Balance of power is definitely changing when high fashion migrates from its traditional capitals to East and Far East. Recent Chanel Resort collection was presented in Dubai and as well visible, the spirit of the collection is definitely close to Arab countries. No wonder, as United Arab Emirates or recently brought to prominence Qatar are markets that no fashion house can afford to neglect. I still haven’t formed my opinion, but for sure I will follow recent developments in the world of fashion, though my very own esthetics is still closer to Paris.
Paris is the capital of world fashion and offers many attractions and iconic spots for those, who love Parisian style, elegance, vibe and… exquisite chocolates! Here, a subjective selections of places related to the history of Haute Couture, French perfumery, entertainment and some divine sweet delights!
There are several Ladurée tea rooms in Paris (on Champs Elysées for example), so make sure to find your nearest and do not fail to visit, if only once! French toasts are quite divine and make for a very decadent breakfast, so if in the need for some “spoil me time”, this is exactly the place! As a take out, try delicious (and world famous) macaroons, you may get dizzy looking at all the colors, just don’t get discouraged by the long waiting line, they are well worth it.
Le Maison Guerlain. 68 Avenue des Champs-Élysées, Paris.
The iconic store of Guerlain, one of the most iconic french perfumers as well as one of the most renowned in the world, is definitely worth a visit, if not for a purchase, at least for the experience.
Chanel. 31 Rue Cambon, Paris.
This is the mecca of Haute Couture, one of the world most renowned addresses, the iconic flag ship Chanel store, where collections were presented by Mademoiselle herself, watching the show from the heights of famous mirrored staircase.
Dior. 30 Avenue Montaigne, Paris.
An iconic location associated with another great Couturier, Christian Dior. This is where the New Look was brought to life and for the first time presented to the world, the historical heart of the House of Dior.
Le Maison Angelina. 226 Rue de Rivoli, Paris.
Angelina is one of the most renowned tea rooms in Paris, elegant and sophisticated, making one feel like travels back in time are still possible, as it preserved an atmosphere of an old time glamour. It is not far from Louvre, so it is a perfect destination after visiting world famous art collection. Angelina offers a great selection of teas and coffees as well as sweet delights so tempting, that it is very hard to make a pick and select just one! For those with bigger appetite, there is a counter where one can purchase “to go”, not only cakes, but also teas, chocolates and other goods that make an excellent souvenirs.
Moulin Rouge. 82 Boulevard de Clichy, Paris.
Controversial and widely discussed cabaret all the way from its opening in 1889 and up till this day. Previously in the centre of attention for its loose morales and scandalous performances, currently for its commercial edge and Las Vegas nightclub esthetics. Whatever one may say about Moulin Rouge, it started a certain artistic movement, while being located at the notorious Montmartre, it was the centre of Parisian night life in the beginning of the XX Century, for these reason only it is worth a long subway ride.
There are not so many movies equally inspiring in terms of fashion as the “Blue Jasmine” by Woody Allen. I will not say a word about the plot, not to spoil it for those who haven’t seen it yet. What I would like to mention is wardrobe of leading female character played by Cate Blanchett.
The leading lady, Jasmine French, is a personification of upper class sophistication, with Hermés bag and Chanel jacket. Her style could be described as luxurious classic – understated, feminine and quite conservative. Although Jasmine is less than composed for a bigger part of the movie, her wardrobe speaks for itself and even in moments of worse turmoils, protects the one who wears it, creating an aura of distinction.
As expected from a Park Avenue princess, there is a good deal of great jewelry, most renowned accessorizes and a lot of bespoke brands, and even if at the end of the movie you wouldn’t like switching places with Jasmine, you would certainly like to snatch her wardrobe!
Leo was a zodiac sign of Mademoiselle Chanel and one of the motifs that are associated with the spirit of Chanel. Here, it is a centerpiece at a face of a watch from Mademoiselle Privé watch collection.
Karl Lagerfeld brought back Coco Chanel, with genial Geraldine Chaplin casted as Mademoiselle. I watched “The Return” movie last night and kept on thinking about it all through the day. Partially because of amazing costumes, their refined elegance and unbelievable jewelry, partially because of the plot, showing Chanel at her most vulnerable moments, feeling lonely and rejected, yet still true to her believes.
This short story is built around post war return of Chanel, who once again presents her collection, and for the first time in her career as couturier, doesn’t get the applause. However, the power of her conviction and drive to re-revolutionize fashion, standing against the New Look and male domination in the couture, is as always in her life unstoppable. Chanel, as decades before, is not afraid. She works hard, despite failure and bad publicity. In her own eyes she knows style and knows that her vision is the one. The rest is the history.
Starting a day from a cup of good coffee is one of my special treats when travelling, especially that local Starbucks was just around the corner from the hotel…
… lunch, on the other hand, required some more effort, but a thought about a savory Kaiserschmarrn at Rischart would make me walk from Maximilianstrasse up to Marienplatz…
… and since I so enjoy living in hotels, with a little help from Zara Home I decided to bring the comfort of a hotel room into my own bedroom…
… (not to mention some more window shopping at Chanel, Cartier and Hermés)
… but before saying goodnight, I enjoyed evenings in Munich, like here in Barista at Fünf Höfe.
All in all, I had a wonderful time and am looking forward to my next travel!