Paris Fashion Walk, Part II - Galerie Vero-Dodat, Galerie Vivienne, and Place des Victoires
Talk about a stimulus package! One of the reasons that I like going on the tours offered by Paris Walks is that I always learn fascinating bits of information that help me to better understand French culture. For example, when our guide told us that, in an effort to bolster the textile industry, Napolean Bonaparte forbade women to appear at court in the same dress more than twice, I had an epiphany. Following the latest fashions isn't a frivolous pursuit, it's a patriotic duty, for as Napolean supposedly said, "Luxury for the rich provides the essentials for the poor."
So, in an effort to do my part for the French economy, I spent a couple of hours yesterday afternoon visiting some of the boutiques that we had passed on the Paris Walks tour. After strolling through the delightful Jardin du Palais Royale, I went to Jean Paul Gaultier at 6 rue Vivienne and admired the new 3-D clothing line that comes complete with glasses. Although the saleswomen made me slightly nervous by following me around the shop, they were friendly and even suggested that I try on the 3-D glasses to get the full effect of the design on one of the t-shirts.
As previously mentioned in my first post about the Fashion Walk, I recommend joining the Paris Walks tour if it is offered during your stay in Paris. If it isn't, here's a list of the stores in the order that we passed them on the walking tour: Galerie Vero-Dodat, by Terry (Galerie Vero-Dodat. Custom made cosmetics by appointment only), Christian Louboutin (Galerie Vero-Dodat), Kenzo (Place des Victoires), Victoires (Place des Victoires), Jean Paul Gaultier (Rue Vivienne), and Galerie Vivienne.