At quai Branly, twenty years of collecting with Jacques Chirac

If you have never been to Musée du Quai Branly Jacques-Chirac, the museum conceived and wanted by the President of France from May 17, 1995 to May 16, 2007, now is the time to go and celebrate “twenty years of acquisitions”. President Chirac died last Thursday, September 26, and the museum designed by Jean Nouvel near the Eiffel Tower, is … Read More

Pierre Yovanovitch, the Book!

It was the first book signing of the Rentrée and at Galignani’s, Danielle Cillien-Sabatier, the grande Prêtresse of the bilingual bookstore, was in full steam. Interior architect, designer and art collector Pierre Yovanovitch was chatting to all his friends while dedicating a superb 365 page album of his work, published by Rizzoli in English and in French. Everyone was glamorous, tanned … Read More

Yes it’s open in August!

Paris is wonderful in August because you park everywhere and everyone is smiling at you. Except when you look for a post office, like I did this morning, and you realize they are all closed until 1pm!!! While walking on rue des Archives, I ran into a wonderful store, La Garçonnière, at the corner of rue Braque where Thérèse Delpech, … Read More

Alaïa and Schnabel, a winning combination!

Since he abruptly died in 2017,  Azzedine Alaïa has been remembered vividly thanks to his exhibition space on rue de la Verrerie in the Marais. The fourth celebratory exhibition curated by Olivier Saillard, “The Tati collection”, is an amazing testimony to the couturier’s talent. With a simple cotton cloth he managed to design couture clothes. The red, blue and black … Read More

Pays Basque is celebrated through its dance costumes

The Basque country, which goes across borders over the Pyrénées, from Bayonne to Bilbao, has always fascinated ethnologists and this new book on its traditional dance costumes conceived by Serge Gleizes, is a little gem. Largely due to the talent of photographer Véronique Mati. If you have ever been curious about provincial French costumes, this is a series of photographs … Read More

“Back Side”, a fashion show at Musée Bourdelle

Musée Bourdelle,  in Montparnasse, is one of the hidden treasures of Paris. Its director, Amélie Simier, runs it with enthusiasm and has clever initiatives for its twice a year shows. One of which is to have joined forces with Palais Galliera (under renovations at the moment) to exhibit part of their fashion collections in the monumental sculpture halls. This summer, … Read More

Taher Chemirik, a sculptor of rings

Taher Chemirik was born in Relizane, south east of Oran, Algeria. He came to Paris in 1977 to study at Ecole des Arts Décoratifs and soon worked on costumes and decors for the Paris Opera, then as a designer for Ralph Lauren. But as soon as he discovered jewelry, he concentrated on this new art as well as on sculpture … Read More

At la Comédie Française, the best fashion show in town

What a great surprise it was to see Bertold Brecht’s “Galileo” at the Comédie Française. I don’t usually speak about French only shows in these columns but the play is so spectacular that I had to mention it to you. The direction is by Eric Ruf, administrator of the theatre, the fabulous costumes by Christian Lacroix and the lighting by … Read More