Shall we spend the day together, en Paris?
Oui, bien sur.
Let’s Sunday window shop, along lovely, oh so glamorous avenue Montaigne in the 8th arrondissement.
This is one street you do NOT want to miss when en Paris.
Major window eye candy.
Major gorgeous window fashion dressing.
Originally called “allée des Veuves” (widows’ alley) as in the 18th century women in mourning gathered here.
Avenue Montaigne comes from a french renaissance writer, and in the 19th century became famous for it’s sparkling, colorful Mabille balls each Saturday eve.
No wonder I love it.
Kindred past spirits.
By the 1980s, avenue Montaigne was coined “la grande dame” of French streets for high fashion and accessories, even more important than the previous ruler of couture, rue de Faubourg Saint Honore.
Up and down each side of the block, boutique windows are dressed to the high fashion couture nines inside Louis Vuitton, (Mike just surprised me and bought an anniversary present here!) Dior, Chanel, Valentino, Celine, Nina Ricci…
Not to mention the world famous red awnings of Hotel Plaza Athenee, where I was lucky enough to spend several nights as the guest of Dom Perignon, living a total Parisian dream.
Moët Hennessey Louis Vuitton group, LVMH, one of my favorite clients to work alongside in Chicago, owns the major portfolio of the street’s real estate.
Marlene Dietrich, starlet extraordinaire, lived at No. 12 avenue Montaigne for many years.
Being so magnifique, Comité Montaigne has created an interactive map, complete with backstage fashion access, street style, so you can explore step by step yourself! Just click here.
The Prada dresses Gatsby story full of fashion sketches for days is my personal favorite, click here to read.
At 15 avenue Montaigne stands the famous Theatre des Champs-Elysees, the main character in the beautiful french film Avenue Montaigne.
Have you seen it?
It is just beyond lovely.
Such prestigious address and beauty does remind one that every rose has it’s thorn.
You may remember, in December 2008 the iconic Harry Winston boutique at 29 avenue Montaigne was robbed of more than 80 million euro, (roughly $100 million in dollars) worth of glittering glam, from diamond rings, to necklaces to luxury watches by a “gang of three or four” armed men just before closing. It had also been robbed in October 2007, when a similar heist netted the robbers about 20 million euro.