Elsa Schiaparelli was a fashion icon who created bold and artistic designs. She embodied a vision of Paris that was vibrant and brilliant. Her revolutionary approach to fashion allowed her to separate herself from other designers in the 1920s and 30s and continues to influence the fashion world today.
“Shocking! The Surrealist World of Elsa Schiaparelli” honors Schiaparelli with 577 works including 212 costume and fashion accessories, with 365 paintings, sculptures, jewelry, perfume bottles, posters, ceramics and pictures. Some of the pieces are signed by the biggest names of the times, Man Ray, Jean Cocteau and Meret Oppenheim. Hundreds of sketches and drawings from Schiaparelli are on display in this immersive experience. These pieces allow visitors to experience the freedom of dialogue, the freedom to be oneself, the freedom to create.
Schiaparelli became famous for her knitwear with optical illusions, her innovation in womens sportswear, and her surrealist designs. The exhibit starts with her sketches of some of her most famous pieces and then displays her work at the beginning of her career. Her revolutionary knitwear is on display and highlights her relationship with fashion designer Paul Poiret, who encouraged her to enter the world of fashion.
As visitors continue through the exhibit, they are able to view Schiaparelli’s thrilling designs and her collaboration with other artists. Schiaparelli wrote in her memoirs that she found working with other artists exciting because she believed that fashion allowed for all kinds of artistic contributions at each stage of the creative process of the collection.
Schiaparelli’s love for surrealism allowed her and Salvador Dali to connect and work together to make amazing art. The two shared an unlimited imagination, allowing them to make suggestive and provocative designs. The exhibit includes a room dedicated to their relationship and works Schiaparelli created with inspiration and collaboration from Schiaparelli. Outstanding pieces like her tear dress, shoe hat, and lobster dress, are all on display.
Schiaparelli grows her fashion house to the famous Place de Vendome and creates outstanding collections displayed in the exhibit. Walking through the rooms immerses visitors into the world of Schiaparelli and her surrealist designs.
While the house of Schiaparelli closed in 1954, in 2006 Diego Della Valle bought the iconic fashion house and reopened its doors at Place de Vendome. Today, the fashion house continues to dress prominent figures around the world, even designing Lady Gaga’s dress she wore at President Joe Biden’s inaguratioin. The exhibit finishes with displaying the fashion houses latest designs, illustrating the next generation of Schiaparelli muses who continue to shape culture and the conversation around it.
Shocking! The Surrealist World of Elsa Schiaparelli, is open now and will close January 22, 2023. The exhibit will be on display at the Musée des Arts Decoratifs. You can book your ticket on their website.
"Shocking ! Elsa Schiaparelli, les Mondes Surréalistes"
From July 6th 2022 to January 22th 2023
Musée des arts décoratifs (MAD)
107, Rue de Rivoli, Paris.
After a thorough search through the various rooftop terraces of Paris, we found five spots that offer the true joie de vivre. These locations not only offer some of the most breathtaking views of the city, but an unforgettable experience with creative menus, welcoming customer-service, and Parisian flare that will keep you there for hours as you sip your glass of Bordeaux and the sun sets behind you. Personal visits to these locations reasserted each rooftop’s kind staff, trendy setups, and of course, postcard views of the ‘City of Lights.’ We interviewed representatives at each location to give you the best advice and recommendations for your next rooftop visit from the experts themselves.
Hotel National des Arts et Métiers
Address: 243 rue saint Martin, Paris 3e.
What to Expect: An ideal place for a moment of well-being after a day of work or sightseeing.
The Service: Luxurious. Cozy. Spectacular.
Best drink: The best Cocktail I tasted during a photo shoot was Hysteria: Vodka Stolichnaya, passion fruit, Htheoria liquor, Matiha Skinos, lime cordial
Best dish: We serve à la carte snacks which vary between popcorns or organic crackers—all homemade.
Best time of day: Open every day from 4 p.m. to midnight, it's the ideal place to punctuate your day with an afterwork or an atmospheric Saturday.
Our Clients: Our rooftop is open to all, we welcome both resident customers and people wishing to enjoy an exceptional place to share a drink with friends, while enjoying a breathtaking view over the rooftops of Paris, with the Sacré-Cœur in the background.
Address: 135 bd Diderot, Paris 12e.
What to Expect: Enjoy the view of the most beautiful iconic monuments of Paris, have a drink at sunset; discover a rare film or a new artist depending on the evening
The Service: Caring. Cool. Young.
Best drink: A pool of Brad and Angelina rosé
Best dish: The real New York hot dog
Best time of day: Around 8 p.m. to enjoy the sunset over the Eiffel Tower
Our Clients: Active, Parisian, looking for new experience.
Mama Shelter West
Address: 109 Rue de Bagnolet, Paris 20e.
