back in the maid’s room with my collection last week, after an eventful night (the earthquake) and journey (taxi got the time to pick us up for the train wrong). this was the first time I had gone to Paris via our local station and St Pancras. I am not sure that its the best way for me, as getting from Kings Cross to St Pancras is a bit of a trek with a lot of luggage, and the online ticket booking system doesn’t work properly with the two sets of tickets to print out. I think next time I may go via Ashford again. but St Pancras is certainly impressive, with a great selection of snack bars!

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not so much people watching this time as I had a companion.

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my collection – a little part of it – Sooz Whippet and Sal in their pirate gear, and a rather floppy knitted horse; then some hats and gloves –

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the “family” in Philippe Model’s house now somewhat smaller than in previous years, eight designers, or nine in fact, as Philippe now has a shoe collection, with Mina Perhonen leaving for a much bigger space around the corner.

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and this beautiful apartment was the background for a film of one model wearing Mina Perhonen Winter 2008-9, who came and went, met herself, looked a little unsure, became more confident, leant on the door, opened it, shut it, walked past it, until every outfit had been shown. projected lifesize on the wall with quiet piano music, it was a magical and atmospheric installation of a very elegant collection.

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by the way, anyone interested in a cheap hotel in the Marais, I always stay in this one. http://www.sullyhotelparis.com

its small and fairly scruffy, no lifts or room service, with the usual french bathroom occasional smells, but only 60 Euros a night for a big room, and clean towels and sheets every day. you do need to ask for a room at the back though, over looking the courtyard. and ear plugs are quite a good idea if you are not a sound sleeper, as the walls are thin.