Archive | December, 2010

Printemps – Noel au Chateau

9 Dec

Tis the season to celebrate the holidays with the magical window displays at the Printemps department store. The fairytale theme, “Noel au Chateau” (Christmas at the Castle) transports you to a whimsical and enchanted wonderland.

Albert Elbaz, the artistic director of the famed fashion house Lanvin, designed elaborate and breathtaking holiday windows for the department store this year. The windows were revealed in early November, with Elbaz in attendance, along with actress Kristin Scott Thomas.

Each window display was exquisite and the level of detail and craftmanship was absolutely astounding! The windows incorporated marionettes elegantly dressed, and featured beautiful art created by Belgian artist Thierry Poncelet. My imagination was kindled by the beauty, creativity and sheer elegance of each fashionable window.

The following talented designers showcased their incredible work in a window of their own:

Lanvin

Alexander McQueen

Balmain

Valentino  and Yves Saint Laurent

Robert Cavalli

Manish Arora

Nina Ricci

As I stood marveling at the windows, children perched on the ledge next to me, were mesmerized by the animation, their eyes lit up with wonderment and awe. It was heart-warming to see such joy and excitement in their eyes.

Be sure to stop by Boulevard Hassmann and the enjoy these stunning windows and revel in all their splendor. They are nothing short of magnificent!

Printemps Location:

Address: 64, Blvd. Haussmann, 9th arrondissement

Metro: Chaussée d’Antin, Opéra, or Trinité

Telephone: +33 (0)1 42 82 50 00

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Taschen Books

9 Dec

Combining high-quality art and beauty with a little sensationalism, Tashcen Books revolutionizes and defies the art-book publishing world. Hands down, this is my favorite book store! Their rarified works, stunning beauty and grand collector’s editions make a trip to one of their stores a delightful surprise.

Taschen was founded in 1980 by Benedikt Taschen in Cologne, Germany. It began as a small comic book shop that grew into an incredible book store filled with innovative, beautifully designed art.

Taschen publishes the perfect mix of mainstream and unconventional books. They are instrumental in showcasing lesser-known art and bringing it to the forefront and into a broader public view. From fetishistic imagery to historical erotica and pornography they cleverly house potentially controversial volumes alongside mainstream books.

Their books tell an incredible story in which the pages come to life. The imagery is radiant, exquisite and magical. Whatever your passion, Tashcen displays an illustrious collection: fashion, art, photography, painting, design, advertising, history, travel, film and architecture.

For you fashionistas like me, Taschen offers an incredible array of books that pay tribute to the fashion world such as: Pucci—revel at the masterpieces from the “Prince of Prints” or be inspired by the two-volume compilation 100 Contemporary Fashion Designers.

For those of you into body parts, there is The Big Butt Book, The Big Book of Breasts and The Big Book of Legs by Dian Hanson.

On Monday, December 6, German artist Neo Rauch made a rare appearance at the Paris store for a standing dedication of his limited edition Neo Rauch. Art critics, media, officials from the German Embassy, gallery owners and the mayor of the 6th arrondissement all showed up in honor and praise of his brilliant work.

Their collector’s editions resemble a rare piece of art to be treasured and oohed over for years to come. Taschen published the second most expensive book in publishing history, a tribute to the American boxer Muhammad Ali. The book aptly name GOAT (Greatest of All Time), weighed 75 pounds, cost $12,500 and boasted 700 glorious pages.

Tashcen has boutiques in Berlin, Beverly Hills, Brussels, Cologne, Copenhagen, Hamburg, Hollywood, London, Miami, New York and Paris. The Paris store is located in the trendy 6th arrondissement on 2, rue de Buci. Tel: +33 (1) 40.51.79.22

Agent Provocateur

9 Dec

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Erotic, seductive and sexy…Agent Provocateur is one of the most luxurious and edgy lingerie brands in the world. The brand speaks to a woman’s sensuality, confidence and inner bad girl.

Agent Provocateur is a British lingerie retailer founded in 1994 by Vivienne Westwood’s son Joseph Corre and his now ex-wife Serena Rees. The first boutique was opened in London’s trendy Soho district.

Spanning across the globe in cities such as Paris, London, New York, Vancouver, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Hong Kong, Vienna and Berlin, they have more than 47 boutiques in 13 countries.

Since the inception of the controversial brand, it has been widely received by celebrities and as a result the company uses celebrity models for most of their advertising campaigns.

Agent Provocateur is known for consistently pushing the envelope with its over-the-top erotically charged ad campaigns. Their advertisements usually embody a theme or story line and play out some sort of sexual fantasy.

They have featured ultra-hotties Kate Moss, Helena Christensen, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Kylie Minogue, Peaches Geldof, and Daisy Lowe in their campaigns.

The Kylie Minogue ad was released in December of 2001. It was immediately banned by UK TV networks and ultimately was only shown in movie theaters. The video made its way to the internet and became one of the most viewed videos ever!

Sarah Shotton, creative director for Agent Provocateur, explains their latest casting of Kirsty Hume as Betty Sue: “Kirsty became a top model in the 1990s. She represents our perfect woman, a woman with a family that oozes unbelievable intelligence, sensuality, personality and confidence. She has a film noir; feline quality to her that I felt had a brilliant synergy with Agent Provocateur.”

The Paris store is located in Printemps. Agent Provocateur sells the following: lingerie, nightwear, swimwear, outerwear, hosiery, beauty products and accessories. If you are a lingerie aficionado, a trip to one of their sexy boutiques is a must!

Printemps Location: Address: 64, Blvd. Haussmann, 9th arrondissement