Francis Bacon: Three Studies For A Crucifixion

The Centre Pompidou in Paris is dedicated an exhibition to Francis Bacon after the one done by the Grand Palais in 1971 – let’s have a look back at an important figurative painting.

An Inspired Painter 

1944 was the most devastating year of the Second World War. That is the very year that Francis Bacon would paint a frightening triptych populated with anthropomorphised creatures twisting with anxiety. The artist had destroyed most of the pieces made before 1945 – this triptych is then an exceptional work. A work that sets the base for the iconic paintings of an artist that is out of the ordinary. 

Titled “Three Studies At The Base Of A Crucifixion” (1944) sketches the masterpieces to come..For Bacon was first and foremost a chronicler of the ruthless human condition. What do we see on this triptych? Monstrous figures, quasi-human bodies that seem closer to being meat carcasses. Why so? As Francis Bacon says, “we are all meat, we are all potential carcasses.” 

Crucifixion, A Human Subject 

To Bacon, the religious motif is an inexhaustible metaphor: in 1962, he completed his piece and “Three Studies For A Crucifixion” became a triptych in perfect echo with the preferred format of great religious works. To him, crucifixion is “a magnificent frame on which you can hang all types of sensations”.

The three panels are independent – the scenes do not follow a story, they are only bound by their colours. An intense orange-red, simple and uniform. This work, Francis Bacon would produce a second version in 1988 – kept at the Tate Modern. 

An Unmissable Painting

“What I enjoy doing the most are the triptychs and I think its may have something to do with wanting to shoot film – a desire I have sometimes fondled. The juxtaposition of the images divided on three different canvases interests me. If i consider my work to be of great quality, O generally have the idea that it is perhaps the triptychs which have the most importance” he said in 1979.

This work in three paintings reproduces, on the right, the composition of traditional scenes of Christian art. On the left, two men are faced with a body that shows everything. At the centre there is everything which links the artist: a bed, where a body lies as if convulsed by pain. 

Spread out over 198.1 x 144.8 cm, this iconic work would make Gilles Deleuze say that this is not about hysteria of the painter but rather a hysteria of painting. “Painting is hysterical, or converts hysteria, because it shows presence directly. By the colours, the lines it invests the eye. “But the eye does not treat it like a direct organs” he added, “By freeing the lines and colours of representation, it also frees the eye from belonging to the organism…That is Bacon, his outstanding feature”.

What To Do In Paris: Mon Coco, The Brasserie!

Located on one of the corns of the Place de la Republique, Mon Coco has all the spirit of a traditional brasserie with the audacity of our time – when cocktails surprise alongside very French dishes. 

The Restaurant of the Place de La République 

Place de la République. Behind its seaside brasserie allure, with its blue and white striped front, Mon Coco electrifies the most popular square in Paris. it must be said that the colourful Parisian establishment is the work of Michael Malapert – the talent behind BAM Karaoke set his sights on twisting French icons in the heart of these 400 square meters. 

Spread over three floors, Mon Coco has the comfort of large windows, two heated terraces (one of which is entirely non-smoking), a cocktail bar coupled with a dance floor and a restaurant. That’s for the arrangement. What about the spirit?

Mon Coco Cocktails

The idea behind Mon Coco? To make it a “living space that is an extension of the place de la République and to express the energy that emanates from it” says Michael Malapert.

And with the cocktails signed by mixologist Matthias Giroud, the challenge is accomplished. The alchemist of liquors behind the Buddha Bar and ranked second in the famous World’s 50 Best Bars list, takes the art of cocktails in a mise-en-scene that is as crazy as it is awesome. 

And since each season has its own theme, for Autumn/Winter 2019, Matthias Giroud wanted to create a tour of the world of flavours and tastes. Northern Europe, Jamaica and the Americas – the coktails of the season were dreamlike, globetrotters or simply divine!

Also seasonal, dishes change according to harvest and as it is a must of the traditional brasserie – Mon Coco delights its quests from 7am until 5 am…Nestled in a cosy and lush atmosphere. Enough to spend sleepless nights remaking the world, inspired by place rich in adventure!

