Thursday, April 9, 2015

H = Haute Couture and Parisian Markets, French Faves - A to Z Challenge

Fashion changes over the years, decade to decade, season to season. Some lasting trends reincarnate in 20 year cycles, get re-tweaked and seem new again.  If it's Retro, it's been here before.



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Givenchy
A luxury French brand of haute couture clothing, accessories, and under the brand, Parfums Givenchy, perfumes and cosmetics.




Givenchy Retro Illustrations seen in Paris, by DG Hudson

H = Haute Couture and Parisian Markets

In Paris, it's always been about the big name designers, the ones who dress the celebrities, the wealthy and the movie industry. Some of these names now have retail lines for the masses, and status is always in for some social circles. We stayed in the Marais, where a younger element is prevalent, and these locals wore clothes that were timeless. No name brands evident. BTW - In Paris, Black is always 'in'.  


Louis Vuitton

Another well-known brand of luxury items. (Luggage, handbags, and more.)


Louis Vuitton, Flagship store, Paris, by DG Hudson

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For a different kind of shopping experience:

Saturday Street Market in the Marais

These Street Markets set up early on Saturday and offer a variety of goods. This is in conjunction with recycled and handmade items being sold by vendors in the winding back streets, tucked among the private residences and schools.


Marais Street Market, Paris, by DG Hudson


A list of Markets for flowers,art, unusual items and more:


Paris Saturday Street Markets in the Marais, by DG Hudson

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Marché aux Fleurs

http://en.visitparisregion.com/attractions-paris/shopping/markets/marche-aux-fleurs-76437.html

Entirely dedicated to flowers, this picturesque little market on the lle de la Cité will be your most fragrant stop along the banks of the river Seine. Located just blocks away from Notre Dame de Paris on the Île de la Cité. It's the last of its kind in Paris and is a pleasant surprise.  We bought two pieces of art work (watercolour illustrations) here.

The Saint-Ouen Flea Market

History of the Flea Market
http://www.discoverfrance.net/France/Paris/Shopping/Paris_fleamkts.shtml 

Includes a musical interlude. . .
http://www.st-ouen-tourisme.com/en/decouvertes/fiche/1927-visitez-le-marche-aux-puces.html

Between the years 1880 and 1900, the traveller who left Paris via the Porte de Clignancourt would pass the sloping bank of Louis-Philippe's fortified city walls,and the makeshift market stalls and inns set up in the  middle of the fields and market gardens. 

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Do you like shopping for buried treasure in flea markets, second-hand stalls and street markets? Have you shopped in Paris for items to bring home? 



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18 comments:

  1. I would definitely feel more comfortable shopping in the markets. I tend to avoid labels, but then, I also try to avoid high-fashion. I want to be unique!

    Annalisa, writing A-Z vignettes, at Wake Up, Eat, Write, Sleep

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    1. I like being unique, too, Annalisa. Loved the antique and secondhand markets, but knew there wasn't much I could bring back. . .due to luggage restrictions. I spent my money on cashmere, perfume and paintings.

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  2. I do love to shop at flea markets and such if I can find them when I'm out and about. I didn't shop for much in Paris except at the gift shops of whatever tourist attraction we were at.

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    1. I looked into those places too, JoJo, for little gifts for giveaway, and found one or two gems: an Arc de Triomphe tin sign, and hubs got a French soccer team shirt.

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  3. Ah, shopping in Paris, a dream. But flea markets would be less intimidating. Fun to find a "treasure" or two. I have heard so much about the Marais. And the connections you have included I am going to look into, a little adventure right from my computer. Thank you, D.G.

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    1. The street markets are fun, the people are friendly and many come to the Marais for this on the weekends. I liked the secondhand stores, too, and one had several stores in one. Hope you do enjoy the links, loverofwords.

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  4. Street markets are fun.
    Black is always in? Cool.

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    1. Yes, Alex, I like street markets, too. Black is my basic wardrobe color, so It worked well for me. (it's a hangover from art school) You, being Ninja, would know the attraction of black. . .

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  5. I love fashion! I draw my own designs and often check out fashion magazines from the library to see what the designers have come up with. Going to Paris and seeing the fashion would be neat.

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    1. Fashion has always had a appeal for me and I like the timeless, classic looks. When I first came to Vancouver, I collected jackets and dresses from the 1930-40s. A shop called A Blast from the Past sold them. The dresses were silk. I may donate them to a museum some day.

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  6. I would love to just browse the Marais Street Market. With my black Stetson, I would stand out though!

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    1. Parisians would likely think it was stylish. They liked the cowboys and Indian shows that visited in the late 1800s. You would be unique, and that counts for something . . .the market was very near where we stayed.

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  7. Hi DG - I'm definitely not a haute couture dresser ... I try and be tidy! I know people who are always on the look out for bargains - I can't be bothered .. I went shopping with a friend the other day in two local towns and she visited every charity shop ... I just wanted to get back - we did just make the cinema, but lunch was a sandwich near a wet bench!!! We were late .. but not that bad.

    I'd love to be slim and elegant .. I was at one stage ... but can't wear most fabrics - so that solves my problem really! Navy Blue too I always seemed to see in Paris and when I see a brief thing on tv ... but they do look smart ...

    I'd love to see the Flower Market - that sounds just amazing ...

    Cheers Hilary

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    1. Yes, Navy is a second color that shows up a lot, goes with the nautical look, favored by many. I do like browsing markets, but a nice lunch should have been de riguer for your company.

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  8. I love that in the streets around the top designers in Paris the locals wear what's comfortable for them. I feel that's the true fashion. What you feel good in and expresses a bit of who you are - from a high fashion label to a flea market find :)

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    1. Yes, didn't see anyone dressed to the nines, there were lots of slim jeans, boots, and scarves. I did see a lot of big purses, but few labels being flashed about. I can't follow back due to Google Connect.

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  9. I've never been to Paris, but would love to frequent some of those lovely little street markets.

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