I love Paris for so many different reasons; food being one of them of course. But i never pass up an opportunity to see an art expo at Le Grand Palais, my favourite museum. As there was a close friends birthday to be celebrated, we took the party to Paris.
|my survival kit: train tic, Paris Moleskine, |
motion sickness meds, fan,
water mist, metro tics, Paris Wallpaper and notepad
Jean Paul Gaultier, a living legend in French fashion, shared his most iconic and transcending pieces of the past 40 years . He explained his grandmother was an important influence in his design and his teddybear Nana, was his first model for his iconic underwear-outerwear. He is also the trendsetter of masculine-feminine fashion, think of Madonna in her music video "Vogue": those men suits combined with the pink undergarments, whaw...
I loved his reply to criticism of showing a skirt for men in '84: "a fabric has no sex, it is the interpretation we give it that makes it feminine or masculine." 3000 of the men skirt sold and mostly to straight men who rocked the garment.
We stopped by the "Americans Icons" expo as well, where a few contemporary pieces from the San Francisco museum were borrowed like Liechtenstein and Warhol. I loved the comment with the Warhol of Liz Taylor : "Once you become an icon, you are no longer a person; you become a commercial product and can be advertised the same as a can of soup"
After a stroll on Avenue Montaigne, we had lunch at l'Avenue. Known for where the beaux monde lunches and where the food is exquisite. I loved the super fresh smoked salmon and homemade blinis. My friend had the Peking duck and fries. Those tin fries, absolutely fab. We toasted with a glass of Billecart-Salmon Rose champagne.
We shopped at the grandes boutiques LaFayette and Printemps but were chased away by the many, many Asian tourists. To be honest, it felt more like being in a mall anywhere in the world rather than in a fine high-end parisian department store. It had been years since i had been and i don't think i will go back again. I prefer rive gauche and Faubourg St Honore shops showing a more unique collection and still have Parisian flair.
As the weather was sublime, we took a walk along the Seine from pont des invalides, through the tuilleries gardens and stopped on Faubourg St Honore at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel to cool down in their zen garden courtyard with a glass of Billecart-Salmon sous bois champagne; we loved the black truffle nuts.
A quick stop at Fauchon to pick up a few essentials such as madeleines and calissons. Also a chilled bottle of Billecart-Salmon brut for the train ride back. We picked up a Saint Honore a la rose from Laduree as birthday cake.
Before we got on the late, late train home, we had one more stop at Le Forum near place Madeleine for a cocktail: a Bellini for me and a dirty martini for my friend. It's a great cocktail bar stating clearly on the menu's first page they are not a wine, beer nor champagne bar. Fair enough.
It was a long but relaxing day in Paris, we had great food, saw beautiful art and admired the fashion. We enjoyed the sun and the beautiful Parisian architecture and each others company. We were exhausted but returned to Brussels with recharged batteries.
A bientôt Paris!