Chanel Goes To Conquer The Moon

A new and inspired campaigned puts forward the latest novelties of the Haute Joaillerie collection – or when the Camelia flies off for a celestial daydream. 

Coco’s Jewels On the Moon 

After literally taking off a rocket during the Autumn/Winter 2017 show under the nave of the Grand Palais, Chanel returns to its desire for celestial escapades. This new Haute Joaillerie collection is also highly inspired – spotlight on the iconic Camellia, the line distills Chanel distinction around a novel play around adornments. 

“My (jewels) are supple and unmountable. […] The set can be dismantled and used patterned around a hat or fur. Thus an ornament is not longer an immutable thing. Life transforms it and submits it to its needs”. Coco’s words resonate especially with this new collection because, for the second time, Chanel creates with the idea of a changeable jewel in mind. 

After imagining last year a collection where the Camellia would pass leisurely from sautoir to brooch to being the most chic hair accessory in the galaxy … now the collection imagines Chanel’s favourite flower as a convertible jewel. 

The Double Chanel Ring 

The three-Camellia buttoned ring, cast in pink gold and diamonds transforms as so…Worn on one or two fingers, so much so that the ring folds on itself. True innovation in the Chanel style, the new Haute Joaillerie collection offer a very poetic reading of the Chanel icons. 

Speaking of icons, the Première Rock watch is here introduced in Pink Blossom – an evergreen that flirts with the imagination. In fact, the short film that introduces the new collection is itself a well-sculpted narrative. 

In an elevator bound for the Moon, four strangers meet, enjoy each other and finally enjoy the journey; slowed down. And since the journey is more important than the destination, we might as well spend it in a warm but chic atmosphere – eminently Chanel. To discover here

Galeries Lafayette Displays Itself in Prada

During Fashion Week, Prada moved into the mythical Galeries Lafayette building with a very new and wild project – Prada ‘Hyper Leaves’, or when an Italian house links vegetation to iconic pieces.

Prada in Paris 

The rendez-vous is set. From January 14 until February 10, the Prada maison takes station at the heart of the Galerie Lafayette Haussmann. The Parisian department store is thus transformed for the occasion into a real and highly stylised jungle.

The idea? Two ephemeral stores signed with the signature audacity of Miuccia Prada. It is indeed the mise-en-scene of a new project that makes these new corners atypical but also filled with iconic products. 

There where the Prada triangles glow in green and yellow neon, there will be a wild scene – alocasia, monstera, fig trees and ferns will take over..The very inspired atmosphere sets the ideal backdrop for the key pieces for Spring/Summer 2020. For women and for men. 

Where to Go During Fashion Week 2020? Prada ‘Hyper Leaves’

These plants have not yet said their last word! A veritable ode to the connection between technology and nature, the Prada installation will see plants climb up and above onto stands and into the floors also worked with leaf patterns. The women’s ephemeral boutique draws its mood from that of a forest pavilion – metal nets and baobab made of the very same.

As for Prada clothing, the house has drawn pieces in echo of the very natural ambiance. Of course, a nature that has been given the Prada touch. For women, suede pieces and already iconic nylon totes come next to pieces cut in nappa leather – vintage this time. As for the accessories, baskets made of palm, corn and raffia complete the already desirable silhouettes. 

For the mens, the Spring/Summer 2020 collection, presented last June, was already featuring printed shirts and colour block against eye catching neon backgrounds. Here, the must have pieces of the summer are complemented by cotton gabardines, printed poplin shirts and vintage nappa leather pieces, here also coloured in neon.

The detail that changes everything? 15 Galeries Lafayette displays will also be submerged in the Prada foliage. To be followed starting from the 14th January 2020.

Ferrari Red? Revolutionary Cars

The team that has long since been the queen of F1 hides behind its iconic red hood a multitude of stories – beginning by luxury. 

“Ferrari, put on your machines my son’s ‘Cavalino Rampante’. It will bring you luck”. Not only did these word from the Countess Paolina Baracca accompany the destiny of the Ferrari stable, Enzo Ferrari was also there to hear them. Forever passionate about races and cars, the man behind the most prestigious stable in the world left an indelible mark on the world of cars. But also on popular culture. 

