Korea now!

It is France-Korea year and Paris is buzzing all over with this mysterious and so successful country. In music, golf and design, Koreans have made many of their names famous in the last ten years and so it seemed natural that Musée des Arts Décoratifs, dedicate two large spaces, la Grande Nef and Musée de la Mode to its artists … Read More

Balenciaga makes a come back in Calais

If you don’t know what to do in Calais after having driven under the Channel Tunnel, make an escape to the Cité de la dentelle et de la mode. You will feel immediately happy! Born in Spain, 120 years ago, Cristobal Balenciaga, remains one of the most celebrated XX th Century French, Haute couture designers. Hubert de Givenchy, who worked … Read More

Socks, socks, socks

I recently mentioned to you Fromages.com which is one of the most incredible websites I have ever visited, well there is another one which you might want to use this summer if you are going walking in the Alps or shooting grouse in Scotland. « Meschaussettesrouges.com » was started with Gammarelli socks from Rome. You know the famous purple and … Read More

A stroll on the left bank

  There is nothing I like more than having lunch in St Germain des Près (this time I returned to la Ferronerie on rue de la Chaise) and wander around for an hour in the bookstores and shops nearby. It is well known that since the Bon Marché became the trendiest food shop of the 7 th arrondissement, the rue … Read More

A Basque enclave near the Elysée

I was walking towards the Jockey Club where witty and entertaining Mickey Wolfson was giving a dinner party for a young couple of striking Byzantine scholars and I discovered that in the last two weeks, a new shop had opened in the spot of Jérome de Noirmont’s former gallery, at 38 ave Matignon. Two charming ladies, (hard to say who … Read More

The Tudors, a real fashion show

I have to admit it, I plunged back into Rebecca Fraser’s « A People’s History of Britain » (Chatto and Windus) in order to understand the dates and filiations of the Tudors. At a time when Shakespeare’s « Henry VI » (the play on the French and English king is directed by Thomas Jolly) is a hit at Ateliers Berthier in two 9 … Read More

Alexander McQueen takes a revenge

« London is where I was brought up, it’s where my heart is and where I get my inspiration » writes Alexander Mc Queen at the entrance of the exhibition of the V&A in London. I had seen the show previously at the Metropolitan Museum in 2011 but felt it would be more meaningful in London, and it was… The … Read More