FALL BONANZA: Louis Vuitton is taking over 11 windows at the Paris flagship of French department store chain Printemps, which will also offer an exclusive collection of ready-to-wear and accessories specially designed by Louis Vuitton creative director Nicolas Ghesquière.
The window displays give a new spin to the theme of travel, with vast imaginary landscapes in shades of ocher and deep blue that bring to mind the Grand Canyon or Mars. The “Louis Vuitton Loves Printemps” event will run from Aug. 27 to Oct. 22 and will feature a pop-up shop in the atrium of the store.
Items on offer include a monogram canvas bag, T-shirts and a scarf featuring patches inspired by vintage travel luggage tags. Among the top-end pieces are a technical knit dress priced at 2,200 euros, or $2,450 at current exchange, and an aged silver calf leather City Steamer bag that retails for 3,200 euros, or $3,575.
Separately, Printemps will pay tribute to Maria Luisa Poumaillou with an exhibition of outfits and accessories from 12 brands designed to reflect the personality of the late fashion buyer and retailer.
“Maria Luisa, une Histoire de Mode” will run at the flagship from Sept. 22 to Oct. 22, with a special event set to take place during Paris Fashion Week. Poumaillou died in 2015 at the age of 61 after a long battle with cancer.
Known for her Maria Luisa boutiques in Paris, where she championed designers including John Galliano, Pierre Hardy and Alexander McQueen, Poumaillou joined Printemps as fashion editor in 2009 and oversaw a department bearing her own name on the second floor of the Boulevard Haussmann store.
Meanwhile, auction house Christie’s will be present in the auditorium of the flagship on Sept. 27 to sell off 22 dolls designed over the years by major fashion houses — including Dior, Chanel, Prada and Burberry — for the department store’s Christmas window displays.
Prices will start at 500 euros, or $560, with benefits from the sale going to Rose, a charitable organization that helps women with cancer.