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city trip: paris (nov ’12)

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Photoessay: Merci.

I finally visited the concept store Merci in Paris! I had read so much about it on blogs like decor8 and HiP Paris, and couldn’t wait to visit myself. We encountered the iconic car parked out front, this time in the theme of ‘Just Married’…

Merci Concept Store.

Merci Concept Store.

Merci Concept Store.

Loving the garden set-up out front…

Merci Concept Store.

Featured in the store was a small exhibition by French artist Aurelie Mathigot (featured previously on blogs like BloesemPia Jane Bijkerk and apartment therapy). As she writes on her website, her work is “largely inspired by the notion of recovery and the necessity of talking about everyday life in another -new- way,” and this can be seen by the use of ordinary spoons, below…

Merci Concept Store.

Merci Concept Store.

This wall is also part of the exhibition. I loved the lace/crochet wrapped around the wooden trees, see below…

And of course I had to snap a shot of the stack of books they had, by the name “Merci” by Daniel Pennac – a wise and witty story about a writer who uses the occasion of an award ceremony to thank all those who have helped and hindered him in his career (purchase the book in French here).

Merci Concept Store.

Merci is located at 111 Boulevard Beaumarchais 75003 Paris, and open Monday through Sunday from 10am to 7pm.

Photoessay: Madame Grès.

As I mentioned in last weekends weekend post, I visited the Musee Bourdelle for the exhibition, “Madame Grès, La Couture a L’Oeuvre.” This was my favorite piece by Germaine Émilie Krebs, or “Madame Grès” herself, a cotton evening gown created in 1980 (I love how you can still see the needles that hold the dress together)…

Madame Grès.

Madame Grès.

Madame Grès.

Madame Grès.

And this is a photograph taken by Willy Maywald in 1954 featuring a similar work by Grès (a dress that was shown at an international exposition in New York in 1939)…

Madame Grès.

Visit the Musée Bourdelle for the Madame Grès exhibition (until July 24th) at 16 rue Antoine Bourdelle, 75015 Paris. Read more about the exhibition here, here and here.

Update: Famous Fashion critic/New York Times writer Suzy Menkes has written a review of the Madame Gres exhibition, click here for the article.