Today we woke up early and made our way to the Pompidou centre where we noticed some great street style around the area. Whilst waiting in the queue for the Pompidou to open I caught some snaps of people wearing exciting outfits that caught my eye! I noticed that many of the people we took photos of tucked their jeans or trousers into their boots.
Street style outside the Pompidou...
The Pompidou centre has a great architectural structure to the exterior with a complete contrast to the interior. I found the exhibitions stimulating, exciting, whilst at the same time disturbing. One of the exhibitions was about genitals and some of the images and visual references were quite shocking and surprising. But like they say ‘its art’! I really loved all the contemporary art work in the gallery.
Our next stop was the lifestyle store, Colette. What a shop! It sold everything from clothes to CDs, books, magazines, watches and art work. The mens collections were very retro with bright coloured prints and ice cream motifs on the sweaters. Being inside the store gave me a feel for the lifestyle that people bought into, which was an expensive one! The store had a really great concept with limited edition products and collaborations with artists for certain items. If I could I would have bought every item of clothing in their!
It was time for lunch and our tutors had recommended a famous tea room called Angelina’s which was situated right by Colette. This was no ordinary tea room but one that had beautiful 19th Century décor inside and was famous for its African hot chocolate. I had to try it of course. It was seriously heaven. Wow! My friends tried the pastries and cakes which were also delicious. All the cakes and macaroons were displayed in glass cabinets all stacked up so perfectly.
After experiencing Angelinas, we planned the route on the metro map to get to the Printemps department store to look at predominantly, the menswear section. On the way to the metro we passed a luxury chocolate shop where all the chocolate were handmade each day and had an array of multicoloured chocolates.
We finally arrived at the Printemps department store and went to look at the menswear department first where we found most of the designer clothes were displayed in an orderly way, neatly folded and hung perfectly. Each designer had they own visual merchandising and colour palette.
I picked up a look book on mens current trends in the department store here are some visuals below of how it looked inside.
When I arrived back to hotel I was shattered, but after an hour of rest I felt refreshed and ready to go back out. Helena and I decided to go to the Six Huit boat bar that the guy in the salad bad had recommended to us. I was pleasantly surprised when we arrived to find it situated in full view of the Notre Dame and lit up so beautifully on the canal. We ordered tapas and listened to a jazz singer whilst having a spectacular view of Paris.
Here is a video clip of the live band in Six Huit…
Off to sleep.