Why is the Ferrari Logo Yellow? 

It is because the founder completed the horse figure on a canary yellow rectangle, emblem of his natal town Modena in Italy. Visible from a distance, the signature carries the vivacity of the Ferrari cars. These are capable of wonders, from their first stirs. 

In 1948, Enzo Ferrari is approaching his legendary status when he is looking to produce grand turismo cars to finance his ambition for racing. The Ferrari 166 is thus the first Ferrari car to blend performance, creativity and aesthetics. For Enzo Ferrari, a beautiful car is also a matter of performance. 

With the Carrozzeria Touring he created the Ferrari 166. On the Mille Miglia circuit – at the wheel Clemente Biondetti, assisted by Giuseppe Navone – the Ferrari 166 would come first. A year later, it received the mythic 24 Heures du Mans. And like those that would follow, the Ferrari was red. Not surprising when we learn that colours were imposed in competitions. Blue for French cars, green for English… Red was then reserved for Ferraris, Italian. 

Ferraris Are the Most Powerful, the Most Reliable Too 

With the 250 GT California Spyder, Ferrari offered a jewel of power and design! All the luxury of Italy dresses up and lives in this 1950s car – meant to be a resolutely sporty cabriolet. 

The 250 GT California Spyder is conceived as the ideal cabriolet for a clientele flying on Californian roads. Sporty design and racing performance, the Italian Ferrari luxury goes deep into the details.. In 1959 the car gained its reputation as a small speedster until the day it shone to fifth place on the 24 Heures du Mans, in its lighter form. It is cinema that would make the Spyder a legend. 

In 1986, star of “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”, the 250 GT California Spyder became the most appreciated Ferrari in history. A Ferrari that takes its power from a V12 3.0 motor of 240 horsepower. 

The World’s Most Beautiful Cars: The Ferrari Daytona and Testarossa

1968. When the Salon de l’automobile in Paris hosted an unconventional car – a Ferrari with a wild allure that looked ready to jump at any moment. 

Absolute classic of postwar GT design, the Daytona distills all the charm of its time; the “Kamm” tail fastback capturing the well thought out detail! But above its physique, it is power that is put at the heart of the car and pushed even further the standard of cars. 

In honour of the refined and modern luxury of the studio Pininfarina, Enzo Ferrari decided to elaborate a very special V12 4,4 l motor – propelled by six dual barrel carburettors Weber 40 mm, the motor distilled 352 horse to achieve close to 300 km / h. 

However it is the 1984 Testarossa that succeeded in giving Ferrari the most iconic of cars. It must be said that few cars are as well known as the Testarossa – it was THE car of the 1980s decade. 

The Testarossa is a true popular icon, present in no less than 16 films, of which “The Wolf of Wall Street” and “Miami Vice”, the Testarossa is the symbol of success. Luxury and distinction. 

Its glorious mechanic, classic and revolutionary allure, the Testarossa owes them all to the brushstrokes of the Italian designer Pininfarina. In italian, Testarossa means red cylinder head – and that is exactly what holds the feline elegance of this car. 

Ferrari and Michael Schumacher 

What would Ferrari be without its champions? The influence of the German pilot Schumacher guided Ferrari towards the creation of a car that would meet the demands of F1: the Ferrari 458. 

The dashboard, suspension settings and “Soft” mode all directly emanate with the influence of Schumacher.. “Synthesis of creativity, passion, style and technological innovation” It is by these words that the prestigious stable introduced its new car in 2009. It must be said that the Ferrari 458 has all the charm of an era – to start with the atmospheric V8 motor that inhabits it. 

550 horsepower under the hood! A technological prowess, the Ferrari 458 dazzles through its design. A masterpiece evidently signed Pininfarina.. Beauty aligned to performance – a motor that also vows to the Schmuacher-Ferrari tandem to reign over the F1 between 2000 and 2004. But that, is another story. 

James Bond’s Cars? Aston Martin Icons

The most elegant of spies found in the Aston Martin style the ideal cars, and since 1964 in Goldfinger. 

