PARIS (Reuters) – Billowing sails of glass join the Eiffel Tower and the Sacre Coeur as permanent fixtures of the Paris skyline this month, when the new Fondation Louis Vuitton contemporary art museum designed by Frank Gehry opens to the public.
Thirteen years in the making, the museum is the brainchild of Bernard Arnault, the chief executive and founder of LVMH. France’s richest man envisioned a bold new piece of architecture in the capital that would tie the world’s largest luxury group with the cutting edge of art and design.
PARIS (Reuters) – Pablo Picasso once boasted: “Give me a museum and I’ll fill it.”
That wager has been frustrated in Paris for five years, however, as repeated delays, infighting and controversy have marked the renovation of one of the world’s largest collections of one of the 20th century’s most influential artists.
PARIS, Sept 30 (Reuters) – Life is fine on Boulevard Chanel,
the street facade created by designer Karl Lagerfeld for his
ready-to-wear show on Tuesday, where leggy models in expensive
outfits staged a faux demonstration as part of the spectacle.
Lagerfeld’s commentary on the French proclivity for protests
drew howls of laughter from the fashionable crowd gathered
inside the Grand Palais who were surrounded on four sides by an
immense backdrop of a chic Paris block.
PARIS, Sept 29 (Reuters) – Oblong cut-outs, oversized
buckles and a utilitarian aesthetic were the defining features
of Stella McCartney’s 2015 summer collection in Paris on Monday.
The British designer’s pledge to offer clothes with
“effortless movement and a fluid silhouette,” translated into
drop-waist sailor trousers, jumpsuits in airy parachute silk and
dresses that fell to mid-shin.
PARIS, Sept 27 (Reuters) – Bouffant wigs and white boots,
French sailor stripes, a silver sequin staircase and a disco
beat kicked off Jean Paul Gaultier’s au revoir to the world of
ready-to-wear in Paris on Saturday, and that was just the
The enfant terrible of French fashion gave jaded
fashionistas a jolt of fun during what he said would his last
pret-a-porter show, and, never one to be shy, he pulled out all
PARIS, Sept 26 (Reuters) – An enormous mirrored cube inside
the courtyard of the Louvre museum greeted guests to the Dior
fashion show on Friday, providing a glittery reflection of the
surrounding Renaissance walls constructed by King Francis I.
The clash between the ultra modern and the old-world
monarchy appeared to be precisely what Dior creative director
Raf Simons was intending in his Spring/Summer 2015 ready-to-wear
collection, which incorporated a time travel theme.
PARIS (Reuters) – Leave it to Alber Elbaz, creative director of Lanvin, to pull off a Paris Fashion Week show on Thursday that retained all its elegance and class even with Kim Kardashian and Kanye West in the front row.
Popcorn and champagne distracted the audience for a time before the reason for show’s delayed start became apparent: the ubiquitous Hollywood couple swooped in 40 minutes late, eliciting boos from the standing photographers.
PARIS (Reuters) – A Paris push to rid the city of the thousands of “love locks” weighing down its bridges is being thwarted by tourists’ relentless romance.
For years, visiting couples have hung brass padlocks on the iron grills lining the city’s bridges to symbolize their undying love – they write their names on the locks, then toss the key into the Seine below.
PARIS (Reuters) – Likes: playing hide and seek in the bathtub, dining on wet food in sauce, flicking pencils from the desk onto the floor.
Dislikes: opera, room sprays, flight take-offs.
Such are the fancies and ennuis of Choupette, the most famous cat in fashion owned by Chanel designer Karl Lagerfeld, according to the new book “Choupette – the Enchanted Life of a Fashion Cat”.
PARIS (Reuters) – It was vintage Nicolas Sarkozy: offering to restore France’s battered world standing in a comeback announcement filled with drama and brusque energy that delights some French and repels others.
Pledging to reshape French politics for the 21st century and overcome internal divisions in a country acutely aware of having lost its past grandeur, the 59-year-old conservative set the wheels in motion for a contentious return to politics.