A French Perspective in New York...
Join me as I search New York for everything that reminds me of Paris but of course is still New York. Follow me as I figure out what it means to be Paris in New York.
I would recommand to check out NET-A-PORTER, a unique website that combines the style of a Fashion magazine with a shopping catalogue.
Launched in June 2000, NET-A-PORTER sells current season clothing, shoes, and accessories, expertly selected by their editors for the fashion consumer worldwide. The fashion on this luxury website represents the latest tendance from London, Paris, Milan, New York and Los Angeles. The line-up includes Catherine Malandrino, Cacharel, Calypso, Celine, Paul and Joe, Diane Von Furstenberg, and many others Fashion designers...
Contributors include trend forecasters, opinion makers, and journalists formerly from Vogue, Tatler, Elle, and W.
Petit Bateau presents their children's, infants and women's clothing sample sale!
Petit Bateau has always been France's most famous children's line, surrounding babies with the quality and comfort of soft, pure and natural 100% cotton. Since 1893, families in France has been wearing Petit Bateau underwears from generation to generation. One of the favorite Grand-Mothers' gift for a new born.
Event Begins: 5/15/2007
Event Ends: 5/18/2007
Event Times: Tue-Fri 10am-7pm
Location: 247 W. 35th St. (btwn 7th & 8th Ave)
New York, NY 10001
Missing shopping in Paris ? Let Paris in New York walk you through Soho and guide you to the parisian boutiques of French designers...
115 Wooster St., New York, NY 10012
nr. Prince St.
A combination of elegance and a rock'n'roll attitude that will seduce the contemporary woman. Luxury accessories collection of shoes and bags. www.barbarabui.fr
103 Greene St., New York, NY 10012
nr. Prince St.
Simple and chic collections. Her signature style is illustrated by the tailored white shirt on a black wool jumper. www.agnesb.fr
131 Mercer St., New York, NY 10012
nr. Prince St.
Urban style : thin-striped sweaters, slim-fit jeans, pleated skirts and dresses in colors like grey, black and brown. www.apc.fr
468 Broome Street, New york, NY 10013
Modern and sexy look. Catherine Malandrino likes to design her clothes with the energy of Manhattan and the romance of Paris: "I want to design irresistible clothes that make a woman desirable, clothes that a man just wants to discreetly take off." www.catherinemalandrino.com
70 Green Street
Very edgy style worn by Cher, Britney Spears,... There's a lower-priced, funkier jeans collection too.
116 greene st (between Spring+Prince)
212 274 9090
Welcome to the kingdom of the luxury Fashion brand. Craftmanship with a touch of Avant-garde. Known mainly for its ultra-elegant travel accessories... www.louisvuitton.com
Longchamp, La Maison Unique
132 Spring St Know for its High-end fashion accessories, Longchamp now offers a new line of women's and men's ready-to-wear. Urban style, natural and sophisticated for their 1 stCollection: "an attitude around the Longchamp bag". The new Soho flagship is an exemple of architecture design...worth the visit !
69 Spring St.
Amazing and colorful household items with bold design for this toy and novelties maker: toasters, hairbrushes, dog leashes, kitchen timers, umbrellas, veggie peelers, dustpans -- and much, much more.
And to complete your tour, Paris in New York would suggest two gourmet stops:
80 Spring St., New York, NY 10012
between Broadway and Crosby St.
The place to start to get a breakfast with fresh French pastries...
132 Spring St,
New York, NY 10012
The Vosges Haut-Chocolat creates a wonderful chocolate experience spiced with a wide range of exotic flavors like curry, paprika, wasabi... Katrina Markoff utilizes the original methods of French confectionery artistry which she learned during her training at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris
Next week in Paris in New York : shopping in Nolita
Almost ten years ago, Yves Durif opened the doors to his salon, which is nestled in a landmark brownstone in the Upper East Side. A master with scissors, Yves uses French cutting techniques to achieve a distinctive style for each client. It is no wonder then, that he has garnered the trust and loyalty of a discerning, sophisticated clientele ranging from downtown to uptown style-setters, CEOs, celebrities, artists and media. And the list of his supporters continues to grow with such socialite fans as Nina Griscom, Nancy Friday, Nancy Novograd, Erica Jong and Amy Fine Collins. Praised for his styling expertise and respect for the individual, Durif and his staff, provide a high degree personal attention for each client.
Yves, How did you end up in New York City? I began my career very young in Jacques Dessange’s first franchised salon in Grenoble. Very quickly, I moved to Montreal to open a new salon. And few years later, I met Bruno Pittini, who had just opened the first Dessange in New York City. Very quickly, he offered me a job. Bruno Pittini, the artistic director of Dessange, was famous for bringing the French cutting techniques to the US. He was more like an artist than a stylist and when I came to visit him in NYC, I was taken by the queue in the stairs of clients waiting to be cut by him. I saw Raquel Welsh and Andy Warrhol, and thought, if this is the Hair business then I want to move to NY and join Bruno’s team. It was incredible: a real beehive of creativity. Every hair stylists who worked there at that time became famous: Frederic Fekkai ( www.fredericfekkai.com), Alain Pinon (www.salonaks.com) and so many others…
What’s the difference between the French technique and the English technique? Well…the two are very different. The English technique is like an artist who paints very close to his canvas with lots of tiny details and sharpness. The hair stylist starts cutting hair by hair, section by section. The angles are hard and edgy. This, in my opinion, severely limits the fit of the haircut to the person. In the French techniques, it is the opposite, we like to step backward, and look at the background first. Bruno used to say, “You have to draw the haircut in your head.” We look at the whole profile of the person, search for the harmonious combination between the hair and the shape of the head. For me, at the end, I want harmonious shapes that remind me of an oval.
