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In July, as it is the case every year, the Paris Fashion Week showcases the creations of the great couturiers for the Fall-Winter 2018-2019 collection as well as in London, New York and Milan.

When did Fashion Week appear and what are the places and shows not to be missed in July ?

The creation of Fashion Week in Paris

The week of fashion appeared in France initially in 1973 more precisely to Versailles. The fashion week is held twice a year and it is various showrooms, parades, presentations that appropriate the Parisian places.

At this time, parallel to fashion week, a fashion match between the United States and France with 5 prestigious French designers (including Dior, Givenchy and Yves Saint Laurent) aims to raise funds for the restoration of the Castle of Versailles.

In 1994, the Fashion Week moved to the Carrousel du Louvre.

The fashion shows of Haute Couture Fashion Week in Paris for 2018

The Fashion Week this year will be held in Paris between July 1st and 5th and there will be nearly 100 shows in the capital.

Here is an overview of the fashion shows program :

1. Sunday, July 1st : Givenchy, Azzaro, Aganovitch, Adeline André, Christophe Josse …
2. Monday, July 2nd : Christian Dior, Ralphet Russo, Antonio Grimaldi, Georges Hobeika
3. Tuesday, July 3 : Channel, Alexis Mabille, Alexandre Vauthier
4. Wednesday, July 4th : Franck Sorbier, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Valentino, Fendi Couture
5. Thursday, July 5 : Haute Joaillerie Fashion Show

The places of creation and presentations for the most part are revealed at the last moment and are for the most part kept secret.

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The Lafayette galleries is a place known for its great brands and its architecture. When did it appear? And what is its story ?

Here is a panorama of the creation of the Lafayette Galeries to its evolution over these last centuries.

The creation of the Lafayette Galleries

It is in 1893 that two Alsatians, Théophile Bader and Alphonse Kahn decide to open a store of novelty within a haberdashery in an area of 70 m2. The name Lafayette Galleries comes from its location and its configuration.

In 1896 the company bought the entire building at 1, rue de la Fayette and buy in 1903 the other building boulevard Haussmann and Chaussée d’Antin.

The first works are completed in 1907 Boulevard Haussmann. But it is with Ferdinand Chanut that the store acquires a new dimension.

The Lafayette galleries, a luxury store

The store was inaugurated in 1912 and its creators imagine a luxury goods store with a light radiating from the dome. The monument is inscribed in the Paris Art Nouveau and Ferdinand Chanut appeals to artists from the Ecole de Nancy for architecture. The windows are of a neo-Byzantine style and the gigantic staircase is inspired by that of the Opera de Paris.

Then appear non-market spaces such as a tea room and a smokehouse and major events are organized.

Shop windows play an important role in highlighting the merchandise with a theatricalization.

The Lafayette galleries in recent years

In 1974, the main staircase is dismantled and ten years later the ground floor is furnished with prestigious shops.

The Lafayette galleries are at the origin of the Fashion Festival created in 1980.

Creations of great creators such as Karl Jean-Paul Gauthier and Karl Lagarfeld appear.

In 2004, the Mark and Spencer store became Lafayette House. The store then displays three buildings on Boulevard Haussmann.

For more information on the Lafayette galeries, visit the company’s website