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In this Hotel and Chef category, Icon-Icon is interested in luxury in its most experiential aspect… These palaces which, throughout the world, transpose the refinement and elegance dating from bygone eras – palaces which still have served as nests and places of inspiration for many fashion and luxury legends… Icon-Icon tells their story, to better shed light on their present!

 

This is, for example, the Plaza Athénée – whose bar was the inspiration for Christian Dior in the 1940s for his legendary Tailleur-Bar. In short, the New Look revolution has its origins in the interior design of this palace!

 

We naturally think of Eden Roc – a palace planted on rocks, and which dates from the era of the Café Society as frozen in works. Scott Fitzgerald… This grand 19th century manor house overlooking the Cap d’Antibes has 117 rooms and two villas with sumptuous Louis XV and XVI furniture, gilded mirrors and chandeliers. Madonna, Sharon Stone, Barbra Streisand, Robert Redford, Steven Spielberg or Marc Chagall who painted from these cliffs … Many have found intimacy and inspiration there!

 

We could also cite the Martinez, the Carlton, the Claridge’s and so many other hotels known, recognized and sought after for the glamor of the place and the impeccable service open to all …

The Carlton, which, with its refined charm and super luxurious interior, is one of the most iconic palaces of the French Riviera… If these elegant walls could speak, they would tell decades of secrets; stories so exclusive and shrouded in mystery that they, in turn, inspire cinema! Grace Kelly and Cary Grant, for example, in Alfred Hitchcock’s, “To Catch a Thief,” film set at the Carlton – room number 623 is now known as the Alfred Hitchcock Suite.

 

What about the Ritz Paris? The Ritz Paris has seen the greatest of the world go by, and its status as an icon of fine hospitality remains intact, more than a century after its opening. And what an opening it was!

 

In 1898, when César Ritz inaugurated the first modern luxury hotel, on the evening of the inauguration, we met Madame Jules de Porgès, the apostle of good taste Boni de Castellane, Edward VII and… “A little dark man with nervous behavior , almost hiding to observe everyone ”as Ms. Ritz notes in her memoir.

 

This little dark man was none other than Marcel Proust. The writer will indeed make the Ritz Paris the ideal viewing scene for his masterpiece In Search of Lost Time. The Ritz Paris, moreover, pays homage to him – the Salon Proust which bears his name is the ideal place to taste this unparalleled art of living!

 

As we can see, in these places a meeting between the arts and the art of living takes place. In fact, this Hotel and Chef category is supplemented by articles aimed at explaining the iconic chefs, who very often operate from the starred kitchens of these palaces.

 

The Michelin star is undoubtedly the highest honor in the international culinary world – and some have even gone so far as to call it “the Oscars of the culinary world”.

 

Chefs from all over the world dedicate their lives to earning a single star, a sign of recognition of their excellence. But there are a select few who have managed to garner an incredible star rating from their constellation of fine dining restaurants. From Joël Robuchon to Gordon Ramsay via Alain Ducasse or even Pierre Gagnaire, Cédric Grolet and François Perret – Icon-Icon specifies in this category the links that thus exist between these palaces, the signature dishes of these Chefs and the high gastronomy that takes life before our eyes!

 

Because luxury as a total art can also be understood through the prism of gastronomy, Icon-Icon is keen to shed light on these outstanding Chefs who compete in creativity, once at the peak of their art!

Stars and Iconic Chefs: Pierre Gagnaire
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Stars and Iconic Chefs: Pierre Gagnaire

Amazing. Confusing. Bold. Masterful! If the adjectives sometimes lack force to capture all the originality of Pierre Gagnaire’s cuisine, it is because the Chef, elected by his peers “the greatest starred chef in the world” in 2015, composes his dishes like so many enchantments. . Pierre Gagnaire’s cuisine is indeed a party orchestrated to amaze...

Paris Fashion and Luxury Icons Tour
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Paris Fashion and Luxury Icons Tour

This is the tour for the curious, gourmets, enthusiasts and connoisseurs of fashion and luxury by Sébastien Girard, creator of www.icon-icon.com and @iconiconmedia. A tour of the iconic and enchanting places of the capital. These places where the icons of fashion, luxury have been, in turn, thought, imagined, created, concocted, and lived! Come and discover...

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

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?

The Iconic Bûches Cakes of Christmas 2019
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The Iconic Bûches Cakes of Christmas 2019

It is in this way that Chef Pâtissier Dominique Costa revisited for the Peninsula Paris the shape of vines. In a very sweet and highly inspired version. His bûche is composed around an almond praline bonbon associated to a vanilla dark ...