How do you adapt this oval shape to the shape of the head itself ? If you have a “pear” head (pointed on the top but large on the bottom), then I will add more volume on the top part and then get narrow at the bottom. If you have a square face, I will increase the volume a bit on the side and on the top. For a rectangular face, the volume will be added on the sides. Pretty logical...
You like to say that you adopt more a holistic approach to your clients. What do you mean? I believe it is fundamental to step back from your work. I like to ask a client to stand up first. I look at her body, the way she talks and I try to apprehend her personality. I always start with the sides (many hairdressers will start by pointing a person’s head down, leaving the client wondering what it is happening in the back of her head). By contrast, the sides actually give you a better guide for cutting the back. I start with a classic shape and then I may compose something more angular, with more shape and perhaps more funky. In my view, clients come to get a style not just a cut!
What’s your favorite style for a woman? I often refer to French movies and Italian movies. I like the mix of the two styles. I like Juliette Binoche’s style or Audrey Tatou’s in Amelie, with a short fringe on the front. Fringe puts the emphasis on your cheekbones and directs the focus to your eyes. Very sassy ! A haircut is a great medium to express yourself and done correctly certainly better than a Hermes bag! Think about it, this is the place on your body where you can let go because hair grows back. Our techniques is designed to create points of interest in the face, so the haircut becomes a real accessory of beauty for a woman.
After living here for so long, do you still feel French? Yes, because everyone reminds me of it with my accent! New York is a city where you can keep your own identity. You stay who you are. So yes, I am French, I am a New Yorker, but not yet an American.
What are your favorite French places in NY ?
I like to go to the Alliance Française to see French movies (www.fiaf.org), but I definitely would recommend 360, a very good bistro in Red Hook (360 Van Brunt St., Brooklyn, NY 11231, nr. Sullivan St. 718-246-0360).
Haircuts start at $100 and up for staff and $200 with Yves. Coloring cost goes from $95 to $200.
Hush…Yves Durif will open very soon a new concept of salon! Another story to be continued…
From March 19th to March 25th at 106 Green street only (between Spring and Prince).
For one week only at Joseph, the specialist of the everyday pants, you can take 70-90% off on their men's and women's spring/summer collections.
Serious reductions include:
. Women's salmon pink leather three button jacket with eyelet detail; now $398, retail $1,325
. Women's long sleeve cotton and wool sweater with dentelle detailing; now $40, retail $300
. Women's white linen stretch trouser; now $64, retail $320
. Men's classic cotton belted beige trench coat with metal detailing; now $222, retail $740
All over the city, you can now find the French dermo-cosmetics products that you used to bring back in your suitcase from France : Avene, Vichy, La Roche-Posay, Lierac.
Recommended by dermatologists worldwide, those products follow strict guidelines including a medical approach to skincare, efficacy proven through clinical studies and tested on sensitive skin by dermatologists. All those products are Hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic.
Duane Reede and Eckerd have opened new upscale skincare centers to present those major dermo lines from France. Their expert - extensively trained by French skincare professionals – offer a personalized skin profile utilizing skin analysis, designed in conjunction with dermatologists.
Rich in soothing and softening thermal spring waters, those products adress a variety of skincare concerns including acne, aging and dryness. I particularly like all the products from La Roche-Posay from Ceralip (lip balm) to the Lipikar ( Body Emolient Lipid-replenishing Lotion Pump) or their sunscreen products.
For the cold, I recommand Anti-Redness from Avene, which is a rich moisturizing cream ideal for the face of your kids in winter.
Four World Financial Ctr
1299-1301 Second Avenue
460 8th Ave (one Penn West)
34th St/8th Ave, Manhattan, NY
Roger Vivier, the French fashion designer who specialized in women's shoes, just opened a boutique on Madison that resembles more to an art gallery than a shoe store.
Roger Vivier is known for the invention of the stiletto spike heel and has been called the "Fragonard of the shoe" and his shoes "the Faberge of footwear" by critics. Ava Gardner, Queen Elizabeth II and The Beatles were all Vivier customers. But everyone remembers Catherine Deneuve wearing the chrome-buckle square-toe flats of Roger Vivier in Luis Bunuel's Belle de Jour.
Vivier also designed shoes for Christian Dior from 1953 to 1963.
Shoes starts at $525 and handbags at $750.
Vivier's shoes are on display at the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and the Musée du Costume et de la Mode at the Louvre.
750 Madison ave, at 65th