My last couple of days in Paris were absolutely lovely. We visited the Galleries de Lafayette, a collosal department store with huge markdowns because July is the month of sales in Paris. We continued our shopping ventures walking down the Champs Elysees, where I drooled over all the window displays.
That night, we went to the Eiffel Tower at night and watched it light up and twinkle. We met some American backpackers traveling through Europe! Must be such an adventure, though I think it'd be hard to do without a suitcase of clothes!
Our last day we visited the Museum of Textiles at the Louvre. They had an exhibit about Madeline Vionnet. She is definitely an underappreciated designer! She was all about modernism in fashion, freeing women from corsets and creating garments on the bias cut with beautiful drapery. I couldn't believe how forward thinking she was! In the thirties her design firm had a nursery for mothers, paid vacations, and copywriting designs!
Then, we stumbled upon Paris' trendy design concept store Colette. I've read so much about it and couldn't wait to see it in person. It has no signage out in front of the store, just a small plaque leading way to a phenomenal store. There was an art gallery within, and ipods connected to the walls. The clothes were all displayed on mannequins as outfits (no racks to be seen), as if on exhibit at a museum. It was by far the coolest store I've ever been in.
Now, I've just reached my study center in London where I have four weeks left to explore Europe, and (to my dismay) write some research papers..