Saturday, September 20, 2014

Maison et Objet 2014

Maison et Objet at Villepinte Nord (RER B) Sept 5-9 2014

This is one monster show
My 3rd visit
I still have NO clue how to take in this show without becoming a casualty victim. 
La Rentree in Paris begins with a roar taking off with thus enormous decor show. A gazillion design events go on tied in with MO (none of which I attended except for a darling breakfast at Hotel Royal Monceau for bloggers and journalists - a chance just to meet and chat and restore before the onslaught of walking MO. If you know how to DO THIS SHOW and survive, do tell svp! I'm still a novice. There are 8 halls, each one as big as the Jacob Javits Center in NYC. Awesome doesn't begin to describe the size and range of stuff to see, so I'll show you what I liked. As for strong trends I haven't a clue. By the way this is a FOR THE TRADE show. Most items I'll show you are from new collections so not available yest in stores. We bloggers are considered 'journalists' in France, so we get to see far more than I ever did in New York (where basically bloggers are slightly higher than dirt).
Most things I fell in love with were from either Amsterdam or Scandinavian. This china is from KLevering.NL 
I have been on a backpack(sac à dos) hunt for months and my own true love is from KLevering Amsterdam (just 15€ but that could be the wholesale price). Wish I had seen this before I bought the pricy €€€€ meh Marc Jacobs black backpack.
These jelly lamps ARE made in France (150€ approx.)
I always fall for a riot of color. No idea who this was...
Les Touristes is in the Marais and has fabulous prints and colors. Must visit their shop.

Pantone colored items are still IN I guess..
Balloon chairs everyone was falling into exhausted from
Fun Eiffel Tower lamps- not an easy thing to do since they've been done to death ahem from Rosemonde et Michel Coubert.
A small first-show display from Finland, had splendid things. I could have hapily taken ome the entire collection (which is sometimes possible on the last day of the show if you're loaded with €s).
By Nord of Copenhagen on the other hand is a major At Home supplier with wonderful animal prints - like a giant reindeer printed on your white duvet. So many temptations here.
French rug designs .
A book of Victorian fabric patterns. There are many decor book stands throughout the show, but impossible to stop and browse. The eyes can do n,y so much looking...
More from Amsterdam, The tops are hand woven in Turkey with silk backs. Wonderful colors and patterns.
Amsterdam - AnneClairPetit.NL knitted toys and even furniture like these cherry seats for kids.
Naturally a chic notebook (carnet) is de rigueur for Bear from
Fabulous lamps
Beautifully displayed
In Halle 8. And the first time I made it to 8. Very spacious and airy. A delight to visit at MO.
Witty wax candles from Pop Corn.
Wonderful animal nightlamps made for kids from Korea - from
A giant knitted dog just because. Pets are Not allowed in the show. 

One does have to eat while traipsing around so there are food demos and exorbitant sandwiches and water/coffee. I recommend bringing our own from home. Gluten free breads for tasting from and they were terrific. I'm converted.

My big fav is Pip from where else? Amsterdam.
Get me a ticket. I'm out of here.
Many design firms give away logo bags to carry all the give away brochures, catalogs. Pip Studio's Free bag was one of the best and I was lucky to ask nicely and get one the last day. Love U Pip Studio. (Not for sale by the way).
There are masseuses onsite. But why not a full on spa? I would love to loll in this tub for a bit or do a few spins on the waterbike (these are huge in Paris, Aquabike classes by the ton). 
So that's the news or rather my version from Maison et Objet September 2014. 
*PLEASE if you have any hints how to survive this show let me know for the upcoming January MO. Right now I'm nursing the sniffles and sneezing from too much running around Paris. Today is Jours de Patrimoine and Manger Local and Les Marchés Flotants du Sud-Ouest by the Seine. And, and, and. What's a girl to do? Certainment Not stay home, nap, drink lemon tea and take aspirin? 

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Vogue Fashion Night Out 2014 Paris

A petite taste of 2014 Vogue Fashion Night Out and my first time attending.

I wish 2015 VFNO was just around the corner now that I've got the hang of it.

There are tons of 'limited editions' for this special night like this T-shirt. The deal is you buy September Vogue (5€). Pay an extra 10€ for the T-shirt IF the new stand has any left, which most of them didn't by the time I got there. Lucky for me I found one at the news relay at Gare Montparnasse on the way to the Loire. Unlucky for me I do not look quite like this young thing in it. C'est la ve.

Fauchon had a limited edition éclair for last night's event along with their other 36 flavors out this week.

These girls snagged one and were eating it OUT IN THE STREET! What?<

Loads of fashion houses stayed open from 6 to 10 for the night. Champagne flowed like water.

Deluxe mustard maison Maille was pouring Champers too.

Plus their head chef Didier Heyl was happy to mix up a personalized jar of mustard for you on the spot. Heaven no? I went home with caramelized onion mustard. Yum

Maille has a new winter collection based on old 17th century recipes from the house. How about verjus/grape with a touch of honey. Or champignon mustard. Or cocoa with framboise (raspberry). I must go back and make a great study of all their many flavors. Could mustard displace vanilla in my life ?

White orchids everywhere along with Champagne on VFNO.

Inside Dior on rue Royal white orchids spill out of tall glass vases.

Balloons too. You got signature balloons to carry around at breauty house Carita and everywhere else.11 rue du Faubourg St.Honoré

Picture taking was rampant.

A major player  Frédérique Verley, rédactrice en chef beauté de Vogue poses with Carita's artistic director, Tom Marcireau. Love the green tie and watch...
Lovedthe stairway at Carita, but I didn't get on line to get my makeup done. Too many places to visit.

The streets were buzzing last night.


A fashion show took place in the middle of rue St. Honoré. No indication of the name of the designer.

More picture taking with the essential balloon floating overhead.

Girls getting their picture taken while holding other pictures they'd had taken. Does the one with the most pictures win?

At Polo you could wait on line for for a red carpet free photo holding a Champagne glass bien sur.

Love the stairway at Polo. Paris has some terrific stairways.

Colette has changed their picture taking policy. You can take all you want! There's even a sign on the door. Will the rest of Paris shops follow suit? Wouldn't that be nice.

The 3 authors of hot  book, How To Be A Parisian were the main attraction at Colette and signing like crazy.

Popcorn, believe it or not, has become the NEW hot snack food in Paris especially in weird flavors I've found so far to be terrible. Popcorn was all over last week's Maison et Objet. Last night it was served in signature cups bearing the name of fashion houses. Go figure. Get out your poppers everyone.

Pierre Marcolini has a divine chocolate shop on rue St. Honoré.

Charming and gracious beau mec Pierre himself was out front greeting and inviting in each guest inside.

For luscious tastes of his chocolate-covered orange peel. Such hospitalité!

I was invited for an 'It' cocktail at Hotel Mandarin Oriental's Bar 8, but when I got there I was told it was completely booked, shown the closed door inside (why ever bother?) and then told it was all young people anyway. Hmmm. Not nice. Never mind. The rest of the evening was loads of fun and everyone else could not have been nicer. Nice to come home to my bridge too.