Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Alain Ducasse - Naturalité - Plaza Athenee

This in one of the busiest weeks on the Paris calendar for events, tastings and openings. Maison et Objet brings everyone to town so it's the perfect opp.

Alain Ducasse, king of French cuisine with the most Michelin stars invited journalists to view his new documentary ,'Naturalité' at 9:30 am no less at the Grand Palais

Ducasse is going super organic/bio in his new restaurant at the Plaza Athénée. No meat will be served.

He spoke passionately of his concept and convictions for the new restaurant

Only fresh-caught seafood and legumes from small producteurs

We all got snacks of  cold-pressed juice from Nubiö and a Ducasse nut bar.

After we walked over to the Plaza Athenée to see the newly designed restaurant.

Chic.

Chic.

Chic. I have absolutely NOTHING to wear to these events PBers. Problems in Paradise...

On Avenue Montaigne at the hotel

If you're not walking please bring your cobalt Bugatti.

Plaza Athénée's awnings are appropriately radish red (see Ducasse's logo above).

Trés elegant

The Plaza Athénée bar is newly redone by the fabulous design team Patrick Jouin. Note the huge dazzling rock crystal bar tended by Thierry Hernandez.

The astonishing fabric-draped ceiling reflects Paris' haute couture.

Giant cloche dome forms reflect the chandeliers..more  dazzle.

The table candle lights reflect 

Reminding me of shiny decorative spheres at Maison Objet...

In the back a cabinet des curiosités - from musée Christofle.


Why do I not have a yellow vintage thread-bare Chanel jacket to wear PBers? What is one to do?

Drinks? Fresh-squeezed Granny Smith apple juice of course.

And freshly-line-caught Sardines and Mullet bien sur.
And Ducasse's iconic radis (radish) iced and farci. 
Do watch his 15-minute film Naturalité.
It will be good for your French.

30 comments:

  1. Anabelle7:10 AM

    What FAB glam!
    I'd like to be in your shoes even if they aren't the right shoes!!

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  2. See M&O for me!!!!
    Great Tongue in check on the Bugatti !!!

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  3. L in NYC8:32 AM

    Back to a small heel in your sandal....
    you must be all healed

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    1. What sandals?
      Got nuttin but rotten ballerinas no ones wears here

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    2. I wore those high sandals with jute base and ties in the 70's..:)(Platforms..lol)

      I love ballerinas..and I am certain whatever you wear looks fab.
      You've got so much style Carol.

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  4. Anonymous9:26 AM

    I saw wonderful vintage Chanel and other designer jackets at thrift shops in the 16th (of course....). They might not have been as chic-ly threadbare but the prices were right. They were mostly affiliated with Churches or social services groups.

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  5. Bonjour Carol, Thank you for sharing the video. It is beautiful and reminds me of why I am visiting France again next September. It is a great opportunity for me to measure my progress as I study French. (using duolingo and Coffee Break French podcast)

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    1. I've probably played it about 8-10 X...makes great background leçons imho.

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  6. Anonymous11:27 AM

    Please note that vintage "Chanel" jacket is in fact not vintage at all... it´s from Zara´s ss 2014 collection... I know because my wife has one... that lady lied to you when she said it was Chanel...

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    1. Nobody lied...just moi making a bad guess.
      Tanks. So I just have to get to Zara? Pas mal...pas de tout!

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    2. Anonymous11:09 AM

      Oh dear ...sorry!!!
      We live in the Algarve, Portugal and my wife works in a Bank and the other day when she wore it to work a client that is an emmigrant in Paris turned to her and hushed "Oh dear ...look your jacket is going threadbare... I didn´t realise the crisis here was so bad ..." Lol

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  7. Me too I read Ducasse's new concept on italian newspaper. Next week I hope I''ll be in Paris and I'll go to look Ducasse restaurant, but outside only, it is too expensive for me! Thank for your post, to share with us and your drawings are always beautiful! Helga

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    1. Definitely go inside Helga.
      Pretend your waiting for your friend...ahem ;))

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  8. Wowee that is so the route to fabulous! I suggest you hit Zara for Chanelesque jackets, its also good for versions of lots of high end stuff like Oscar, Balenciaga without the price tag.
    Colette and Intermix are supposed to be THE fashion places to see. If you go please post pics.

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  9. Here is your new assignment: comb through thrift shops, flea markets and wherever and show us what you can find (and afford!) to wear! I can hardly wait to see what you come up with! And if you find a bargain Channel that's in mint condition, distress that baby so you can be double chic!

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    1. You need to be skinny with tiny feet.
      I have neither and NO time to comb.
      Too busy going to grand affairs ;))

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  10. Vicki3:19 PM

    LOVE the shoes!!!

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  11. Sandy G3:20 PM

    I love that Hotel!
    My daughter and I stayed there a while ago and it was so nice.

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  12. Piper3:21 PM

    Tres posh

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  13. Gorgeous post. Love your take on all of it! Hooray for you for getting into this marvelous press op.

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  14. Anonymous3:32 PM

    There's heaps of fashionable sandals in the shops here - and even better ones- But you wont neeed sandals much longer this year (over there). A floral dress with a white cardigan!! Hardly chic..well I thought I saw more chic in Rome, Italy, myself.....However when it comes to food France reigns surely. No-one does a blog on food like you do Carole...as for Alain's freshly squeezed Granny Smith apples....LOL ....I'd be off to beautiful Angelina's for a chocolat chaud à l'africain to compensate...and a mont blanc too instead of the ..what?...leek bits wrapped in chocolate or something?! Too over the top M. Ducaisse.....Gwendoline in Australia.

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    1. It's going to be 80 degrees next week . . sandals still for a while . ..

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  15. L in NYC3:33 PM

    I thought one of the sandals shots was
    your feet....! the last one.... oopppps!
    sorry!

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  16. Good Lord! It's nice to see that some people still have money :)
    That crystal bar is really something!

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  17. Very interesting! What are the moebius strips on the table with the candle? Do they have a function? Do love the navy sandals! Zara is great for good looking clothing and their sizing does tend to be slightly more democratic than some shops. The one near Opera is the best.

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  18. I love the navy sandals....wonder if I can get them at Target.

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  19. Thank you for the film and the photos!

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  20. OOOH, I'd love to go there. The news about him forgoing meat made news even in far-flung Australia. It still looks quite warm, I just checked the temperatures- it's warmer than I would have thought of in September.

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