21 January 2014


One of my favourite evenings of 2013 was a night in December at the iconic Crazy Horse in Paris with my boyfriend.  I wore a new sequin dress sent from partywear brand Boohoo with red lips and nails, he wore a slim, black Calvin Klein suit and we sat on the plush red velvet seats and drank Champagne watching the most glamorous cabaret show in the world.  Those girls are something else.

Emma Louise Layla in royal blue sequin Boohoo minidress

Established in 1951, Le Crazy Horse de Paris is the intimate, sensual alternative to Le Lido and Moulin Rouge's big, glitzy song and dance routines.  I saw the touring show Forever Crazy in London in 2012 (the one with Kelly Brook in) and wanted to see the latest show in the original venue.

Crazy Horse de Paris cabaret show shoes routine

The female dancers are all elegant and classically-trained, their naked bodies are perfection, their legs endless and they look like models, beautifully polished with pristine make up, glossy hair, strutting around in Louboutins. There is nothing sleazy about this show; it's a celebration of the female form in all its glory.

London fashion blogger Emma Louise Layla at the Crazy Horse in Paris

Le Crazy has been going 60 years and continues to reinvent itself and the inexhaustable subject of women and feminity.  The current show, Désirs, was created by renowned French choreographer Philippe Decouflé and debuted in September 2009 featuring an international cast of 18 dancers and has run ever since on a nightly basis, every night of year.

Crazy Horse de Paris blonde dancer

The choreography is regularly updated, so I saw a few of the same routines - like the legendary bearskins number which has opened the show since 1989 - and several new ones as they ran through fifteen acts and a magic show before we were unkindly turfed back out onto the Parisian streets.  I want to go back!  An absolute must when you're in the city of lights.

Crazy Horse, 12 Avenue George V, 75008 Paris

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