Aston Martin, The Passion of Beautiful Cars 

1913. Lionel Martin, passionate by mechanics and a car pilot created a surprise when he won the Aston Clinton race with his “Coat Scuttle”, 115km/h on the dashboard. At the wheel of his Singer especially created for this competition, the man took the decision to baptise his future cars with  a very symbolic name. 

“Aston”: for the race, “Martin” for his own name. However the two consecutive wars would put Lionel Martin’s enterprise in jeopardy.. In 1947 David Brown would acquire the Aston Martin stable. The race circuit devout would relaunch the legend – his first victory at the 25 Heures du Mans, 24 Heures de Spa and World Championships of sports cars prove the newfound success. 

The DB5, The First James Bond Car 

With the DB5 project, the ambition of Aston Martin is simple: to make a clean slate of the past in order to introduce a new car just as powerful and creative!

David Brown would then call to the master of Italian car-making, Carozzeria Touring, in order to create a highly styled body. The longstanding associate of Ferrari thought up a rich aluminium with its ‘Superleggera” process…

Inverted T grill and chrome arrow on the sides, the Aston Martin look is born. And no question about reducing the motor strength! In this finesse comes an imposing mechanic. A six-cylinder in 4 litres. Created in 1963 the car seems ideally chiseled for an up and coming icon…

Albert Broccoli and Harry Saltzman are in the process of adapting Ian Fleming’s James Bond for the screen. In his book, the Brit already writes about a DB3 Aston Martin, but they want a more modern, ferocious, playful version. After negotiations, Aston Martin accepts to give them the very first DB5 ever produced. First in red and then a Silver Birch version that Broccoli and Salesman sign as the iconic car of James Bond in Goldfinger. 

In the hands of artistic director, Ken Adam, and the genius of special effects John Stear, the Aston Martin becomes the iconic James Bond DB5 – 13 gadgets and an ejectable seat!

The V8 Vantage, Other James Bond Supercar

April 1872. In the middle of an oil crisis, David Brown offers Great Britain its very first ‘Supercar’. Baptised the Aston Martin V8, the super powerful engine would very quickly become a dream car. However the talent of the driver Tadek  Marek wanted to bring the stable into the ranks of best European carmakers. After having studied many options, it is the ‘V8 Vantage’ that seemed best disposed to accomplish this mission. Produced in 1977, the Vantage pulls its motor to its highest power, 6 seconds to pass from 0 to 100 Km/h! To the eye and to the ear, the V8 Vantage has everything of an exceptional car. More aggressive, its aerodynamic elements, full grill and  and tail fins gave it an elegance joined with a bestial energy. Inside, everything becomes luxurious – leather, wood setting, the Vantage takes on a very British look. It accompanies James Bond perfectly in “The Living Daylights” of 1987. 

Not One but Four Aston Martins in the Next James Bond 

Rapide E: for the first time the British spy will be at the wheel of an electric car. However, we are still talking about an Aston Martin. Even iff the V12 motor has been replaced by a battery, two electric motors are mounted to the back to produce 610 horsepower! Agent Bond will be able to go from 0 to 100 km/h in less than 4 sec – the 80-112 km/h in 1,5 seconds. A top speed of 250 km/h which will delight Daniel Craig for the last time as James Bond. 

No Time To Die”, to be released on the 8th of April 2020 will honour the most famous of James Bond’s cars. For the 25th episode of the saga, Daniel Craig will be accompanied by an Aston Martin DB5, a V8 Vantage from the 1980s and the Valhalla.. but the true revolution is the new James Bond, the Rapide E. 

Chanel at Courchevel – Another Star

Chanel inaugurated its wintertime boutique in the world’s most star-studded valley – with the palaces and iconic tables of Courchevel. 

Courchevel – The Most Luxurious Ski Station 

If the Courchevel slopes can indeed be used for a quick ski, people gather here for its many palaces and highly luxurious spots. Planted in the heart of a valley perched by the Savoie mountain, Courchevel figures as a highly distinguished ski station. One must only list its iconic palaces to know it. 

The Barrière Courchevel, the first hotel perched in the mountains thought up by the pioneers of luxury tourism: the Barrière family. Here, we let ourselves be lulled by larch wood and silky fabrics.. We marvel in front of the chimney. Barrière Courchevel is the charm of mountains harmonised to a very modern and genial design. 

