The Fall 2015 collection was inspired by 1960s and '70s Paris—from the bohemian glamour of the Left Bank to the sophisticated luxury of the Right. We’ve captured the creative spirit of La Rive Gauche with a home decor palette inspired by the cool cream of a painter’s canvas (Cream Shagreen Decorative Box, Small Rectangular Tray), and the moody grays and blues of the boulevards. Things are richer and more luxe across the Seine, which is reflected in the warm hues of our tortoise glass frames, the rich gold and chestnut marbleized clay vases, decorative accessories in our new Bordeaux shagreen, as well as greens (Jade Green Marble Box, Malachite Green Geo Bowls, Emerald Shagreen Butler Tray) inspired by the city’s parks and tree-lined streets.
Since Paris has been on my mind so much, I’ve pulled together a roundup of my favorite places and things to do in the City of Light:
Le Bristol Paris turns 90 this year, and it remains as elegant as ever. One of my favorite features is the beautiful sixth-floor pool’s sweeping views of the city. Designed by the architect Cäsar Pinnau, who also designed the Onassis’s yacht, it looks like the prow of a sailing boat. I love the concept of the 26-room Pavillon des Lettres, a literary hotel with rooms lettered A to Z, and each designed to celebrate a great author. On the Left Bank, Bel Ami is tucked away on a tiny side street in Saint-Germain-des-Prés. I recently learned that it’s named for Guy de Maupassant's novel Bel Ami; the building was a former 19th-century printing works where the first copy of the book was printed.
If I’m staying on the Left Bank I always have breakfast at Café de Flore in the 6th arrondissement; it feels like quintessential Paris to me. Sole Meunière for lunch at Le Voltaire, on the banks of the Seine, is also a favorite. The interior is decadent red velvet and gilt—like an Old World jewel box. Down an alley in Les Halles, chef Gregory Marchand’s elevated bistro fare at Frenchie is so good it’s hard to get a table (tip: the wine bar across the street is a nice alternative if you can’t get in). The Michelin-starred Septime has cozy, butcher-block tables, a laid-back atmosphere, and delicious, ingredient-driven dishes.
A trip to Paris is incomplete without a visit to the Jardin du Luxembourg; I always leave inspired and with a list of new ideas for the collection. La Grande Epicerie, at the très chic Le Bon Marché on the Rive Gauche, is the perfect spot to pick up picnic items before heading to the gardens for a lazy afternoon. And, of course, the shopping at Le Bon Marché is some of the best in the world. Another spot for inspiration is Moulié Fleurs on the place du Palais Bourbon. The arrangements and selection are always breathtaking—like a colorful garden on the sidewalk. I love roaming around Les Puces, Paris’ famous flea markets, and the Philippe Starck designed restaurant Ma Cocotte is the best place for a bite before or after.
After a five-year renovation, the Musée Picasso Paris reopened in 2014, giving more space to the artist’s work. The setting, in the 17th-century Hôtel Salé on a quiet street, still feels personal and intimate. As anticipated as the Picasso reopening, the opening of the Fondation Louis Vuitton in the same year was a major art world event. Designed by Frank Gehry at the behest of Bernard Arnault, the Chairman of LVMH, the Fondation’s modern art collection is still being revealed; I’m looking forward to the next exhibition.