Friday, October 09, 2015

Chanel Spring 2016

On Tuesday I joined the gawpers outside Grand Palais for CHANEL 2016 Spring collection.
Franchement, I think it's far more fun to gawp at the FAB fashion parade of attendees, running the paparazzi gauntlet outside than to go in, grab a seat probably way in the back, wait and wait easily 45 minutes for the show to begin. Then crane your neck, hoping to see the show whizzing by in 10-15 minutes tops. You're head is spinning but you must pile out, feeling a bit crushed you weren't been invited to the elite soiree back stage. Of course if Chanel or any other fashion house should wish to send me an invite I will be there with bells on!!!
By the way Kaki green is the HOT color for Fall PBers! Long skirts too.
As always many Chanel addicts are over-dressed to the nines. This gal makes it works.
These two? Way OTT (over-the-top and trying too hard) IMHO, although def amusing and fashion is frivolous after all.
Front row A-listers like pajama-clad Vogue Grace Coddington and Colette owner Sarah Lerfel don't have to bother decking themselves out in multiple CCs.
Do you know hot, hot New Yorker, Leandre Medine's blog Man Repeller? (on far right) and maybe wearing a Chanel choker. I'm addicted. The tone is witty, irreverent observations of the fashion world, hugely followed and she's a mere 26. MR has won every prize in the book. 'In 2012, Medine was featured in Forbes's "Top 30 Under 30" as one of the year's "most influential trendsetters," while The Man Repeller was recognized in TIME's "25 Best Blogs of 2012", and received "Best Overall Blog" at the 2012 Bloglovin' Awards. In 2013, Medine was featured in Fast Company Magazine's "100 Most Creative People" issue.
Check out Leandra's take on all the copycat looks at the shows. She nails it.
Front row editor Giovanna Battaglia was wearing unmatched earrings (see above sketch) and her signature flower power prints.
Did I say Chanel 2016's theme was airport and Chanel Airlines. Security was très tight getting in and all the invites were faux airline tickets. Witty.
Inside a giant airport scene perfect for Grand Palais' enormous airy space.
A-Mazing hair! Pretty amazing zebra-striped coat. Is that a dead frog/zebra around her neck? And is it Chanel? Qui sait. As long as you're wearing black and white something or other you're IN.
More fabulous hair.
Love the gauzy black tutu skirt with Chanel tweedy black and white jacket.
The Asian attendees do Chanel right. Meticulous perfection every time. One woman was wearing Chanel pink sweater set with ropes and ropes of pearls over denim overalls. More pictures on FLICKR.
Simply gorgeous..oui?
Great hair and daring décolletage. Not sure if off-the-shoulder look is her creation or Karl's?
Attendees after the show with their goodie bags. Sometimes it's just a Signature bottle water, but me thinks not at Chanel.
I was aghast seeing how this woman tied her precious Chanel jacket casually round her waist till I got a look at the show shots. Copycat!
The Happy pants I would guess are Not Chanel. Her bag is though. Black and white suit on the right is hot hot hot.
Japan Vogue editor Anna Della Russo was wearing it so you know. Bet her undies have CCs on em. Note Chanel signature dish bag.
Where are the men you ask? This dreamboat is divine Brit violinist Charles Siem, the pro photographer nearby let me know. miam miam
Super top top architect/ designer Peter Marino in his usual garb - black leather with tatoos. Marino earned a degree in architecture from Cornell University, and apprenticed in New York City under I. M. Pei, George Nelson and Skidmore, Owings & Merrill. Andy Warhol was his mentor and early patron.
Top sound designer for Lagerfeld, Dior, Celine, Michel Gaubert. Check out his Instagram. Chanel is always the coup de grace (the finishing blow) of Paris Fashion Week. Now back to drawing sketch letters and Paris Maps! I'm en retard. But if you'd like some of the lovely Chanel perfume touches shown at the top, do (re-)subscribe s'il vous plait.
So how come I dont have these super nerdie red lunettes

Tuesday, October 06, 2015

The Flaneur Discovers Paris, a Step at a Time, Warhol exhibit, John Galliani show, Hermes Dans l'Oeil du Flaneur