And since luxury is not only a question of feelings, the hotel also serves high gastronomy in its iconic brasserie: Fouquet’s. Even better? Its spa, allover grandiose. With its 1000m2, it is the largest in the entire ski station! Inside, a majestic pool and exterior jacuzzi put the senses in focus. A truly unique emotional experience.

Place of dreams and utopia at Courchevel, the Cheval Blanc palace impeccably combines 5 stars with authenticity. It must be said that at the beginning, Bernard Arnault wanted it as his private chalet. Failing to receive authorisation, he made the Cheval Blanc a jewel of the region. The secret? All the chic of the LVMH group. 

Noble woods and patinated leathers blend with high-tech cutting edge gear. Then comes Bernard Arnault’s passion for contemporary art. Paola Pivi, Jeff Koons, Xavier Veilhan … the works are spread out everywhere. Like this Trojan Horse by Bruno Peinado – majestic. The spa is a Guerlain affair. High rendezvous of the luxury house, the treatments here are specifically tailored to winter sports. 

The White 1921, latest LVMH  group creation on the Courchevel domain is also entirely dedicated to well being. If the hotel does not have a restaurant it is because it prefers to concentrate on treatments for after a long day hitting the slopes. To relax in the sauna or hammam.. for the more sporty ones there is a super modern fitness room to accompany daily trainings. Finally, for those avid of a more intellectual relaxation, the hotel proposes a library that will know how to enchant all vagabondage of spirit. 

In Courchevel The Palaces Follow Another But No Two Are Alike 

At least not for extreme luxury. The Airelles de Courchevel was given the title of “best mountain hotel in the world”. Why? This fairytale-like chateau niched in the snowy valleys of Savoie offers a true avalanche of well being that forged the reputation of this palace. 

Built in 1850 in a most enchanting Italo-Tyrollean-Hungarian style, Les Airelles is decorated in woodwork, antiques and ancient carpets. The 37 rooms and 14 suites that make up the hotel are  roofed by antique wood, and handmade ceramic. Culinary side – the starred chef Pierre Gagnaire excels; many tables at a time. 

For lunch the generous buffet of the Table du Jardin Alpin. For dinner it is the Cala di Volpe for Les Airelles that proposes an Italian and Sardinian cuisine. Pierre Gagnaire for Les Airelles , with his 2 Michein stars, works this place of high gastronomy with specialities also based on the best cheeses, of course!

The Cellcosmet spa for Les Airelles offers a moment of pure relaxation: massages, cellular treatments, pool and personal training, fitness area, themed saunas, hammam, interior and exterior whirlpools, sensory shower and without forgetting the exceptional and unique snow cave. All this in the heart of the most en vogue of french ski resorts. 

Another place to stay at Courchevel – the K2 with its allures of a Himalayan chalet. The lines of the K2 could only have been inspired by this mountainous and particularly beautiful region of Tibet and Nepal where temples are as suspended between sky and earth. It is marvellous: sourcing its sense and origin in the challenge and accomplishment of a dream, the K2 takes on airs of a haven of luxury situated in the centre of the cosy valleys of Savoie. 

5 private chalets imagined by Philippe Capezzone take root in the heart of the mountain while 29 rooms and suites of the hotel illustrate it’s exceptional character. Whereas  the Goji Spa that stretches for 550 m2 spread on two floors thrives on the ancestral savoir-faire put into modern light by a team of devoted experts. 

Another restaurant in Courchevel? The K2 hosts Kintessence gastronomic restaurant that won a second star in the 2014 Michelin guide. A most worthy prize for the cuisine of Chef Nicolas Sale, inspired, pure, and never ceasing to impress by putting local produce in the spotlight. Rigorous and sincere, the cuisine of Kintessence opens its doors when night appears in the midst of the magic of a place out of the ordinary. 

