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An Artistic Leap: Anthony Vaccarello's Berlin Show with Saint Laurent

June 13, 2023 in Fashion & Style by Charlotte Sinclair

Anthony Vaccarello's most recent Saint Laurent men's show in Berlin painted an aesthetic tableau of exceptional tailoring, bare shoulders framed by delicate silk or chiffon sleeveless shirts, and a broad-shouldered silhouette. In the age of social media, hints of the show's direction were gleaned from Vaccarello's Instagram, even before the audience's planes had landed. A film clip from the 1950 French short film, Un Chant d’Amour, and the collection's title, "Each Man Kills the Things He Loves", gave followers a breadcrumb trail leading to the show's inspirations.

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Spotlight on the Musée de la Gendarmerie et du Cinéma: A Celebration of Film and Law Enforcement

June 16, 2023 in Travel & Destinations by Julian Everett

Musée de la Gendarmerie et du Cinéma is a unique museum located in Saint-Tropez, France. The museum, housed in a historic building that served as the local gendarmerie until 2003, celebrates two seemingly disparate themes: the history of French law enforcement and cinema.

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Serge Lutens: Photographer, Filmmaker, Designer, and Perfumer Transforming Aesthetics

June 30, 2023 in Photography & Visuals by Charlotte Sinclair

Serge Lutens, the French photographer, filmmaker, designer, and perfumer, has an artistic career marked by innovation and transformation. He is celebrated for his eponymous perfume brand and for creating an iconic advertising campaign for the Japanese cosmetics company Shiseido during the 1980s.

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Paul-Albert Besnard: An Emblematic Figure of French Symbolism

June 30, 2023 in Arts & Culture by Julian Everett

Paul-Albert Besnard (1849-1934) was a French painter and printmaker known for his contributions to the Symbolist movement. His work spanned a variety of styles and subjects, including portraiture, landscapes, and allegorical works, and his innovative use of color and light showed the influence of Impressionism.

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Chapal and Kelton unveil their joint creation - The 1972 Hand-wound Chronograph

June 30, 2023 in Fashion & Style by Charlotte Sinclair

French manufacturers Chapal and Kelton have unveiled a jointly created hand-wound chronograph named 1972. The watch is equipped with the Seagull St 1901 calibre, a movement with an interesting history. In the 1940s, the Swiss company Venus developed calibre 175. However, in the mid-1950s, the equipment was sold to the Chinese, who were keen to produce quality watches for pilots. The Chinese company was named Tianjin Watch Factory, and in 1974 it was renamed Seagull. The majority of their production was quartz mechanisms, but with the resurgence of interest in mechanical watches and their own heritage, the factory revived the Venus 175 calibre, renaming it Seagull St 1901.

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Chanel's True French Woman: Strong, Gentle and Infinitely Stylish

July 4, 2023 in Fashion & Style by Julian Everett

What defines a true French woman? Chanel tells us through the embodiment of Vanessa Paradis, one of the muses who inspired Virginie Viard's latest haute couture collection. A true French woman, according to Viard, is both strong and delicate. This is an innate balance of power and grace that they wear like a second skin.

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Monica Bellucci: A Vintage Collection by Richard Aujard

July 12, 2023 in Models & Actresses Photos by Charlotte Sinclair

Monica Bellucci's timeless beauty has been immortalized in a striking photo series by French photographer and director Richard Aujard, taken in 1991. Each image of this collection showcases Bellucci's enigmatic allure and the raw, authentic style that Aujard is renowned for.

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Notre-Dame de Paris Gets a Makeover by French Designer Guillaume Bardet

July 30, 2023 in Travel & Destinations by Charlotte Sinclair

The Notre-Dame de Paris, one of the world's most iconic cathedrals, is slated for a major restoration, set to be completed by the end of 2024. The restoration will incorporate a new design by French designer Guillaume Bardet, who has created a cohesive ensemble of interior elements that includes an altar, cathedra, seats, baptistery, and tabernacle.

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Van Cleef & Arpels Unveils Its Grand Flagship Store in Seoul: A Five-Story Jewel Box

Aug. 14, 2023 in Design & Décor by Charlotte Sinclair

Van Cleef & Arpels, the distinguished French jewelry house, has introduced its monumental flagship store in the heart of Seoul. Comprising five floors, the new space has been likened to a vast jewelry box, reflecting the luxury and elegance that the brand is renowned for.

