Printemps, the large department store, has outdone itself this year with its Russian fairy tale motif.
Eleven storefronts are transformed into stylized dachas and five of them, dedicated to fashion, are inspired by Faberge eggs in an oversized version revealing a mannequin wearing an evening gown and a crystal headdress inspired by the crowns of tsarinas.
The other windows feature a reception with an opulent banquet, a folkloric ball with dancers and musicians, a ride inspired by a carousel and a game of hide-and-seek with giant matryoshka dolls that open and close.
Inside the store are Russian influenced gift ideas including caviar, vodka, pierogi, traditional cakes, Goldken chocolates in the form of gold ingots, and Russian tea by Mariage Freres.
Galeries Lafayette, one of the other big department stores in Paris and a shopping treat for their grand scale retail staging is having a sweet tooth for Christmas.
Animated teddy bears, dolls, and rabbits dressed by Jean Paul Gaultier, Kenzo, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Maje, Manoush and, Zadig & Voltaire are having the time of their life in the windows at Galeries Lafayette this holiday season.
Inside the store is a huge fir tree decorated with gingerbread figures, lollipops and sugar sticks, erected under the dome.
Photo gallery of the Paris Christmas windows at Prinptemps and Galeries Lafayette:
(click on photo to enlarge and for slideshow)
Stay tuned for more holiday treats from Paris.– Richard, the Paris Insider
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