Echoing the theme of our Spectacular,Spectacular event, from December 2017 to February 2018 the Galerie des Galeries will feature an exhibition created by Arlène Berceliot Courtin on the theme of A Moveable Feast1.The title refers to our daily, spontaneous celebration of life, whether to mark an ordinary day or a special occasion. It also refers to Hemingway’s wanderings through Paris in the roaring twenties,which have since inspired other novels such as Enrique Vila-Matas’ ‘Never Any End to Paris’.These various stories and characters are brought together to form a potential newfiction. The exhibition’s key theme is the kind of moveable celebrations that are held on a different date each year, as well as the spontaneous (or otherwise) gatherings driven by a desire to join forces and commune together.By bringing together both French and international artists from different generations, the exhibition delves into our collective psyche, suggestingthat celebrations are something of a moveable formality. Alternatively, it evokes the possibility of reshaping our perception of celebration, which lies somewhere between ecstasy and ‘the morning after’.
DELICIOUS NOEL, SCRUMPTIOUS NOEL
“ Spectacular treats”
To celebrate this fairground spirit, Galeries Lafayette Gourmet has asked several top pastry chefs to create an assortment of exclusive sweet treats. Jean-PaulHévin, Pierre Hermé Paris, Benoît Castel, Yann Couvreur, L’Éclair de Génie, Dalloyau and Liberté have each applied their unique savoir-faire and a dash of magic to give a new twist to the traditional yule log. Pierre Hermé Paris has even honoured us with an original and exclusive ‘Spectacular’macaroon. A guaranteed treat for the taste buds!
“ Yann Couvreur X Galeries Lafayette”
Rising pastry chef Yann Couvreur has set up in the Gourmet food hall to give us a taste of all his successful creations, including his signature recipe for Madagascar vanilla mille-feuille. And to mark this Spectacular, Spectacular Noel, Yann has put all his talent and imagination to work to invent an exclusive and stunning yule log.
“Pop-up stalls everywhere!”
On the savoury side, stock up for Christmas dinner in the truffle and foie gras markets located once again on the ground floor. Available exclusively from Galeries LafayetteGourmet is a special Christmas pie, created by top delicatessen Maison Verot.On the sweet side, Bonifanti bewitches Christmas with its panettoni – a traditional Italian cake that is simply a must on any festive menu.
GALERIE OF GIFTS
The magic continues on the sixth floor, with the Galerie of Gifts. Spread over nearly 14,000 squarefeet, hundreds of items – each more spectacular than the last – have been chosen to inspire you and help you find gifts to delight young and old alike. Also featured in this department is Lick, the connected objects brand, to keep all those hi-tech geeks happy. And for all those who dream of reproducing aspectacular Christmas in their own home, the sparkling decorations that adorn the tree underthe dome are available in the store’s Christmas decorations department.
Bags go like hot cakes at Christmas. Amid the hurly-burly of the Spectacular Spectacular event, we can be forgiven for dreaming of owning them all! And for good reason –some 60 designers have created special editions and sneak previews of their Summer2018 collections. With exclusive items and a range of styles – from De Moynat to Céline, and from Maje or Céline Lefébure to Maison Baluchon – there’s something for everyone. A bag for life or a bag for a minute! Ruby red, passion red, brick red, vermilion –this warmest of colours is featured in all itsintensity on many of our exclusive bags, like the love symbol worn by our two window display heroes and as a reminder of the joy surrounding what is, after all, a red-letter day!