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Street in Montmartre. © Paris Update

 

Paris Update This Week’s Events

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Christmas singalong
> So British! Concert: Join the choir and sing along. Practice session on Dec. 10 or click here for singing tutorials. Philharmonie de Paris, Dec. 16.

Gourmet food fair
> Just in time for Christmas, the Salon Saveurs. Espace Champerret, Paris, Dec. 2-5.

Organic food and wine fair
> Vinibio and Bio Gourmet: 120 winemakers and 80 food specialists. Carreau du Temple, Paris, Dec. 3-5.

Christmas markets
> Mulled wine and gifts galore. A full list of Christmas markets in Paris. Various locations and dates.

American Contemporary Chamber Music Festival

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> Hear Now Paris. Mona Bismarck American Center, Paris, Dec. 2-4.

Art Fair
> The Experiences Art Fair shows art in empty buildings. 14 Place Jacques Bonsergent, Paris, through Dec. 6.

African music and film
> Africolor cultural festival. Various locations in Paris suburbs, through Dec. 24.

French film with English subtitles
> Lost in Frenchlation shows Katell Quillévéré’s Réparer les Vivants, followed by cocktails (tickets online only). Le Brady, Paris, Dec. 1.

Master of Indian cinema
Festival Satyajit Ray. Cinémathèque Française, Paris, through Dec. 14.

Cultures of the world onstage
> Music, dance, theater and ritual performances from around the world at the Festival de l'Imaginaire. Various locations, Paris, through Dec. 20.

Contemporary arts festival
> The Festival d’Automne presents leading talents in art, dance, film, theater and more from around the world. Various venues, Paris, through Dec. 31.

Music & more in park bandstands
> Kiosques en Fête brings life to the bandstands in Paris’s parks with concerts, writing workshops, club meetings and even a square dance. Various locations, Paris, through Dec. 31.

 

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Paris Menswear 2012-13

Paris Update Fashion Flash

BAD BOYS PAST AND PRESENT

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No traditional dark suits for German designer Bernhard Willhelm. Photo: Ford Leland

A nostalgic whiff of the 1930s permeated the 2012-13 Paris men’s fashion shows last week. Designer Kim Jones at Louis Vuitton best showed off this trend, leading the fashion pack down memory lane. The slick smooth hair, finely tailored suits in noble materials and refined colors – black, charcoal and electric navy-blue – evoked the glamorous allure of Hollywood in its heyday, when Clark Gable and Gary Cooper were kings of the silver screen.

While classy luxury is reassuring in these turbulent times, is there nothing new under the male fashion sun? No need to despair. Creativity and irreverent excitement can be found in the collections of such designers as the man from Antwerp, Walter Van Beirendonck, and the German designer Bernhard Willhelm. Madeleine Czigler