Now you have two major reasons to visit Paris! The first is the retrospective exhibition devoted to the great American artist,Diane Arbus (1923-1971) at the Jeu de Paume (18 October 2011 to 05 February 2012). The second is ”Christmas: Dreams of far away’‘ which is taking place at the famous Printemps store in Paris (from 9 November 2011 to 7 January 2012). In essence, this work, an exhibition in its own right, is made up of eleven window displays all dreamed up by the Maison CHANEL and more precisely by Mr. Karl Lagerfeld himself.
Waiting and Waiting…photo © Costas Voyatzis
photo © Costas Voyatzis
The Silver Ribbon, photo © Costas Voyatzis
The world that emerged comprised of eleven windows. Eleven sources of inspiration and legendary destinations form part ofCHANEL‘s history which have given rise to some of the most unique collections in the world, dedicated to Arts and Crafts and the Cruise Collections. In strolling past the Printemps store on the Boulevard Haussmann in the IX arrondissement in Paris, you now have the opportunity to travel simultaneously to far flung destinations such as Los Angeles, London, Paris, New York, the Byzantium, Biarritz, Moscow, Venice, Shanghai, Tokyo and the Cap d’Antibes. The talk of the town was of course that which was closest to the onlookers’ hearts… Paris. The most romantic city in the world was represented by the most iconic of Parisian personalities, Mr. Karl Lagerfeld himself, whose photographic talent is visible throughout the window display and furthermore through the ten small marionettes depicting Karl, designed by the French marionette maker Jean-Claude Dehix. Some of the French capital’s most famous landmarks, including the Eiffel Tower, the Place Vendôme, the Arc de Triomphe and the Printemps store itself, are also depicted.
Karl Lagerfeld Yatzerized, photo © Costas Voyatzis Karl Lagerfeld Yatzerized, photo © Costas Voyatzis
PARIS // photo © Costas Voyatzis
One simply cannot ignore the 1728 meters of fairy lights and the further 600 meters of light chains whilst traversingBoulevard Haussmann’s pavement. The facade of the entire Printemps building is covered with a plethora of stars, glitter and snowflakes that twinkle and dance throughout the day well into the night where the building’s outstanding Haussmann architectural elements (recently restored) have been highlighted by beams of red light that bring them alive. Furthermore, the famous letters spelling out CHANEL shining on the face of the façade, make for an unforgettable signature that makes it impossible to ignore this collaboration even from kilometers away!
The emblem of Gabrielle Chanel, the Camelia flower, the Rue Gambon’s most symbolic accessory which evokes the spirit of CHANEL all over the world, is revisited in elements of tweed, satin, fur as well as more unexpected materials such as newspaper, plastic and cardboard. Search for its blooming reinterpretations in the most colourful and extraordinary tour of the world in only 100 steps!
PARIS // photo © Costas Voyatzis
PARIS // photo © Costas Voyatzis for Yatzer.com MOSCOW // photo © Costas Voyatzis photo © Costas Voyatzis LOS ANGELES // photo © Costas Voyatzis photo © Costas Voyatzis VENICE // photo © Costas Voyatzis The Window of my favorite ”Boutique Noire” where you will definitely find the BEST GIFTS for this Christmas, photo © Costas Voyatzis View from the Roof of Printemps, photo © Costas Voyatzis View of Paris from the roof of Printemps, photo © Costas Voyatzis