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Knack of Being Invited

Badaude writing for I V Y paris


"I have a vernissage* at the Palais de Tokyo tonight." Mélusine pauses to examine me for a moment. "I think it will be fun. Why don't you come?"

I don't know Mélusine. I met her for the first time today. She's a curator and owner of an art gallery  I wandered into this morning, near the mysterious hotel. I meet her there again in the evening before taking a taxi to the Palais.

Next door to the gallery is a boules pitche. Old men play while old women with immaculate red lipstick sit and watch. Mélusine goes over to one, to several of them; she embraces them, talks for a while. She turns to me. "They're - I don't know how to say it in English. Voyous. Do you know that word? You know, the guys, the real men of the neighborhood?"

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Henrik Vibskov Spring Summer Collection 09

Photography by Danielle Voirin

A look at last week's Henrik Vibskov TENT CITY show where the designer himself played the drums beside the runway.

Music from Roberto de Simone's La Gata Cenerentola (Cinderella's Cat).
Read more here.

Day 1: Men's Fashion Week

Daniel Scheffler writing for I V Y paris

Titillation, temptation, tantalization…. captured.

A sunny day in Paris beat down on me as les femmes stepped out from every boudoir for the beginning of the annual men's fashion week. Yes, men's fashion week, that amalgamation of men's and women's wear as never before. I shoud say "transmogrify and transform," as Orlando did; as s/he did…

Gaspard_yurkevich_aw08056 Gaspard Yurkievich has perfected our opinion of the powerhouse femme in natural light and in a stark innate environment; the image and the shot. The long shirt for le male, the big cuffs and the beaming buttons are reminiscent of a time where women had all the say.

Then a forest. Blacks being slightly off, girly mushroom colors and, as Li Edelkoort predicted, les champignons have arrived (featured left).

So forest folk wear their tighter fitting pants with overly bellowing shirts or perhaps tiny shorts with brazen brogues & patents and long socks. And then there was the biggest trend seen throughout the show, color blocking, with sylvan blues dancing together in stark divided lines.

Photo by Danielle Voirin

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Special Message at Metro Sevres Babylone


Extra Discount at Zadig et Voltaire

Now through June 29th 2024

Mainvisual Get an extra 10% off when you purchase clothing at Zadig [et Voltaire], just say the magic word "muse" at the checkout, same goes for their shop online.

Zadig & Voltaire

3, rue des Rosiers
75004 Paris

22, rue de Turenne
75004 Paris

1, rue du vieux Colombier
75006 Paris

18-20 rue François 1er
75008 Paris

Full list of boutiques here.

The Fly at Théâtre du Châtelet

July 2nd through July 13, 2024

Thefly Winner at the Avoriaz Festival in 1987, The Fly by David Cronenberg has become a cult film.
Just like its main character, the work has now mutated into an opera directed by David Cronenberg himself. Music by Howard Shore, music direction by Placido Domingo.

Tickets from 60 euros (selling fast).

The Fly at Théâtre du Châtelet
1, place du Châtelet
75001 Paris

Herbie Hancock Performing at La Defense

Sunday, June 29, 2024 at 6pm

Hancock_jackrobinson Legendary jazz musician Herbie Hancock, known for playing with the likes of Miles Davis, Wayne Shorter, Ron Carter and Chick Corea. An audacious pianist renown for harmoniously mixing in elements of Jazz into soul, rock, funk, disco, hip hop or more recently pop, Herbie Hancock never ceases to surprise us with his artistic choices.

This Sunday, watch him play a lap steel accoustic guitar at l'Esplanade de La Defense.

Free entry.

Tap Dancing on Pont des Arts

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10 Years Revolved

Friday June, 27th 2024

Bordeauxa9 These open studio evenings are focused on the evolution of the two artists work over time.

Photographer Danielle Voirin has been based in Paris for 5 years. The range of her work spans from documentary projects, through still lives and city-scapes, to abstraction.


Over the past 10 years, the subject matter of Wendy Billingslea's representational paintings has moved from the emotional to the psychological from human relationships to consumer society and on to environmental and existential dilemmas.

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Black Calavados Breathes Life Back into the 8ème

Medium_black_calavados2 If you're tired of the same old same old in the 8eme, we understand. Paris is a city of institutions, be it cafe, museum or house of some dead writer and the 8ème is no exception. Far from it.

Once you're done with the George V and Regine's and realized that classic doesn't always mean hip, you might want to look elsewhere.

Ex-Soundgarden and Audioslave frontman Chris Cornell has recently relocated to Paris and remade the famous nightclub Calavados into the
branding stroke of genius Black Calavados. Must've been the quickest paycheck they ever made. Old! New! Edgy! Dark! And just maybe fun.

Black Calavados
40, Avenue Pierre 1er de Serbie
75008 Paris

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