Think Saint-Tropez and images of pristine sands, glamorous women and jet-setting billionaires come to mind. And this little town on the French Riviera more than lives it up to its reputation. If your idea of an idyllic summer getaway involves siestas by the sea, long, leisurely walks and impossibly chic French boutiques and cafes, then Saint-Tropez is the place to be. (image courtesy of Design Hotels) SHOP Atelier Rondini The...Read More
Paris has the Café Flore, Venice has Harry’s Bar, New York had the Stork Club. There are some places that just had that “je ne sais quoi“, a power to lure in the world’s most fascinating people where legendary conversations, untold flirtations and scandalous altercations took place at candlelit tables in the corner by the bar. (Photo above courtesy of Wandering in Wonder) In the hills above Nice, where the singing cicadas welcome bronzed...Read More
A copy of Julia Child’s “Mastering the Art of French Cooking”, dog-eared, heavily scribbled in with my mother’s notes and covered with her gravy stains, will one day be passed on to me as a family heirloom. I didn’t know it then, but my childhood in Provence probably wouldn’t have tasted the same if it wasn’t for Julia Child, who helped my American mother in mastering the art of French cooking as she endlessly fought...Read More
Indagare founder Melissa Biggs Bradley returns from Paris with a host of discoveries, from a new boutique hotel on the Left Bank to a glamorous restaurant in a six-story townhouse. Here are some of her favorite finds from spring 2016 and her tips for shopping with a teen in the très chic city. 1. Le Saint After more than a year of renovation, three charming boutique hotels have been merged into...Read More
The exchange of cultures is a constant Shop Latitude inspiration. We have been known to mix our wears, whether they originate from Mexico, Hong Kong or France. We seek out designers that embody this cross-cultural blend and Oumaima Tamarzizt is one of those. Beginning her journey in her home country of Tunisia, the jewelry designer now lives in Paris where she designs her namesake collection. For inspiration, she draws upon...Read More
Rymn Massand and Cristina Sanz are two chic women on a mission to bring everyday luxury into every woman?s life. These two savvy friends share a background in art, fashion, publishing, and now design with the creation of a bold collection of cuffs called The Middle. Every piece in the Middle collection is handcrafted by artisans using only the finest skins and most sophisticated hardware. These are now and forever...Read More
Lynn Yaeger spends most of her weekends scouring the stalls of the Chelsea flea market. If you don?t find her there, then chances are she?s out of town, shopping for antique treasures some place else. Which is why, bright and early on a Sunday morning in Paris, the Vogue contributing editor gathered friends for breakfast at a cafe that?s stumbling distance from the Portes de Vanves flea market.
Photographed by Elizabeth Lippman
The invitation read 8:30 a.m. sharp and most of the guests arrived by 8:45 a.m., including Marco Zanini from Rochas, jewelry designer Eddie Borgo, and Vogue editors Phyllis Posnick, Mark Holgate, and Hamish Bowles, who darted out the door before 9 a.m. to get a head start on the hunt. The excitement is high, but Carven?s Guillaume Henry might be the only person in the room who isn?t in a hurry. ?The first bag I designed for Carven was inspired by a piece I found at the flea,? he said. ?Since I live here, I?ll let the others go and fight over the best things first.? When Florence Welch arrives, there is barely enough time left to grab a cafe au lait and a freshly baked croissant.
As it happens, the British songstress (a.k.a. Florence and the Machine) is the first to sniff out a must-have French book that dates back to the 1920s with a red and gold motif that literally has her name all over it. ?The title means Florence and the Tuscan,? she says, running her finger along the spine. An old-fashioned romance perhaps? She buys the book and then, quite quickly, falls in love with a sparkly floral dress on the next stall over. It doesn?t take long for designer Erdem Moralioglu to find what he is looking for either: an out-of-print Picasso book he?s been trying to track down forever.
Yaeger, on the other hand, rarely buys on impulse. When we find her, she is perusing a table of superior, turn of the century broken dolls. At 160 euros, however, she deems them a little overpriced. ?To get a good deal, you have to act like you?re not interested,? she advises. Taking a couple of steps towards a new vendor, she throws a last nonchalant look over her shoulder. ?Monsieur, let me take another turn around the market to think on it.? It?s best, as always, to learn from the experts.
When Coco Chanel replaced the corset with the casual elegance of loose fit sailor tops and the suppleness of tweed, she set a tradition of effortless French elegance or French chic. Luxury, made comfortable. Sexy, but never vulgar. A style proven timeless by the flirty insouciance of today?s French actresses who mix simplicity with sophistication, defy convention and make expensive clothes look casual and cool. When Coco Chanel...Read More