In a metropolis recognized for its gratuitous magnificence, Paris shines particularly shiny in the course of the holidays. You possibly can see staggering shows of class and creativity all through the French capital. Amongst essentially the most spectacular comes from Galeries Lafayette’s Paris Haussmann’s retailer. This 12 months’s set up is the brainchild of the wunderkind designer Charles de Vilmorin. He wears the the hat of dreamer, stylist, illustrator, artist and little one at coronary heart. Aptly Vilmorin was born on Christmas day. His imaginative and prescient is that of kid’s play in each approach. From the wondrous tree below the famed dome, the fantasy stuffed home windows, accompanying capsule collections, model collaborations and extra.
The pièce de resistance is the big tree below the cupola, impressed by holidays Vilmorin spent along with his grandparents. The facility went out on Christmas Eve one 12 months. In response Vilmorin’s uncle got here up with a show so shiny it stuffed your entire room. This 12 months’s tree is a play on gentle and transparency with Tim Burtonesque figures floating across the tree. All this complemented by the fantasy stuffed window shows. There’s additionally a associated capsule assortment and different festive gadgets. The decorations inform the story of a lady, her magic paint brush and the colourful characters they meet on their adventures
What goes into bringing the show to life? Benoît Laumaillé is accountable for the Christmas manufacturing at Galeries Lafayette. He defined it takes greater than a 12 months from conception to realization.
Laumaillé tells us this season’s collaboration is the primary time the legendary retailer labored with a clothier like Charles de Vilmorin. The collaboration infuses the standard Christmas gatherings along with his wealthy persona and a extra style targeted universe. The inspirations come from quite a lot of sources: Vilmorin’s family, comedian opera, Sevilla, Jean Cocteau and extra. Above all, pleasure and happiness are the main target.
The home windows are, as anticipated, iconic. They’re much like totally different chapters in a e-book, with robust graphics and colours. Charles de Vilmorin additionally brings to life colourful elves and different distinctive characters impressed by the shop’s legendary dome. Don’t miss the very trendy dandy Santa Claus.
Consistent with its promotion of French savoir-faire and tradition, the decorations at Galeries Lafayette promote native artists and artisans. Sculptors, tailors, painters and the puppet animator Sylvain Duclou assist convey the decorations to life. All of the ornaments are produced regionally, in Saint Maur and the home windows in partnership with Atelier Bournillat.
No element was spared. Laumaillé’s groups even labored for 4 months with a music designer to finish the ‘universe’. There’s additionally an unique vary of merchandise designed for the Galeries Lafayette non-public label by Charles de Vilmorin, collaborations with the designer and different manufacturers on every part starting from style, meals, magnificence, and ornament.
The revealing of the home windows and the Christmas tree was featured in a showcase that includes Charles de Vilmorin himself and a live performance by Juliette Armanet.
Catch this 12 months’s show till December 31 and ensure to assert your free in-store present, solely for HIP Paris readers on the Galeries Lafayette, Paris Haussmann retailer.