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May 23, 2013

Shopping In Style

Galeries Lafayette Haussmann’s first floor offers new signatures in fashion and accessories to make a fashionista’s shopping complete

This is one address that every diva who loves her fashion will be magnetically drawn to. It was unveiled last year when the iconic Galeries Lafayette Haussmann celebrated its centenary in October. On the landmark occasion, the luxury shopping destination revealed its plush new first floor for the discerning fashionista: Fashion, Luxury & Creation. This was unveiled under the signature of the architect Bruno Moinard and the visual artist Yann Kersalé who redesigned the lighting of the Dome of the store on the memorable occasion.

The space offers new signatures in fashion and new brands in accessories, most of them in exclusivity. Ultra luxury brands share space – in this new approach – with brands that are more affordable, but distinctly trendy.

Interestingly, two new fashion ‘laboratories’ showcase luxury designers and new designers throughout the year – a fact that underlines the Galeries Lafayette’s two visions of fashion: today’s must-have designers at affordable prices and the season’s most sought-after and exclusive luxury goods, with a common theme: fashion.

Fashionistas are sure to love the Designers Laboratory that will host around 10 young designers who have been shortlisted by expert buyers every season. The 60-square-metre concept store is characterised with a concrete interior, dark parquet flooring, funky changing rooms and tailors dummies that will be finished with tables of matching accessories (candles, stationery, small leather goods, decorative items, books…).

To enhance the shopping experience, the Luxury Laboratory showcases daywear and eveningwear dresses that will make a girl the cynosure of all eyes at a ball. This original concept store showcases nine brands that caught the Galeries Lafayette’s eye. The season’s prettiest dresses are presented in a stylish Parisian apartment-style interior, with bags and high heels. All combining to create the perfect look for any haute occasion. And while the shoppers are indulging their sartorial tastes, there is always time for the perfect gourmet break at the Bar Le Premier – which is coiled in a corbel around the Dome on the first floor of the Lafayette Coupole – where amidst beautiful scenery, you can dip into delicious meals!

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