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Zaha Hadid and Jean Nouvel skyline in Marseille


On my last visit to Marseille I was able to admire these two towers, dominating the harborside skyline of Marseille. Zaha Hadid was contracted by shipping company CMA CGM for this tower in 2005 and the building opened in 2010. It was designed to be a gateway to the city, both from land and sea. Jean Nouvel on the other hand just recently completed the La Marseillaise tower in 2018. Named after the city of Marseille and also the French national anthem, the tower is truly an ode to France. He created a bold ombré effect on the gridded concrete facade using 27 different shades of white, blue, and red. (national colors of France)






, Zaha Hadid and Jean Nouvel skyline in Marseille

, Zaha Hadid and Jean Nouvel skyline in Marseille

, Zaha Hadid and Jean Nouvel skyline in Marseille


It is no secret that Paris has been the capital of fashion since the seventeenth century. The city has been the playground for prestigious designers and couture brands like Chanel, Dior, and Saint Laurent. Today the Parisian style is not only an aesthetic choice but a philosophy. It embraces elegance, timelessness, and slow responsible fashion. The focus is on the cut and the quality of the materials. No fluff or excessiveness with a less is more approach. And what better way to understand Parisian fashion than to visit a museum dedicated to it.

For more than 70 years, the house has been crafting magical couture pieces in their atelier at 30 Avenue Montaigne in Paris. Christian Dior has made this location a legendary address since the first collection in 1947. Behind its new flagship, the House of Dior inaugurates a permanent exhibition in an extraordinary gallery, independently of its boutique. Mr. Dior wanted to be an architect; the building and the museum pay him a beautiful tribute today.

The staging is astonishing. A circular staircase at the entrance showcases 452 dresses and 1,422 accessories, all 3D printed. Bags, shoes, perfumes, and small objects: so many testimonies of the Dior style materialized to elaborate this Diorama.