Balenciaga meets up with Bourdelle

  Musée Bourdelle is a very special little museum hidden away behind Gare Montparnasse and the monumental sculptures it shows could be a little daunting if some lighter beauties did not come to keep them company. After a magistral Madame Grès show four years ago, Cristobal Balenciaga (1895-1972) is the new guest. «L’œuvre au noir », a collection of 110 black … Read More

Maison Dauphin, a jeweller to watch

There is an interesting will of construction and architecture in the new line of jewelry called « Volume » designed by Charlotte Dauphin de la Rochefoucauld for her three year old company Maison Dauphin. This young woman, who is based in London with her family, was trained in communications and art history and you can see that her mind is very … Read More

Mariano Fortuny y Madrazo, a universal genius

When as a young student in Madrid, Guillermo de Osma discovered Mariano Fortuny’s etchings in the Calcographia Nacional, he had no idea there had never been anything written on this Spanish genius of fashion and design who died in Venice in 1949. The “magician”, the “alchemist”, the “Renaissance man” as he was often called, remains a mystery to his biographers … Read More

Turmoil in London’s museums

  The Victoria and Albert museum is a permanent showcase of exhuberance and diversity and I was  once again happily surprised by the three shows I saw last week end in London. Not only has the 19 th century decorative arts museum hired a new director, the 42 year old historian Tristram Hunt, who, angry at Brexit, left his labour … Read More

Double bill in Rueil Malmaison

There is something magical about the two exhibitions taking place at Atelier Grognard, in Rueil Malmaison at the moment. The first one is dedicated to Parisian suburbs painted by Corot, Vlaminck, Marquet or Harpignies… in the 19 th century. The second one, a few hundred yards away, at Château de Malmaison, shows a collection of the Empress Joséphine’s fabulous court … Read More

Marie Hélène de Taillac transforms cristal into precious stones

Jewelry designer Marie Hélène de Taillac has been working in Jaipur for over twenty years developing her line of jewelry in her own shops in Paris, New York and Tokyo. It seemed natural that Baccarat, the famous cristal manufacturer from Lorraine, would invite her to create a new line of contemporary necklaces and rings for the young generations.

Vivienne Westwood in Paris… at last

We have been waiting for her for forty years and she has settled in Paris at last. After Paul Smith who is one of my favorite eccentric English designer, Vivienne Westwood, queen of the 70’s London style, asked architect Philippe Jolivald, and designer Simona Franci to create a decor of resin, stainless steel and plated wood. It is  warm and … Read More

“Autonomy” fair at la Villette

Driving to the Grande Halle de la Villette at rush hour is really a pilgrimage and I only went out of curiosity for what Maureen Houel, the organiser, told me was a young generation’s fair. And I am glad I did, because Autonomy,  this show of city transportation was enlightening as to what 20-40 years old are up to, these … Read More