Riding Like Royalty

Paris trumped us again.

For just a little extra oomph in the morning metro ride, the French RER system in Paris has refurbished a train to resemble the iconic extravagance of Versailles. Funded by the Palace itself, this transformation is a little bit ridiculous and a little bit amazing – much like it’s royal origins.

You have to hand it to them for embracing their sordid history and twirling it for the 21st century.

If every train was re-envisioned to the tune of royal architecture – like say Buckingham, Alhambra, or the Forbidden City – perhaps we could spend our daily commutes channeling our ancestors’ historic aspirations for glory. Just a thought.

[via MailOnline]


Holographic Seduction

The impending holographic future is inevitable, but until we get there, holograms still seem so rare and magical – as if they were straight out of the sci-fi flicks. With the recent Tupac hologram phenomenon, it was only a matter of time before commerce took over.

A Parisian lingerie store named Empreinte, with the help of design agency Carling International, conceptualized a holographic window display that lights up after store hours.

The masked coquette enchants passer-bys after 9pm each night, strutting half-naked in lingerie. She disappears in a shower of stars only to come back later to begin the loop again. Executed by Animatik Studio AS, the display seems nothing short of marketing genius. Watch below and you’ll see what I mean.

High Art + High Fashion

I love when art and fashion come together. It seems like such an obvious relationship yet we’re still very excited at each occurrence. I believe it has to do with making the uber world of art feel just slightly less stodgy when linked with the more glamorous vernacular of fashion.

There is Salvatore Ferragamo’s Museo de Ferragamo. Francois Pinault’s Punta della Dogana and now Bernard Arnault’s Gehry-designed, Louis Vuitton Foundation for Creation, set to debut in Paris next year. In the works since 2006 the $200 million home for Arnault’s private collection is set to open in late 2012. According to Forbes, “The museum will hold Arnault’s vast corporate and private collections of art, including 20th-century classics from Picasso, Yves Klein, Henry Moore and Andy Warhol mixed with modern work by Agnes Martin, Frank Serra, Jeff Koons and Pierre Huyghe.”

When this opens, we will be on the lookout for the most fabulous parties that Paris can handle.