Holistic expo poster
A brand-new U
by Georgina Oliver
You're back. Brand-new. The creative spark in you is alive. The
new you is into new brands. New faces. New places. If you've changed
your mind about something, now's the time to make a U-turn. Otherwise,
go for it!
A new wave of holistic expos addresses the you that's off to a
fresh start. At l'Espace Auteuil (place de la Porte d'Auteuil,
16e) Oct 5-9, Rentrez Zen! is zee place to shop around for a new
brain and body. 150 stands, 100 ateliers and 10 conferences. All
dedicated to self-development and well-being. Alternative psychology.
Natural therapies. Herbal cosmetics. And organic food. Info: 01
45 56 09 09.
What could be more symbolic of back to the city energy than a
new hairstyle? How do you see yourself? With extra-long extensions
or ruby-red streaks? The Lucie Saint-Clair salon chain has hired
a new artistic director who has all the answers. Color and cut
expert Eric Bachelet likes to "repersonalize" a woman's appearance.
According to him, she should look in the mirror, and say: "That's
me. But better. Much better."
Mere mention of a necktie evokes the obligation to wear an executive
suit and wristwatch, after several weeks of barefootin' in the
sand. No need. Swatch has designed a feather-light watch worn
'round the neck, like an all-access pass to a rock concert. The
name of this brand-new model is "neck-tie." (Available at Swatch's
new place Vendôme boutique.)
Everybody's talkin' about Irina Volkonskii's new jewelry shop
The Colette concept store, at 213 rue St-Honoré, is under constant
pressure to reinvent itself. Their newest idea? A Marianne Robic
Flower Bar, starting Sept 1. Their exhibition schedule? A show
called "Do Create" (Sept 4 to Oct 7) and a picture portfolio by
New York-based celebrity photographer Jessica Craig-Martin. Titled
"Party Girl," it coincides with a new book meant to capture the
"poignant self-invention" of nightclubbers.
You've seen all the stars from Sharon Stone to Oasis' Liam Gallagher
in updated versions of Burberry's signature crisscross. So,
why not show you've noticed the trend, but want to be different,
by sporting the colors of another Picadilly tailor? Daks, who
recently fêted the 25th anniversary of their house check here,
at the British embassy, will be inaugurating a new London emporium
in Old Bond Street on September 27.
"Metamorphosis" is the theme of the Festival d'Ile de France,
a 33-concert fest presenting prestigious classical and experimental
music in the context of some of the most captivating monuments
in and around Paris. Through October 15, with guided visits. And,
for the second year running, an urban section dubbed "Factory"
spotlights newer sounds: DJ/techno, world music, jungle jazz...
(Oct 12-14, Le Trabendo, Parc de la Villette, 19e). General bookings:
01 58 71 01 01.
The idea of looking at a monument with fresh eyes is the concept
behind "Chacun cherche un coin qu'il aime bien" (loosely, "everybody
needs some place...,," an educational dance project cum visual
arts installation at the Abbaye de Maubuisson: a Cistercian monastery
in St-Ouen-l'Aumône (a 20-minute train ride from Gare d'Austerlitz).
The participants? Choreographers, teachers, a team of enthusiastic
kids and four architecture students aged 23 to 27. Till Sept 25,
with special sessions during national heritage weekend (Sept 16
& 17). Infoline: 01 34 64 36 10.
In the buildup to the Sydney Olympics, Monoprix presents an Australian
food promo this fall. The Woolloomooloo brand's Oz dishes include
kangaroo curry, rumsteak de kangourou au poivre australien and
Ozzie pie. All to be washed down with Bundaberg's genuine natural
ginger beer, of course!
It's satchel time again... Ever noticed how schoolkids tend to
suck their erasers? Trouble is so many of them look like candy!
And, French moms will tell you they're toxique. Which is why Faber-Castell
has brought out a colorful PVC-free range sold in a protective
cellophane wrapping. (6F)
To promote the city's gardens, the Mairie de Paris set up a program
of guided visits in English this summer. Initially aimed at non-French-speaking
tourists, this facility is availbale until the end of September.
A welcome opportunity for back-to-school expats to enjoy an instructive
2-hour strole... Three options: the Père-Lachaise cemetery, the
reconverted Bercy site (12e) and the futuristic André-Citroën
park (15e). Tue & Sat, 38F. Contact: Roseline Manière: 01 40 71
Ke Wen demonstrate QI Gong
Eric Bachelet haistyle
© Lucie Saint-Clair
Handcuff bracelet by Irina Volkonskii
"Party Girl" photo
© Jessica Craig-Martin/Colette
courtsey of Desert Rose