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The view from the Théâtre de l"Odéon at dusk. Photo: Françoise Deberdt-Meunier

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Paris Update What’s On

Links to events happening this week in Paris.

Left Bank gallery crawl
> Open house at 50 galleries for Art Saint Germain des Prés. Various venues, Paris, May 18-June 3.

Gold in galleries

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“Passage” ((2017), by Aude Herlédan. At 1831 Art Gallery during Carré Rive Gauche.

> The Carré Rive Gauche, an association of Left Bank galleries, celebrates its 40th anniversary with an event called ExtrORdinaire, featuring gold in works of art. Various venues, Paris, May 18-June 3.

Literary evening
> The Nuit de la Littérature in Belleville and Ménilmontant presents 20 foreign authors reading their work in French. Various venues, Paris, May 27.

 English-language theater festival
> Paris Fringe returns for its second year of English-language theater and comedy. Various venues, Paris, May 18-28.

Hollywood glam
> Marilyn Monroe, Greta Garbo, Ava Gardner, Marlene Dietrich and more in classic films from Hollywood's Golden Age for the Glamour cycle. Forum des Images, Paris, May 3-31.

French film with English subtitles
> Lost in Frenchlation shows Etienne Comar’s Django, preceded by a themed cocktail party (€4.50). Studio 28, Paris, May 26.

Virtual reality
> Drop in on Saturday or Sunday from 2pm to 8pm for a free virtual trip at the VR Express festival. Forum des Images, Paris, through June 30.

Dance in historic sites
> Monuments en Mouvement offers free dance performances in national monuments like the Pantheon in Paris, the Abbaye de Cluny and châteaux. Various locations, through Oct. 21.

African culture festival
> The 100% Afriques festival showcases dance, theater, music, fashion, design, art, food and more from all over the continent. La Villette, Paris, through May 28.

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Shopping - Fash News

 

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