4 posts tagged "Paris"
Mark your calendars now: Tomorrow is opening day for Balenciaga’s new Paris flagship on the Rue Saint-Honoré. Created as a plurality of destinations within the world’s ultimate shopping spot, the space offers a cosmopolitan sampling of interior design details by Nicolas Ghesquière and the French contemporary artist Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, including elements from the historical Avenue George V address, the men’s boutique on the Rue de Varenne, and the London shop (there’s also a new Soho store in the works for NYC). Perhaps best of all, now that summer is officially AWOL, you can fast-forward directly to Fall—the pre-fall is here in the orange “London” section on the left side of the store. The show doesn’t stop when the doors close at nightfall, either. Behind glass picture windows, a robotic mannequin travels along embedded ceiling rails carrying one outfit, while another toward the back of the store spins on its axis throughout the night.
Reebok In Trouble For Toning Shoes, A Sneak Peak at Pierre Balmain, People Still At La Perle, And More…
Reebok touted the toning capabilities of its walking and running shoes, and the only one left feeling sore is Reebok. The company is being forced to pay $25 million to resolve charges for advertising that its EasyTone and RunTone shoes would shape up customers because there is no “sound science” to support those claims. [WWD]
The Balmain diffusion line, Pierre Balmain, debuts this Sunday with a presentation in Paris, but you can already get a glimpse of what’s to come in this Inez and Vinoodh video, starring Abbey Lee Kershaw and her band, Our Mountain. [YouTube]
Abbey Lee has been a busy girl. In this Vogue Russia shoot, she is showing off some of the clothes from Versace’s upcoming H&M collection. [Styleite]
You might not find Karl Lagerfeld at Paris’ La Perle restaurant, but even after the famous John Galliano incident that took place there in February, the fashion set is still swarming to the hot spot this week, The New York Times reports. [NYT]
Let them eat macarons—I believe that’s how the famous command was actually meant to go. And today, New Yorkers can eat them just like the Parisians do: Ladurée, Paris’ famed macaronerie, in business since 1862, opens its first stateside outpost in Manhattan. During the Paris shows, even those editors who subsist on Evian and consommé have been known to drop into Ladurée’s shops for a pick-me-up. The temptation’s now a lot closer to home.
Ladurée is now open at 864 Madison Ave., NYC, (646) 558-3157.
Limi Feu rolled out the hot pink carpet last week for her first Parisian venue, a purpose-shifting boutique- cum-showroom. The bright entrance was all the better to draw attention to the otherwise unmarked shop near the Rue Montorgueil in the 2nd arrondissement. Adhering to an ethos of unexpectedness—the space will morph into a showroom after January 17 and then into a different concept in late March—Yohji Yamamoto’s designing daughter hopes to be somewhat more “rock ‘n’ roll” with the space than the classical fashion retail canon dictates. While the designer’s two Tokyo shops offer fashions for women and children, the Paris outpost has only the former. Those wares include sharply cut femme fatale tuxedo vests, pristine white blouses, lush knits—and even a ribbed turtleneck collar delicately trimmed in rhinestones, all registering in the mid-to-high three-digit price range. “It’s very particular and artistic, but crisis aside it’s selling very well among the initiated,” said one sales girl on a recent visit.
Limi Feu, 13 Rue de Turbigo, Paris, 331-4028-4141