10 must-know back-to-school news

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This year's back-to-school season looks particularly exciting! Between the funniest show in the world, the most anticipated collection in the fashion sphere, the reopening of a legendary restaurant, and the exhibition that makes us quiver with anticipation, we bet you can't wait to come back, right?

Spamalot's Comeback

It's the funniest musical ever produced, and it took a true fan to perfectly bring this gem to life. Adapted from Monty Python's Holy Grail, a masterpiece of humor revered by connoisseurs, this Broadway cult classic had its Bobino adaptation a decade ago by Pef, an ardent BBC gang enthusiast. The actor and director will revive his beloved show at the Théâtre de Paris, bringing to the stage the comical and absurd characters of King Arthur's court on their quest for the Holy Grail, encountering obstacles and traps of all kinds. Guaranteed laughter!

Starting from September 23rd at Théâtre de Paris, 15 rue Blanche, Paris 9th. Tickets starting from €20, reservations at theatredeparis.com.

The Reopening of La Tour d'Argent

Closed since spring 2022 for extensive renovations, the legendary Michelin-starred restaurant La Tour d'Argent will reopen its doors this fall. Everything has been revamped, including a bar, a lounge, and, of course, a panoramic dining room on the 6th floor. As a big novelty, the rooftop on the 7th floor will be utilized for a chic drink with a breathtaking view of Paris. The sight is simply magical. The highlight of the show? An entire apartment available for rent for an exceptional evening, offering the opportunity to wake up facing Notre-Dame de Paris. And, as always, the divine cuisine of Yannick Franques, revisiting the iconic recipes of the house. An exciting version 2.0!

La Tour d'Argent, 5 quai de la Tournelle, Paris 5th. Reopening in early August.

The Inauguration of the Grand Mazarin Hotel

This one has been delayed for a while! After Crillon le Brave on Mont Ventoux, Lou Pinet in Saint-Tropez, and Coucou in the mountains, Maisons Pariente (founded by businessman and Naf Naf founder Patrick Pariente with his daughters) will finally present its brand-new 5-star hotel in the heart of the Marais, Paris. The hotel will feature 61 rooms and 11 suites with a colorful decor inspired by literary salons, designed by Martin Brudnizki (La Plage Parisienne, Harry’s Bar in London…). The establishment will include a bar, restaurant, terrace, pool, sauna, and hammam. A dream come true!

The Grand Mazarin, 17 rue de la Verrerie, Paris 4th. Opening scheduled for September 2023. © Vincent Leroux

Phoebe Philo's Fashion Comeback

Fashion never really recovered from Phoebe Philo's departure in 2018 after a decade as the creative director of Céline… to the extent that the Instagram account @oldceline, dedicated to her creations for the Parisian fashion house, has almost 400k followers. The English designer, who trained with Stella McCartney at Central Saint Martins, will unveil her own brand in September, supported by LVMH. Her collections are already promising to embody her signature elegance, combining minimalism with grace through noble materials and sleek cuts. Fans are eagerly awaiting the fashion week this fall, with all the spotlight on the stylist…

More details to follow on instagram.com
© Instagram/ @phoebephilodiary

The Most Glamorous Sports Class in Paris

This is the affordable luxury that we will love to treat ourselves to this fall. Head to the Ritz for 7 sports sessions held in its marvelous garden, right on the lawn. From August 23rd to September 2nd, the chicest palace in Paris calls upon the talents (and long legs!) of Kalon's founders and former cabaret dancers Emma Rigby and Sophie Fourçans Dibdin, as well as Morgane Miller from JYMP, to keep our bikini bodies in shape (or at least give them a little workout) during a glamorous sports class. Afterward, you can relax around the hotel's legendary pool and savor a freshly pressed detox juice, enjoying your star moment a little longer.

Class price: €95 per person. Reservation at ritzparis.com. Each session is limited to twelve participants. Suitable for all levels.
© Ritz Paris

The Opening of Maison Gainsbourg and Its Museum

As the late Jane Birkin already said in her daughter Charlotte's film (Jane by Charlotte, 2021), "nothing has changed since the day of his death." After extensive renovations and the creation of a museum and a bar, Serge Gainsbourg's house reopens its doors this fall. It's an opportunity to rediscover the discography of the singer and perhaps delve into the films and albums of his loved ones to enjoy a retrospective of the most bohemian of French families.

Maison Gainsbourg, 14 rue de Verneuil, Paris 7th. Opening on September 20th. Tickets sold out for now, new availability coming soon.
© Tony Franck

The Exhibition We're Eagerly Anticipating: Azzedine Alaïa at Palais Galliera

“Fashionable people on the sidewalk!” - or rather, at Palais Galliera! The Paris Fashion Museum will host nearly 140 pieces from the private collection of Azzedine Alaïa in late September. More than a couturier, this specialist in the little black dress and perfect cut collected historical creations throughout his life, bearing witness to the history and evolution of fashion. The exhibition will feature works from Chanel, Charles James, Christian Dior by YSL, as well as pieces from PATOU and Comme des Garçons. Enough to make Anna Wintour's wardrobe pale in comparison!

Azzedine Alaïa, couturier collector at Musée de la Mode de Paris - Palais Galliera, 10 Avenue Pierre Ier de Serbie, Paris 16th. Starting from September 27th, open from Tuesday to Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm. Admission €15.
© Patricia Schwoerer / rgmparis

The Film of the Season: Killer of the Flower Moon by Martin Scorsese

The godfather of Italian-American action cinema, known for directing classics such as Casino, Raging Bull, and Goodfellas, delights cinephiles with a highly anticipated film starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert De Niro, both regulars in his films. The story revolves around love, politics, and ethnic conflicts, as the FBI investigates the disappearance of Osage Native Americans, who became incredibly wealthy due to the discovery of oil on their lands. The film promises to be sumptuous, set against the stunning landscapes of the American West in the 1920s!

Killer of the Flower Moon by Martin Scorsese (2023), in theaters on October 18th, then available for streaming on Apple TV +.

The Upcoming Book: "Vous ne connaissez rien de moi" by Julie Héraclès

Everyone is familiar with the iconic photo by Robert Capa, "La tondue de Chartres," depicting a young woman, shorn and reviled by the crowd, cradling a baby in her arms. But do you know the story of Simone, the woman behind "La tondue," with a strong and absolutely fiery personality? For her first novel, Julie Héraclès draws inspiration from this powerful image, creating a flamboyant narrative that pays tribute to the woman condemned by her country for loving a German. Simply brilliant!

"Vous ne connaissez rien de moi" by Julie Héraclès, published by Éditions JC Lattès. Available in bookstores on August 23rd, 2023.

The New Series We're Eagerly Awaiting: Supermodels on Apple TV +

This news has us all excited: a series about the iconic supermodels of the 1980s, tracing the careers of the renowned Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford, Linda Evangelista, and Christy Turlington. Through exclusive interviews and behind-the-scenes footage of fashion shows, we learn how these four women from different corners of the world came together in New York and united to redefine the rules of the ruthless world of modeling. Together, they shattered norms and became symbols of an era, inspiring countless women!

Supermodels starting from September 20th on Apple TV +.

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