You can stay in a modern, white-walled, Kartell'd hotel in any city in the world. But if Paris is your getaway, why not surround yourself with quintessential French style? Hôtel Duc du St. Simon, a favorite of Domino founding editor Deborah Needleman, is a quaint, sophisticated home away from home where understated elegance rules the roost. Guest rooms are bathed in romantic florals, jacquards, and toiles, and filled with fine antiques and original art. So even if a trip to Dordogne isn't on your itinerary, you can still experience the French-country style. Overall, the space is cozy and homey, almost like you're visiting a chic grand-mère of a friend a train ride away. In reality, it's located in the fashionable St. Germain-des-Prés district, just a few blocks from La Seine river and an extensive collection of Impressionist art in the Musée d'Orsay, so there's much to see and explore nearby. And after a long day of sightseeing and eating crêpes, you can kick back in the hotel's stone-walled lounge, gaze at antique artwork and mirrors in ornate gold frames, and sip on un kir. Rates start at $356 per night. See photos when you read more
You may not know your Left Bank from your Right Bank, or have ever stepped foot on French soil, but you've probably heard of Colette, the fashion and design temple of Paris. The preeminent concept boutique hails art-loving hipsters from near and far, and regularly organizes exhibitions with both up-and-coming and established artists — including my beloved interiors photographer Todd Selby. Colette's latest exposition is MeWeCycle, a project curated by Karta Healy featuring a collection of designers’ work, based on their love of the bicycle and creative recycling. Some of the most innovative designers around have created furnishings, lighting, clothing, accessories, and design objects for the shop all from recycled materials.
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Kellyn009 has taken her love for Paris and injected it all into a fabulously chic outfit. Her inspiration? This model who's been snapped on the streets of Paris by none other than garance doré. I would wear this entire outfit in a heartbeat. The girlishness of the scallop skirt is tamed by the loose striped tee, then fancied up with metallic sandals, only to be brought down to earth via a purple cross body bag. And the colors she fused? Fun without being obnoxious. Fabouleux!
You adored Anja Rubik in her sequined minis, so it's my Fab duty to show you more. Check out the blond bombshell having silly fun in front of the Eiffel Tower for Vogue Paris's June/July issue. Oh to wear skates and roll around in the middle of Paris! As if Anja wasn't enough, another blond stunner, Natasha Poly, also stars in this magical editorial, styled by Emmanuelle Alt. This dynamic duo has paved the way for how I want to experience the City of Lights — wearing dazzling clothes, causing a ruckus, and all the while looking effortless. Et voila!
BellaSugar recently came back from Paris (grrrr!) and kept seeing pro-Obama stuff everywhere — teens wearing Obama t-shirts, Obama graffiti, and in this hilarious poster at a French pizza place, a little reverie on Obama ordering pizza for himself, Michelle, and the kids. (Oh, yeah, and for Joe Biden, too!) You see him on the phone asking, "Can you make me six pizzas?" The response from the other line, naturally: "Yes we can!"
DoItInParis.com is all about living your (faux) Parisian life to the fullest. This site covers everything you need to know about the fashion capital including where to go, what to eat, and most importantly, what to wear. I'm taking a trip to Paris this Summer (yay!), so you know I'll be taking advantage of this site. Even if you don't plan on visiting Paris soon, it's still fun to pretend . . .
The Yves Saint Laurent auction--the largest private art auction in history--raised a total of $484.6M, singlehandedly putting Paris back in the center of the art world.
Lissie Trullie, the New York it-girl who is in more look books than we can count this season, is also starring in Moises de la Renta's look book.
The New York Times' Cintra Wilson reviewed Bird's new Brooklyn outpost and her comments are, well, specific.