A beautiful Christmas in Paris

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Last year I spent few days in Paris just before Christmas and the city of the light was looking even a bit more wonderful than at any other time of the year.  The streets, shopping centers, shop windows and monuments dress up to show their best and make you feel all the Christmas spirit.

One of the most impressive decorations every year is the one at the Lafayette Galleries. In 2014 they hung upside down a huge Christmas tree of lights in the Beauty department that you could see from all the floors.  Its shop windows also are one the most visited places this time of the year for tourists and locals; there are always queues to have a look at the thematic spaces. In 2014 it was all about cuddly monsters, a bit childish but full of fantasy, movement and festive season joy.  These galleries are definitely one of the best spots of Christmas in Paris.

If we talk about shop windows, France’s capital has another two shopping centers that congregate a lot of visitors too at the end of the year: Printemps (next to Lafayette Galleries) and Le Bon Marche (on the left side of the river or Rive gauche as they say in French) The last one’s deco was inspired by Santa Claus and the reindeers with a lot of movement and music all around its shop windows.

Moreover no one can’t miss wandering around the Place Vendome, with all its luxury jewelry shops and hotels and usually a very big Christmas tree (that year wasn’t that big because of the refurbishing of a hotel in the square)

Another must seen Christmas deco spot are the Champs Elysees and the Avenue George V, where you can see beautiful shop windows at great luxury stores like Louis Vuitton, that try to surprise with new ideas every year.

Finally, but not the last place to see is Paris’ most visited monument, the Eiffel Tower, that always looks beautiful. I was lucky to take some shots from the Champs de Mars with almost no tourists in a foggy night and the great lighting of the tower wit thousands of lights.

Hope you enjoy the pictures and get some inspiration to visit Paris in these special dates.

Happy New Year!

(Versión en español más abajo)

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El año pasado tuve la suerte de poder disfrutar de unos días en París, justo antes de Navidad. En esas fechas la ciudad de la luz está aún más espectacular que en cualquier otra época del año. Las calles, centros comerciales, escaparates y los monumentos se engalanan para enseñar su mejor cara y hacerte sentir todo el espíritu navideño.

Una de las decoraciones más impresionantes de cada año es la que preparan en las Galerías Lafayette. En 2014 colocaron boca abajo un árbol de Navidad enorme de luces sobre el departamento de belleza, que se podía ver desde todas las plantas. También sus escaparates son uno de los destinos preferidos por turistas y locales en esta época del año; siempre hay colas para echar un vistazo a sus míticas vitrinas. Ese año la temática estaba basada en ventanas con monstruos de peluche, un poco infantiles, pero llenos de fantasía, movimiento y de alegría festiva. Estas galerías son uno de los mejores lugares que se pueden visitar en París en Navidad.

Y si hablamos de escaparates, la capital francesa tiene otros dos centros comerciales que también reciben muchos visitantes a finales de año: Printemps (al lado de las Gallerías Lafayette) y Le Bon Marche (en la orilla izquierda del río o River Gauche como dicen los franceses) La inspiración de este último cuando yo lo visité eran Papá Noel y sus renos, con mucho movimiento y música en todos sus ventanales.

Además, algo que todo el mundo debe hacer es perderse por la Plaza Vendome, con todas sus joyerías de lujo, hoteles y normalmente un árbol de Navidad enorme (que ese año no era tan grande debido a las obras de reforma de un hotel de la plaza)

Otros de los destinos navideños por excelencia son los Campos Elíseos y la Avenida George V, donde puedes encontrar preciosos escaparates de tiendas de lujo como Louis Vuitton, que se engalanan para la ocasión con sorprendentes ideas cada año.

Finalmente, pero no el último lugar que ver, estaría el monumento más visitado de París, la Torre Eiffel, que siempre luce preciosa. Tuve la suerte de sacar algunas fotos desde el Campo de Marte con muy pocos turistas en una noche de niebla, en las que torre luce fantástica con miles de luces intermitentes.

Espero que disfrutéis de las fotos y que encontráis inspiración si vais a visitar París en estas fechas.

¡Feliz Año nuevo!

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Credits: Alicia Prados

Christmas shop windows: Selfridges, London

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One of the best moments of the year in London is when the city starts to dress up for Christmas. When that happen I can’t wait to go and take lots of pictures of the amazing windows that some of the stores and shopping center display.

My favorite one used to be Selfridges, but the last year the windows became so commercial, simple and nothing new that I was very disappointed. However, for this Christmas they have gone back to well thought decorations using the great products they stock and imagining enchanted stories.

