You know you’ve made it to the big time when Le Bon Marche dedicates their window displays to you and an exhibition on the main floor.
Style doyenne and fashion superstar Iris Apfel, the toast of the town no matter where she goes, has landed after being absent from Paris for over ten years.
The opening of Iris in Paris on March 4 attracted some big wigs in the fashion industry clamoring to meet the one and only, including Aurelie Biderman, Dries Van Noten, Linda Fargo, and Sofia and Alexandre de Betak.
The window scenarios by Eric Giriat have Iris visiting the Opera Garnier, The Grand Palais, the park, the flea market (bien sur!), and a fashion show. Inside the exhibition shows some of Iris’s most iconic looks along with a video and she has collaborated with the store to design a collection of accessories including a red Mongolian wool handbag, a bracelet, an oversized string of ceramic beads, and an edition of her iconic eyeglasses (probably the most famous pair of glasses since Jackie Kennedy’s). If the glasses are too much for you style and price wise (325€), you could still attain a bit of Iris style with a tote bag with the glasses emblazoned on them for only 9€. The second floor has a series of drawings of Iris by Eric Giriat.
Sorry if the photos have some glare but I could only get to the windows and exhibit during the day and didn’t want to have you wait till I shot them at night.
Good news, the Ai WeiWei hanging sculptures from January are still up.
Iris in Paris
Till April 16
Le Bon Marche
24 rue de Sevres, 75007
Iris Apfel with Dries Van Noten
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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.
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