I am excited to introduce the first article by our new contributing editor, Kamila Brudzynska, in which she explores Emmanuelle Alt's favorite spots in Paris as told to Louis Vuitton. I don't know about you, but I would love to hop a flight to Paris right now and experience Emmanuelle's haunts firsthand... Dziękuję Kamila!
Emmanuelle Alt's Five Paris Favorites
By Kamila Brudzynska
Emmanuelle Alt recently shared her five favorite places in Paris with Louis Vuitton as part of their first iPhone application and companion web site, louisvuittonamble.com. Both were made for people who love to travel as new ways to collect memories and share them with friends. Users, or "amblers," can record discoveries by photo, video, or audio on the iPhone — new great stores, galleries, restaurants, museums — whatever you want! All "amblers" can also look for inspirations from Louis Vuitton friends who suggest their own favorite "ambles" such as Emmanuelle Alt.
Le Galerie De L’Instant is known because of great exhibitions such as “Rocks Off” by Dominique Tarle in 2009, “Marilyn” in 2010, and “Soul Survivors” by Ethan Russel and Dominique Tarle in 2010. The gallery is located on 46 Rue de Poitou. “This indie gallery has great exhibits and doesn’t focus on star photographers. I go there to buy print for my friends. A good gift idea for those who already own everything!” Emmanuelle advises.
It is obvious that an editor-in-chief of a fashion magazine would be fanatical about beautiful photo books. According to Emmanuelle, “This library is a paradise for photography book lovers. I buy a lot of them. I can stay in this place for hours, browsing and talking with the passionate owner.” Where? In Comptoir De L’Image on 38-50 Rue de Sévigné. It is one of these amazing places where you can find old issues for example of Vogue or Harper’s Bazaar, designer's catalogs from the past, and, of course, rare photo books.
In typical French fashion, Emmanuelle Alt adores delicious food so she chose two of her favorite restaurants for LV Amble. First, Le Duc at 243 Boulevard Raspail. Emmanuelle loves the “old-school and 'serious' vibe that reminds me of Louis de Funès movies from the 70s! Men in suits having 3-hours lunch breaks… Only in Paris.” It is a place with a well-known chef, Pascal Hélard, where you meet mostly Parisians, rarely tourists.
Another of her favorite restaurants, Marius et Janette, shows that Emmanuelle is classic Parisienne: “I hate standardized restaurants that could be anywhere in the world, and this one is definitely Parisian: classic service and set-up. Definitely a 'Sunday restaurant' in the most French tradition.” The restaurant is located at 4 Avenue George V. When you look closer at the menus in both restaurants, you might notice that Emma likes to eat seafood. Maybe this is one of the reasons for her amazing figure.
The last place that Emmanuelle suggests as her favorite is Leonor Greyl, a health and beauty salon on 17 Rue Tronchet. It is a brand which uses only natural products as their ingredients. Emmanuelle likes this place mostly because of privacy and as you should know this is a very important thing for her: “I love that this salon is hidden upstairs in an apartment building, giving you total privacy while being styled. Their hair massages are heavenly and the products fantastic. Truly a relaxing moment.”
Another idea for the Louis Vuitton campaign was making videos with their friends called “Louis Vuitton Fashion Week Perspectives.” Emmanuelle Alt is standing at the balcony of the Hotel Crillon in Place la Concorde. She talks about Paris: “I’m in love with this city, I enjoy living here, I was born here. And whatever age you are, you feel good here;” photographers: “I usually have photographers with me… One or two during the fashion week. They are fascinated by Paris. Someone like Terry Richardson sees Paris like in a 'cliché'. He still thinks Parisians carry a baguette all the time, it’s really cute the way he sees the city;” bloggers: “Bloggers are more informed than anyone about everything, about your career, what you did, what you’re wearing. They are doing a great work for us. In fact, when I look for data about a photographer or someone’s past I’m well informed thanks to them;” and, of course, Louis Vuitton: “What is great about Louis Vuitton is that you never know what to expect. Some brands are more predictable. What makes Marc (Jacobs) unique is his ability to surprise everybody. Marc managed with this tight schedule to make it funny, it’s the same at his New York shows, I really enjoy this event. It’s a fascinating brand.” The video is definitely worth watching!
Emmanuelle Alt and Paris images courtesy of louisvuittonamble.com.