But in Courchevel there are many grand restaurants! The Comptoir de l’Apogée for example. Known for the brasserie under Jean-Luc Lefrançois —at centre stage? A creamy Jerusalem artichoke, fine truffled poultry dumpling, pine-honey caramelised veal shank, parsnip mousseline…

Courchevel’s Chabichou, Formidable Family Saga

It is the dear favourite of Courchevel. This hotel that has now received four stars, is located where a white on white landscape dominates over the slopes and is the work of at that time young couple, Michel and Maryse Rochedy. In 1963 they acquired a small 9 room chalet. A little hotel where Michel is in charge of the restaurant, Maryse of the rooms – their goal: to create happiness at the foot of the ski slopes. 

Their beginnings were delicate and when the full nine rooms are rented out by chance, the Rochedy made themselves a bed out of the dining room… However their devotion was such that as of the 1970s, the Chabichou gained its first stripes in hospitality when it received 2 stars. Little by little the couple and their team were looking to create an ambiance, an atmosphere enveloping softness and discretion as if to liberate the imagination of the guests. 

In 1984 it is the hotel’s restaurant table that becomes noticed with Michel Rochedy receiving a 2nd star in the Michelin Guide after having already received a Bottin Gourmand and Gault Millau. . A doubly starred restaurant  that would contribute to the renown of the hotel whose reputation had become indisputable thanks to its cuisine. 

In 2003, for its 40 years the Chabichou decided to refresh its look and take on a white coat. It  will now be the white pearl of Courchevel. Two elegant white-wood chalets, 41 rooms and 8 suites make up the love nests with absolute comfort and refinement. 

All the more, its magnificent Cha’Banya opened end of 2011 is a delicious 1100m2 underneath the slopes. 

Courchevel – 14 Stars for 2400 People – and Chanel!

For this winter season, Chanel has indeed decided to install itself once again at the iconic ski station of Courchevel. The letters of Chanel now illuminate the place du Rocher in red neons. 

A graphic contrast that reminds us of the strength of Coco Chanel’s fashion. A style that is found in the white facade with embedded  black-edged vitrines. Inside, the activewear with its references to Coco Chanel fashion abound, black, white, beige and khaki interwoven with tweed. The wrought-iron staircase reminds us of the one at 31 rue Cambon. 

A 160m2 boutique that welcomes the Cruise 2019/20 collection and the Coco Neige line imagined  by Virginie Viard. Bags and accessories as well as timepieces and jewellery. Something to remind us of the simplicity of the Chanel style – everything mixes with a complete liberty of tone. A place that comes to complete de charm of a ski vacation. But in an extra-luxurious version. 

Debauve & Gallais Chocolates, Delights From Another Time

Chocolates imagined as medicinal remedies at the time of Louis XVI which have become iconic on the palates of Proust or Sonia Rykiel – Debauve & Gallais are icons of felicity. 

Debauve & Gallais Chocolates as Medicine

Before turning into chocolate entirely dedicated to the pleasure of the senses, the Debauve & Gallais sweets were imagined to be …. medicine! Indeed, when pharmacist Sulpice Debauve created in 1779 the first chewable chocolates, it was in order to mix in a remedy against headaches with cocoa butter. The purpose? To make Marie-Antoinette’s unpalatable medicine more enjoyable to take. 

Thus baptised “Pistoles de Marie-Antoinette” these first chocolates were Suplice Debauve’s first step into the world of gourmet delicacies. He is appointed the title of official chocolatier to Louis XVI – and after the revolution? He received the license of Chocolatier du Premier Consul Napoléon Bonaparte. His inventions certainly made an impression!

The Iconic Debauve & Gallais Croquamandes 

He combined for the first time nuts (in this case almonds) to chocolates. Baptised Croquamandes, these Debauve & Gallais sweets became Napoleon I’s favourite delights. 

Settled at rue Saint-Dominique in the 7th arrondissement of Paris, then in 1817 rue des Saints-Pères, the Debauve & Gallais maison has been developing many noble and delicious sweets for more than 210 years. 1878, 1889 and 1900 the three Exposition Universelles in Paris honour the Debauve & Gallais chocolate with golden medals. Louis XVIII himself declared in 1817 that the Debauve & Gallais Chocolates “flourish all over Europe”. Ganache palets, truffles, Croquamandes, Pistoles de Marie-Antoinette, Frivoles, Incroyables….

