Finally after 16 years closed; municipal headaches; massive rebuilding and Covid delays, France’s most storied department store La Samaritaine revealed itself on Monday, after an estimated €750m investment by owner LVMH.
This week’s launch of Eataly in the hip Paris neighbourhood of the Marais by the Galeries Lafayette group marks an important new chapter for the high-end French retail group – its entrance into the experiential era.
A homage to Yves Saint Laurent and also to fashion business legend Pierre Bergé. A bold, super sexy collection and a giant, flabbergasting set built on the banks of the Seine and illuminated by the Eiffel Tower.
Symbolism on the soundtrack – and symbolism in the clothes, in an erratic, but at times truly brilliant, collection from Fendi by Karl Lagerfeld to close out the major shows in the 5-day Paris haute couture season.
They gave Karl Lagerfeld the Grand Vermeil Medal of City of Paris on Tuesday and they should have. No designer has done more for the reputation of this city as the capital of fashion than this German couturier.
Think of haute couture as fashion’s great honey pot. A unique Parisian nectar that always manges to lure couturiers, designers, brands and events into five days. Starting Saturday, it will stage its busiest season ever.