The ‘return’ to reality


I was looking for a basket for my bike when I came across this one last week. Perfect for carrying my bottles of Graves wine home. Anyway, after a full month of a quiet, deserted Paris, I’m not looking forward to “la rentrée (the ‘return’) of Parisians, business, fashion and trade shows – and of course the never-ending throngs of tourists on the Champs Elysée where I work. Already they’re coming back in my office, tanned and refreshed from their trips in the south. But this year more than ever I’ve noticed that Parisians are not taking the full four weeks off. Boulangeries, dry cleaners and bakeries are closing for just two weeks instead of the usual month, as are many restaurants. Sign of the times? Perhaps. Regardless, when you’re visiting here you’ll never feel you’re living in recessionary times, especially in September. Here are just some interesting events happening this month.

I never made it to Parc de la Villlete this year for the outdoor cinema thanks to the rotten Irish weather. But this month I will make up for it at the Jazz àla Villette. From Aug 31 – Sept 11, well known traditional jazz musicians as well as alternative acts get together for two weeks to perform 50 concerts in churches, auditoriums and concert halls in the Parisian suburb of La Villette. It’s a key attraction of the month held in early September and a must visit event for jazz fans. Festival de la Villette, Cité de la Musique, 221 avenue Jean Jaurès 75019. Call (0)1 44 84 44 84 for more info on all performances.

If like me you have a strong abhorrence to fashion editors that only support the luxury brands, then you might appreciate this. Called the Ethical Fashion Show, it’s 4 days of fashion and fashion people with a passion for sustainability and love of organic fabrics. From conferences to social projects, you’ll discover how recycling, organic materials are all becoming key to fashion for the future. Fair fashion. Plus, the owner of Antik Batik, will welcome you at the opening cocktail party on Thurs, Sept 1. For more details go here,

For all you lovers of the latest beauty trends, how about the biggest beauty fair in Europe?
From Sept 12 – 14, at Paris expo Porte de Versailles, Beyond Beauty Paris will attract more than 9,000 visitors and 400 exhibitors. 3 professional exhibitions – Cosmeeting, Euopean Spa and Creative, 2 international summits – European Spa, and Natural Beauty Summit Europe, and a series of other ‘beauty’ events. For the last 8 years, Beyond Beauty Paris has been considered the new-concept laboratory of the beauty market. From raw materials to finished products, you’ll discover tomorrow’s beauty innovations. Beyond Beauty Paris really does go deeper into the industry thanks to its series of exceptional conferences that give visitors a deeper comprehension of the trends observed among the exhibitors as well as offering a preview of upcoming trends, in the near future. For more details, go to

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