Yesterday I celebrated my 30-something Birthday in Paris…alone no less. Seriously, who celebrates anything alone in Paris?? I was a little anxious about the whole thing. While I was excited to be here for my birthday as I knew it would be a memorable one, it is a bit strange celebrating by one’s self. I decided to make the most of it and focus my day around a few of my favorite things: brunch, champagne, Colette, window shopping, art, interior design, more champagne, architecture, fashion, good food and good music.
I did a whirlwind tour through the Louvre. This is unheard of by the way. But I was on a schedule. Normally, it would take me all day to go through a museum of that size as I like to take every single piece in. This time I felt like I was in a speed racing obstacle course bobbing and weaving through thousands of tourists.
I ended up there on a Sunday-when it happens to be free-so EVERY person visiting Paris was there. Somehow I made it through without much damage. The one thing I had going for me is that I wasn’t all that interested in seeing the pieces the museum pointed out on the information sheet as “THE” objets d’art. This was great because while everyone else was over trying to get a shot of the 6×6 Mona Lisa(its really small), I was in the other room getting inspiration from random pieces that the average dum-dums’s didn’t give a hoot about. Here are a few shots of my favorites. I only made it through about 1/4 of the place , so the subjects are limited.
I loved how all the sculptures represented the strength of the human spirit. They all had their arms in the air pronouncing something of importance or feel.
There was something so sad about this woman that made her so beautiful. Maybe because she lost her nose?
Thought this was a pretty amazing and powerful chair. It was from the Vatican. It seemed very modern to me and I could picture it made of leucite or a red lacquer and be in a modern Hotel.
The delicate nature of this sculpture in proportion to its size was beautiful. As most of the other sculptures were very thick and powerful (Aphrodite for instance), this one had so much feminine emotion to it.
This painting was enormous, took up an entire huge wall. It sat across from the Mona Lisa so was getting more attention. The magnitude, color and detail was unbelievable.
Loved the soft nature of this painting and woman. The feel of it reminded me of several Fashion shows I have seen this season. The luxe colors, the feathers, the head scarf, and the textures are all reminiscent of a luxe gypsy feel.
This woman also held a feeling that i have seen for Fall 2010. The shape of the dress and hair, the embroidery on the dress and the jewelry. Feathers and opulence but with a bit of a darker feel.
I found this color palette so rich and beautiful. Again, colors I am seeing on the runway and around. Especially the center woman in the rust and orange-two colors that you will see paired with khaki and light pink this Spring for the Fashion forward ones and next spring in the contemporary/junior market. The shades for Spring will be a bit lighter in tone while for Fall they hold this richness. Check out Erdem's dark moody florals from their Fall show which are very in line with this palette. Balmain also used many rich brocade velvets in the rust and orange palette for a 70's Prince kind of feel.
This palette I loved as well. Reminded me of a collection I saw in the Maison Martin Margiela store the other day. Light pink, sage green, yellow, navy and khaki-look for it next Spring on the runways!
I loved this guy....I kind of think he was representing one of the first Gays back then. I mean look at this outfit and the feeling in his face. And I think he might have cut that guy's head off because he wouldn't go out with him :)
This is a Parisian woman who I thought was so chic and exuded all that Paris is all about. I'm sure women looked up to her just like I have been to the Chic set around here. This woman was an original.
These lovely pieces were off in a closed off room by themselves. I found myself feeling bad for them, that they weren't getting the attention and admiration they deserved. So I decided to take a picture of all of them so I could share their hidden beauty with you. Its my Night at the Museum piece.
As I mentioned before, I didn’t have much time so I had to edit my levels and rooms. The one area I wanted to make sure I got to was the African and Early Americas section. I have been so inspired lately by early tribal jewelry, masks, African prints and beading. I know to some it might seem very one note, but lately I’ve seen it re-invented in a very modern way. And I have to say I have been seeing African statues, masks, etc used for decoration and interior design in several high-end boutiques in both Paris and London.
I visited Dover Street Market in London (which is amazing by the way) and they had a section that was strictly dedicated to tribal, Native American artisan work. They had masks and statues on shelves and beaded everything, mannequins with feather headdresses, beautiful woven pillows and hand-dyed African printed tunics. They also had huge tribal necklaces.
Was a very interesting statement in the middle of modern Dries Van Noten, Celine, Junya Watanabe, Ann Demeulemeester, Maison Martin Margiela, etc.
The Catherine Malandrino store in St Germain had a beautiful African inspired display in its windows. Unfortunately they wouldn’t allow me to take any pictures. However, I can tell you that she had African masks and beaded heads paired with her beaded bags and jewelry and also with luxe items of gold and feathers, etc. The dark green feathers we see on the runways are all very tribal inspired. I saw this girl outside of a show in the Marais, I loved the combo of the bright turban with the African beaded headpiece. Loved it.
I’m totally feeling the African vibe!!!! Just look on the Spring runways, Dries Van Noten did mixed African prints, and check out a new line called Suno that only uses African prints for their Chic collection.
This designer, Harry Halim, I saw in Paris and his collection was very tribal warrior inspired. Check out the jewelry.
Here are some pictures of pieces I was drawn to in the Louvre.
There was something about this piece that was so oppressive. The heavy metal, the chains, and the symbols of oppression on the hat were all very powerful. I've seen a lot of metal work, but nothing quite like this piece.
I picture pieces like this in someone's home or in a really cool retail store. I see them in a dark, luxe Bohemian Parisian apartment in the Marais.
I loved this kooky guy, real teeth and eyes made of shell, he would be amazing in any setting. Picture him with an all white modern setting..with several neutral woven rugs, white Mongolian throws and pillows on a white baroque sofa..
The linear shape, the purple color and the sad look in this guy's face all drew me in
i feel like Jonathan Adler would have gotten inspiration from this piece. The rivets in his hair and the shape of his brow really reminds me of his pottery.