As September draws to a close, we’re rounding out the month with an artistic turn in Paris and flagging some major NYC-based events to follow in the days ahead (film fans, take note).
While the days might be getting shorter, there’s certainly no shortage of inspiration at CF HQ – in fact we’re bubbling with ideas and top suggestions for what to do, buy and watch this week. From recipe cards to a virtual trip to Florence, here’s what’s on our radar right now.
STAY HERE Hotel Les Deux Gares
Interior designer Luke Edward Hall dons a new chapeau. In a design first, the feted UK creative has transformed the interiors of Hotel Les Deux Gares, combining English chic with French soul. The decor here is entirely on brand for LEH – think bright colours, Art-Deco furniture and a peppering of chintz and pomp. While it’s rare for us to rave about the stylings of a gym, this one, complete with Svekst Tenn wallpapering, is pretty darn cute. Located in Paris’s 10th arrondissement, it’s a one-minute walk from Gare de l’Est and three minutes on foot from Gare du Nord (ideal for Eurostar weekenders). Single rooms start from an affordable €110, and breakfast at Café Les Deux Gares (hotel guest, or otherwise) plates up premium produce, put together by Chef Jonathan Schweizer, for €16. Croissants, café crème and copious Provencal cheeses await.
SHOP THIS Poppy for Mrs Alice
The art of hosting and table decoration is something Alice Naylor-Leyland can consider herself a master of. Whimsical, elegant designs, typically in pastel hues, have long been Naylor-Leyland’s TM (see @mrsalice for fanciful tablescapes, joyously OTT birthday parties and refined interiors galore). Launching her eponymous shop in 2019, Mrs. Alice has opened up her dreamsical design world to the masses, and now her long-time friend, Poppy Delevigne, is following suit. Mrs. Alice’s latest collaboration with our favourite Delevigne sister celebrates fun and friendship, with Poppy’s chinoiserie-inspired collaboration considered “the perfect fusion of fashion and tableware”. On first glance, we’re eyeing up the rose-stained palm candle holders, a pair of ceramic parakeets, a fabulous dahlia tablecloth, a set of 6 aperitif glasses and some sweet teal napkins bows… Well, it’s hard to pick favourites sometimes.
WATCH THIS New York Film Festival
New York Film Festival is diversifying its festival programme this year, offering attendees a mixture of virtual screening and drive-in viewings in lieu of larger-scale, in-door events. Drive-ins will be hosted at locations across Queens, Brooklyn and the Bronx while virtual screenings (which also operate under a capacity limit) will be readily available to those viewers screening from the US or US territories (including Puerto Rico, Guam, US Virgin Islands, American Samoa and the Northern Mariana Islands).With the 58th edition of the festival launching on 17 September, it’s likely a few epic movies will have passed you by (for now). Steve McQueen’s 68-minute short, Lover’s Rock, for one. Still, there’s a roster of tantalising new films to peruse between now and 11 October. CF’s top pick: Spike Lee’s filmed version of David Byrne’s critically acclaimed stage show, American Utopia.
VISIT HERE Gucci Garden
A visit to Museo Gucci no longer requires a trip to Florence. Gucci-lovers can now take an online tour of the museum (surveying three floors of artwork and archival pieces) and garden (note the soothing soundtrack of chirping birds playing on loop in the background). Learn more about the fashion house’s history, stopping to click on panels for further information when a particularly fabulous blouse of ballgown stops you in your tracks, before making ways for the gift shop – to relish history in the making. Virtual visitors can buy clothing, accessories, and ephemera previously available onsite only (the Gucci Garden boutique is known for its exclusive goods). It’s the next best thing to a real-life visit to Piazza della Signoria. Our plans for tonight? We’re donning our brocade Princetown slippers and kicking back Italian style for an afternoon with Alessandro (Michele).
WRITE ON THIS Papier x Hoste
Papier have teamed up with beloved supper-club hostess and TV personality, Laura Jackson for their latest lustable collection. Spanning recipe notecards, notebooks, hosting books, menus, place cards and wedding invitations, we’re feeling rather spoilt for choice with this one. Laidback designs match the effortless vibe that Laura and her lifestyle brand, Hoste, are known for, with fun colour combinations – think burnt orange paired with pastel blue – presented alongside playful motifs. Whether hosting a supper for six, or planning to #makeamealofit with breakfast for one, sod saving these chaps for a special occasion – they’re intended to add a little something extra to the everyday.