L'ECLAIREUR; New Sevigne Boutique

Celebrating 30 years of avant-garde fashions and designer brands, owners Martine and Armand Hadida are pleased to present their latest multibrand boutique in the Marais in Paris.  This high-concept location was designed by Belgian artist Arne Quinze and features  147 video screens as well as an organic, twisted-wood sculpture.  Meant to be a true "experience",  the store combines reality with illusion and creates a distinctive moment for each visitor.



Much like the boutiques, the L'ELAIREUR website is also an interactive experience that combines  cutting edge design with true artistic sensibility and presentation.  

Check out great coverage about the new L'Eclaireur and Arne Quinze at Yatzer.

Lust Must: Boots

GQ's Jim Moore did a great online feature about one of Milan's fashion week highlights...the boot.

Check out some of these great must-haves for Fall 2010:


1. Bottega Veneta
2. Armani
3. Burberry
4. Dolce & Gabbana
5. DSquared2
6. John Varvatos

                             images from www.gq.com





As always, some great new images from www.fantasticsmag.com

Photography by: Richard Dubois
Model: Bobbi @ Elmer Olsen

Photography by: Mike Lewis
Models: Adam C and Steven B @ Elmer Olsen

Merci; A Parisian Retail Benchmark

More than just fashion and interior decor, Merci is rooted in philanthropic ideals.  With a carefully crafted selection of fashion and interiors, this benchmark in retail shopping also includes a florist and library/cafe and has set up a foundation to donate profits to help children in the poorest countries throughout the world. 

The "used-book cafe" features second hand books that can be purchased for 5 Euros and feature a rubber stamp that indicates the book-donors name.

A special thanks to Blake Kuwahara who snapped these images during his recent trip to Paris.

R.I.P.: Fashion Designer Alexander McQueen

CNN is reporting that Alexander McQueen's reps have confirmed that Mr. McQueen was found dead in his London home on Thursday.

The Daily Mail notes that his death comes just days after the death of McQueen's mother.


Alexandra Shulman, editor of British Vogue, said Mr McQueen had influenced a whole generation of designers. She added: "His brilliant imagination knew no bounds as he conjured up collection after collection of extraordinary designs."His death is the hugest loss to anyone who knew him and for very many who didn't." A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: "We were called by London Ambulance Service at about 10.20am this morning to reports of a man found dead at an address in Green Street, W1. "He is believed to be 40-years-old and from London. Next of kin have been informed, however we await formal identification before releasing the name of the deceased. "A post mortem examination and inquest will take place in due course. "The death is being treated as non-suspicious."  - BBC

Nico van der Meulen Architects; South Africa Residence

Designed by Rudolph van der Meulen of Nico van der Meulen Architects, this home in South Africa redefines modern simplicity and integration.  With the goal of connecting the exterior views with the interior spaces and creating the perfect entertaining areas, this design represents another marvel from the NvdM team.

Read more about this home @ Sandtonmag.com

images courtesy of designcrave.com