While most tourists go around photographing the Eiffel Tower, the buildings, the Arch and the Champs Elysées… I go around photographing interesting storefronts. I also took a few pictures inside the top floor of the original Maison Lanvin in Rue Faubourg. Let’s hope I don’t get arrested for those!
Care to try and guess where each picture is from?
I particularly liked the Issey Miyake boutique. It comes across as more of a museum concept store, very clean, minimalistic and with a light panel at the entrance introducing the brand ideals. But at the end of it all it is a store, you can browse, try things on and buy them. It’s amazingly organized, though, and every single piece of clothing could be considered a sculpture. The quality of the plissé has to be seen and touched in person to be understood; it rivals Fortuny.
Going up into the first floor of the original Lanvin boutique made me very emotional, I’m not going to lie. The last room with the antique chairs and (not seen here) antique mirror brought tears to my eyes as my mother insensitively tried on shoes.
The Hermès one is actually yellow sand and plastic Kelly bags! How cute is that? The center circle moves with the falling sand.
No words for John Galliano’s oddly-posing mannequins – absolutely stunning. I don’t seem to remember where the cotton storefront is from but I absolutely loved the idea of advertising the purity of the material instead of the design of the product itself. And how could anyone resist taking a picture of tubes of chocolate and jam?!
The others are random shops and a bar found while walking around Saint Germain at night. I especially liked the “autograph store”. They sold everything from James Joyce to Edgar Allan Poe, presidents and politicians, musicians… I think I saw Stravinsky somewhere in the back.