In an effort to make Paris a greener city, this week, city officials introduced a group of two-foot-tall Bretton sheep to “eco-graze” their way through half an acre of park in the in the 19th Arrondissement. These adorable lawnmowers will be keeping the grass well-maintained until October at which time they’ll be moved to a warmer climate. I didn’t know it was possible for me to love Paris more, but I do. The world would be a happier place if sheep replaced all lawnmowers. [The Atlantic]
I’m one of those totally undiscerning, overeager Francophiles who will gladly buy anything that even remotely reminds me of Paris, from a mug that says “Oui!” to a giant cocktail ring in the shape of a macaron (I know, I’m the worst). This t-shirt, with a black and white screen-printed design of the Eiffel Tower, fulfills my Paris obsession much more stylishly–and subtly–than my usual Paris-themed impulse purchases. But just to drive the point home, I want to wear it with cuffed jeans and ballet flats while I grab a croissant and an espresso. Oui, oui! [$18, ZenThreads]
Kvelling is a Yiddish term for being excessively thrilled with or excited about, and that pretty much sums up my feelings about Valentino’s current resort collection. It is unfathomable to me that a man who clearly doesn’t understand the limits of tanning, could produce clothes so beautiful, feminine and vibrant. And yet! Mr. Valentino is a consummate women’s designer, creating delicious confections that you could imagine some rich heiress wearing to a garden party or whatever it is rich people do. So let’s take a look at a few of his gowns — the short dresses are lovely, too — and tell me which is your favorite! Keep reading »
Paris is my favorite city in the world (so original, right?), and before today I didn’t think there was anything that could make it better. But after seeing this conceptual photo of a giant trampoline bridge across the Seine, well, I stand corrected. Dreamed up by architects at Atelier Zündel Cristea, the idea took third place in the “Bridge In Paris” design competition, so unfortunately we won’t be able to bounce over it anytime soon, but maybe someday. Check out another ridiculously awesome photo after the jump! Keep reading »
I am much too obsessed with Paris for my own good, especially considering that I’ve never been there. I’m enamored of the idea of it, so when I do eventually go (and, by God, I will), there is a decent chance that I will be hideously disappointed. With that in mind, I’m significantly less interested in purchasing tickets to Paris than I am in purchasing photography books that portray it as idealistically as I do in my head. Why go all the way there just to be let down when I can sit right here and just pretend that I’m there and it’s awesome? Paris, Portrait of a City, “the true family album of all Parisians,” is just the glossy 544-page photo book I need to sustain my delusions, and with its chronological layout spanning photographers from Daguerre to Cartier-Bresson, it’s a solid lesson in European history, too. We’ll always have Paris, after all. [$69.99, Taschen]
Reason #5934 why being rich and famous wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world: Elie Saab. Actually, while we’re waxing hyperbolic, let’s give him the top slot. I can’t think of a single designer more imaginative, more unique, more timeless, or more committed to the most exquisite detail than Saab. It’s never conceptual or difficult to understand, but it’s also never boring, and it’s always stunningly beautiful. You know who I’d love to see in one of Saab’s designs? Kate Middleton. She would be flawless, no?
Ah! Paris Fashion Week! The best fashion week of them all, if you ask me. We’ve assembled more of our favorite looks from the Paris shows, and will be updating our survey throughout the week. So check back early and often!
Who wouldn’t jump at the chance to move to Paris for work? Amy Thomas was a copywriter in New York City when one day her boss offered her a dream gig writing copy for Louis Vuitton — in the City of Lights. Sold! But unlike other ladies who’ve flown across the pond, Amy wasn’t looking for l’amour or even la mode. This sugar-freak intended to use her time in Paris snarfing sweets all the best patisseries and boulangeries, which she lovingly recaps in her foodie memoir, Paris, My Sweet: A Year In The City Of Light (And Dark Chocolate). If an Air France flight is not in your budget, Paris, My Sweet should satiate any cravings you might have … at least temporarily. [$10.19, Amazon]