VENUE TYPE: Historic Building

Did You Catch These Hidden Messages In Chanel's 2017 Fall/Winter Fashion Show?
The Venue Report
REPORT
No. 27121
VENUE:
Grand Palais
LOCATION:
Paris
TYPE
STYLE
SETTINGS
Chanel 2017 Fashion Show
Chanel Ground Control
Grand Palais
REPORTER: The Venue Report

 

For anyone who remotely follows the world of fashion, you know the colossal show that Karl Lagerfeld and Chanel pulled off involving the gorgeous Grand Palais outfitted with a functioning rocket ship. Yes, rocket ship. The futuristic structured outfits, pumped up hair and Twiggy-esque makeup painted a neo-1960’s scene (after all, Mid Century is all the rage right now) complete with a rocket take off reminiscent of 1968.

What was perhaps the most striking element was the juxtaposition of the rocket ship taking off into the glass ceiling (well, almost) of the Grand Palais. Hidden messages ran throughout the show touching on the women’s rights movement historically as it originally gained momentum in the 1960’s all the way up to today where we’re facing unprecedented setbacks. Serious girl power vibes occurred throughout and ahem ladies, let’s break through the glass ceiling in 2017?

 

Chanel's Fall Winter 2017 Fashion Show

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The Ace Hotel New Orleans is About to Become Your Favorite Place to Stay in the Big Easy
Jake Kilroy
REPORT
No. 27098
VENUE:
Ace Hotel New Orleans
LOCATION:
New Orleans, Louisiana
TYPE
STYLE
SETTINGS
Renovated Retail Store
Modern Americana
Warehouse District
REPORTER: Jake Kilroy

 

When it comes to New Orleans, it’s not so much a matter of telling people they need to visit. The Big Easy is on practically everyone’s travel list. Instead, what’s key is knowing where to stay in New Orleans—and the answer is the Ace Hotel New Orleans.

On the corner of Carondelet and Lafayette, one of the coolest hotels in one of the liveliest cities waits for you to start the vacation of a lifetime. Tucked in the perfect part of town—close to art galleries, museums, shops, and cocktail lounges—the Ace Hotel New Orleans can be your headquarters as you head out and explore the French Quarter and South Market District. Meanwhile, it's up to you to explore the city's mystical nooks and unearth your own local favorites. Having only opened in the Warehouse District last year, the 234-room hotel is only a recent gorgeous addition. In a nine-story art deco building, the celebrated hospitality chain finally put up an outpost in a city they've long had their eye on. How could they not, with the music, the food, the history, and the energy?

 

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See The Entire USA By Way Of Train From LA To NYC
Jake Kilroy
REPORT
No. 27103
VENUE:
Amtrak
LOCATION:
USA
TYPE
STYLE
SETTINGS
Cross-Country Train Trip
Winter Wonderland
LA to NYC
REPORTER: Jake Kilroy



Riding the rails has long been romanticized in the grand lore of America. That’s because when it comes down to it, a seat by the window on a train car is honestly the best way to see this country. Unlike driving a car, you can relax and daydream. Unlike sitting aboard a plane, you can behold much more than clouds. You roll by mountains, forests, lakes, fields, rivers, plains, and beaches in total awe-struck wonder.

That’s why this week's #BirthdayBucketList item is the great adventure of traveling America by train. The prospect is as inviting as it is timeless; a matter of finally completing the dream trip you and every other wandering mind first conjured up as a sparkling idea as a teenager. In short, it’s the trip—and we know someone who just did it up proper. After writer-photographer Lucy Laucht took an ‘85 Westfalia from the Big Apple to Hollywood, she decided to once again explore the spectacular lands that wait for us all between the coastlines, this time heading east and this time on a train.

Words + Photography by Lucy Rose Laucht of These Foreign Lands

 

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This Family Ranch Has Been Lovingly Tended to for Decades, and Now It’s a Beloved Wedding Venue
Jake Kilroy
REPORT
No. 27090
VENUE:
Historic Seven Sycamores
LOCATION:
Ivanhoe, California
TYPE
STYLE
SETTINGS
History Lesson
Rustic Garden
Sycamore Ranch
REPORTER: Jake Kilroy



In 1927, seven sycamore trees were planted in Ivanhoe, California, and the rest is history. The story doesn’t end there—in fact, it only gets better. That’s because, decades later, the orchard and farmland would become one of Central Valley’ premiere wedding venues. We're of course talking about Historic Seven Sycamores Ranch.

See, long before there were pergolas, brick paths, and ivy-laden trellises, there sat a warm and inviting homestead. Settled in the shadows of sequoias and surrounded by orange trees, the homestead remains gorgeously surrounded by its 120-acre ranch. History has remained a key component of the property, with its World War II observation tower and the barn's vintage windows being taken from a local school. New life has been no stranger either. Everything from olives to camellia flowers have popped up over the years. What may be most magical, though, is that current ranch owner Bob McKellar was raised on the property. His parents planted those iconic sycamore trees.


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If You Want to Have a Gorgeous Wedding in Antigua, Book the Local Ruins
Jake Kilroy
REPORT
No. 27070
VENUE:
Old Ruins
LOCATION:
Antigua
TYPE
STYLE
SETTINGS
Destination Wedding
Vintage Made New
Antigua
REPORTER: Jake Kilroy



There’s a good chance ruins aren’t on your list of dream venues—they’re certainly unconventional—but this wedding will absolutely change your mind. A spirit of class and romance still bounces through these well-kept Antiguan ruins, and lovebirds Adriana and Cesar made sure to fill them with their most fun loved ones for such a joyous celebration. Architecture like this—a stunning masterwork of stone, iron, wood, and brick—holds a timeless beauty for events. Each courtyard and corridor, surrounded by plants or water, presents a remarkable palette of rich, dark colors. Thus, between the oil paintings and full-body statues draped over rock walls, the wedding begins to take on a fable-like quality.

The ceremony itself took place in a hall that looked like a movie set cathedral for a period epic, and the reception seems to have been the party of the year. The wedding’s photo album probably looks like half history book and half fairy tale when put together. To find out more details about such a magical affair, we had a little Q&A with the wedding’s photographer, A Fist Full of Bolts.

Words and Photography by A Fist Full of Bolts

 

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