Thursday, February 23, 2012

Global Architecture: Parisian Chic
Hello LDV readers! Brendan here of (BAD) Blog About Design. Paris is the city of great food, high fashion, impeccable architecture, and all-out glamour. The architecture you see in Paris today is the result of mid-19th century urban remodeling. Until the beginning of Haussman's advent, Paris was a city of narrow streets and half-timber houses. During Haussman's advent, quarters were leveled, and wide avenues lined with neoclassical stone buildings took their place. Much of the medieval city was destroyed, an estimated 60%. (ABOVE) Paris houses many of the world's magnificent cathedrals. The Basilica of the Sacré Coeur was built on Montmartre from 1875-1914. The cathedral is built in the Romano-Byzantine style by architect Paul Abadie. The stone dome is a highly visible landmark in the city. A few streets away from the Sacré Coeur is  Place du Terte, a square where many artists set up their easels and paint. Place du Terte was where many now famous artists such as Picasso and Utrillo painted away. (THE FASHION) For both sets I was inspired by the photograph of the Basilica of the Sacré Coeur. The dresses and accessories mirror the structure's rigid lines and intricate details. I am a huge fan of the drape dress on the right. It's light and perfect for the spring. The sunglasses are also a favorite of mine, they're the perfect accessory for an afternoon in a Parisian Café. In the second set I am in love with the 70s print maxi dress. It's chic, glamorous and perfect for a day in a Parisian park. The enameled rope necklace is brilliant, it adds a dash of the unexpected. Who doesn't love a surprise?
Designer and Architect Robert Couturier, designed this 9,000 square foot Manhattan penthouse to suite the needs of a couple that craved French interiors. The penthouse, a 1920s gem overlooking Central Park, had not been updated since the 1970s. Courtier stripped the home of its dark wood paneling and gave it energy, with a home that is French, yet does not feel stuck in the past. The way in which Courtier planned the Living Room, allows for multiple conversation areas, as well as the ability to move and reconfigure its layout. The sofa, 1970s French Plexiglas arm chairs, and upholstery of the Louis XV duchesse en bateau, give the space its contemporary edge. However, the wall treatment, and Louis XVI mahogany cabinet are uniquely 17th century French. (THE FASHION) For both sets I was inspired by the room designed by Couturier. In the space, Couturier incorporates patterns. The shimmer dress to the left has a great pattern and captures the look of the space brilliantly. The shimmer dress can be dressed up or dressed down. The scarf wrapped sandals are so beautiful and perfect for a glamorous afternoon of shopping on the Champs-Elysees. In the second set I am in love with the halter gown. It's a beautiful color and is perfect for any event when in Paris. The accessories that go with this set are beyond major. I can't choose one that stands out! 


Jalon Burton said...

FAN-TABULOUS! What a wonderful post, I had to spend a few extra minutes here just soaking it all in! And... com'on, really... a 9,000 square foot Manhattan penthouse? WHOA! Thanks for sharing, and have a terrific Thursday.

Kristy @ I Design Love said...

Love Paris! I have never been, but have been dying to go. Love that House of Harlow Arrowhead Necklace.

Laura Trevey said...

Gorgeous ~ I love all the dresses!!

Great to see you Brendan on LDV!!

Stefanie Grace said...

LOVE these pictures! I was in Paris last week and it makes me want to go back! It's such beautiful architecture to wander around in!