There are just a few more days until the Azzedine Alaïa restrospective in Paris closes for good, so if you’re in Paris this weekend consider your plans made. There are a few dresses in the Matisse Room at the Musée d’Art moderne de la Ville de Paris, but the bulk of the exhibition is held at the Palais Galliera Museum of Fashion. Expect intricate, hand-cut leather dresses, couture-worthy knits and clothes that focus on craftsmanship and women’s bodies rather than trends.
Classic French bistros like Le Severo and Le Relais de l’Entrecôte serve delicious steak frites and foie gras, but for a lighter meal my friends and I loved Verjus, a restaurant near the Louvre that’s actually run by Americans. The inventive tasting menu was a bit of a splurge at 60€, but each dish was beautifully presented, and incorporated gems such as sea scallops from Mont St Michel clams from Galice.
Paris is a fashion lover’s delight, but shopping in Euros can be a rough reality-check for would-be shopaholics with Canadian dollars in their wallet. Get more bang for your buck by hitting the outlets at La Vallée Village, just 35 minutes outside the city. I took the shuttle bus from downtown with a friend and we had a blast looking for deals at stores like Céline, Kenzo, and Carven, French brands that you’d be hard-pressed to find elsewhere at discount.
Even though they no longer have a oyster happy hour, Le Mary Céleste in the Marais is a great place to meet friends for drinks. At 6:30pm on a weeknight the bar was absolutely filled with Parisians enjoying refreshing cocktails (try the Galatoire and Rain Dog) and snacks by Canadian chef Haan Palcu-Chang.
We’ve all seen the Yves Saint Lauren dress inspired by Mondrian, but did you know that there was another dress, from the same collection, inspired by abstract painter Serge Poliakoff? His restrospective, on until February 23 at the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, is a delight. I left feeling so inspired by the quirky colour combinations in his colour-field works, and curious to learn more about this modern talent.