Now that I’m a mother

© Mrs. Châtelaine

Our little bundle of joy was born almost two months ago and we couldn’t be happier! She’s the reason this blog has been so stark since Spring, but I’m going to remedy that from now on and will be including lots of posts for you lucky future mammas and fellow new mothers too! So stay tuned!

Braquenie Wallpaper preview at Pierre Frey Paris

The Maison Pierre Frey welcomed journalists in Paris this week to preview their new Spring 2012 wallpaper collection for label Braquenie. Prints are classic Pierre Frey — oh so French — do you like?

Images courtesy of Pierre Frey

Cate Blanchett in Paris for Big and Small

Image © Lisa Tomasetti 2011

Last night the hubby and I attended a performance of Cate Blanchett’s Big and Small, which is on tour through Europe and currently performing at the Théâtre de la Ville. We were blown away by Cate’s performance: so big *and* so small, in this complex and thought provoking piece about the search for human connection.

The play performs until April 8th in Paris — if you’re a Cate fan, I won’t say the name of the hotel she’s staying at, but it’s in Saint-Germain-des-Pres, so chances are you might find spot her and family walking around taking in the sights before they head to London’s Barbicon on the next leg of their European tour. 

Cate Blanchett around Paris with husband Andrew Upton - Image via celebstyle.com

Carven Paris Fashion Week SS12

It’s no secret, I love Guillaume Henry for Carven. He’s the fashion industry’s current darling and definitely deserves the kudos — designing sweet, girly, gamine looks that would look perfect on the Alexa Chungs or Olivia Palermos of the world.

Sitting front row at his Paris Fashion Week presentation a few weeks ago were Inès de La Fressange and Isabelle Huppert and although the show took quite a while to start, we have to say well done Monsieur Henry for putting together your first real runway défilé! Hope to see you around our neighborhood very soon! (NB: Yes, we’re neighbors!)

xox

PS. What do you think of those shoes!?! ♥♥

Images © Mrs. Châtelaine

Who was at the Absolut party for Gareth Pugh last night?

Gareth Pugh and Karla Otto

Anastasia Barbieri and Robert Rabensteiner

Bianca Brandolini and Delfina Delletrez-Fendi

Gaïa Repossi

Ellen von Unwerth

Lindsay Lohan

Rossy de Palma, Jim Goldstein and Catherine Baba

Michelle Harper (in Gareth Pugh) and Thakoon Panichgul

Celebrating the launch of the new Absolut vodka bottle designed by fashion designer, Gareth Pugh, at Silencio, David Lynch’s new Parisian members club. 

Images © D.R.

Serious Arm Candy at Corto Moltedo

In awe of the serious arm candy in the new displays at Corto Moltedo. Images from the cocktail last night at his fab boutique in the Palais Royal. Credit card, be warned!

Corto Moltedo, 146-148 galerie de Valois, Palais Royal, Paris, 75001. Tel. + 33 1 49 27 97 91

www.corto.com

Images © Mrs. Châtelaine

A moment with… Didier Ludot for Petit Bateau

On Monday I attended a cocktail for the launch of the Didier Ludot collection for Petit Bateau. Monsieur Ludot is most famous for his vintage boutique, located in the historic Palais Royal, which sells not just vintage but only haute couture vintage. Ludot will famously refuse to sell you a piece if he thinks you will alter a garment, this is real haute couture after all, so naturally it’s a no-no to alter anything.

His collection for Petit Bateau is a collaboration for his La Petite Robe Noire boutique, where he sells a selection of modern dresses all based on vintage inspirations. Obviously this is the place to go to in Paris if you need a black dress.

I interviewed Ludot for a story last year, so couldn’t resist getting his thoughts on this collaboration for Petit Bateau:

Tell us about this project?

It really amused me because Petit Bateau is a historic “house” after all — that’s also the image of La Petite Robe Noire, which is a traditional garment and emblematic of French chic. Petit Bateau is also emblematic of French quality and it’s something that has been around for a long time, so we really had fun with this collaboration, to create dresses that are a little bit sexy, and less sporty.

