Galeries Lafayette and Ester Manas to Offer One-Size-Fits-All Fashion

A NEW SIZE: Redefining the age-old “one size fits all” notion, a collection of adjustable dresses, tops and trench coats designed by Ester Manas will be sold at Galeries Lafayette this spring.
“It’s a collection that draws on the idea that all women must be dressed,” explained Manas, winner of the department store’s prize at the International Festival of Fashion and Photography in Hyères, France, this year. Pointing to a sweatshirt with a bright red elastic belt, the designer explained that the collection, called “Fashion for All,” is meant to span a range from European size 34 to size 50, thanks to the help of belts, straps and snaps.

A look by Ester Manas, who will create a capsule for Galeries Lafayette. 
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“We liked this open vision of fashion,” noted Alix Morabito, fashion director of Galeries Lafayette. The department store was interested in pursuing something “playful and very free” for the season, which worked well with Manas’ approach, she added.
The two showed how a gathered shirt sleeve on a cotton dress could be extended to cover part of the arm; the print was stripes of text: “xs, s, m, l, xl, uni.”
Manas also conveyed a body-positive message.
“People can buy the same item…there

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Details of Groupe Galeries Lafayette’s Champs-Elysées Flagship Teased at Hyères Festival

SHOP TALK: A store design by an experimental architect — Denmark’s Bjarke Ingels — who has never before worked on a retail project; Instagram-friendly features and a team of sales assistants — “exciting personalities” embracing the “new Parisian” — trained to engage with customers on a seamless journey around the store. Even the fitting rooms will have something to say.
Those were some of the details from Groupe Galeries Lafayette’s soon-to-open Avenue des Champs-Elysées flagship shared by Nadia Dhouib and Clara Cornet — respectively the site’s general manager and creative and merchandising director — during a talk at the Hyères International Festival of Fashion and Photography on Friday.
The 97,000-square-foot store, which represents around one-tenth of the Galeries Lafayette Boulevard Haussmann mothership, or the equivalent of one floor, is set to open at the end of the year in a former bank building on the famed avenue.
Don’t expect any screens, though.
“We spent so many hours and months thinking about the technology aspect and came to the conclusion that we don’t want any screens. People don’t go to a store to play with screens, but we did think about digitizing the staff and helping them to have this attitude of a concierge or personal stylist, giving

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Galeries Lafayette Rings In Year of the Dog With Chinese Display

URBAN LANDSCAPES: Galeries Lafayette, tuned in to the growing importance of consumers from China, unveiled displays by Chinese artist Song Xiewei in the windows lining its Paris flagship to kick off the Chinese New Year, which begins Friday.
Executives from the French department store and the Chinese ambassador to France lined up to cut the red ribbon for the displays along the Boulevard Haussmann to reveal hanging stretches of embroidered, fabric-covered sculptures depicting the mountain forms painted by the 12th-century landscape master Wang Ximeng. The dreamy, cloudlike pieces of various elongated shapes represented the Song dynasty painting “A Thousand Miles of Rivers and Mountains.”
The store is offering special Spring Festival products geared to Chinese customers through March 4, including a Swatch Woof watch and limited edition of Panerai watches covered with a dog engraving. Packets of red, hand-engraved cards from Smythson will be offered for purchases above 250 euros.
After the ribbon-cutting, the Chinese delegation, which included officials from the country’s state-owned Arts and Entertainment Group, and French executives moved upstairs to an intimate cocktail event in the Angelina café tucked behind the luxury fashion labels on a higher floor of the store. Decorated with red carpet, red lanterns and flickering fake candles,

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Marine Serre Unveils Galeries Lafayette Capsule

TIMELY CAPSULE: Warming up for her debut Paris Fashion Week show in late February, French designer Marine Serre on Friday unveiled a 17-piece collection for Galeries Lafayette as the fourth fashion finalist from the Hyères International Festival of Fashion and Photography invited by the retailer to create a capsule.
The launch of the sporty, wallet-friendly line is timed to coincide with the 33rd edition of the festival in late April. It will hit the BHV Marais and Galeries Lafayette Haussmann flagships in Paris; the retailer’s web site and 17 other doors from its network. It will also be carried in the boutiques of the Villa Noailles and the Fondation Galeries Lafayette in Paris’ Marais district, which is due to open in March. Items include striped shirtdresses, sheer drawstring raincoats and printed bodysuits, with prices going from 49 to 149 euros.

A look from the Marine Serre capsule for Galeries Lafayette. 
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A talent on the rise, Serre, who graduated from Belgian school La Cambre in 2016 and works in the design studio at Balenciaga, also scooped the 2017 edition of the LVMH Prize. With her graduate collection Radical Call for Love, merging Nineties sportswear influences with luxurious 19th-century Arabic garments in an implicit challenge to notions

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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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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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Prada to Set Up Pop-ups in Galeries Lafayette

POP-UP IN PARIS: Prada will take over the window displays of Galeries Lafayette at the end of the month, while setting up two pop-up stores on the ground floor of the Paris department store, one for men and another for women.
From July 31 to Aug. 20, Prada will plaster the eleven windows lining the French capital’s Boulevard Haussmann with posters illustrating the fashion brand’s vision of women, with messages such as “soft touch” and “the rise of romance.”
The posters will also cover the facade of the store. A window on a perpendicular street will be dedicated to Prada perfume, and the skybridge between the store’s two main buildings will be decorated with a giant version of the brand’s Trick Robots.
The displays will reflect the brand’s fall 2017 collection and use wood paneling and contrasting colors to divide the spaces.

A rendering of the Prada men’s pop-up store in Galeries Lafayette. 
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The men’s pop-up store, which will feature pieces from the ready-to-wear collection as well as accessories, will be made from an open, boxlike structure with a black-and-white checked floor.
The woman’s pop-up will be an enclosed space with a video screen wall on the exterior to draw people in. The curved space will

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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 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 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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