Posts Tagged ‘Guerlain’

Francis Kurkdjian

Three Parisian Perfume Houses: The Classic, the Ladylike and the Cutting Edge

You have your skinny jeans and ballet flats, your chicest handbag and the perfect scarf. What else might you need to perfect your

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Paris Luxury: A Special Peek behind the Scenes

No one does style better than Paris luxury brands. This year, for the first time ever, 25 key players in that market will welcome visitors into their workshops, private mansions and family vineyards. They are calling the occasion Les Journées Particulières and describe it as “a voyage through the most emblematic and inspiring sites of luxury.” It will be a very special, totally French tribute to this autumn’s theme—le voyage—of the Journées du Patrimoine.

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The old-fashioned arcades on the Champs Elysées

Aux Champs Elysées

“At noon or at midnight, there is everything you want on the Champs Elysées.” Joe Dassin’s song about the Paris icon spins through my head every time I find myself walking the world’s most famous avenue. The song is lovely, nostalgic and oh-so-romantic. But what about the avenue itself? There is much debate among Parisophiles, and I understand the logic when some bemoan the commercialization of the street. “It’s turned into a shopping mall of brands you can find anywhere in the world!” they cry. It’s true: the Gap, McDonald’s and Nike are all there in full force, but this also translates into some very exciting contemporary architecture, with enough traditional addresses to make it worth the trip—especially at Christmas, when the holiday lights give the neighborhood a uniquely festive feel and the spiced wine from the Christmas market perfumes the air.

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