Flying through the New Whitney

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Benches and water installations flow all along the High Line where you can see Staten Island in the background

Design benches and water installations flow all along the High Line where you can see Staten Island in the background

Walking along the birch trees of the High Line from 14 th street at 10 am is very gratifying. The heat was such in the City on that summer morning, that everyone was looking for the shade side of the sidewalks and the coolness of the trees. The beauty of the benches, artwork and wooden floors of the High Line attracted tourists and New Yorkers all together. With its 5.5 million visitors a year,  it is now competition to the Metropolitan museum and the MoMa. And a natural pathway to the Whitney Museum downtown designed by Swiss architect Renzo Piano. After reading the illuminating article by Clifford A.Pearson in the May issue of Architectural Record, the most fun International architecture magazine, I could not resist doing this one day trip to NY in stifling heat.

Pine floors warm up the large white spaces often light with natural light.

Pine wood floors warm up the large white spaces often light with natural light.

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Balenciaga makes a come back in Calais

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Evening dress in Shantung and lace, 1958 and dress in tulle embroidered with silk flowers from Algiers, 1967, lent by Hubert de Givenchy

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!

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Tania is wearing a coat and dress in Marescot lace, 1963

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 with him until the end of his house in 1968, convinced the Cité de la dentelle et de la mode in Calais, to organize a show of his most significant lace and tulle dresses. This is a good excuse to discover a fairly obscure museum celebrating the city of Calais most famous industry. And the result is a moving plunge into the past glories of couture. And a nice way for the town where you enter the Channel Tunnel to escape from its new fame as the roaming immigrants’ unhappy city.Read More

A very special birthday at Glyndebourne

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Pasha Selim gives Konstanze second thoughts with his Mediterranean charm

Pasha Selim gives Konstanze second thoughts about her fiancé with his Mediterranean charm

Only someone as extravagant and talented as Yale graduate, Cambridge PHD, City star turned historian again, Theodora Zemek, could have pulled off a birthday party as brilliant and fun as it was. On the stage was « Die Entführung aus dem Serail » by Mozart directed by David Mc Vicar, and sung by a cast of International singers from Lithuania, Germany, Michigan, Sweden and Great Britain. Pasha Selim was acted by the very sexy French Franck Saurel, who turned most ladies heads.

The birthday girl with a cake in shape of a camel

The birthday girl with a cake in shape of a camel

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Woody does it again

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Parker Posey and Emma Stone both compete for Joaquin Phoenix’s body

In his new film ” The Irrational Man”, Woody Allen surprises us once more with the subtle violence he creates and the questioning of young girl/old man relationship. At 79, he has written yet another intimate movie, sharing parts of his own life on screen. This time in New England.Read More

Michael Woolworth, an American “Maître d’Art”

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Michael Woolworth still dresses as he were in Maine after 36 years  years in Paris

Michael Woolworth in front of his latest Jim Dine lithographs

When he came to Paris from Maine, on a year abroad in 1979, Michael Woolworth thought he would wait on tables and play around. A more important calling was awaiting him. He met a lithograph in the Marais, who needed an apprentice and became fascinated by this old technic of printing with engraved wood or stone.

Some of the printing machines date back to the 19 th century and are all mechanical

Some of the printing machines date back to the 19 th century and they are all mechanical

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At Centre Pompidou Metz, the world of Michel Leiris.

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“Clinamen” by Céleste Boursier-Mougenot, the artist representing France at the Venice biennale and who can also be seen at Palais de Tokyo

« It is through modern art that I discovered « art nègre » at 20, and eventually became an ethnologist » says, Michel Leiris (1901-1990).

Michel Leiris photographed by Man Ray, 1930

Michel Leiris photographed by Man Ray, 1930

who is the focus of an exhibition of 350 works at Centre Pompidou Metz. He is one of those extraodinary characters who wrote poetry, went on long expeditions from Dakar to Djibouti (1931-33) while he worked at Musée de l’Homme (for almost 50 years), and surrounded himself with the most interesting painters (Picasso, André Masson, Miro, Wilfredo Lam, Giacometti, Francis Bacon…) and writers (Max Jacob and Georges Bataille).

A writer himself, he published many books on Africa whose vaudou rites he studied, (l’Afrique fantôme) and Dogons and Ethiopians, but also an autobiographical work « l’Age d‘homme ». His wife Louise Leiris was the daughter of the Kahnweiller and ran an art gallery.

Fantastic architecture by Shigeru Ban

Centre Pompidou Metz has a fantastic architecture by Shigeru Ban

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Socks, socks, socks

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Vincent Metzger and Jacques Tiberghien created

Vincent Metzger and Jacques Tiberghien created

I recently mentioned to you 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. « » was started with Gammarelli socks from Rome. You know the famous purple and red socks that cardinals and bishops wear to match their robes. They are sometimes nicknamed the Pope’s socks even though they do not come in white, but in black cotton and silk. It used to be that you could only buy them in the Vatican and now, thanks to Vincent Metzger and Jacques Tiberghien, two brilliant young Parisians with guts, you can buy them on line for 20€.

Hunting socks from Mazarin sports

Hunting socks from Mazarin sport

D.D. socks, Mazarin (who used to cater only to French academicians) kids and sports (beautiful hunting socks for 70€), riding socks and even comfortable Bresciani padded golfing socks for ladies. I will never have to roam Paris shops again ! and for Christmas I am thinking of indulging in vicuna or cashmere socks.

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A Northern Siren’s designs

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Naja Utzon Popov with some of her sculptures

Naja Utzon Popov with some of her sculptures

At 40, Naja Utzon Popov has reached complete maturity in her art. The daughter of artist and designer Lin Utzon, and Russian Architect Alex Popov, she started in London a career of rug designer. Using her International upbringing, in Australia (where her grandfather designed the Sidney Opera), in Denmark and in Majorca, she is constantly inspired by water and nature. And not unlike her mother, she has talent in many medias.

Sculptures by Naja Utzon Popov

Sculptures by Naja Utzon Popov

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