The Christmas Chocolate – Favoured by Great Authors 

The recipes are the same; unchanged since the first formulation of Sulpice Debauve. It is not surprising then to read Marcel Proust write: “Dear friend, I strongly advise you to enjoy regularly the Debauve et Gallais, so exquisite chocolates to never lose the true sense of life, it is one of my favorite ways”. In honour of such a great aesthete Debauve & Gallais decided to launch their versions of Proust’s madeleines in 1922. An icon to be savoured – even more so when we find out the power of chocolate. On the senses and on the spirit. It is enough to have a look at the playful and spirited imagination of brilliant women like Simone de Beauvoir or Sonia Rykiel. They in fact loved Debauve & Gallais chocolates. To place the Christmas chocolate on a beautifully garnished table. 

iPhone 11 and 11 Pro – Beauty and Tech

When smartphones reach the status of best phones in the world – they must be iconic.

Iphone 11, Elegant and Highlight Functional 

Available since the September 20th 2019, these new Apple smartphones have reached a new level of excellence. Goodbye beautiful but fragile phones – the iPhone 11 presents itself with an opaque finish, comfortable and practically unbreakable. 

Tinted with refreshing colors, the iPhone 11 also has the ability to capture photos and videos with unparalleled quality. Better colour and shadow quality and an ultra-powerful night mode – the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max have everything of the perfect phone!

The iPhone 11 Camera – The Best?

Clearer, more colorful, more detailed, the image quality of the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max owes its strength to new lenses that can capture wide angles (13 mm). 

With the new 100% Focus Pixels integrated in the ultra wide angle, 12 Mpx, the automatic shot is three times quicker under poor lighting. Better and ideal for landscapes, large constructions, group photos, spacious interiors and action shots – the ultra wide angle also offers the ability to capture a sunset without removing any of its poetry. 

What is there to say about the slow motion selfie, baptised the “slofie” by Apple.. 120 images per second and the selfie captures gestures, movements or hair in the wind! Video side, the 4k quality is achieved with 60 images per second. Magnificent and inevitable more beautiful, life is recorded as in a film… when it isn’t lived as so! Otherwise the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max offer the ability to retouch images. Yes,  they truly offer everything. And when we know the impact of the innovations of Apple on fashion during the last ten years, we can only be more attentive to these new technologies. 

The iPhone and Fashion – An Efficient Duo

Making photo retouching accessible with incredible ease – that is the success of the new iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max. And fashion was not late in quickly taking hold of these jewels of technology. 

Slofies, real-time editing, superior image and video quality coupled with true objects of design and elegance.. These new iPhones make up the perfect and indispensable tool in the production of the imagery of the coming decade. Spontaneous and nomadic. All we need to see is how fashion will embrace these new technologies signed Apple. 

Patrick Roger, Chocolatier and Audacious Artist

Few artists use chocolate as their material of choice, Patrick Roger has made chocolate his base of experimentation culinarily as well as visually. 

More than a Christmas Chocolate, That of Patrick Roger’s 

Patrick Roger entered the international scene in 1994 when he received the world cup of chocolate. Six years later, he received the prize of Meilleur Ouvrier de France – chocolatier and sculptor, Patrick Roger made chocolate much more than simply a  gourmet element. Chocolate to him was a “passport for the world. It was a sudden revelation. Everything became possible whereas at the beginning I never expected my life to go this way. I went to sixty countries, I am travelling often; now I am leaving for Madagascar to see a plantation with which we are working. The materials also come to us, it is a very rich exchange”. 

Patrick Roger Sculpts Christmas Delicacies 

Free and audacious, his creations surprise as much as they delight. Wild combinations like yuzu and verbena, lemongrass ganache sublimed with peppermint or lime-caramel. Nothing is impossible for Patrick Roger. His sculptures prove it – gourmet and wildly poetic, his creations have recently made the headlines for the 30 years of the fall of the Berlin Wall. His giant work, made of chocolate, reproduced the wall with breathtaking preciseness. Once broken, the chocolate chips were enjoyed with strong pleasure. 

For this end of the tear, he has put his talent to the iconic sweets of Christmas. A collection putting to the forefront almond studded pinecones coated in honey, Christmas trees made of chocolates and dark chocolate-lime shells.