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The Most Elegant Hardware Store

There used to be a few more grands magasins (major department stores) in Paris than there are now. When I first visited long ago, there was even still the Trois Quartiers, a store by Madeleine. It has been through many metamorphoses since then but has never seemed to be commercially successful. There was also the […]

Sneak Peek at the Brand New Les Halles

A third incarnation of Les Halles is now ready to be unveiled – with a design somewhat implausibly known as the canopée des halles, and supposedly apeing a tropical rainforest. Ahead of the opening (scheduled for April 6), I was given a sneak preview. Conceived by architects Patrick Berger and Jacques Antiziutti, the green structure […]

Iris Brings Advanced Style to Paris

You know you’ve made it to the big time when Le Bon Marche dedicates an exhibition on the main floor and its window displays to you. Style doyenne and fashion superstar Iris Apfel, the toast of the town no matter where she goes, has landed after being absent from Paris for over 10 years. The […]

Paris Survival Kit

Because I am what my family calls the Queen of Guidebooks, I couldn’t resist this Paris Survival Kit I bought in a Paris museum recently. Isn’t it it cute? I bought it because of the genuine information I found in it, such as a few places to eat, work, or send visitors; also because it’s […]

The View from Here

It’s an insider secret that the rooftop of Printemps has some of the best views of Paris. The access to the roof via the escalators going up to the ninth floor is free and attached to the cafeteria. There are also benches to sit on to enjoy the view. I hadn’t been in years and […]

Go Go Gaultier

The phenomenal show that has wowed over a million visitors worldwide, “The Fashion World of Jean-Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk,” finally arrives in Paris with a special edition. One of the longest-enduring fashion icons, Jean-Paul Gaultier, the original bad boy of Paris fashion, the exhibition tracks his roaring success from haute couture […]

New Girls in Town

Many new gourmet shops have opened on rue des Martyrs in the 9th arrondissement; it seems as though a new one pops up every few weeks. I stumbled upon a most adorable pastry shop, Mesdemoiselles Madeleines. A recent trend in pastry shops in Paris is taking a classic pastry, such as éclairs and cream puffs, […]

Lanvin in the Limelight

Celebrating the oldest French fashion house still in existence, the Musee Palais Galliera has put together Jeanne Lanvin, the first full-scale exhibition of the designer. It has more than 100 garments from its own archives and from Lanvin. Alber Elbaz, the current artistic director of Lanvin, has worked closely the with museum to curate the […]

Fashionable After All These Years

Pierre Cardin, one of the most prolific fashion designers of the 20th century and the first designer to mass market his name and products, is still going strong at age 92. His latest project is a fashion museum in a former factory in the Marais. Last week at the museum I time traveled to the […]

Ready, Set, Soldes!

The annual winter sales start in Paris TODAY.  Now is the time to make your plan of attack or risk losing out on the best deals or your favorite pair of shoes.  To get started, take a look at what Amy Thomas had to say in her article on the Girls Guide to Paris site a while back. […]

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