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Clockwise from top left: Public outdoor performance at entertainment space Wanderlust (photo: Intramuros); from the Yiqing Yin autumn-winter 2012 collection (photo: Laurence Laborie); shoppers at PGL by Pigalle’s fashion capsule.
LEFT of centre THE REGENERATION OF AN INDUSTRIAL WASTELAND ON THE LEFT BANK OF THE RIVER SEINE HAS CREATED A REVOLUTIONARY NEW CREATIVE HUB IN PARIS, DISCOVERS ELLA LOMBARDI.
n days gone by, Parisians and international visitors could enjoy contemporary art in places such as the Centre Pompidou, the Palais de Tokyo and the La Gaïté Lyrique. But there was never an all-encompassing home of fashion and design. Until now. Take a short drive across the river from Bastille to the Left Bank and you’ll find Les Docks, the former Parisian port area near the Gare d’Austerlitz that’s now the Cité de la Mode et du Design (www.paris-docks-en-sene. fr), a fusion of fashion boutiques, galleries and
workshop spaces. Fashion and art aren’t the only drawcards though; Les Docks also plays host to chic bars, cafés and restaurants, including the first rooftop nightclub in Paris, perched on the River Seine with unrivalled views across the city. Inspired by the ebb and flow of the Seine, architects Dominique Jakob and Brenda MacFarlane transformed the main historic 1907 warehouse with the addition of an eye-popping lime green, caterpillar-like structure that appears to float upon the river at night.
While Les Docks has become the hip hangout for students of the prestigious fashion college, l’Institut Français de la Mode (the area’s first new tenant), exclusive boutiques and spaces are devoted to – and curated by – fashion’s emerging and established stars. These include up-andcoming haute couture talent Yiqing Yin (www. yiquing yin.com) and PGL by Pigalle (www.pigalleparis.fr), which has a pop-up space dedicated to upcoming fashion labels. There’s also the Silvera Outdoor designer furniture store that sits alongside two galleries known simply as M1 and M3.
Published on Jun 20, 2013
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