PB readers, we'll be visiting 'Trocadéro' : trokadéro or Troh-kah-deh-roh today.
Can we ever have enough of marine stripes? Sailors stripes are right up there with macarons and ballerines as best-loved Frenchie trendie (tendence) style icons. 35 haute-couture outfits designed by Jeanne Lanvin to Jean Paul Gaultier, Chanel, Dior, Givenchy, Yves Saint Laurent to see... Sonia Rykiel's witty striped pull (sweater) with a sailor's pompom hat embroidered at the waist... The REAL thing in a 30's poster. French sailor songs and snipets of Gene Kelley in On the Town are playing in the background to get you in a nautical mood...A 20's fashion statement... All kinds of ephemera illustrate the love for the navy.Even old French dollies wore striped sailor suits. The everlasting bateau-neck striped T will always be a permanent fashion fixture. Jean-Paul Gaultier has created a special affordable collection for the museum gift shop of this classic. I was tempted but the call of the macaron was stronger.
Their macarons are gorgeous and well worth the trip to the 16th arrondissement.
But first stop in at the new exhibit at le Musee National de la Marine at 17, place du Trocadéro to see the influence of sailor's gear on fashion at the Les Marins Font la Mode show. "When the Navy inspires French fashion" (closed Tuesdays and open tous les jours de 10 à 18h -9 euros)