And also to create something for children for the first time as well…

It’s true, and we absolutely wanted to create dresses that could be worn by the mother as well as her daughter. So when we were designing we made sure that it was something a little girl could wear as well. I loved working on this project, we worked very hard and very quickly on it. We also got out my old fashion cuttings, because we wanted to incorporate certain clin d’oeil [winks] to different couture houses.

And what’s next for you after this?

Ah, you know there are always lots of projects but I can’t talk about anything yet. It’s a surprise!

My favorite dress, it looks so Catherine Deneuve circa Belle du Jour

Can’t resist showing one of Ludot’s own black dresses from his La Petite Robe Noire collection

The delightful packaging for this collaboration.

Pure Parisian chic, wouldn’t you say?

www.petit-bateau.fr

Images © Mrs. Châtelaine

Erdem Spring Summer 2012

Erdem Spring Summer 2012

Erdem Spring Summer 2012

Erdem Spring Summer 2012

Erdem Spring Summer 2012

Erdem Spring Summer 2012

Erdem Spring Summer 2012

Erdem Spring Summer 2012

Erdem Spring Summer 2012

Erdem Spring Summer 2012

Erdem Spring Summer 2012

Erdem Spring Summer 2012

Erdem Spring Summer 2012

Erdem Spring Summer 2012

Erdem Spring Summer 2012

I love a Spring Summer collection that actually looks ready for Spring Summer! Meaning something fresh, light, and above all, feminine. Erdem Moralioglu’s Spring Summer 2012 collection, presented on Monday during London Fashion Week, is for me, just pure perfection. I can picture Grace Kelly wearing some of these dresses in Monaco, circa Alfred Hitchcock’s To Catch A Thief. In recent years Erdem has become quite a fashion favorite: Anna Wintour wore a jacket by him at the Nicole Farhi show in London and even Anna Dello Russo tweeted excitedly on Monday morning, “#LFW I’m going to ERDEM Fashion Show!”

In fact, Erdem almost designed my wedding dress! He was one of the first people I contacted when I got engaged, he was available, but he was also working on a few other bride’s dresses and because his schedule was very tight for fittings, I decided in the end to stay with a designer based in Paris. Even though I was over the moon about my dress in the end, I think I will always imagine “what if,” especially when I view a collection like this! ♥♥♥♥ Erdem…

Images via Style.com

Paris Dream Table: Le restaurant de Jean-François Piège au Thoumieux

I’ve been a fan of chef Jean-François Piège ever since passing an exceptional evening, almost five years ago, at his previous two-star Michelin establishment, Les Ambassadeurs at the Hôtel Crillon. It was one of those evenings where you left just blown away by the beauty of the place (a majestic Louis XV ballroom overlooking the lights of the place de la Concorde), the selection of wines, and above all, the delicious and meticulously prepared plats.

So my current dream table is at the Thoumieux, where Jean-Francois Piège landed in 2009 after being lured by Thierry Costes, eventually opening this second restaurant in 2010 on the 1st floor to entice diners (there are only twenty places) with a more gastronomique experience. I also love the retro décor, which would look perfect in any episode of Mad Men.

Hoping that the Hubby will surprise me with a visit soon! (*hint hint*) xox

Le Restaurant de Jean-François Piège, 79 Rue Saint Dominique, 75007, Paris.

Tel. 01-47-05-79-00. M° La Tour Maubourg.

Image via Alexander Lobrano’s Hungry for Paris

The Vespa Parade Paris

Last year at this time the Hubby and I were walking around shopping and were surprised to be overtaken by a large group of vintage and classic Vespas! It was definitely a sight to see! This year the 3rd annual Vespa Parade for France is on again, for September 17th, 2011 at 6PM to be exact.

I have a friend who has an amazing pink 1950’s Vespa with accompanying sidecar — I’m hoping he’ll be participating too! I just have to get some pictures of this hilarious and joyous event!

In the meantime, here are some images from the French Vespa website:

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