From the lavender hues of the Howling Cat, to the cabarets of Les Folies Bergères, to le jazz wafting from the caves of Montmartre, Paris nightlife thrives in the abstract, the secret, the seductive.
On July 4, 2014, in celebration of the unveiling of the 2016 Croisière collection, Miu Miu opened the Miu Miu Club, a one-night-only intervention in the 1937 Palais d’Iena in the 16th arrondissement of Paris.
Inspired by the rich tradition and dark evocation of Parisian nightlife, the Miu Miu Club features a cocktail gathering, exclusive dinner, fashion show, musical performances, and a late night party.
Located in the grand hypostyle hall of Auguste Perret’s Palais d’Iena, the familiar location of the Miu Miu fashion shows, the main club space is defined by a ring of scaffolding that creates a room-within-a-room.
The scaffold supports a raised catwalk that runs the length of the hall following the rhythm of the architecture on which models parade overhead. Under the scaffolding a long series of lounges accommodate the guests both for dinner and conversation. Juxtaposed against the concrete structure of the Palais, the thin metallic profiles of the scaffold ring provide material contrast and plastic sheets define the exterior boundaries, reinforcing the casual insouciance of the environment.
In contrast to temporal language of the set, white carpet-upholstered furniture lends a subtle sense of luxury. In keeping with the club atmosphere, the lighting is low and mysterious occasionally punctuated by lively signs in red and light blue neon. The center of the room is left open to provide a dance floor oriented towards a scenographic DJ wall.