Monday, November 18, 2013

Paris Xmas Windows

The gorgeous girl in pink in all of Galeries Lafayette Metro posters is no where to be seen in the actual windows. What happen?
 
Still I loved this giant cat with clocks for eyes.
 
Clocks are the theme, "Once upon a time" 
IL ÉTAIT UNE FOIS NOËL
 
In all the windows.
 
Is it about the tick, tock before Santa arrives?
 
I have no idea but the kiddies were lapping it up as always and that's who it's for.
 
There is always a splendid feast scene in Galeries Lafayette's vitrines.
 
Tick, tock.
 
Natch the chef is loaded with lobsters for the grand fete.
 
Other GL windows have giant hour glasses and floating bunnies.
 
You tell me what it means but at least it's very pretty, dreamy.
 
Printemps has joined forces with fashion house Prada
 
Dancing bears doing a Moulin Rouge routine
 

And snow bears on a glacier jumping about.
 
But most of their windows are full of Prada fashions...
A slightly different feast scene...ahem
 

I have no idea at all what this is about.
 
Wolves in sheep's clothing at Printemps. Look at the shadows - a giveaway.
I'll take these clock-shaped lemon meringues inside Printemps from Hugo and Victor thank you very much.
I'll be missing Bergdorfs windows this Xmas.
 

29 comments:

Jeanette, Mistress of Longears said...

What very sharp eyes you have - you are so right about the sheep shadows!
Clock faces and hourglasses hold great nostalgia for me…one of the last generations raised in the pre-didgital age. I wonder if today's kids "think" in terms of the clock hand locations. If not, those who join the military will have to learn what they mean when they say something is "at your 3 o'clock"!
And don't think I missed those longears! I am merely showing uncharacteristic restraint.

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Julie Django said...

Lovely! I have to decorate a shop window for the season so this is wonderful food for thought. J'adore les ours "cancan" - ne pensez-vous pas qu'ils viennent du Moulin Rouge et non pas du NY? (les Rockettes? Jamais! :-)

La Table De Nana said...

What fun..I really should try and get into Montreal..and see the lights..and windows..where I live..no big windows..quaint charming lights..but nothing of this scale.

Connie said...

Such lovely leche-vitrines. Those sheep. Hysterical!

Louise said...

Wow, such lovely windows. One day I'm going to see the Christmas windows for myself. I must say that the H&V is my favourite.

Parisbreakfasts said...

Oui, bien sur La Moulin Rouge!

Madonna/aka/Ms Lemon of Make Mine Lemon said...

What fun! I love clocks. I had to go back and check out the wolves in sheep's clothing. Your the best.

Sketchbook Wandering said...

I like the feast scene, GL window, because they even did a window view of moon & stars...nice details...the Rockettes seem more American Disney than European...

Different subject: Have you seen Les émotifs anonymes (2010)? about a chocolatière and a patron d'une fabrique de chocolat?

Frances said...

Carol, merci for this tour of the festive windows. It seems as if Paris is more attuned to New Year's clocks than to Christmas. (Perhaps the seasonal baking and other edible treats will shower us with Christmas tradition?)

In my recent midtown NYC forays, I noticed that many of The Big Stores have had their curtains drawn while visual elves get the windows perfectly displayed.

I promise to do a post about these windows...and remember what you said about taking photos after dark.

Not yet so cold over here (still some green leaves on the trees) so it might be possible to take those photos without chilly fingers on the camera's button.

xo

Marie Bryan said...

The floating bunnies remind me of the rabbits in the Wallace & Grommit animation, "The Curse of the Were Rabbit"! The windows at Le Bon Marché are understated but nice: trains, and icicles and piles of gold chains rising and descending...

Parisbreakfasts said...

I didnt see that! But it's repeated in the two other scenes as well.
Sharp eyes ;))

Parisbreakfasts said...

Fingerless gloves to the rescue!
It will be interesting to view NYC from over here...

Parisbreakfasts said...

I must do Bon Marche! Thanks for the reminder.
There didnt seem to be a cohesive thread in these windows or is it just me? Other than the time theme...

Manda said...

You're feeding my craving of all things Christmas...and Paris!
Love this!

Manda from Eat Cake

Marie Arden said...

Love the holiday windows. Check out Grace's blog Pink in the City (NY) in Dec for Bergdorf's windows she usually posts about the windows.
Well it seems the holiday countdown has begun in Paris.

Jill @ MadAboutMacarons said...

Looks like Santa has lost a bit of weight this year! Must take the kids to have a look but not feeling quite Christmassy yet but they're already discussing, bien sûr… Bonne dégustation!

365 Dresses said...

Meh...although a couple of the Prada dresses appeal to me. The winner is clearly the Wolves in Sheep's Clothing! In Paris, there's no need to step on Thanksgiving. The earlier the better!

martinealison said...

Bonsoir chère amie,

Noël est à notre porte... Chez moi aujourd'hui la neige tombe...
Dans vos multiples photos je suis attirée par celle des moutons et par les douceurs au citron de VH... J'aime beaucoup la tarte au citron.
Mais pour être chauvine je vais dire que celle que je fais est la meilleure !... je vous invite même à venir la déguster !

Gros bisous à vous.

cyndi from sd said...

Why is it that I sigh when I see your beautiful postings...or is it swooning?LOL
I did not realize that they start as early as we do in the US with the holiday décor.I AM NOT COMPLAINING.
When do they turn on the charming strings of holiday lights spanning the streets ( I loved the Eiffel towers on rue St Charles) ?
Have a wonderful holiday season

Jeanie said...

Oh, be still, my heart! YOu are getting me right where I live! I could look at Christmas windows all day, every day. We don't have many here so these are like a present. Oh, to be there at this very time!

sukicart said...

Interesting & I agree, there seems to be no cohesive theme other than clocks. Do love the wolves in sheepsclothing, but not sure what the connection is to Christmas.

Parisbreakfasts said...

Come to Paris
It starts early and ends late here.

Painting the hamptons said...

I love the sheep/wolves!!

Nikon said...

So much fun! I love the cat with the clock eyes, & the sheep. Everything looks fantastic :)

Amy said...

I love Dancing bears.

Vicki N said...

Magnificent post, Carol! You really took us right into this beautiful action. I think the clocks/watches/hourglasses were about either passing time or a countdown to Christmas and the need to shop quickly! More likely the latter as this is all about retail, isn't it? Loved the sheep. Did you take all the windows at night to avoid the glare or has it been so dreary that that wasn't a problem. Thanks, too, for the Bergdorf link. I loved it!

Parisbreakfasts said...

I should have mentioned it's called
'Once Upon a Time'
Il était une fois Noël… »

Anonymous said...

Well Carole, after looking at so many of your Parisbreakfast posts I have resolved to do nothing but visit the best patisseries next time I am in Paris. With Paris having so much that's amazing I am surprised to realize that the Christmas windows of the Myer department store in Melbourne, Australia are possibly second to none. There's got to something that we do better I suppose. Gwendoline in Australia.