You might have read/heard the French are mad for 'flaneuring' around. When people ask me what they should do during their 5 - 10 days in Paris, well there's nothing better you can do than flaneur.
Basically its aimless wandering around with no particular objective in mind. Is there a better town than Paris? Elaine Sciolino tackles the subject head on in, The Flaneur discovers Paris, a Step at a time. 'Paris is a comfortable city of visual delights, slightly smaller than the Bronx and much smaller than London, Berlin, Madrid or Rome. It can be walked from one end to the other in hours. Sliced by a river, with anchors like the Eiffel Tower and Sacré-Coeur, it is a hard place to get lost, at least for long'.
On Sunday I set out with good intentions to go to the pool. I was even wearing my bathing suit. Instead I flaneured over to the Bio marche on Raspail and ate a breakfast of oysters and nutty organic bread.
From there I  flaneured onto the Metro to wander through the new Warhol show at musee d'art modern?
I love his brilliant color blocks. His works are so familiar, its like having cream cheese on a New York bagel. Only quiche is available in the museum café by the way.
Directly across from the musee d'Art Moderne, at Palais de Tokyo, during Fashion Week, the new Spring 2016 collections are being shown. At 5 on Sunday was Galliano.
Paris fashion shows entail a certain amount of flaneuring both by attendees clutching their invitations, sashaying in with as much casual, effortless chic as they can muster.
And by observers and professional shooters, who aim for an air of casual interest and voyeurism without appearing overly rabid.
At the shows you wander aimlessly outside in circles mostly
Hoping to catch some interesting sights.
I got there too late for the A-list front row crowd.
But the B-listers still provide plenty of amusement as do the voyeurs.
US Pop singer Janelle Monae, wearing one of her signature capes. Usually attendees feel honor-bound to arrive wearing the designer's clothing from previous collections. Or if they're in the know, they show up in pieces from the current collection - a major coup.
Not a designer piece I loved this nutty MOSCHINO Windex iPhone case.
I managed to flaneur inside the professional press area at the Palais and snagged some miniature Angelina goodies for les presse.
After gawping at the fashion plates I ran over to Herme's special popup museum on just for Paris Fashion Week by the d'Orsay. Appropriately called,'Dans l'Oiel du Flaneur'.
A series of rooms to wander through full of sensory surprises.
And a bit like Alice falling down the Rabbit Hole.
Dream-like and whimsical.
Naturally throwing in a Hermes scarf or cane hither and thither
The exhibit was free and I guess your bulldog could flaneur in with you.
You may not think of Hermes as the most whimsical fashion house but in fact it is. I've collected 7 of their 9 small sketchbooks full of delightful drawings by illustrator Philippe Dumas. You can find them on Amazon and pas cher. With titles like L’Exotisme, Vivre la France, La Vie à l’air libre, Voyage en Extrême-Orient, La Mer, Le Cheval, Le Soleil and La Route - all evocative of horses or travel.
A couple of Frenchies on Sunday flaneuring over to the Pont d'Alma.

Saturday, October 03, 2015

Laundresses and Prostitutes

Two exhibitions it would behoove you to see together:
At the musee d'Orsay in the 7th arrondissement
And the laundresses at the musee d'Annees Trente in Boulogne are joined at the hip not just in time and content but by the line RER C, making it a fairly easy run from the d'Orsay to get to Boulogne.
Starting off with the laundress exhibition
This is quite an extensive show
I didn't know laundry was often washed on the rocks under bridges..I guess in case of inclement weather.

The laundresses seem to be having a pretty good time at it don't they?
Was it really the chatty party they show here?
The collection of laundry graphics are superb
Especially for all the bluing products.
Baptismal documents are included in the displays. Baptism gowns, wedding gowns, and shrouds had to be scrubbed and washed to bright white.
The city of Boulogne was the laundry center for the town f Paris.
Laundry works abounded and showed up in early films.
More wonderful graphics of the lovely laundresses
A favorite shot of the whites drying outside on the line in Boulogne.
This print could easily cross-over to the d'Orsay's Splendeurs et Miseres exhibit.
This dance hall could have been there as well. Mentioned in the d'Orsay wall panels, laundresses, shop girls and seamstresses could barely scrape by on their low wages and were often forced to supplement their income by taking to the streets or bordellos.
I missed the Press preview unfortunately so photos are limited but plenty of
Toulouse Lautrec's on the walls. There are many bordello scenes. And portraits of 'Les Grandes Horizontals' Exhibition walls are painted appropriately deep Burgundy red. Even a messy antique bed is displayed to get you in the right mood.
You'll find many fine Manet portraits, including his 'Odalesque', throughout the show.
A rather forlorn Manet café-sitter nursing her absinthe. By the way sitting alone in a café or leaning against a lamppost was a sure sign a woman was available. More info in Elaine Sciolino's story on the d'Orsay show in the NYTimes.
Loved the d'Orsay's absinth glasses(just 7,50€) and the ox blood red cafe cups(26€).
19th century top knots are all over Paris including Lanvin's Spring 2016 collection by the way. Put your hair up PBers. Don't bother looking in the mirror if you want the 'laundress/prostitute' look. For Gucci's 'nerdie-librarian' look add coke-bottle glasses and you're IN.