Studio YSL

During our recent visit to Paris it was inspiring to see the notebooks of Da Vinci that held hundreds of sketches and ideas on his varying interest. His expertise encompassed anatomy, engineering, astronomy, mathematics, natural history, architecture and painting to name a few areas that made Da Vinci one of the most versatile geniuses.

But, another exceptional creative power that we learned about while in this city was Yves Saint Laurent, whose fashion designs exerted an influence over most women of the world. What was intriguing are the notebooks and bookshelves of publications that served as sources of inspiration to these artists.

Musée Yves Saint Laurent 5 Avenue Marceau 75115, Paris

I was transfixed by Da Vinci’s notebooks, but when you walk through Saint Laurent’s studio one is totally mesmerized. The workspace is a bright, quiet, neutral space with a mirrored wall as a main feature so, the couturier could study a model’s reflection which offered the necessary distance for evaluating a garment. The simplicity of his desk is striking, which is a piece of plywood wrapped with muslin and set on sawhorses. Items are strewn around the desk with precious ornaments and talismans, including the walking stick of Christian Dior.

The studio setting offers an atmosphere that prevailed during preparations for a fashion show, when six or seven team members worked alongside Saint Laurent each day.

The simple elegance of Saint Laurent’s desk is absolutely exquisite! Can you imagine the socialites who perused this room to be fitted for custom made outfits?

I feel completely inspired to create an inner sanctum such as this in which to produce art.

Stay stylish,
K

Favoris de Paris

La Ville des Lumières

The Eiffel Tower is the “Erector Set” of the 1880’s. As children my oldest brother had this brand of metal toy that he played with and would construct a myriad of versatile objects. Gustave Eiffel built this wrought-iron lattice tower on the Champ de Mars for the 1889 World’s Fair, and as Parisian’s like to indicate on a regular basis…… it was not meant to be a permanent structure.

We spent seven hours in the Louvre on Saturday after it reopened and my absolute must see upon each visit is the Nike of Samothrace. This 2nd century Hellenistic sculpture has been a favorite of mine since college and has been prominently displayed at the Louvre since 1884.

It has been years since I frequented a tearoom and these tasty desserts are from the Café Richelieu-Angelina in the Louvre. The combination of elegance, charm and refinement are part of a breathtaking setting that over looks the main courtyard with the Pyramid [designed by I. M. Pei]. Angelina’s is famous for l’Africain an insanely rich hot chocolate that is served in a white ceramic pitcher with unsweetened whipped cream and powdered chocolate sprinkled everywhere …. and even you aren’t a chocoholic … this drink will blow your away!!! Next to the l’Africain is the pear and apple tart that if I can ever reproduce at home would be my crowning glory!

Still more to come,
Kathleen