What to Expect: Mama is an urban refuge, a place where you push open the door into a bubble of happiness. Families, couples, singles, professionals, everyone is welcome at Mama and everyone will find themselves in an unforgettable moment. Evenings, cocktails, DJ sets, Live Music, family brunches, workshops, etc…everything is planned.
The Service: User-friendly. Surprising. Professional.
Best drink: Cocktail Mama Loves You (absolut and Lillet white plum, jasmine, green tea)
Best dish: Coquillettes with ham
Best time of day: At sunset on the rooftop with a breathtaking view of Paris.
Our Clients: The Mama client ranges from 1 to 99 years old. Mama welcomes everyone with love and respect. At Mama, there are no rules, no limits, no gender, no color. Mama is for everyone, at any time of the day or night!
Address: 14 rue Crespin du Gast, Paris 11e.
What to Expect: To be out of place. We want to offer a moment away from the frenetic rhythms of the capital and their lives to enjoy a good cocktail while admiring a unique view.
The Service: Professional. Welcoming. Relaxed.
Best drink: The menu is scalable and we change it with the seasons. Right now, the Dracunculus and the Frida Kalor.
Best dish: Regina pizza, made by our pizza maker Edoardo
Best time of day: The sunset. The colors in the sky and the view of Paris remain a must-see in our Bar.
Our Clients: Cosmopolitans
La Villa M
Address: 24-30, boulevard Pasteur, 75015
What to Expect: Customers enter a place cut off from the world, where vegetation and minimalism intersect, a unique place concept-decorated by Phillipe Starck offering a hotel, a restaurant and its cocktail bar, a garden, a rooftop with a breathtaking view of Paris and its monuments, conference and co-working rooms, a fitness room including a boxing ring, and many other things...
The Service: Lifestyle. Warm. Neat.
Best drink: The 8th heaven is a must in this establishment, only available on the 8th floor (the rooftop), it stimulates the taste buds in particular with its homemade rhubarb juice and seeded redcurrant jam, all resting delicately on a Tequila Reposado infused with Darjeeling tea accompanied by a little soda with ginger extracts, a unique recipe in the world.
Best dish: The Vitello Tonato, freshly cut with candied ginger, dried tomatoes decorated with chopped mint for freshness, the base of a revisited Italian recipe.
Best time of day: The most magical moment to come and enjoy one of the signature cocktails is one hour before sunset on the rooftop. Contemplate the changing colors of the sky and the reliefs and perspectives with the passing clouds at the end of the day.
Our Clients: Our client has many facets, they come from the neighborhood and has seen this project grow since its genesis in 2017. They are also someone who wants to relax after work, in a place cut off from the world, rejuvenating. They are also a cosmopolitan and epicurean customer who wishes to discover new cocktails and delicious dishes during a dinner accompanied by a live musician on Thursday, Friday, or Saturday, as well as invite their relatives to a Sunday brunch.
La Maison Chaumet is one of the most historic jewelry houses in the world. Being the official jeweler of Queen Marie Antoinette and then of Empress Josephine allowed Marie-Etienne Nitot (with will later become the Maison Chaumet) to create outstanding pieces of jewelry, including crowns, brooches and bracelets for more than 240 years. Chaumet has been the most sought after jeweler for hundreds of years and now some of Chaumet’s most beautiful creations are on display at the exhibit "Végétal" at the school of Beaux-Arts Paris, along with rare drawings from scientists, designs from Yves Saint Laurent and Dior, paintings from the Louvre and Musée d’Orsay, and much more.
A walk through nature
With no chronological order in the exhibit, visitors can truly be suspended in time, and appreciate all aspects of nature and its depiction in art. This extraordinary immersive journey takes you through a world of botany drawing on some of the most historical pieces from Chaumet and many other art forms.
Inspired by nature, the exhibit includes over 400 works. There are nearly 100 pieces from Chaumet, paired with works from Monet, Dior, Yves Saint Laurent. Over 70 museums, foundations, galleries and private collectors have lent works, including Musée d’Orsay, the Louvre and the Institut de France. All of these pieces work together to allow visitors to truly see the inspiration from nature told through art.
A rare meeting between the arts and sciences
The exhibit takes a botanist point of view, drawing on some of the most historical pieces from Chaumet and other artists. The exhibit also has rarely exhibited scientific pieces and drawings from scientists like Joseph de Jussieu. The pairing of art and science allows visitors to find greater meaning in art and science, being told through paintings, textiles, photography, furniture and jewelry.
The exhibit will run until September 4, 2022 at the Beaux-Arts de Paris, 13, quai Malaquais in the 6th arrondissement. It is open Wednesday to Sunday from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. Reservations are required and can be booked online.
Audrey Hepburn has been a household name for the last seven decades, having revolutionized Hollywood and femininity, but she did not do it alone. Hubert de Givenchy’s relationship with Audrey was as beautiful and true as the pieces he created for her. Iconic images from Funny Face, Sabrina, and Breakfast at Tiffany’s would not be possible without the genius and artistry of Givenchy.
