Maria “Nina” Ricci and starting building her fashion house wih the help of her son Robert in the 1930s, with her feminine dresses drawing attention for their “elegance without extravagance” and his classic perfumes - including L’Air du Temps and its Lalique-designed bottle - still top sellers today.
Both Maria and Robert are no longer with us, but the brand lives on and the flagship store on avenue Montaigne has recently reopened after six months of renovation. It is now an ocean of soft-lit Kubrickian white and powder grey, designed to be much like a Parisian apartment where each successive room is smaller, cosier and more intimate.
If you are a woman who's not afraid of showing off a little skin in slightly transparent designer clothing, Nina Ricci is for you, and this store would be the place to find all the brand's creations including the new line of bags and, erm, fur.
Being one of the most fascinating and challenging painting techniques, the technique of pastel was actually very popular and fashionable among the 19th - century artists. French artists, like Edgar Degas, for instance, innovated this technique and employed it with an almost expressionist spirit, making it his primary medium to create some of the finest pieces of art.
Today, the Petit Palais des Champs Elysées Paris gives you an unparalleled chance to see a large body of works made with pastels and which have rarely been shown.
Over 150 pieces out of the museum’s collection which holds around two hundred masterpieces await you. So, don’t miss this outstanding opportunity to discover them.
From Renoir to Gauguin to Degas, many iconic artists are present through their works.
"The art of the pastel of Degas to Redon" started from September 15th, 2017, and will last until April 8th, 2018. So, consider visiting the art museum of the Petit Palais.