After watching endless seasons of Sex and The City (which finished on avenue Montaigne, ironically enough) I was convinced that Jimmy Choo was an American brand. Not so. The company is English and the man himself - now Jimmy Choo OBE no less - is now based in London.
A fairly recent venture (started at the end of the 1980s), the shoe line so venerated in the TV series - and even sung about by Beyonce! - is no longer Mr. Choo's priority (he sold his share to a holdings company a while ago) as he concentrates on his Jimmy Choo Couture business.
However, finely-crafted shoes (often made in Italy) are what he is famous for, and most of his avenue Montaigne store is dedicated to them. There may be fifty Jimmy Choo stores around the world now, but the most elegant address has to be on avenue Montaigne.
Thanks to his creativity in producing some of the best fashion and still life photography, the American photographer Irving Penn (1917-2009) succeeded to make a name for himself throughout the world at a very early stage of his career.
His works were on so many occasions featured in Vogue magazine and also used for advertisement for renowned clients such as Clinique and Issey Miyake.
Until January 29th, 2018, the Galeries nationales of the Grand Palais will be presenting, in partnership with the Metropolitan Museum of Art of New York, a grand exhibition of Penn’s most wonderful and interesting photographs to celebrate the centennial of his birth. It holds a remarkable selection of his works that retraces his career, life, and passions.
Simplicity and elegance, two of the major characteristics of the artist’s style are shown to the audiences at the museum through more than 235 photographic prints, amazing drawings, and paintings.
Nudes, beauty, still life, cigarettes, fashion, and debris, all of these different genres are highlighted in the exhibition. So, don't miss it!
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