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René Gruau: The Quintessential Fashion Illustrator of France

Aug. 16, 2023 in Arts & Culture by Julian Everett

René Gruau: Capturing the Elegance of French Fashion

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French Harper's Bazaar Redefines Beauty with Catherine Deneuve Cover

Aug. 23, 2023 in Models & Actresses Photos by Julian Everett

In a bold and refreshing move, French Harper's Bazaar has gracefully set itself apart from the crowd by featuring the iconic Catherine Deneuve on its cover, directly challenging the often youth-obsessed imagery of its American counterpart, Vogue.

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Dua Lipa Glows in Alaïa for French Vogue's September 2023 Issue

Aug. 24, 2023 in Fashion & Style by Charlotte Sinclair

Dua Lipa is absolutely stunning in her recent appearance as the cover star of French Vogue's September 2023 issue. Photographed by the legendary Mert Alas and styled by Vanessa Reid, the singer looks effortlessly chic and beyond stylish.

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French BAZAAR's September Cover Features Catherine Deneuve and an Ongoing Paris Exhibition Celebrates Her Work

Aug. 29, 2023 in Models & Actresses Photos by Charlotte Sinclair

French BAZAAR has undoubtedly nailed its September cover by featuring none other than the iconic Catherine Deneuve. If you're a fan of Deneuve, there's another treat awaiting you in Paris. La Galerie de L'Instant is hosting an ongoing exhibition dedicated to the actress that runs through September 8.

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Natalie Portman Graces the Cover of French Vanity Fair to Bid Adieu to Summer

Aug. 31, 2023 in Models & Actresses Photos by Charlotte Sinclair

As summer comes to a close, Natalie Portman is here to offer a glamorous farewell. The Academy Award-winning actress graces the cover of French Vanity Fair's latest issue, wrapping up the season with undeniable elegance.

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John Lennon Reflects: The Beatles Songbook Unveiled

Feb. 13, 2024 in Arts & Culture by Julian Everett

In an intimate and revealing session, John Lennon delves into the heart and soul of The Beatles' music, offering unprecedented insights into their most iconic songs. Just a week before his tragic passing, Lennon sat down with Playboy to articulate the essence, origins, and lasting impact of the band's work, marking a rare exploration into the musical journey that defined a generation.

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Enki Bilal: A Maestro of the Fantastical and the Futuristic

Feb. 26, 2024 in Photography & Visuals by Julian Everett

French comic book artist Enki Bilal has long been a towering figure in the realm of graphic novels, particularly known for his richly imagined and intricately detailed fantastical universes. His most celebrated works, "The Nikopol Trilogy" (1980-1992) and "The Monster Tetralogy" (1998-2007), showcase his unique blend of science fiction, dystopian themes, and cyberpunk elements, setting him apart in the graphic novel landscape.

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McDonald's Japan Unveils Fries-Scented Perfumes

March 7, 2024 in Fashion & Style by Julian Everett

Hold on, ladies: McDonald's Japan has just taken the fragrance world by storm by launching a line of perfumes that smell like their iconic perfumes. The collection features three distinct scents: the classic French fry aroma, a "Shaka Shaka" potato scent with black garlic, and a "Shaka Shaka" potato variety with sea salt. With these tantalizing scents, you're bound to have everyone, especially the hungry ones, right where you want them.

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Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi: A Colonial Gem in French Indochina

March 31, 2024 in Travel & Destinations by Julian Everett

Certainly! Let me tell you about the Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi – a magical hotel in Vietnam. 🌟

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Serge Gainsbourg's Legacy Lives On: A Cultural Hub and Unique Cocktail Experience in Paris

April 2, 2024 in Travel & Destinations by Julian Everett

In the vibrant heart of Paris, a new cultural landmark pays homage to the legendary French musician Serge Gainsbourg with the opening of his dedicated house museum last year. Adjacent to this tribute, the cultural center Maison Gaibsboug and its intriguing bar, Le Gaibsbarre, invite visitors on a unique journey through Gainsbourg's artistic world.

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