Although Hepburn preached that Givenchy provided her with the confidence she had in her films through each look, “The Audrey Look” was crafted by both Hepburn and Givenchy together. Its significant impact on the world of fashion, film, costume, and couture, can be summarized as an elegance of the blossoming realm of Hollywood, yet attainable to dreamers around the globe.
The two budding stars met in 1953. Hepburn just wrapped on her first starring film, Roman Holiday, and Givenchy was presenting his debut fashion collection which brought him international acclaim overnight. When Givenchy received word that “Miss Hepburn” wanted to see him, he assumed it to be Katharine Hepburn. When the stars met, Hepburn asked Givecnhy to make the wardrobe for her upcoming role in Sabrina. His initial reaction was to decline due to the demands of his forthcoming collection, however, he had been charmed by Hepburn and agreed.
The Sabrina storyline of a woman who returns from Paris and catches the eyes of her father’s wealthy employee’s sons was the perfect channel to launch the Givenchy/Hepburn partnership. Givenchy dressed Hepburn in a total of eight films, until her death.
“The Look” focused on simplicity in an era of “excess.” Hollywood was overflowing with diamonds, fabrics, and figure curvature, while Givenchy focused on an uncomplicated, copyable silhouette that radiates the same power. Patterns to Givenchy’s looks sold for as little as one dollar, so that every woman, no matter the stature, could feel that sense of refinement Hepburn portrayed in her films. “Women can look like Audrey Hepburn if they want to – by flipping out their hair, and buying the large sunglasses and the little sleeveless dresses. I created a look in order to make something of myself.” -Hepburn, 1989
The opening scene of Breakfast at Tiffany’s is known as one of the most iconic fashion moments in film history. The beehive updo, draped pearls, and black Italian satin evening gown, combined with an image of Holly Golightly (Audrey Hepburn) drinking coffee from a paper cup on Fifth Avenue is forever ingrained in the minds of movie-watchers and fashion fanatics everywhere.
Givenchy’s inspiration for the gown originated in 1925 when Chanel designed black “garconne” dresses that were tubular little black dresses (to be deemed “the Ford motor car of the searson”). Givenchy designed a sleeveless, floor-length dress with a slit and fitted bodice along with a matching pair of gloves for the opening scene.
Hepburn and Givenchy worked together on each look featured in each film; they were a team and treated each other as equals. As his muse, Hepburn wore each look with the poise and class sewn into the garments, redefining feminine beauty in a simple, straightforward way.
Netflix subscribers and Paris enthusiasts all over the world are raving about the original show, Emily in Paris. It depicts a life of glamor, high fashion, love, and passion. Whether you are a critic or avid fan of the show, you can’t help but wonder, is this really what it’s like in Paris? Are the views, food, clothes, and people in the storyline just a Hollywood make-over of the city, or is there something genuine about the life portrayed in each episode?
With stops from the Place de l’Estrapade (where Emily’s apartment is located), all the way to the Opéra Garnier where our leading lady attends the ballet to track down Fashion Designer, Pierre Cadault, you can find out for yourself if Emily’s Paris experience is the real Paris.
However, this tour gives you an unfair advantage. Along each stop, you can hear about the history of highlighted landmarks, architecture, and historic events. Grab a bite to eat at the Boulangerie Moderne, followed by a debriefing of the famous Panthéon to uncover more of Paris’ secrets. Stroll through the Palais Royal gardens as if you were there the moment Emily and Mindy met.
Inhale the aroma of croissants, roses, and wine, as you capture that essence and joie de vivre that Emily feels in each adventure.
Follow the tour with Les Visites de Maud, more informations here :
It’s time to experience yet again another magnificent edition of fashion museums found in the beautiful city of Paris. The ALAÏA Azzedine Foundation isn’t just any ordinary gallery that showcases an artists pieces, but rather one that takes fashion representation to another level. In fact, this gallery will take your breath away!
So who is Azzedine Alaïa? He was a couturier and shoe designer from Tunisia. Born in Tunis on the 26th of February 1935 and unfortunately passing away in Paris in November of 2017, he was recognized as one of the best designers. His love for fashion and design was in fact inspired by his twin sister. He began his work in Paris with yet another formidable designer, Christian Dior, but had to leave just a week after due to the Algerian War but this did not stop his drive to be one of the greatest fashion designers. In fact, he then went on to work with the likes of Thierry Mugler and Guy Laroche.
Alaïa’s pieces were well-known for the tight-fitting style in order to enhance the curves and reveal the body of whoever wore his pieces. His range was seen across the boards. He preferred more neutral colors and broader shoulders but over the years he began incorporating corsets and bust wiring.
My favorite piece is one from 1985 which is a long white dress. This dress also became the inspiration of Elle MacPherson’s wedding dress. Alaïa uses simplicity and elegance together to create a phenomenal piece.
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