Evening gown La Diva, winter 1935, Midnight blue velvet with silver metal sequin embroidery. ©Katerina Jebb
When I walked into the new exhibition of Lanvin dresses at Palais Galliera this morning, Anna Wintour was being taken around by Alber Elbaz, the current Lanvin designer and co- curator of the show, with Olivier Saillard, who runs the Museum of Fashion. It was clever of course to open this retrospective of 90 dresses by the Grande dame de la mode of the 1920’s on the first day of fashion week.
The ceramic tiles are from Sarreguemines
You better book at Le Clown bar, because, even for lunch, the ten tables are constantly full. With my elegant girlfriend straight out of the posh seventh arrondissement, we were slightly looked down at as the « Bourgeoises trying to have fun with younger people ». And the first waitress we had, did not hide her displeasure at taking our order. Or rather she made a point not to take our order for a good fifteen minutes. But we had enough gossips to exchange, to not bother too much.
The bar at Lazare and the recipe for Paris-Deauville dessert on the slated wall
Gare Saint Lazare is traditionally the station in Paris that leads to Normandy and Marcel Proust took the train there to Cabourg. Nowadays, it leads to Giverny for a day at Monet’s gardens or to St Germain, to see the wonderful Maurice Denis museum. But you can also stay in Paris and enjoy the ambiance at Lazare, the one year old brasserie, which I love going to with a girlfriend after a good movie near the opera.
Portrait of Charles de la Fosse by André Bouys
We were so early at Versailles for the opening of Charles de La Fosse’s first ever exhibition, that we decided to indulge in a couple of mojitos at D’Paris, the closest bar to the Cour d‘honneur, on the right hand side of the palace. The atmosphere there at 6 pm, is so different to that of the Château, that we were enchanted, my friend and I, to discover a naughty side to the city.
" Art from the colonies" made of thousands of beetle wing sheathes on wood, at Galerie Templon
Daniel Templon has been around for a long time, almost fifty years actually, and he has never stopped surprising us. In the 70’s he was smart enough to open rue Beaubourg across the street from the brand new Pompidou Center, and he immediately became the “it gallerist”. In the 80’s, he was Leo Castelli’s champion in France, exhibiting all the American artists that were still unknown here.
Issey Miyake, a very chic immigrant
From Musée des Colonies, to Museum of African art, to Musée de l’Histoire de l’Immigration ! Political correctness has won in this beautiful 1930’s building located near Porte Dorée, East of Paris. It has the most impressive hall with mosaics on the wall and a beautifully crafted wooden floor. The building was conceived for Exposition Coloniale of 1931 and it is flamboyant but far from the center of Paris so it doesn’t attract as many visitors as it should.
13. Van Laer-autoportrait avec scène de magie
With just 70 paintings of the Seicenti in Rome, the clever and dynamic director of le Petit Palais, Christophe Leribault, has managed to take over the Paris exhibition scene. And for this successful adventure he hired Pier Luigi Pizzi, whom we are most accustomed to seeing on opera stages. The result is spectacular.
Gradelle, a new restaurant made to look 19 th century
You will not find any fish at Gradelle, a new restaurant opened last fall by Stéphane and Antoni who met while working at the Plaza. The weird name comes from the butcher in « Le ventre de Paris » by Emile Zola and the decor all made to look 1870, is like a stage set. Chef Jonathan Hamel used to work with Guy Savoy…