The 2011 World's Largest Fashion Show at Galeries Lafayette


Have you ever had one of those evenings when the only thing that you wanted to do was relax in a hot bath with a glass of wine and a good book? That's exactly how I felt after a wonderful bike ride along the Marne River with Bruce, Jane and Phread yesterday. My bottom was sore, my legs were tired and I just wanted to take it easy.

But since I've been making such a big fuss about the World's Largest Fashion Show at Galeries Lafayette, I hopped in the shower and got dressed to go out for the evening in record breaking time. Meanwhile, a little voice in my head kept asking, "Are you sure that you really want to do this?" Surprisingly enough, the answer was a resounding, "Yes!".

And am I ever glad that I went because it was an amazing night. The energy in the air was palpable as people sang and moved to the tunes played by the super-hip 69 year old DJette, Ruth Flowers (Mamy Rock). Walking past the area where the models were waiting to make their appearance on the catwalk, I noticed that a few of them looked slightly nervous but that most of them projected a contagious sense of enthusiasm that spread throughout the crowd. After all, these weren't super models -- these were people like you and me who were making their dreams come true. Bravo!

Update: If you would like to see more photos of the models on the runway, click here to see the pictures that Galeries Lafayette posted on Flickr.


A bevy of beautiful brides
One of the professional make-up artists at work.
This man had the most stunning eyes that were enhanced by the make-up artist.
Many thanks to the young woman, who was standing rather precariously on a window sill to get a
better view, for taking this photo of the catwalk for me!
Bright colors
I had a good time talking with this woman about her experience as a model. She said that she LOVED it
 and happily showed me all of the products in her gift bag: an umbrella, shampoo, lipgloss
 and magazines about fashion, what else!
Thanks again to the young woman who took this photo. Next year, I'll have to get there well in
advance so that I'll be in a better position to take pictures of the catwalk.


Pulling up the red carpet - the World's Largest Fashion Show is over for another year....

Comments

  1. Wait a minute--I thought you were PARTICIPATING in this event, as a model! C'mon, buck up. Next year for sure!

    What's with all this lace eye adornment? I've not really seen that before. Was that just from the street or did the makeup artists do that as a theme?

    And I'm so proud of you for pushing yourself out the door. I hope you slept late as a reward.

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  2. I have to admit that when I was running around trying to get photos of the models, there was a bit of regret that I was on the "wrong" side of the security fence. I had conversations with quite a few people who said that they would like to participate next year because it looked as if the models were having so much fun. It was also reassuring to see that there were quite a few people who appeared to be my age and older, so it wasn't only for young people. I'm sure that I would "buck up" if someone would join me on the runway (hint, hint!).

    The lace eye adornment must have been applied by the make up artists because a lot of the models were wearing it. It looked stunning and gave a dramatic air to the eyes. One thing that you can't tell from the photos is that the many of the models were wearing a glittery type of red lipstick that also looked fantastic with the eye adornment.

    Nope, I didn't sleep late because I had scheduled a massage. Every once in a while I have to give in to being a "Chalala"! ;-)

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  3. Mary Kay- THis looks so cool! And anyone can go watch, no ticket required?
    Was your massage at the George V???

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  4. Kate, No ticket required - it was a free event and open to everyone. You could have been one of the models:

    http://outandaboutinparis.blogspot.com/2011/08/galeries-lafayette-wants-models-like.html

    It would be a fun thing to do next year to celebrate your first anniversary of living in Paris!

    Sorry to say that the massage wasn't at the George V, although I do have a really good masseuse who comes to my apartment.

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  5. thanks for sharing.

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  6. Who is that beautiful man in picture 5?! The one with the long hair and red shirt?

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