Book Reviews: Chaumet, Parisian Jeweler Since 1780

A symbol of Parisian elegance since its inception in 1780, Chaumet’s opulent jewels, romantic tiaras and intricate sautoirs not only graced the mighty pate – and décolletage – of royals but shaped the exclusive...

Art and Culture: 5 Must-See Exhibitions to See in Paris Now

This autumn’s best exhibitions for art lovers and fashionistas Rubens, Princely Portraits A scholar recognised for his talent as a court artist, Rubens became a favourite with European royals. A regal gambol through his most iconic...

New in Paris: Yves Saint-Laurent Museum Opening Soon

It was the great designer’s wish to be remembered as “an artist that created a body of work”. To the delight of fashionistas everywhere, the artist’s wish will be fulfilled with the opening of...

Fashion Innovation: The “Made in Paris” Trend in the Capital

‘Made in Paris’ labels and eclectic concept stores are shaking up the fashion-forward French capital. Jennifer Ladonne goes on a shopping spree... ISAAC REINA Hurrying through the maze of streets at the border of the 3rd...

Book Reviews | Avedon’s France: Old World, New Look

Richard Avedon’s fascination with France is storied, and thanks to the iconic American photographer’s restless quest to capture the world around him, well documented. Avedon’s France brings together a collection of his trademark minimalist portraits, fly-on-the-wall snapshots,...

Yves Saint Laurent: The Perfection of Style at the VMFA in Richmond

Prepare to be dazzled by this comprehensive exhibit of works by iconic fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent. On display are over 100 exquisite garments from his haute couture and ready-to-wear lines, as well as...

France Today Summer Gift Guide: Must-Have Accessories, Treats and More!

It’s official: summer’s here and we’re dreaming of long, lazy days on the sun-soaked plages (and why not Paris Plages?) As we’re getting ready to pack our beach bags, we’ve compiled the ultimate list of...

Book Reviews: Brigitte Bardot, My Life in Fashion

Was there a ‘style Bardot’? Not according to the legendary movie star herself, who says in a foreword to this lavish new 300-page book “Je n’ai été jamais à la mode” (“I was never fashionable”). That’s hard...

A History of the Breton Stripe

Fresh, nautical and undeniably chic, la marinière worn by the sailors in the French Navy is the shirt we call the Breton stripe. For over 150 years these stripes have been seen on board the ships of the Marine Nationale...

Exclusive Excerpt: “Chanel, The Enigma” by Isabelle Fiemeyer

Chanel burst into fashion the way you burst into literature. She began with a stroke of genius, at Étienne Balsan’s estate in Lacroix-Saint-Ouen, when she abruptly took up the fabric like a poet embarking on poetry. Throughout her life Chanel considered...