Feel the French touch in Paris this summer

Iconic Parisian store Galeries Lafayette brings you a bonanza of beauty in many forms.

Be it Parisians or visitors to this glamorous city, everyone is charmed by Galeries Lafayette. This quintessential Parisian department store has been known as a purveyor of products with an impeccable sense of style and classy sensibilities for more than 125 years. Not an easy task to stay relevant for so long in a nation that is known for its always en vogue panache.

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A Paris landmark for more than a century. Image: Shutterstock/Veniamin Kraskov.

Ongoing at Galeries Lafayette right now and until August 31, is a celebration of just this — what they call the ‘French Touch’ — in fashion, beauty, homeware, and food, with a range of iconic brands, personalities, and collectives.

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Classic or avante garde, it’s quintessentially French. Image: Courtesy Atout France.

Head to the flagship store’s panoramic rooftop terrace where this summer’s hottest event is being staged. They’ve had daily screenings of classic French films curated by Gaumont, followed by live concerts featuring quite a line-up of both, established artists and emerging young talent, from the French music scene. The terrace then transitions into an outdoor dancefloor with a DJ set in partnership with Yves Saint Laurent Beauté. Expect everything from electronic music and rap to nouvelle chanson, capturing the diversity and distinctiveness of the French music scene, with artists like Yseult, Sofiane Pamart, Étienne de Crécy, Bon Entendeur, Kiddy Smile, Pedro Winter, Julien Granel, Dabeull and Rad Cartier.

Throughout the festival, a cryptoart exhibition by art collective Obvious examines the relationship between art and artificial intelligence, bringing together several French artists who are blazing the trail in NFTs.

You can also go inside, under that stunning Art Nouveau dome to experience an immersive installation by Paris-based design duo Gaëlle Gabillet and Stéphane Villard of Studio GGSV that’s a tribute to contemporary creation in the historical building.

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The Galeries Lafayette dome leaves the visitor spellbound. Image: Shutterstock/Christian Bertrand.

Their dreamlike, pop art-inspired projects create optical illusions, blur the boundaries between reality and fantasy and question our cultural attachment to objects and their purpose. Inspired by the Paris Haussmann store’s history and architecture, Studio GGSV is taking over three iconic spaces to create a unique dialogue between their own aesthetic universe and Galeries Lafayette’s.

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Stairway to Heaven is a permanent artistic commission in one of the department store’s historic staircases. Studio GGSV has created this unusual panorama that unfolds as you travel up the floors, in the form of a trompe-l’oeil fresco depicting worlds of changing materials.

For the windows on Boulevard Haussmann, the duo has imagined a series of original scenographic installations that pay homage to the store’s majestic glass dome by reproducing and digitally augmenting its striking structure. These references to the store’s key architectural feature provide the perfect backdrop for presenting some of the most quintessential brands and faces of the French Touch, showcasing both Galeries Lafayette’s creative audacity and the art de vivre for which France is famous.

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With designs on you! Image: Shutterstock/Rrrainbow.

Apart from personalised shopping for some classic French designer labels at the store, you can also engage deeper with fashion shows, a free art gallery, heritage tours, macaroon-making sessions, cooking classes with Ferrandi Paris School chefs, and a lot more. The perfect way to add a real French touch to your Parisian vacay.

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