Champs-Elysées September: Mairie de Paris Supports Car Free Day, and Fashion Week

On Sunday 27 September, The City of Paris organised the “car-free day” in limited areas in the neighbourhoods of the city center, the Bois de Vincennes and Boulogne. Mayor Anne Hidalgo hopes to see it expand in the future. The Mayor introduced and opened the first car-free day on the Champs-Elysées at 11:00, to join the mayors of Brussels, Sao Paulo and Bristol, where such experiments already have been conducted. The photo shows walkers and cyclists who enjoyed the Champs-Elysées until it was opened again for vehicles around 6 p.m. 

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2015 September Paris

Just about time to let the vehicle traffic roll, as walkers and cyclists continue to enjoy having the entire Champs-Elysées to themselves on the first car-free day in Paris

Additionally, this season’s Spring /Summer 2016 Fashion Week is kindly supported by the Mairie de Paris: among other activities, the flags and posters of the promotional campaign.

‘La Mode Aime Paris’ will decorate the Champs Elysées, as well as other Paris streets, for 15 days beginning September 30. Fashion week will open at the Place de Vendôme with haute couture.

The literal translation of haute couture is “high sewing” (In the UK, “elegant sewing”) referring to clothing design, creation, and construction. It typically means expensive, fashionable clothing produced by leading fashion houses – among and nowhere near limited to- ‎Elie Saab, ‎Christian Lacroix, Adeline André, Mouna Ayoub and Tom Ford.

“The champions of haute couture insist that it can be as visionary as any art form.”- Alexander Mc Queen

I now tend to agree, changing my previous opinion from: Are you kidding me? WHO would wear THAT??????? to my new attitude: Oh my, AWE, it IS Exquisite!!  This change of attitude developed into appreciation simply by learning about the people who work in the industry and often dedicate their careers to a certain designer. Their stories revealed details of the actual talents and processes that go into the art of designing and creating the products from beginning to end. The design and construction of haute couture clothing is visionary, exigent, rigorous, and precise work.

Designers often dedicate their lives to this art form in the pursuit of a particular form of beauty. This form must then enter an intense competition into the marketplace and hold its own (as of course does most any other art or creation). The economic impact of this industry, including ready-to-wear fashion, which begins  October 2, is globally significant.

As far as creation of the products, the designers must be able to conceive of an original theme, envision the designs, colours and forms, consider the intimate and expert understanding of the flow of the material on the shape of the human body, the shine or shadows of the light on the fabric, the blending, contrasts and/or cooperation between various textures, the potential stillness and movement, and then create the product contemplating these meticulous and numerous variables.  Then comes the precise selection of threads comprising the fabrics, the materials necessary to zip, button, leave open or close the design, and then the accessories to accompany the design. After follows the impeccable attention to detail in the actual construction. It could be considered as stringent perhaps as the requirements of architecture (No architect would agree, I admit). Yet it IS an extraordinary art form. I thank David Johnson for his brief yet thorough summary to explain something more of the art and its implications.

Perspective: As each thread is selected to create an exquisite garment in the creation of haute couture, so is there the option for each of us to chose every thread of thought that we allow to become part of the garment of our lives. Create beauty in your design of colour, movement and flow.

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2015 September Paris

The Ministry of Justice, housed at 13 Place de Vendôme, is headed by the current Minister of Justice, Christiane Taubira. The Minister of Justice is a top-level cabinet position, and the Minister is the keeper of the seals (Ministre de la Justice – Garde des Sceaux).

Place Vendôme is a square in the 1st arrondissement of Paris, France, located to the north of the Tuileries Gardens and east of the Église de la Madeleine. It is the starting point of the Rue de la Paix. The Vendôme Column, currently under restoration, was started in 1806 at Napoleon’s direction and completed in 1810.

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2015 September Paris

Tourists and residents enjoy the large, open Place de Vendôme for sightseeing and recreational exercise.

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2015 September Paris

Place de Vendôme also is a favorite for family photos. Perhaps this is a future Fashion Week model?

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2015 September Paris

Madame Carla Bruni Sarkozy (former first Lady) overlooks the Place de Vendôme for Bvlgari.

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2015 September Paris

22 Place de Vendôme houses Van Cleef Arpels French luxury brand, founded in 1906, showcasing a collection of fine jewelry, watches & fragrances.

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2015 September Paris

French for “Like Boys”, and written in Japanese as コム・デ・ギャルソン (Komu de Gyaruson), is a Japanese fashion label headed by Rei Kawakubo, who owns the company with her husband Adrian Joffe.

Comme des Garçons is based in Tokyo and also in the prestigious Place Vendôme in Paris, the city in which they show their main collections during Paris Fashion Week and Paris Men’s Fashion Week. Each year, the company grosses about $180 million.

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2015 September Paris

A woman enters Hotel de Vendôme, 1 Place de Vendôme. This refined boutique hotel, in an ornate 17th-century mansion, is a three minute walk from the sculptures and ponds of Jardin des Tuileries.  Gold is favored this season.

 

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2015 September Paris

Rue Saint Honoré and Tom Ford window display in gold.

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2015 September Paris

Details count. Accessories at OGGI, 10 Rue du Chevalier de Saint-George, 75001 Paris.

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2015 September Paris

Tom Ford, gold.

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2015 September Paris

Dreams come to life in the world of fashion.

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2015 September Paris

Detail fabric and ornament, glints of gold

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2015 September Paris

Subtle glimmers of gems enrich this dark jacket in menswear.

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2015 September Paris

The gleaming accessory highlights this men’s jacket, and complements the white textured threads of the shirt worn underneath.

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2015 September Paris

Woman’s black patent handbag. Have you ever thought of keeping a man like this?
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Page Links:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Place_Vendôme

http://www.modeaparis.com/en

http://www.infoplease.com/spot/fashionside1.html

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