Marie Cazenave in her Boudoir full of her hand-made 50’s inspired pin-up lingerie.
An overnight stay in Montmartre in Paris, and a quick delve into it’s treasure trove of boutiques offered rich pickings for bargains including three vintage dresses for 10 euros! Amongst these is Le Boudoir De Marie on Rue D’Orsel. Something resembling Katy Perry’s wardrobe, it’s literally crammed full of retro trinkets and cheeky hand-made lingerie designed by Marie Cazenave, pictured. Read more about shopping, eating and partying in Montmartre on the blog.
Shopping in Montmartre, Paris and partying at La Machine in the Moulin Rouge.
[dropcap]A[/dropcap] stay in the ‘last village of Paris’ provided a nostalgic whirl of shopping, dancing and eating. I’ve only ever been to Paris for the purposes of sight seeing with family friends who delight in communicating with me in French even though I know little beyond, ‘je voudrais le petit chou-fleur’, so we eased ourselves in by way of Montmartre. Fantasy and reality blurred in the vintage clothes shops and cafes that are the backdrop for Joanne Harris’s novel Lollipop Shoes, the follow-up to Chocolat; a time-warp perfectly fitting for the story of Vianne Rocher, running away from her past lovers and witch craft. Le Boudoir De Marie on Rue D’Orsel offered retro pin-up and frou-frou inspired lingerie, designed by Marie Cazenave (below), and just a stones throw from the steep climb to Basilique De Sacre-Coeur. Dipping in countless thrift and fabric shops bursting with sari’s and Willow prints along Rue De Condorcet and Rue Des 3 Frere’s, I came away with floral print vintage dresses, a tonne of fabric and far too many macaroons. The nights events were a meal at La Famille followed by an out of this world party at La Machine nightclub, in the birthplace of the can-can, the Moulin Rouge. I soon found out that Parisians know how to do fancy dress and they know how to party. With five rooms pounding out eclectic noise from gypsy jazz to dubstep, I surrendered myself to the menagerie.
Marie Cazenave in her boutique Le Boudoir De Marie.
Street art, Montmartre.
Entertainers being body painted in La Machine nightclub at the Moulin Rouge.
Dancers in La Machine at the Moulin Rouge
Amazing outfits & alternative girl band Gaggle
[dropcap]A[/dropcap]rmed with red lippy, fish nets and our best charity shop attire we headed to the first Vintage Festival at Goodwood in Sussex. We caught The Noisettes, The Faces and rocked our floaty frocks in the roller disco and soul casino. The festival, dreamed up by Wayne Hemingway, included a pop-up 300 yard high street with a John Lewis, The Body Shop, Oxfam, Primark and a vintage catwalk theatre. Fortunately our wellies weren’t needed and the weather allowed us to get photo’s of some great retro outfits from rockabilly and mod to burlesque and 1940’s glam. One of our music highlights was 20-piece female choir Gaggle, (see bottom) described as “a response to boring man bands and bad burlesque and a force to be reckoned with musically, sexually and creatively”, who sang whilst simultaneously strutting their stuff on the catwalk.
One of our music highlights was 20-piece female choir Gaggle, described as “a response to boring man bands and bad burlesque and a force to be reckoned with musically, sexually and creatively”, who sang whilst simultaneously strutting their stuff on the catwalk.