The Designers’ Christmas Trees

On December 08, 2009 Marie Christiane Marek hosted “The Designers’ Christmas Trees” at the Cite de l’architecture et du patrimoine in Paris. World-famous designers have sold 20 Christmas trees for a total of 41,500€ to be donated to The Foundation headed by France’s First Lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy. Since 1996 several famous names have taken part, … Continued

Lagerfeld Reinvents SpongeBob

Karl Lagerfeld gave a SpongeBob SquarePants doll a makeover for a Paris fundraiser for the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). The figurine was outfitted in the image of his maker, with Karl’s signature dark shades, a white shirt and fingerless gloves. This auction of celebrity look-a-like dolls was held on the 26th of November at the … Continued

Christmas lights by J-C de Castelbajac

Jean-Charles de Castelbajac designs the Christmas lighting for the facade of the BHV (Bazaar de l’Hotel de Ville) department store this year in Paris. A funky neon-lit facade will be lit up on November 17, with the help of powerful vocals performed by 28-year-old, Arkansas-born Beth Ditto of the group Gossip.

Incase for Apple Store, Carrousel du Louvre

Featuring a bold geometric pattern inspired by the Louvre Pyramid, this collection from Incase was designed and created for the November 2009 opening of the Apple Store, Carrousel du Louvre, in Paris, France.

Haute Chocolate

This week, more than 400 exhibitors are in Paris, France for the 2009 Paris Chocolate Festival. The theme this year is opera. The event kicked off last night with a chocolate fashion show where dresses are created by a combination of top fashion designers and chocolatiers. Walking the runway wearing the chocolate fashions were models, … Continued

Printemps renovates store and style

Printemps store Paris, the largest beauty department in the world, is about halfway through a $100 million renovation that it hopes to complete in 2010. “Our vision is to make Printemps the best store in the world,” said Paolo de Cesare, the store’s president and chief executive. For now, Printemps is under a giant tentwhile … Continued

Prada Pops Up In Place Beauvau, Paris

Prada is drawing inspiration from another of the world’s fashion capitals, to open a pop-up store in Paris. The boutique, located at Place Beauvau 92, will be open for five months from today – and melds the Italian and French, inside and out.

Nomiya Opens on the Roof of Palais de Tokyo

Nomiya, a Japanese word for “little bars”, is a chic new restaurant that is located on the roof of one of the coolest museum in Paris – Palais de Tokyo. Nomiya looks like a rectangular glass box as big as a shipping container, holding a dozen guests who want to spice up their lunch/dinner with … Continued

Chanel Customized Motorcycle

WWD reports that last Friday the Chanel boutique on Rue Royale in Paris featured a motorcycle customized for Chanel in Toulouse, France. However this motorcycle is not made to be sold, Karl Lagerfeld was only shooting the press kit for Chanel’s pre-spring collection “Starting Point” with the models Lara Stone and Baptiste Giacobini.

Roberto Cavalli launches a bespoke service

Roberto Cavalli is launching a made-to-measure service for clients who want that certain cocktail, evening or wedding dress in tune with the spirit of the Italian fashion house. Called Roberto Cavalli Saint-Honoré, the service will offer entirely handmade dresses in a special private space above the Rue Saint-Honoré store. No more than 35 dresses are … Continued

Police arrest 25 in Harry Winston heist

The French police have made arrests in connection with last year’s multimillion-dollar robbery at Harry Winston jewelers and recovered some of the stolen rings, necklaces and watches. The robbers, some dressed as women and wearing wigs, had grabbed $118 million worth of loot Dec. 5 at the store on Avenue Montaigne in Paris.

Maha al-Sudairi unpaid bills

Saudi Arabian princess Maha Al Sudairi, the wife of Saudi Arabia’s interior minister Naif bin Abdulaziz, is a well-known figure in French luxury boutiques. Spending 140,000 Euros on clothing and a further 30,000 a week on dry cleaning is not a big deal for her. She loves Paris – but the city’s high-end shop owners … Continued

Mystery over Picasso notebook theft

A Pablo Picasso sketchbook worth several million dollars has been stolen from a museum in Paris. There is no sign of a break-in at the Picasso Museum in the Marais area of the city, yet the red notebook containing 33 pencil drawings disappeared on Monday night, police said. The sketchbook has been valued at $9.8 … Continued

Paris’ Hotel de Crillon For Sale

Paris’ famed Hôtel de Crillon – one of the finest of the luxury Paris hotels – has been put up for sale by its American owner – Starwood Capital – for about €300 million ($420 million). Built in 1758 as a government building after being commissioned by Louis XV, “Le Crillon” is situated near the … Continued

Radisson Blu Metropolitan Hotel, Paris Eiffel

Located just a short walk from the Trocadero and opposite the Eiffel Tower, the Radisson Blu Le Metropolitan Hotel is Paris’s newest luxury boutique hotel. Conceived by the famous designer Francois Champsaur, the 48-key boutique hotel features ten suites, five with unrestricted Eiffel Tower views. The signature Eiffel Suite is a 430-square-foot one-bedroom suite located … Continued

Raw eggs thrown at Shareholders of PPR

Shareholders of Pinault Printemps Redoute (PPR), the French multinational holding company specializing in retail shops and luxury brands, were showered with raw eggs thrown by employees of the group protesting during their general assembly in Paris on May 7, 2009. The shareholders voted a dividend equivalent to 418 million euros (560 million US dollars) for … Continued

Hotel Gabriel Paris Marais “Detox Hotel”

The Hotel Gabriel Paris Marais is the first “Detox Hotel” totally devoted to well-being and regeneration. The room interior decorates with Zen minimalist character in white color, delicate colour colors as well as relaxing credentials song put a physique in a pacific mood that undiluted for an preferred detox experience. The “Detox” concept centers on … Continued

Boucheron’s Parisian Joy

Paris luxury jeweler Boucheron immortalizes Ladurée macarons in part of this year’s collection titled “Gaieté Parisienne” (Parisian Joy) with their new line, Gourmandise, which includes Tentation Macarons rings, pendants, necklaces and earings. It’s modern, 21st. century and someone has already taken a bite out of each macaron as you can see from the teeth marks … Continued

Kenzo Auctions Contents of Paris House

Japanese fashion designer Kenzo Takada will auction off some of the art that inspired his East-meets-West style, as he trades his plush Paris mansion for smaller digs on the Seine River. The announcement came a month after the late Yves Saint-Laurent’s art collection was put up for auction by his partner Pierre Berge, a 373.5-million-euro … Continued