Belle in Balenciaga

This weekend in Paris was the 33rd edition of Journées Européenes du patrimoine (European Heritage Days), where sites open to the public across the capital included ministries, embassies and Hôtel Matignon, the official residence of the French Prime Minister.
Being a bit of a fashionista, I opted to visit the new head offices of French group Kering, which owns brands including Yves Saint Laurent, Gucci and Alexander McQueen.

Located at 40 rue de Sèvres in Paris’ 7th arrondissement, the new head offices of Kering and Balenciaga is the site of the former Hôpital Laennec and is classified as a ‘monument historique’.

In the chapel there was a contemporary art exhibition from the Pinault Collection, while in the Balenciaga showroom some iconic pieces from the fashion designer were on display.

We also got to peek at the office waiting area, which was as luxurious as you might expect.

All in all, a great visit that made me want to indulge in a bit of retail therapy-lucky then, that the Le Bon Marché department store is just up the road!





































Happy birthday Elle!

French fashion magazine Elle is celebrating 70 years and almost 3,700 issues with an exhibition on the Champs-élysées in Paris of some of its most amusing, emotional and iconic covers.
 Some 159 covers are on display, providing a retrospective of fashion across the decades. With cover stars including Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell sporting designs from the likes of Yves Saint Laurent, Chanel and Thierry Mugler, it’s a definite must-see for fans of fashion.


Jean Paul Gaultier at Paris’ Grand Palais

If anyone is in Paris between now and August 3, I highly recommend that you go and see the Jean Paul Gaultier exhibition at the Grand Palais.

The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk, has attracted over one million visitors on its world tour, and has already stopped at San Francisco, London and Melbourne, among other cities.

The exhibition features over 140 outfits created by the ‘enfant terrible’ of fashion, including his iconic marinière striped tops and his conical corsets made famous by Madonna.

Particularly noteworthy are the animated mannequins that blink and move their eyes. The one pictured below proclaims to be the ‘true’ Jean Paul Gaultier, and, among other things, chats to you about his inspiration, his muses, equality of the sexes and cougars (not the feline variety).

I guarantee that this exhibition will a) Make you wish you were rich enough to by haute-couture, and b) Make you want to buy stripes. A must see.