Saturday, 29 September 2012

Shopping in Paris

Hands down, my favourite place to shop in Paris is Le Marais. The Brick Lane area of Paris the streets are studded with art galleries, boutiques and ridiculous vintage shops.

It's hard to find the best vintage shops in Paris as the most obvious shops are the most expensive. For example one of the most famous vintage designer stores in the Marais is stuffed full of scruffy fakes with the occasional designer gem for the real fashion lover to discover.

Our first stop yesterday Was the KiloShop (as mentioned in post)... There are green tags and red tags on all the items. Red tags are 20€ per kilo and green are 30€ per kilo. To be honest unless your really sensible and just go for the red tag it works out pretty much the same as every other cheap vintage store. However a dress I picked up had an obviously added belt which I removed so that cut down the cost.
You can get bang for your buck but you need to get the cheap, light fabrics really to make it worth your while. When you pick a well made, gorgeous, thick fabric you'll pay for it. For accessories though it's really worth the trip.

Next of course, my favourite stop is the free'p'star! There are 3 stores in Le Marais. The best in my opinion is the store right behind hotel de ville metro station.

Opposite this is the carpenters gallery that we took an trip to today. Outside its an anonymous wooden, period parisian door with a small plaque and a buzzer. Inside it's your standard white walled modern space. The first exhibition you see are robotic mirrors that creepily fixate on the figure waling between them. They twist automatically to follow you and to be honest it's a little bit scary! I felt like I was on big brother. It was awesome.

In the next room was a blank canvas, not being bothered about reading the info on the wall we considered the piece 'so conceptual I couldn't be bothered'. Then the frame moved, a laser strip appeared and printed in purple a faded image of both of us looking in confusion and the blank wall. After we worked this out we pulled a number of stupid poses and moved to the next exhibition.

It was a sound triggered piece. Lights on wires above the head that responded to sound below and sparkled as we wandered through wondering what was going on.

The next room was not quite as interactive but featured an amazing heart shaped chandelier made of led lights with dandelion...seeds?! Glued to the light it looked like a hundred dandelions lit for within. Totally stunning. Another exhitibion in the room was an arc of lights over quilted, conceptually shaped chairs.

The next floor yielded lights that faded into a clock and one of our favourite exhibitions yet....

A wall of tiny cube mirrors responded to light and as you moved in front of the mirror burst into life and then faded again. We spent a good 10 minutes dancing like idiots in front of this mirror. 3 were recorded and I will embed the video below!!!

The top floor of the galley showed more incredible lights, interactive again. LEDs handing from wires made up a cube and as you walked towards the installing they lit up creating a 3 version of the subject standing in front. This was another dancing moment!

After spending too long running around this gallery we wandered through Le Marais to another favourite vintage store on rue de rosiers. The street also houses 'the best falafel' in Paris, various gorgeous boutiques and the Adidas where I always meet my match. Last time it was the Jeremy Scott collaboration jacket. This time it was the neon pink, opaque brogues in collaboration with opening ceremony. Adidas X Opening Ceremony baby. So 120€ later I was wearing comfy flat shoes and we stumbled across a vintage fair where I found a stunning fully beaded 80's evening dress for 15€. So now I need somewhere to wear it!! Oooh also a good vintage store on rue de rosiers is Coiffure. Really great, low cost pieces. Its a bit hit and miss but there is always SOMETHING!!

Anyway.... After various stores and various wonderful trips we arrived back at the hotel ready for food. And drinks. We popped to the Monop store for milk, water and something alcoholic. I spotted a bottle of polish vodka and we were well away. Back to our scummy hotel in style!

Again we met up with Jean Luc, Wade and the Spastor World bots from Barcelona and web for a wonderful Indian meal accompanied by wine and then a taxi driver that had no fucking clue where we were...

Back to home, scummy hotel and into bed. A little tipsy but having a wonderful day again.

Gotta love a non stressful Paris day!


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