Category Archives: Paris Fashion Week

Fresh Eyes On Paris

My mom has returned to visit and this time she brought my niece, who is fifteen years old and making her first trip out of the country. It has been such fun seeing Paris through her eyes. I hope she never forgets this trip with her grandmother and her aunt and uncle. I am already planning to visit her when she does her junior semester here in six or so years!

The day they arrived we walked down to the Grand Palais to see if there were any interesting “fashion types” entering the building for the Shiatzy Chen fashion show.

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Yep, there were a few.

The next day we spent the morning close to home, shopping at the Wilson market, and enjoying the fashion museum and the Museum of Modern Art. The fashion museum is featuring the French designer Lanvin in a new exhibit that is absolutely wonderful. Don’t miss it if you are in the neighborhood.

I can't resist taking pictures of these gorgeous color blasts.

I can’t resist taking pictures of these gorgeous Delaunay color blasts at the Modern Art Museum.

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Can you see the river sparkling out there?

 

In addition to a stellar collection of art, the Paris Museum of Modern Art also boasts a pretty fabulous view of the Eiffel Tower.

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That afternoon the sky was so blue that we had no choice but to walk around Montmartre.

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my mama and my niece

my mama and my niece

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We were pretty tired at the end of the day, but not too tired to take a bus five stops to Le Bon Georges, where we were greeted warmly and fed a tasty meal, indeed.

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melt in your mouth sole meuniere

melt in your mouth sole meuniere

And then we went home and fell into bed.

The End.

 

 

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Hello Real Life

My biggest blog fan (who also happens to be married to me) has been shaming me about not posting since I left Paris several weeks ago.  I have had to remind him that after enjoying Paris for 10 days, and then flying almost directly to Cancun for my daughter’s spring break for 5 days, I have been a little preoccupied with re-entry into Real Life.  However, on this gorgeous spring day in Houston I am finally spending some quality time alone with my computer, and with any luck at all there will be a new post waiting for him the next time he checks.  Sheesh- I’m glad the rest of you don’t start nagging me when my blog is quiet!

Here are some random street pictures from Paris.

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This was a fabulous Haute Couture exhibit at the Hotel de Ville.

This was a fabulous Haute Couture exhibit at the Hotel de Ville.

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One last Fashion Week diva

One last Fashion Week diva

On the last Friday night of my visit I surprised Mark with a dinner reservation at a restaurant with an amazing view of the Eiffel Tower.  The restaurant, 180, is open only temporarily at the top of the Pullman Hotel, and offered an up-close and personal view of Madame Eiffel.  She was looking pretty good that night.

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Can you imagine living in one of these apartments this close to the Eiffel Tower?

Can you imagine living in one of these apartments this close to the Eiffel Tower?

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our table

That was the perfect way to toast a wonderful visit to Paris.  We walked home and took this parting shot.  I never get tired of the Eiffel Tower.  Do you?

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Stay tuned for more Paris, mes amis!

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Checking In With Hermes

After the Roger Vivier party, my friend and I lingered on Rue Saint-Honore, which had a heightened vibe that night.  I think it was because it was Fashion Week , and more beautifully dressed people were out and about after dark than usual on a week night.

I know you all like to see how the Hermes windows are dressed, and I was happy to be right there to get these pictures for you.  The windows seemed a bit more simple than usual (for Hermes), with a gorgeous silk scarf hung as a backdrop and assorted Hermes treasures in the scarf colors scattered throughout the window.

The largest and most impressive window features a winged motorcycle!

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So gorgeous.  So luxe.  So Over The Top!  I do  love Hermes windows.

Thank you for shopping at Hermes and please come back.

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A Night of Champagne and Shoes

When my friend Mary Kay (Out And About In Paris) and I were trying to schedule a time to get together during my week in Paris, she suggested lunch or coffee one day, and then mentioned that she also had an invitation to an evening cocktail party at the shoe boutique of Roger Vivier on Rue Saint- Honore.  Not being a fashion maven, I had no clue who Roger Vivier was, but I do know a few things about cocktails and shoes, and I quickly jumped on that invitation before she had time to reconsider.  Mama didn’t raise no fool.

