Sunday morning was the Andrew Gn show, a Singaporean designer who is very hot right now. Like many designers before him including Yves St. Laurent, Andrew’s inspiration this season was his favorite contemporary artists. He brilliantly translated these influences to the runway with Matisse and Picasso with a series of outfits exemplifying their most recognizable works, including Picasso’s guitars and eyes, and Matisse’s birds. You could absolutely also see the YSL influence. Another strong element of the collection, which I loved, were the graphic black and white Escher like prints on skirts and dresses depicting the urban landscape. All white and black and white were also prevalent in the feminine, body conscious collection, which showed a lot of leg with short skirt lengths and shorts well above the knee. A small collection of evening gowns at the end had a Greek influence to them with fitted bodices and flowing chiffon on the bottom.
Last Friday morning I received an email from one of my blog readers inviting me to an American friend of hers show. Her name was Audra Danielle Noyes and it was her first collection after training at Lanvin for a while. It’s always a thrill to see new young designers starting out.
All white seems to be the thrust of many collections this season and Audra sent a series of playful pants and jumpsuits down the runway in a warehouse space in the trendy northern Marais. Men’s tailoring also played a part in some of the opening pieces. Some of the more daring looks were the long all sheer dresses and pants. When the models turned, the backs had fantastic details giving the clothes extra dimension. I also loved the styling of the show especially the fabulous shoes.
The collection was very conceptual and definitely for the more fashion forward customer. I think Audra is a bright new talent and I look forward to seeing more of her collections in the upcoming seasons.
My Apartment for Rent
am renting my fabulous one -bedroom apartment from November 1- November
16 in the heart of the Marais near St. Paul. For more info email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
I am pleased as punch to announce the launch of Eye Prefer Paris Tours, which are 3-hour walking tours I will personally be leading. The Eye Prefer Paris Tour includes many of the places I have written about such as small museums & galleries, restaurants, cafes & food markets, secret addresses, fashion & home boutiques, parks, and much more.
Tours cost 210 euros for up to 3 people, and 70 euros for each additional person. I look forward to meeting you on my tours and it will be my pleasure and delight to show you my insiders Paris.
Check it out at www.eyepreferparistours.com
Click here to watch a video of our famous Marais tour
New! Eye Prefer Paris Cooking Classes
I am happy to announce the launch of Eye Prefer Paris Cooking Classes. Come take an ethnic culinary journey with me and chef and caterer Charlotte Puckette, co-author of the bestseller The Ethnic Paris Cookbook (with Olivia Kiang-Snaije). First we will shop at a Paris green-market for the freshest ingredients and then return to Charlotte's professional kitchen near the Eiffel Tower to cook a three-course lunch. After, we will indulge in the delicious feast we prepared along with hand-selected wines.
Cost: 185 euros per person (about $240)
Time: 9:30AM- 2PM (approximately 4 1/2 hours)
Location: We will meet by a metro station close to the market
Class days: Tuesday,Wednesday, Thursday,Friday, Saturday, and Sunday
Minimum of 2 students, maximum 6 students.
Click here to sign up for the next class or for more info.
I am happy to announce the sale of a new set of prints of my Eye Prefer Paris Photos. I am offering 20 of my most popular and iconic images for sale including my doors, architectural details, statues, and monuments. They will make great gifts for all your Francophile friends, relatives, and colleagues but don't forget to buy some for yourself.
Click here to see photos and for full details including sizes, prices, and shipping. Here is a sample of some of the photos.