Designed by Saint Laurent’s visionary creative director Hedi Slimane, the newly renovated Paris space of the fashion label at 8 rue de Faubourg in Paris is another step in the signature-like rebranding and renovation plans started by Slimane in 2012 for the iconic brand. With a tremendous surface of 390 m² the space is dedicated to showcasing the women’s ready-to-wear collections and accessories, and expresses a contemporary version of French-style art deco with white veined matt finish marble, geometrical lines in mirrors, glass and metal and black Noire Soie polished finish marble. Giving the space an air of long-lost splendor and the raw edged aesthetic of the gritty side of pop culture, making it the perfect environment for Slimane’s rock and roll-inspired fashion. The space is decorated with vintage furniture designed by names like Jacques Adnet, Jean Besnard, André Sornay and Théo Ruth next to African ethnic art from Saint Laurent’s private collection. All handpicked by Hedi Slimane and placed within the space with suspended hang-bars, mirror shelves, clear glass display counters and nickel-plated brass benches with quilted leather seats. Make sure to visit this gem whenever in Paris!
While the ground floor of the store showcases women’s ready-to-wear collections and accessories, the first floor acts as a private salon for key Saint Laurent customers. Pieces from Danish craftsman Theo Ruth and French designers Jacque Adnet, André Sornay and Alfred Porteneuve based on drawings by Jacques-Émile Ruhlmann compliment the private space.
Being great lovers of ethnic treasures ourselves, we particularly love the incredible special addition to this explosion of decadent, Western-inspired beauty, in the form of Bamana masks from Mali – serving as a reminder of Yves Saint Laurent’s passion for Africa and it cultural heritage. The specimen of African art sculptures featured in the store are all part of the collection that Yves Saint Laurent himself created with his partner and co-founder of the fashion house; Pierre Bergé.
All images courtesy of Saint Laurent Paris.
The super impressive Saint Laurent space is located at 38 rue de Faubourg, Saint-Honoré, Paris.
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