Monday, March 23, 2015

Incredible India!

Dear all,

I'm off to Rajasthan for two weeks, starting this Wednesday so expect a lot of news when I'm back.
Nico x. 

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Hotel: the effortlessly-chic Hôtel Montalembert is a gem in the centre of Paris

I was recently invited to the beautiful five-star boutique Hôtel Montalembert and I was impressed by its subtle elegance, central location and impeccable service.

The hotel, housed in an amazing Haussmanian building is located in the centre of Saint- Germain-des-Prés, in the 6th arrondissement or Left Bank, within the Carré Rive Gauche, home to antiques and art galleries, only a few minutes away to the Musée Rodin, Museée d’Orsay and the Louvre, the Jardin du Luxembourg, Karl Lagerfeld’s book shop and studio, Le Bon Marché and the famous cafés Les Deux Magots and Café de Flore, where Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir where often seen. One of its greatest assets is the fantastic view over the rooftops of Paris!

When I thought it couldn’t be more VIP, arty and prestigious, the German bombshell actress and CHANEL “égérie” Diane Kruger passed in front of my stunning balcony… Fashion Week was about to start. The hotel welcomes events such as the Designers’ Day, Carré Rive Gauche previews and other exclusive events, such as literary prizes.

Recently refurbished, the hotel was built in 1926 and features a typically-Parisian Beaux-Arts architecture building. The recent renovation, under the famous interior architect and designer Christian Liaigre shows warm brown, gold, and grey tones mixed with simple stylish furniture, African art and classic lithographs. The welcoming terrace is perfect for lunch or dinner in Spring and Summer.

Several options for your stay in the 54 classy bedrooms: standard, superior, deluxe, junior rooms and suites are available. The remarkable suite Montalembert and la suite by Christian Liaigre both offer the perfect cozy atmosphere. “Chapeau” to the beautiful Cascais (Portugal)-marble bathroom where you’ll find luxury toiletries from L’Occitane! You don’t feel in a hotel but at home!

The subtle blend of woods and leather marks the timeless style of the famous French architect. Apart from the spacious white marble bathtub stands a walking shower with a French retro touch in the taps. At night, the refined atmosphere is emphasized by the soft dimmer lighting and the deep brown, purple, greyish palette.

The “salon Gallimard”, named after the celebrated Publishing House next door to the hotel, is available for private functions. The fireplace adds that touch of warmth you need in the cold February weather.

The restaurant is also amazing and the breakfast was one of the best I ever had: typical French patisseries, croissant-muffins (first time I ever had one), delicious breads and confiture! If you fancy a lunch, a wide range of dishes come under four main categories: Terre, Mer, Végétal, and Soleil, available in either “dégustation” or “gourmet” size. Chef David Maroleau updates the menu every month which means that you’ll come back.

The Hôtel Montalembert is the quintessence of the Parisian chic style. Merci beaucoup pour l’invitation!

Don’t miss it and book a room or a table for breakfast now:
Hôtel Montalembert, 3 rue Montalembert, Paris

Friday, March 13, 2015

Kirk Douglas as Vincent Van Gogh

1955 — Kirk Douglas poses beside a self-portrait of Vincent Van Gogh, painted by the artist in 1886-1887  — Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS

France, 1955 — Actor Kirk Douglas portraying the artist Vincent Van Gogh in the film “Lust For Life”. — image by Frank Scherschel

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Robert Zhao Renhui

Robert Zhao Renhui, World Goldfish Queen, from the series A Guide to the Flora and Fauna of the World, 2013. Courtesy the artist

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Celebrating International Women's Day with some of my favourite women and fighters

Yoshitomo Nara in Hong Kong

The Asia Society Hong Kong Center is hosting the first major solo exhibition of renowned Japanese Pace artist Yoshitomo Nara in Hong Kong until 26 July, 2015.  Life is Only One: Yoshitomo Nara exhibition includes a selection of Nara’s most evocative works, public lectures and educational programmes to bring visitors closer to one of the world’s most celebrated contemporary artists. The title of the exhibition comes from the Nara painting Life is Only One! and reflects an abiding theme of the artist’s work. The juxtaposition of the innocent-looking girl and the human skull on the canvas prompts us to contemplate on the big question about the fleeting nature of life.

Rick Owens continues to shine at Paris Fashion Week

I love Rick Owens' idea of featuring gold and silver leaves on models faces at the latest Paris fashion week catwalk show! Well done again! He's one of my favourite designers ever!

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

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