Beth Ditto Kicks Off Carnival Christmas at Galeries Lafayette

CARAMEL CARNY: Carnival life at Christmas, how stylish can it get? The answer from Beth Ditto came in the form of a bright silk dress, a huge, round hair bun — jet black — and her crystal-clear voice, strong enough to cut through thumping rock music in Galeries Lafayette.
The Parisian department store’s official theme this season is “Spectacular spectacular,” a chic and sugary rendition of the carny spirit of yesteryear.
First off, the red-carpet window unveiling with the group’s executive chairman Philippe Houzé; his son, the director of image and patronage Guillaume Houzé; and Haussmann flagship director Agnès Vigneron. Crowds jostling for a glimpse of the sparkly-heeled celebrity were also served colorful scenes of rotating toy carousels and ferris wheels in the windows behind the group.
The party quickly moved indoors, away from the brisk temperatures, past policemen in full riot gear — no, their costumes were not part of the show — and just beyond a giant red and white carousel display. Tucked between the horses, the red velvet, fur and studded handbags carry price tags in the 2,000 euro range and labels like Alaïa and Miu Miu.
The performance took place in the heart of the store, on a platform above

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Natalia Vodianova Cuts Ribbon on Dior Event at Galeries Lafayette

THE BIG BLUE: Christian Dior painted Galeries Lafayette blue on Tuesday evening for a special event marking the 70th anniversary of the French fashion house.
Dior has taken over 11 windows at the retailer’s Paris flagship on Boulevard Haussmann until Oct. 10. In celebration of creative director Maria Grazia Chiuri’s blue-themed fall collection for the house, the store is offering 23 exclusive products at a pop-up space on the ground floor.
The event coincides with Paris Fashion Week, which is scheduled to run from Sept. 25 to Oct. 3.
Model and philanthropist Natalia Vodianova joined Chiuri, Dior chief executive officer Sidney Toledano and members of the Houzé family, which runs Galeries Lafayette, to cut the ribbon in front of the zodiac-themed window displays — a nod to house founder Christian Dior’s fondness for consulting astrologers.

Philippe Houzé, Nicolas Houzé, Natalia Vodianova, Sidney Toledano, Maria Grazia Chiuri and Guillaume Houzé. 
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Pausing to admire the hot-air balloon hovering under the flagship’s landmark cupola, attendees including Philippe Houzé, executive chairman of Galeries Lafayette Group, and Nicolas Houzé, ceo of its department store division, headed to the Galerie des Galeries exhibition space to take in a show of 12 original designs by Dior, titled “I Feel Blue,” which

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Galeries Lafayette to Celebrate Dior’s 70th Anniversary

MAPS TO THE STARS: Galeries Lafayette is marking the 70th anniversary of Christian Dior with a special event to coincide with Paris Fashion Week.
From Sept. 20 to Oct. 10, Dior will take over 11 window displays at the retailer’s Paris flagship on Boulevard Haussmann. In celebration of creative director Maria Grazia Chiuri’s blue-themed fall collection for the house, the store will offer 23 exclusive products.
It will also stage a show of original designs by house founder Christian Dior, titled “I Feel Blue,” at its Galerie des Galeries exhibition space, in parallel with the expansive retrospective at Les Arts Décoratifs that runs until Jan. 7.
The exclusive products include mini Lady Dior bags embroidered with stars and the words “I Feel Blue.” A limited-edition navy silk scarf will feature a celestial map of star signs alongside the mention “Les 70 ans de Christian Dior,” or “The 70th Anniversary of Christian Dior.”
 

A black embroidered mini Lady Dior handbag. 
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There are also embroidered booties, DiorSoRealPop sunglasses with blue mirrored lenses, a Rose des Vents bracelet set with a sapphire, and astrological candles, among other items. Dior was famously superstitious and often consulted an astrologer before taking important decisions.
The exhibition will feature 12 vintage outfits designed by

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Galeries Lafayette Opens Istanbul Flagship in Partnership With Demsa Group