What do you think?

Happy New Year!! Wish you a great 2015!!

xoxo

“So Dior” at Harrods

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The “So Dior” exhibition in Harrods is beautifully executed and totally inspiring, especially if you are a fashion and Haute couture lover. As soon as you come in you begin a journey into the Dior world, to the heart of excellence of one of the most revered and well known ateliers.

At the entrance some toiles (Samples garment made from inexpensive fabrics like muslin, calico and linen) of famous Dior creations greet everyone and put into perspective the immense importance of the “little hands”, the tailors and seamstresses, who help the designer to capture his ideas into the garments.

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It goes on to reveal the historical links between the House of Dior and the United Kingdom. Christian Dior loved the English and had great admiration for England and all of its treasures, particularly for the royalty and Harrods. In 1953 at the department store the Fashion Theater served as the stage for presentations of Dior outfits. In the exhibition there is a scaled down evocation of this with almost 40 of Dior Haute Couture´s most emblematic silhouettes, reproduced in miniature form. From the legendary Bar ensemble to today´s designs by Raf Simons, it traces the evolution of the Dior line and its timeless modernity. You could spend hours just looking at the little mannequins wearing the Dior, Galliano or Yves Saint Laurent creations.

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“So Dior” also focuses on the couturier-perfumier, starting with Miss Dior; its very first fragrance created in 1947, with Natalie Portman as the modern-day face of the brand. Then J´adore, whose famous amphora’shaped bottle evokes the femininity of the silhouettes the couturier adored. The predominance of gold recalls the refinement of the Hall of Mirrors at Versailles  the unforgettable setting around Charlize Theron, the icon of this precious perfume. The area dedicated to J´adore is quite impressive with a lot of mirrors, plenty of the perfume bottles on the floor and the dresses and stand out necklaces that Theron wore for the commercial.

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Another interesting area of the exhibition is the one allocated to the stars today and the stars of yesterday, that come together to portray the glittering Dior galaxy. From Margot Fonteyn to Marion Cotillard or Audrey Hepburn the most beautiful talented women have accompanied the House of Dior from 1947 to the present, trusting in Dior to magnify their beauty.

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And what could be more Dior than Lady Dior, the iconic handbag whose name pays homage to the Princess of Wales, Lady Di, its most exceptional ambassador. With its ever- renewed links to the contemporary art scene it serves as a fundamental bridge for a House whose founder was a visionary gallery owner before becoming a couturier.

As well as the exhibition, there was a Dior Cafe and a pop up store in the ground floor of Harrods, but it was a shame because I didn’t have time to try the menu.

I took plenty of pictures so, if you missed the exhibition and the shop windows, have a look at them and feel all the French glamour at least for a few minutes!! Enjoy!!

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Hello again!!

Hi everyone!!

I´m sorry for the break in the blog, but I was very busy.

Anyway this is a come back with a face lift, a lot of energy and new ideas.

Get ready!! The show must go on ;)

Harvey Nichols windows spring 2013                                                                               Harvey Nichols windows Spring 2013

Louis Vuitton x Yayoi Kusama

The Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama has covered with polka dots the Louis Vuitton shops and windows all around the world and not only that, because she has collaborated with Marc Jacobs in a whole range of clothes and accessories. The collection is full of the signature symbol of Kusama that she has been using in her videos, performances and art works since the 60s.

Just few months ago I visited the Tate Modern exhibition of  the Japanese artist in London (supported by Louis Vuitton) and I liked it a lot, it was a very interesting one because she gets you to become absorbed by her unreal and repetitive universe plenty of colour and sensations. One of the rooms was completely dark except for a lot of tiny light bulbs that changed its colour all the time and reflected it in all the walls that were covered with mirrors (I left a picture of it in the slideshow, but it was much better in person)

If you like to see Kusama (some clones of herself) just check the slideshow because she left her signature in the Bond Street Louis Vuitton´s windows in London.

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Pictures: Alicia Prados

This assocciation between Marc Jacobs and Yayoi Kusama is only for the bravest ones: the vibrant colours (red and yellow) and the polka dots make the clothes and accessories very stand out. Personally I love it! I wouldn´t wear a LV x Kusama total look, but I would match them with neutral colours. Have a look to the collaboration pieces in this video (very Kusama, as her artworks, happy, funny and crazy)

Did you know Yayoi Kusama? What do you think of the Louis Vuitton x Kusama collection?

xoxo