Get Down & Dirty at your Paris Library

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Forget those scandalous videos you’ve been downloading, and get over to the Bibliotheque Nationale this season for some eye-opening pornography. That’s right, porn in a national library!

The new exhibition is called “L’Enfer de la Bibliotheque; Eros au secret,” and showcases 170 years of meticulously collected pornographic material from France and the UK. (Some librarian has been having a lot of fun). Warning: this show is not for the faint of heart– some of the content is XXXX– and those under 16 are not allowed.

Think of it as a holiday gift from la Republique!

Check out this review for some dirty details.

“L’Enfer de la Bibliotheque, Eros aus secret”: open at the Bibliothèque Francois Mitterrand in the 13th arrondissement from 10am to 7pm on Tuesdays to Saturdays and from 1pm to 7pm on Sundays from tomorrow until 2 March. Entrance: 7 euros. Under 16s are banned.

Guess who’s back in town

What recently rehabbed designer was looking fit and healthy today (and a lot younger than his 44 years) while pumping iron at the hottest gym in Paris? His personal trainer couldn’t stop flirting!
Check him out in the next issue of W magazine, which will feature an article on his unusual tattoos (featured above).

Divine Dita fetes Dior…. again

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Burlesque beauty Dita Von Teese flaunted her 21-inch waist as she sashayed along Avenue Montaigne this afternoon while leaving the Plaza Athenee.

Let’s face it: the French haven’t been this infatuated by an American since Marilyn Monroe. Dita graced the runway at Galliano’s show earlier this year, attended the huge Dior gala at Versailles this summer, and is now back to celebrate a new Dior store opening/60th anniversary. From the runway to the Crazy Horse, everyone in Paris wants Dita in their establishment.

She also signed a lucrative 2 year contract with French liquor label Cointreau, which is rather fitting considering her trademark burlesque performance involving a large martini glass.

Photo courtesy Flynet

Elle est trop belle

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Camilla Belle is in Paris ahead of fashion week, as part of her involvement in a new Nespresso campaign… also starring George Clooney. Lucky girl.
The 19 year old actress will stay in town for fashion week, as invitations pour in from every designer. Her incredible looks have caught the attention of more than one Parisian house– from Gaultier to Chanel. This L.A. born beauty has no French relations… despite her last name (Belle is actually her middle name). Her mother is Brazillian.

Belle looked fresh-faced and chic as she strolled along Quai Voltaire last night with a group of friends. She is in between films, having recently completed 10,000 B.C. and in preparation for a film called Push, starring Djimon Hounsou and Dakota Fanning.

Starring Brigitte

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Francophiles and BB fans have a little purchase to make this fall: the new Brigitte Bardot 5 film collection!

The five films showcase some of BB’s most sexy scenes, and make a fabulous montage of 20 years of French cinema. OK, so they aren’t Oscar winners, and they might not sit in your DVD player as long as Pride&Prejudice did, but this is a collector’s piece! Very few BB films have been released in DVD format.

To seal the deal, Hugh Heffner narrates a segment on BB’s life and career in the third disc of extras.

The collection includes:

Cette sacre gamine (Naughty Girl)

Voulez-vous danser avec moi? (Come dance with me)

Le repos du guerrier (Love on a Pillow)

A coeur joie (2 weeks in September)

Les Femmes (Vixen)

For more info on this fabulous new release, click here.

photo courtesy amazon.com

Bumping into Rodders at Le 66

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I knew that rugby fever had hit Paris. I just didn’t know how hard!

Speaking of hard, Rodney So’oialo (aka Rodders) is 110 kg of pure muscle. I know because I bumped into him yesterday while covering the new opening of Le 66. He was buying one of those new edition Puma wooden belts, I was looking at shoes, and the massive New Zealander was hard to miss. His calves are larger than my waist.

Rodders was there with another New Zealand teammate, and they both autographed the shoe display at Le 66 and promised to bring the rest of the team back. Le 66 is a fabulous new clothing/concept store located at 66 Champs-Elysees.

As one of the most recognizable rugby players in the world,  you are sure to hear more about Rodders in the next few weeks. The All Blacks play Italy tomorrow in Marseille.

photo courtesy of allblacks.com