We began our evening at the lovely Mandarin Oriental Hotel, also on Rue Saint- Honore, which was promoting its new “pop-up” champagne bar.  The bar is temporarily in the glass-enclosed courtyard of the hotel while its rooftop bar is undergoing renovation, and only serves champagne and champagne cocktails.  That was not a problem for us.  Like at all.

I ordered a peach bellini and Mary Kay tried a cocktail with honey in it.

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My bellini had little balls of peach goodness in it, and also was embellished with pretty gold flecks floating in the bubbles.

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Yes, the flecks were pretty, but they had an annoying way of sticking to my lips.  Just in case you were already thinking of adding gold flecks to your champagne offerings at home.  You might want to think again.

After our bubbly (sadly, we could only afford one each) we had a short walk down the oh so fashionable street to Roger Vivier, which was festooned with lovely white paper roses.

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This party was to celebrate the  publication of a lovely book, Roger Vivier, which goes on sale in April.  I’m sure the fact that the party coincided with Fashion Week was no accident.  I saw several faces that I had seen earlier that day at the fashion shows.

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I love things made from folded and cut-out paper, and the paper roses were only the beginning of the charming paper decorations at this party.

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So cute!

In addition to the paper decorations, the guests provided more eye-candy with their style and, of course, their shoes.  Oh, their shoes.

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But perhaps my favorite pair of shoes was worn by this woman, the gorgeous and much adored (in France) Ines de la Fressange.  A model and a designer and author of the widely popular Parisian Chic, Ines is also an ambassador for the Roger Vivier brand of shoes.  She is just as beautiful up close as she is on magazine covers.  And did I mention that she is 56?  Yeah.

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her shoes

her shoes

Yes, it was a very fun evening, and so different from the way I usually spend my nights in Paris (which may or may not involve pajamas and Apple TV by 8:00).  Once again I am thankful for the friendships I have made through blogging, including Mary Kay and the effervescent Sylvia of Finding Noon, who provided the magic ticket to the Roger Vivier soiree.  Merci, Sylvia!

And as always, I am thankful for my faithful readers!  Thanks for sticking around these parts.

P.S.- I forgot to mention that Catherine Deneuve was at the party before we got there!  I travel in such glamorous circles, don’t I?

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Fashion Week Paris

As you probably know, twice a year the fashion world gathers in Paris for Fashion Week.  Usually, I am aware it’s Fashion Week, and then I yawn and say, “wow- Fashion Week is over and I didn’t see any signs of it”.  But yesterday I decided to see what it was all about. Of course I didn’t have a coveted invitation to any of the fashion shows, so I stood outside the venues and looked for people who were famous, might be famous, or just wanted to be famous (there were lots of those).

First, I arrived at Trocadero at 9:30 in the morning, which was way early for the Sacai show which began at 11:00.  No, I have no idea who Sacai is, but it was the first show of the day with a publicized venue.  The Stella McCartney show (9:30) would have been better, but one had to have an invitation in order to know where the show was being held.  So there I was at Trocadero, which is just across from the Eiffel Tower, early on a cold morning.

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Very gradually, people in funky outfits began showing up.  Most had the white envelope required for admission; others were there just to be seen and to see who else showed up.

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Next I took the metro to the Grand Palais, where a crowd was already gathering for the 12:00 Leonard show.

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This woman was very popular with the photographers.

This woman was very popular with the photographers.

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I thought this woman looked very nice- and that bag!

I thought this woman looked very nice- and that bag!

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loved the matching Asian couple with the dots

loved the matching Asian couple with the dots

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The only sort-of famous people whom I half-way recognized were these two.

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With the help of friends, I now know that he is French designer Jean-Claude Jitrois and she is American actress Sarah Marshall.  Would any of you have known that?

I couldn’t have been that close to the Tuileries and not visited them, so I walked on down the Champs-Elysees to the gardens and ate a sandwich in the sun.

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Then I went home and rested my dogs for a half-hour before heading for Parc Monceau and later to a cocktail party with more fashionistas and one very famous and beautiful French woman.  But more on that later.

A bientôt!

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