3 March 2012

The Paris Appointment

Carnival celebrating Colette’s 15-year anniversary
Jean-Paul Belmondo and Jean Seberg in “A Bout de Souffle”
The brand-new W Hotel, Paris
Artwork by Raqib Shaw

PARIS: The fashionistas have arrived. But for those who are both well-heeled and culturally curious, there is more to life than The Shows alone. Here is a short list of my favorite things to enjoy during a weekend.

Visit the “Louis Vuitton - Marc Jacobs” exhibition at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, which opens to the public on March 9. The exhibition puts Vuitton (the man, not the brand) head to head with the current man of the house, highlighting their respective approaches to luxury. Jacobs has already made assurances that the show will anything but “boring.” And judging from the twice-seasonal production that is the Louis Vuitton show, we have no reason not to take his word on that.

OTHER MUST-SEES:

- In the Indian artist Raqib Shaw’s first solo show, “Of Beasts and Super-Beasts,” at Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac (7 rue Debelleyme), rogue creatures flaunt their furious behavior within the setting of early-19th-century Empire-style opulence.

- Have a drink at the brand-new W Hotel, which opens its Haussmannian-hinged doors on Feb 29 in the Ninth Arrondissement. The hotel restaurant is presided over by the Michelin-starred chef Sergi Arola and features a “Pica Pica” shared-plates culinary concept.

- Colette is organizing a real carnival to celebrate its 15-year anniversary under an enormous tent in the Jardin des Tuileries. The two-day, all-day, open-to-the-public bonanza gathers artists and designers (Carven, Kitsuné, Tatty Devine, Petit Bateau, Repetto, Olympia Le-Tan and tons more) for hula hoop contests, craft workshops, three-on-three basketball tournaments, dance lessons for kids, photo booths, a “cinéma éphémère,” customizable wares and cotton candy macarons exclusively whipped up for Colette by Ladurée.

-The photographer Raymond Cauchetier worked behind the scenes of the Nouvelle Vague. (He snapped that iconic image of Jean-Paul Belmondo and Jean Seberg strolling down the Champs-Élysées on the set of “A Bout de Souffle.”) He was also a wartime photojournalist in Cambodia, and those photos are as haunting as his cinematic photos are insouciant. His work is on view at Polka Gallery, 12 rue Saint Gilles, in the Third Arrondissement, through March 3.

Illustation by Greta
Marc Jacobs at the Musée des Arts Decoratifs

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