Archive for October, 2009


When You Need an Ear

Recently I participated in a panel discussion at the British Ambassador’s home in Paris called Writers at the Residence to help raise money for the SOS Help Line. For those of you unfamiliar with SOS Help, it’s a confidential English-language listening line in France founded in 1974 by a group of American and British health professionals. It is […]

A Second Chance for Couturiers

Over the last 10 years, hundreds of French fashion artisans have been given the ax at venerable houses by number crunching executives sending production overseas. But one man’s trash is another man’s treasure…especially when centuries-old savoirfaire is heaped high in the bin! Taking advantage of luxury industry’s shortsighted greed and indifference towards its own heritage, Chavernet, a new Paris-based couture house, […]

Gator Bait

Fashion will consume you—window display I spotted on Avenue Montaigne last week.

The Salon of Books and Old Papers

Following the contemporary vibe of FIAC, we decided to head to the twice annual Salon du Livre et Papiers Ancien (books and old papers), in the rather dreary site of Porte de Champeret. (It goes til Nov. 4.) This salon is quintessentially French in a very old school way: picture little, slightly hunched, and red-nosed […]

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Virgin Vacations is offering travel packages from the U.S. to Paris to spend Thanksgiving. The travel deal starts at $749 and includes: Round trip air on available air carrier 6 nights hotel accommodations in Paris Continental breakfast daily Hotel taxes and service charges Mandated Fuel Surcharges.

Charr(m)ed Remains

In the wee morning hours of February 1st, 2008, a four-alarm fire ravaged the most ancient and atmospheric taxidermy shop in Paris. For those familiar with Deyrolle—a crowded cabinet of curiosities located in a multi-room apartment above street level—the news was creepy, if not totally surreal (imagine all those dead beasts having to go through it all […]

A Feast for the Eyes

Just one of the photographs that can be found along the banks of the Seine opposite the Musee Quai Branly between now and the middle of November. The exhibition, Photoquai, is the 2nd edition of an effort to share the work of photographers not well known to Europeans who come from South and Central America, […]

What Passes for Art

Starting yesterday and on through Sunday is the FIAC art fair. The Grand Palais plays host to the more blue chip galleries such as Gagosian, Galerie Lelong and Paula Cooper while the cour carre shows galleries that are more “edgy” with perhaps a younger age group of artists. I went to the opening at the […]

A Chic Secondhand Sale

Fabien Larchez, creator of accessories brand Meilleur Ami, has recruited friends from the fashion community in order to organize ROOMconnection. Having hit up various mode-immersed industry types (buyers, editors, models, etc.), he collected clothes that they no longer wear. On November 6th, you can take your pick of the selected items for sale during a […]

Fall in the Jardin

After seeing the Louis Comfort Tiffany exhibit, some friends and I strolled through the Luxembourg Gardens on a beautiful, crisp autumn day. The leaves had turned and surprisingly there were still colorful flowers surrounding the statues on the western side of the park. Someone cleverly dressed a statue in fall fauna and a small red rosebud. >more […]

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