Le Musée des Arts Décoratifs
Hussein Chalayan Exhibition
107 Rue de Rivoli, 75001, Paris
Whatever your plans for the next few weeks may be, cancel them now and book yourself a ticket to Paris as this exhibition is utterly unmissable. Whilst I’ve always appreciated that Chalayan is without a doubt one of the most influential and talented designers of our time, it wasn’t until seeing 17 years worth of his collections consolidated in this incredible exhibition that I truly fell in love with his work. The exhibition was a pretty large one, set over two perfectly laid out floors of the musée but it was one of thos experiences that is so fascinating you never want it to end. My favourite collection was without a doubt Chalayan’s SS07 spectacle, “One Hundred And Eleven”. For this momentous show the designer created a serious of hand-constructed mechanical dresses which, as parts moved, physically morphed from one era’s style to another. An incredible and undescribably beautiful feat of engineering and artistic talent, if for some reason you wont be able to make the exhibition between now and November 13th – although I can’t imagine how anything could be THAT important – make sure to YouTube this show!
Le Petit Palais
Avenue Winston Churchill, 75008, Paris
Le Petite Palais is one of the most aesthetically gorgeous museums I have ever visited and always seems to have the most incredible artistic works on display. Their current exhibition is an in-depth look at the work of Charlotte Perriand including everything from interior design to breathtaking photography. This exhibition runs until September 18th and whilst I wont suggest that you drop everything else to see Charlotte’s work, if you find yourself in Paris between now and then it’s well worth a visit.
Le Jardin du Luxembourg
Both during my 2 months in Paris last year, and trip this summer, I have been lucky enough to stay within a short walk of the beautiful Jardin du Luxembourg and subsequently spent a LOT of time there. It is without a doubt one of the most stunning places in the world and even puts some of my favourite London parks to shame. Clean, spacious and beautifully groomed as only the French know how with adorable cafes and restaurants dotted about and a surprising lack of fannypack toting tourists. Whether you go to play tennis or join the myriad of hot bodied morning joggers, listen to a band play on the weekend, enjoy a picnic or simply relax with a book, make sure to head over to for a visit as no Paris trip would be complete without experiencing the wonders of Les Jardin du Luxembourg.
Place Saint-Sulpice, 75006, Paris
Whilst Paris is simply bursting with wonderful old churches, grand buildings and other architectural gems, l’église de Saint Sulpice has to be my favourite. Not only is it absolutely exquisite in that elegant yet imposing fashion the French do so perfectly but the church also boasts a blissful lack of queueing, crowds and general hassle. Plus it’s mere steps away from Sandro and the many other boutiques and cafes of St Germain de Pres for when all that culture gets a bit much and you need a healthy dose of retail therapy.
Love Ella. X