship bar” that will provide different leather services such as leather care, repair, monogramming and personalization, reports WWD.

Coach Paris flagship interior

The company is also eyeing expansion into Milan and Munich.

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Grand Palais in Paris to host Louis Vuitton exhibit

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An exhibition coming to Paris’s Grand Palais in December is to trace the Louis Vuitton brand’s history from trunk maker to luxury giant.

WWD reports that “Volez, Voguez, Voyagez – Louis Vuitton” will run from December 4 through February 21.

Olivier Saillard curates an exhibit that will fill 9 rooms in the palace’s Salon d’Honneur, covering the trunks, the evolution of travel, craftsmanship and Vuitton’s modern role in ready-to-wear and luggage for celebrities.

In 2012, the luxury brand was the subject of a an exhibition in Paris at Les Arts Décoratifs called “Louis Vuitton-Marc Jacobs.”

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Airbnb agrees to collect taxes on rentals in Paris

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Paris-bound travelers booking accommodations with Airbnb will soon notice an extra line on their billing receipt charging guests about a euro a night to help pay for the local tourist tax.

For reservations made as of October 1, travelers will see an extra 0.83 euros a night tacked on to their bill that will go towards the local tourist tax, a fee the city has been collecting since 1994 from all forms of accommodation, including hotels, apartments and campsites.

PARIS IS CRACKING DOWN ON ILLEGAL AIRBNB RENTALS

Airbnb has announced plans to launch the tourist tax collection service with Paris first, before rolling out to other cities across France.

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Paco Rabanne to open a Paris store

Paco Rabanne Spring Summer 15

French fashion designer Paco Rabanne is opening a store in Paris. The fragrance and fashion house will reportedly set up shop in the French capital on Rue Cambon, which is also home to Chanel.

The opening could suggest a more emboldened return to retail. Paco Rabanne’s retail location on Rue du Cherche-Midi closed ten years ago.

The fashion label continues to evolve under the reins of creative director Julien Dossena, who took on the role in 2013. Since then, the brand has seen an overhaul of its logo, packaging and labels.

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Top 5 spots in Paris to enjoy Bastille Day fireworks

Bastille Day Paris

Every year on July 14 it’s the same old story in Paris as locals and tourists alike scramble to find a spot on the Champ de Mars, adjacent to the Eiffel Tower. But what if you could enjoy the fireworks display without having to fight off the hordes, and celebrate the national holiday with a bit more serenity and originality? Here are five ideal spots to help you spend a memorable evening this Bastille Day.

A cruise on the Belle Vallée

Pack a picnic and avoid the chaos of the Champ de Mars by taking your party onto the Seine. At 6:45pm sharp, the Belle Vallée will depart from the Port de la Râpée and work its way up river towards the Eiffel Tower.

Come 11pm, the boat will idle in a prime location near the Eiffel Tower, where after having enjoyed the sites of Paris from the river and enjoyed your food and drink on both open decks of the boat, the fireworks will explode practically overhead. The cost of the cruise is €48 for adults (includes a complimentary cocktail) and €44 for children up to ten years old, and the boat will return to dock between midnight and 1am.

For more information, go to the Belle Vallée‘s website (French only)

An extravagant evening on the rooftop of the hôtel Rafaël

How about opting for a panoramic view from the top of the 5-star Rafaël? This luxury hotel is ideally located down the street from the Arc de Triomphe at the top of the Champs-Elysées, and on the top floor, guests and visitors alike can take advantage of the newly revamped menu while sipping on delightful cocktail concoctions.

The rooftop terrace of the Rafaël provides one of the best views of the capital, and the distance from the Eiffel tower is ideal to fully appreciate the firework spectacle. A word of advice: book in advance.

Visit the hôtel Rafaël’s website: leshotelsbaverez.com

Get a bit of perspective from the top of the Tour Montparnasse

On the top floor of the Tour Montparnasse, the Ciel de Paris welcomes fans of panoramic city views to its bar and restaurant, at which, for Bastille Day on July 14, the chef has created a special €320 prix fixe menu.

Not only will guests have a spectacular view of the city, with the Eiffel Tower and the fireworks directly in front of them, but they will even get to experience the ambiance of the Champs de Mars thanks to an audio system relaying the two.

At the terrace of the Les Ombres restaurant

Here’s a great way to spend next Tuesday: a romantic walk along the quais will bring you to the Musée du Quai Branly, where you can spend the afternoon meandering through exhibits such as the soon to be over “Les maîtres de la sculpture de Côte d’Ivoire,” an exhibit on master sculptors from the West African nation, or “Tatoueurs, Tatoués,” the world’s most comprehensive exhibit on the art of the tattoo. Come nightfall, head upstairs to the museum’s restaurant, Les Ombres, where you can enjoy some serious culinary offerings practically in the Iron Lady’s shadow.

You can peruse the dinner menu on the website for Les Ombres

Take in the 180-degree view from Montmartre

If you want to get away from the city center and all the hustle and bustle of Bastille Day, a quick hop over to the 18th arrondissement and the Terrass Hôtel is in order. Recently renovated, this iconic address in the picturesque Montmartre neighborhood has a 500+ square foot “penthouse terrass” adjacent to its 7th floor bar and restaurant.

On July 14, a special €190 menu, six courses with their wine pairings, will be offered upon reservation only, timed so that the fireworks and final glass of champagne close out this perfect evening.

More information on the Terrass Hôtel: terrass-hotel.com

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Paris to get new triangle-shaped glass skyscraper

Tours Triangle interior

It seems Paris is fond of glass pyramids. Because city officials have just approved plans to build another giant pyramid or triangle-shaped structure, this time on the southwest edge of the city.

