First Photo of Humans-Paris-1839-Black and White-VintageEarliest known photograph of humans, taken in Paris in spring 1838 by Louis-Jacques-Mandé Daguerre

Yesterday we posted the first video of a snowstorm in New York City from 1902. Today, we wanted to share the first known photograph of New York City and the first photograph of a human, which was done in Paris. The above image by Louis-Jacques-Mandé Daguerre, inventor of the daguerreotype was shot on Boulevard du Temple in Paris.


LES DEBUTS DE KARL LAGERFERLD ET YVES SAINT LAURENT 1954Karl Lagerfeld left, Yves Saint Laurent center, winners of the 1954 International Wool Secretariat Competition in Paris. Image source: The Woolmark Company

Earlier this month, a new biopic about fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent was released in France. Yves Saint Laurent focuses on the relationship (both personal and professional) between Saint Laurent and his long-time partner Pierre Bergé. Bergé himself was involved in some of the filming and loaned 77 of the vintage costumes from the Fondation Pierre Bergé-Yves Saint Laurent.

Using locations from the fantastic book The Beautiful Fall by Alicia Drake, we’re sharing the haunts of Saint Laurent and Karl Lagerfeld during the decadent era of Paris in the 1960s and 1970s, as both designers were jockeying to get their careers started. The book is a must-read for lovers of Paris, fashion or both.


Imagine Paris and no doubt, your mind will instantly fill with sun-dappled images of Haussmann buildings and old-fashioned romance. But in truth, modern-day Paris offers much more than just vintage glamour. This is a city boasting an incomparable sense of old meeting new, offering some of the most stylishly modern architecture around. So without further ado, we take a look at some of the most intriguing and unusual buildings you’ll find in the City of Love.

1. Ministère de la culture et de la communication

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Take a guess where we shot this photograph from today?


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Can’t get to the slopes this winter? The W Hotel Paris – Opéra has a fun new twist on the standard sidewalk cafe. You can take a drink one of the three ski gondolas, set up in just inside a border of fern bushes on the sidewalk outside the W Lounge. Each gondola has a different decor inside, from flower overboard, to tiki lounge to velvet luxury.


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When culling together our ongoing NYC v. Paris series on all the quirky things that exist in both cities, through Brooklyn Based we came across “Bedford Diner” in Paris that claims to be on both Bedford Avenue and Champ de Mars St. The real funny thing about this whole thing is that nothing on this logo is correct. There’s no counterpart diner on Bedford Avenue and they’ve Anglicized rue de Champ de Mars into “Champ de Mars St.”