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When your Vera Wang wedding dress comes off, you and your hubby can ditch your designer duds for designer digs and check your newly married selves into the Christian Lacroix-designed Hôtel du Petit Moulin in Paris. Housed in Paris's oldest bakery, dating back to 1900, the hotel, which has preserved its typical French boulangerie façade, is in Paris's trendy, fashion-centric Marais district — in other words, it's the hippest hotel since sliced bread. If a "haute-l" pun were ever appropriate, the time is now: The lodging looks to be one step off of the runway, filled with daring, devil-may-care creations, be it a heart-shaped Venetian mirror on glossy, scarlet-red tiles, a clash of rustic and Zen, or a vividly-hued Jacobsen Swan chair against old-fashioned toile de Jouy wallpaper.
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Can you guess which celeb was lucky enough to see the Eiffel Tower during an afternoon run?
To honor the 75th anniversary of DC Comics, Colette's Sarah Lerfel has commissioned a collection of superhero-themed accessories to fill her Paris boutique windows. For the occasion Lanvin menswear designer Lucas Ossendrijver created a Batman Dog T-shirt, Roger Vivier designed Catwoman thigh boots complete with white whiskers, Karl Lagerfeld did jeweled and fingerless Green Lantern gloves, and Thierry Lasry whipped up a pair of Plastic Man shades.
Paris's Champs Elysees looks more like its namesake, the Elysian Fields of Greek mythology, after an artist turned the avenue into a giant field of flowers, grass, and other plants. A French farmers' union organized yesterday's event to highlight the financial crisis facing farmers. Looks like a fun way to call attention to your cause!
How does one celebrate a new fashion title editorship? With parties on two consecutive evenings, one in Paris and one in Milan, of course! Stefano Tonchi was indeed feted by designers in both fashion capitals during a two-evening event honoring his new position as editor of W magazine. Starting in Milan in the gardens of the Bulgari hotel with Angela Missoni, Domenico Dolce, Stefano Gabbana, and Giambattista Valli in attendance, the party carried on to the Hotel D'Evreux the following evening where Tonchi lived it up with the Parisians—including Alber Elbaz, Victoire de Castellane, and Alexis Mabille. What, no London love?
For Aerin Lauder, good taste runs in the genes. Her grandmother Estée was heralded for her elegance and élan, and as senior vice president and creative director of the family business, Aerin knows where to find the best of the best. If you want to eat, shop, or unwind with style, she's your woman. I've asked Aerin to share her favorite spots in the City of Light. Read on to see her top picks for everything from delicious desserts to French fashion — it's your guide to the amazing Seine scene.
I'm a huge fan of Philippe Starck's work. Heck, I have a borderline psychotic obsession with his Louis Ghost chair. But I never said he wasn't a nut case, too. Starck is the quintessential odd bird. So it's no surprise that photographer Todd Selby chose to photograph Starck's Parisian home — it completely fits the eclectic, maximalist profile Selby searches for for his interior shots.
In Starck's home, animated taxidermy, oddball paintings, knickknacks, and clutter abound, with a few luxe furnishings thrown in for good measure. It's surprising really; it's such a drastic departure from the polished and trendy interiors he designs, such as the Dwell95 apartments in NYC — with few of his own designs, too! But amidst all of the clutter, there are a number of things that I really, truly love, so come take a look.
Photos courtesy of The Selby
This weekend I finally caught up on one of my French cinema Netflix picks, Paris, written and directed by Cédric Klapisch. Set in the City of Lights, the film had plenty of beautiful sights, but it was only natural that the architect character in the movie would live in a hip modern abode. As he walked onto his expansive balcony with stunning city views, I got a glimpse of his cluster of felt rock ottomans. Not only are they a perfect fit for his contemporary home, but I'd definitely seen them before. Wonder where?