Sure, Amsterdam is a huge cultural hub, but let’s not forget that the Dutch city is also a perfect place to party. And one of the best spots to do so is Jimmy Woo, the elegant nightclub with a quirky Asian-themed twist. Black couches, circular booths, and bright purple lights line the upstairs level, giving guests a peak into the imaginary “Mr. Woo’s” home. Meanwhile, sheer curtains divide a more exclusive section, appropriately set upon a lit-up pedestal. Throughout the night, the club’s chic, elegant, and international clientele can be seen on the upstairs level chatting over seemingly limitless bottles. But after 1am, the party really gets started, as Leidseplein’s stylish set slowly slinks downstairs to dance beneath the alluring special effects of 12,000 lightbulbs. While many associate Amsterdam’s nightlife with house and techno, Jimmy Woo is all about a more funky playlist full of bumping bass. It’s no wonder the place has been considered one of the most elite in all of the Dam.
While Paris is no New York or Barcelona when it comes to nightlife, there are definitely still some hot spots worth checking out. Trek up to Paris’ Pigalle neighborhood, the notoriously sleazy “red light district,” and be amazed by this diamond in the rough: Le Carmen.
It doesn’t get more “Parisian chic” than here, noted by the sophisticated yet youthful crowd ready to let loose to live acoustic performances or eclectic DJ sets. Upon entering, guests are greeted by beautiful rococo décor that could rival the Louvre, while the pitch black rooms are illuminated by mysterious, sinister red lighting. The bartenders always know how to make a good drink, eager to get creative if a guest is unsure of what they want, but there’s no need to shovel out all of your Euros to quench your thirst.
Le Carmen does, however, lean more towards the exclusive side. Though not quite as elite as partner clubs Le Baron and Le Montana, Carmen is definitely a choosy lady, so come prepared. Amidst the young hipsters, Le Carmen often welcomes artists, models, and other Paris VIPs; you’ve got to talk the talk and walk the walk to join the party. If you can successfully move the doorman, you’re in for a fun night at one of the best spots in town.
Please excuse the low-quality iPhone picture, but there are no photos allowed in Club Silencio, Paris’ ultra exclusive nightlife destination. Dark walls are garnished with offbeat artwork, as guests descend numerous stairs in complete silence . Finally, they step into a beautiful cave tucked away on Rue Montmartre and discover a piece of director David Lynch’s imagination.
The notoriously innovative filmmaker’s vision is translated into potentially the most lavish club in Paris. Every part of the venue is detailed with sleek black and metallic gold, culminating in a minimalist, luxurious social setting. From the fascinating paneled ceilings to the pristinely shined bars and tabletops, every element releases a silent scream of sophistication. It doesn’t hurt that there’s also an expansive and inventive selection of original cocktails, and Silencio even smells beautifully.
But it’s more than just another discothèque; Silencio’s members-only draw is one of the many things that sets it apart from the rest. Applicants must prove their place in creative industries such as art, film, and fashion in order to gain ultimate access to the club. Though it’s open to the public after midnight, from 6pm until 12am, the glossy lounge holds several events for its lucky members, including talks, film screenings, concerts, and other exciting cultural and artistic experiences. Of course, with all of these fantastic features, it’s not surprising that David Lynch’s visionary site is the perfect place to spot a variety of celebrities and fashionistas.
Silencio isn’t only something to see, it’s something to feel and experience.
Sort of a continuation of the theme of “Nocturne,” this spread shows some moments from my birthday weekend earlier this month in New York. The nightlife photos are from Le Bain and EVR NYC, and the skyline photos are from a friend’s apartment in Brooklyn. All of the photos are by Jackie Robertson. Enjoy!
It’s that time of year again: the Cannes Film Festival. I’m no film critic or anything like that, but the general atmosphere of the occasion gives me such good vibes.
International A-listers parade down the plush red carpets, as the tall palm trees peacefully lean over to get a glimpse. Apparently it’s been raining a lot in the French Riviera, and I’m imagining this warm breeze with a little mist in the air. Everyone looks so chic it hurts; at the glamorous premieres, ceremonies, and parties, all of the guests are on their top style game.
Events like these trigger my obsession with the French Riviera and my desire to be on those immaculate “plages.” Meanwhile, the festivities are presented to look like some of the best in the world. Warm, elegant, sophisticated, fun, and luxurious. Whether it’s Cannes, Nice, St. Tropez, or nearby Monaco, I’m definitely feeling the positive, summery energy from la Côte d’Azur.
Check out some great depictions of the atmosphere at the Cannes Film Festival (via Style.com) below!