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To Paris, with Love • A behind-the-scenes glimpse of the people, places, and products that inspired our January/February issue
Editors’ BOOK CLUB • FOUR TITLES ON OUR READING LIST THIS SEASON
THE V LIST
BRILLIANT PLUMASSERIE • A soaring symbol of both spirituality and stature for French aristocracy, couture featherwork gains fresh footing in fashion, wallpapers, and trim.
DINING DE RIGUEUR
Anything But Routine • Cue the Piaf-era jazz: Find renewed elegance in the everyday with household beauties in a mix of materials, from hand-hewn birchwood to rich copper.
Beaux Arts, In Real Time • Dior’s new timepieces pay sparkling homage to the French opera and its landmark hall, the Grand Palais—a rousing aria in its own right.
Repeat Performance • Like grandes dames arriving in stunning new frocks, four classic French crafts resurface in imaginative incarnations.
RETURN TO FORM • Modern makers are again embracing plaster’s tactile, playful beauty in the manner of Serge Roche and Constantin Brancusi
A GRAND TOAST • A first-of-its-kind decanter, sterling silver tumblers…the latest Champagne accoutrements rise to the occasion—and then some
Statements of Character • “I think we need some fun in our world,” says style icon Iris Apfel of the inspiration (in part) behind her porcelain jewelry collection with Bernardaud. Graphic and lavishly layered, it’s core maximalism and singularly thrilling.
FULL RIBBON REGALIA • Now streaming: Decorative ribbonwork returns to couture and interiors with all the splendor of its esteemed origins—from early French clergy vestments to its revelrous shift onto court dresses and shoes—but with a more fluid, liberated air
VANGUARD JEWELS • Bold, sculptural baubles shed classic Parisian silhouettes in favor of intrepid metalwork that reads like modern art
Belle Époque, on Reserve • Refreshingly flamboyant and rife with references to art and literature: three American hotels akin to sleeping on the Seine
AMBASSADOR OF CHIC • From her fizzy pink office in Paris, the equally effervescent Ines de la Fressange talks guilty pleasures, the art of being lazy, and her supremely stylish formula for dressing down
The Mighty Marquee • Beneath their jubilant, dressed-to-the-nines canopies, tented rooms bring a foundation of strength and bravado—with a dash of Napoleonic drama.
STRIKE UP THE BANDS • THE LATEST STRIPES RECALL THE DECORATIVE POMP OF ROYAL ROOMS
The Modern Gems of Old Paris • High jewelry’s native city has given rise to some of the most influential design houses in the world. Here, seven storied brands and the creative muses guarding their legacies
THE MUSE Romance
MAGNIFICENT GRISAILLE • Born of the limestone facades on elegant parade throughout the city, this ubiquitous Parisian hue is at once graceful and exquisitely grand.
The Refined Globalist • Interior designer Mary McDonald reflects on the gilded legacy of the Moroccan-born aesthete.
Passementerie’s SECOND ACT • Remade in exuberant colors and exaggerated forms, this historic Parisian art has taken the stage for a fiercely modern encore.
The Living Legacy of France’s Botanist King • Just outside of the Trianon castles, Louis XV’s private garden—perhaps...