After years of wrangling, opposition and rejection related to environmental and esthetic concerns, Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo scored a major victory Monday after councillors narrowly approved plans to begin construction of the Tour Triangle, a soaring, 180-meter (590-foot) tower.

Since first being introduced in 2008, the project has divided the city and generated heated debate, with critics charging that the project will become a glaring blight on the Paris skyline and supporters pointing out that the tower will create 5,000 jobs and new, modernized work spaces.

triangle tower paris

When construction is complete, in 2020, the tower will house a four-star hotel with 120 rooms; a sky bar; restaurants; office and retail spaces; as well as a child care center, health center and cultural center for locals.

The 43-storey building, designed by Swiss architects Herzog and De Meuron, will be located at Porte de Versailles in the 15th arrondissement at a cost of around 500 million euros.

The Tour Triangle will be the first skyscraper in Paris since the opening of the Tour Montparnasse (below) in 1973, a building Parisians love to hate.

Paris' Tour Montparnasse

The ensuing uproar resulted in a height limit that banned the construction of buildings taller than 37 meters, and confined high-rise buildings to the city’s financial district, La Défense.

In 2010, the rules changed to allow for the erection of office buildings up to 180 m along the city periphery.

louvre museum paris

Paris is already home to an iconic, glass pyramid structure at the Louvre.

Chef Christophe Moret

Shangri-La Hotel, Paris launches 100% Green Evenings

Chef Christophe Moret

Shangri-La Hotel, Paris launches a first in the world of Parisian palace hotels by hosting a series of “100% Green Dinners”.

On the first Thursday of each month, La Bauhinia will present a special five-course vegetable-focused menu and invite one of the hotel’s exceptional French market purveyors to meet with diners.

Shangri-La Hotel, Paris Executive Chef Christophe Moret has been cultivating his nature-driven cuisine since his arrival in January 2015.

As the grandson of a market gardener, it was natural for him to imagine a “Rooted in Nature” menu that placed vegetables at the forefront without sacrificing taste and pleasure.

Guided by values that are dear to his heart – freshness, local, transparent, and ethical – the chef will create each Thursday a different green menu full of vibrant and complex flavours such as Tomato Bloody Mary and Spring Rolls made from watermelon stuffed with soup herbs; Kasha and Green Vegetables En Cocotte with almond milk; Turnips and Red Beetroots roasted in a wood-burning oven and Tofu Ravioli with borsch vinaigrette; Strawberries scented with Sangria, and coconut and lime sorbet.

To accompany this unique menu, Head Sommelier Cédric Maupoint has chosen wines produced through biodynamic agriculture, specific teas, coffees and non-roasted cocoa beans, all hand-picked and distributed through fair-trade channels.

To further enhance the evening, La Bauhinia will be transformed by a nature-inspired decor and a DJ will create a celebratory atmosphere.

Green Dinners at Shangri-La Hotel, Paris will be served every first Thursday of the month. A five-course menu is priced at €68.

Upcoming dates are Thursday, 9 July, and then the first Thursday of each month from September to December.

Dinner in White 2015

Dinner in white: Thousands attend Paris ‘chic picnic’

Dinner in White 2015

More than 13,000 people turned out in Paris on Thursday for the 27th edition of ‘Diner en blanc’ (‘Dinner in white’) — a pop-up picnic where attendees dress to the nines entirely in white.

The diners were armed with white tables and chairs, and packed out public areas of the Tuileries Garden and the Palais Royal.

The tradition dates back to an event 26 years ago at which organisers invited guests to all wear white so they could be easily spotted in a park.

The event’s website describes itself as “thousands of people, dressed all in white, and conducting themselves with the greatest decorum, elegance, and etiquette, all meet for a mass ‘chic picnic’ in a public space”.

Attendees undertake to return the area they eat in to its original state, even collecting their own trash and carting it off.

I love Paris restaurant

Paris airport joins European push to gourmet eateries

I love Paris restaurant

Airports aren’t usually reputed as culinary destinations in themselves.

But Paris’s hub Charles de Gaulle has become the latest in Europe to try to change that with an upmarket eatery called “I Love Paris”.

The restaurant opened last week in Terminal 2E and is accessible only to passengers carrying tickets for Asia or the United States, is aiming high.

A three-star French chef, Guy Martin, has masterminded the menu while a Paris-based architecture star, India Mahdavi, has designed the decoration.

“The aim is to try to make a Chinese traveller prefer to stop over in Paris rather than Heathrow or Dubai,” said Laure Baume, deputy director of the Aeroports de Paris airport agency.

In a nod to the varied palates of those eating in the I Love Paris restaurant, with its view of the runways, there is a range of fare to munch on, from classic French dishes such as a blanquette de veau (veal ragout), to hamburgers, as well as tapas, lobster, and vegetarian offerings.

The cheapest menu combination is at 30 euros ($33).

Facade Ritz Hotel Place Vendome

Chanel confirms it will open a spa at Paris’s Ritz

Facade Ritz Hotel Place Vendome

The iconic haute couture line confirmed Wednesday the rumor that its first-ever spa is to open at the Ritz hotel in Paris.

The ‘Chanel au Ritz Paris’ spa would be dedicated to their line of skincare products and is to open at the end of the year at the Ritz Club, according to Buro 247.

The hotel is home to the Coco Chanel Suite, which honors the late fashion designer, who once lived at the Place Vendôme landmark.

The Ritz in Paris has been closed since 2012 for a renovation.