SHOP TALK: Galeries Lafayette Group continues to reinforce its positioning in the Near- and Middle East. Weeks after hitting Dubai, the French retailer, in partnership with local luxury retailer Demsa Group, has opened its first Turkish flagship replete with its own cupola in a nod to the group’s historic Paris flagship on Boulevard Haussmann.
Located in upscale mall Emaar Square in the Çamlıca district of Istanbul, and measuring around 100,000 square feet across three floors, the store houses around 400 brands covering the men’s, women’s and children’s categories as well as accessories, home and beauty.
Demsa Group, which counts 120 retail units across Turkey and boasts a portfolio of around 30 international brands including Lanvin, Tom Ford and Karl Lagerfeld, in 2010 partnered with Harvey Nichols on what it claims was the first international luxury department store to enter the country.
On its home turf, meanwhile, Galeries Lafayette Marseille for the second year running has partnered with the local Anti-Fashion Festival founded by trend forecasting guru Lidewij Edelkoort.
During the three-day event, which will kick off on Friday, the retailer will present two of its current collections with an ethical and sustainable bent, Fashion Integrity and Living Blue X, as well as give a

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Galeries Lafayette to Launch Rolf Ekroth Capsule

HYERES, HYERES: Showing its support for young designers, French department store Galeries Lafayette for the third year in a row has invited a fashion finalist from the Hyères International Festival of Fashion and Photography to create a capsule to be sold in a selection of its stores.
Following in the footsteps of Louis-Gabriel Nouchi and Sophie Harand, Finland’s Rolf Ekroth has designed a unisex capsule of rain gear that will go on sale at Galeries Lafayette Haussmann in Paris in September, as well as in a handful of regional department stores operated by the retailer and its e-shop.
Housing four apparel designs and two sneakers, the line will be unveiled at the Hyères Festival’s upcoming edition in late April, in the “Formers” area of the Villa Noailles.
Ekroth, who started out his career as a social worker then professional poker player, studied fashion at Helsinki’s Aalto University, making his way to the festival with a men’s wear collection inspired by golf.
Galeries Lafayette, a longtime sponsor of the festival, for the first time will announce its next guest designer at the event’s prize-giving ceremony on April 30.

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Galeries Lafayette to Celebrate African Art and Design

ART OF AFRICA: Galeries Lafayette will celebrate African art and design with an exhibition and pop-up shop next spring.
From March 29 to June 10, window displays at the French department store chain’s Boulevard Haussmann flagship will feature works by Lakin Ogunbanwo, a Nigerian photographer best known for his portraits. Joël Andrianomearisoa, a mixed-media collage and sculpture artist who lives and works between Paris and Madagascar, will create an installation under the store’s signature cupola.
The store’s first-floor gallery space will host an exhibition curated by Marie-Ann Yemsi called “Le jour qui vient” (“The Day to Come” in English), featuring painters, sculptors, photographers and video artists, many of whom the store said have never shown their works in France. Among them will be pieces by Igshaan Adams, a South African tapestry artist, and Ruby Onyinyechi Amanze, a Nigerian-born artist based in Brooklyn, N.Y., whose drawings evoke key themes of the African diaspora by depicting characters she calls “aliens” — people with fluid geographic and cultural identities.
“This artistic voyage through critical, dense and promising works invites us to transform our outlook, our perceptions,” Galeries Lafayette said in a statement.
Marché Noir, the Paris boutique offering African vintage finds curated by Togolese stylist Amah Ayivi, will open a

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Galeries Lafayette Taps Hyères Finalist for Capsule Line

NEW FACE: French department store chain Galeries Lafayette has tapped Louis-Gabriel Nouchi, a finalist in the 2014 edition of the Hyères Festival, to design a 15-piece capsule collection for fall set to go on sale on Sept. 23.
The collection is made up of minimalistic looks in bright colors that use abstract patterns and oversized volumes to mix feminine and masculine codes.
“The idea was to have that masculine-feminine ambivalence, on one side a very masculine woman who becomes even more feminine like that I think, and on the other side a man playing with the feminine codes without being ridiculous. It’s about the right balance between the two,” Nouchi said in a YouTube interview.
“I also really like color, because I think it’s the field in which we can try new combinations, new proportions,” he explained.
A graduate of La Cambre, Nouchi was spotted at the Hyères Festival, which Galeries Lafayette has sponsored for eight years. Recently, the retailer recruited young design duo Marius et Léonie to create a capsule collection for its Version Originale private label. It has also supported the ANDAM prize since 2003.

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