Monday, May 2, 2011

Dansez-vous?




A few weeks ago just after dark, Marie, Peter and I were walking back toward the apartment along Rue St. Honoré and saw this window display at Chantal Thomass. The creativity of the "window artists" never ceases to amaze me in Paris. Here we have a salute to ballet with an authentic ballet barre, tutu, and pointe shoes (Repetto, bien sûr)... all with the promises of luxurious lingerie. Nothing naughty, just elegant French lingerie.

Would you buy these?*


Chantal Thomass
211, rue St. Honoré

*Would you get the parasol too? hehehe

35 comments:

Julie said...

Genie, what is that down there, below the beautifully dangled bra strap? It looks like a leg with a tattoo down its shin!

It simply must be a reflection. There is nothing in the window display to attach this figment to!

But of what is it a reflection?

Now to your question? Would I buy the lingerie? I have a sneaking suspicion that it would be beyond my price bracket. But I would not use that as my reason to decline. I would simply that that the underwear would be too 'scratchy' for my delicate skin!

jb said...

Anything I could say would be deleted by the mods....

Suzi said...

Isn't is spectacular. I can't wait to see these. X

Bergson said...

je vais attendre un peu avant d'acheter un tutu et des pointes

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Hi Genie,
My daughter would definitely. When we were in Paris last year we spent many hours in Galleries Lafayette looking at lingerie.

Best wishes
Grace

Richard said...

Cette devanture ne peut se voir qu'à Paris, car la clientèle y est spéciale. Le rêve à portée de main!... Les femmes seraient heureuses de porter de tels habits, et les hommes de regarder leur chérie ainsi vêtue...
Bonne journée, Genie!

biebkriebels said...

That is indeed a very elegant shop window, a great presentation. If I would buy these, I don't think so....

Sam @ My Carolina Kitchen said...

The French ladies sure know their way around lovely lingerie. Had we been walking by, my husband would ushered me inside that shop in a heartbeat.
Sam

Joe said...

Thought provoking photo and post. Would I buy these - with a blush and a franc.

This is Belgium said...

hi Genie
have a look at the blog http://frenchessence.blogspot.com/
Friday April 29 !
isn't this pretty funny ?

Carol Schiff Studio said...

Oh yes! I would buy them in a heartbeat. But, would I wear them? Hmmmmm!

Gorgeous window and ever so French!

Aesthetic Alterations said...

Mais bien sûr! I adore such pretty things, even if only a couple of people see them!

brattcat said...

The parasol, most definitely, would be a glorious object to own. My daughter would love if I came home with the barre (and the underwear, too).

M said...

When l saw this I wondered if dancing Ballet provides you lovely, lacy lingerie ... What does doing Yoga give you??
It was a tempting display but I would rather use my € for other things.

Coco Coterie said...

Lovely cohesive randomness ~ xox Alexandra

Ninny said...

Looks like my closet floor...heehee.

Virginia said...

Giggle..........you know I would! BTW, the French word of the day is...taquiner - to tease! Oh my!
V

Ps. I like the way the bra appears to have been "flung" over the barre!

Halcyon said...

I would definitely buy them! I love frilly stuff. :)

Loree said...

I'd get everything including the ballet shoes ;)

Alexa said...

It's a wonderful display—and photo! Would I buy these? If I had euros to burn, mais oui (and the pretty parapluie too)! And would you, Genie?

Birdman said...

Mysterious and I must add a bit naughty.

Kate said...

The parasol would definitely be my first choice! In the '60's there would not have been a need for that lingerie!!

Oakland Daily Photo said...

Window shopping in Paris is definitely an art experience. And a the windows are often an exercise in fantasy.

TheChieftess said...

Thirty plus years ago or so...definitely!!! Today...not so much!!!

Jeanne said...

Ahhh....those nylons with the design on them sure look tempting.

Marie-Noyale said...

I discover your blog and pictures today and I have a great time browsing!

I am always amazed at he number of lingerie stores in France!!
Love Bergson comment!

Starman said...

Interesting catch.

Jack said...

I would certainly think about buying it, Genie, but I don't think it is my size!

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

Julie -- Oh that is a lace-embellished stocking... no tattoos for this ballerina! It is expensive but made with lovely materials.

JB -- Just as well, my friend...

Suzi -- You will have to check out this window for sure... I imagine that it will not change until mid-summer

Bergson -- Ces vêtements-ci... ils ne sont pas ta taille, mais peut-être il y'a des autres?

Grace -- I would love to have a large budget for a suitcase full!

Richard -- Je crois que tu as raison... seulement à Paris.

biebkriebels -- I love how they have suspended the Repettos...

Sam -- Okay, he IS a keeper, my friend! (but you already knew that)

Joe -- You had better bring many francs!

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

Anni -- I love Vicki's blog and I have her books

Carol -- Oh yes, you would wear them! They're French!

AA -- But those are the people that count, the primary being "you"

brattcat -- I have that same mother/daughter thing going with my girls

Marie -- Even better I would think. Yes, these and all the Paris lingerie is expensive (and with our exchange rate)

Alexandra -- You would truly enjoy some of the windows we have found and could write stories about them

Ninny -- Well then, missy, you have a very nice closet indeed! Hi to Tootie!

Virginia -- You are a mess, my friend. Try to stay out of trouble

Halcyon -- Meeee too!

Loree -- I totally agree with your choices

Alexa -- I think you are right on the "Euros to burn" -- Me? What do you think... in a heartbeat!

Birdman -- We are both showing some lacy things today aren't we!

Kate -- You are so right and very funny... Let's definitely get that parapluie!

Oakland -- I have found that to be true and it makes up for not having the Euros to splurge. The windows are so creative and tell such stories.

Chieftess -- Awww, come on now... sure you would

Jeanne -- Yes, and I wonder why the right leg is different. Hummmm...

Marie-Noyale -- I am so glad that you like it and that you took time to make a comment. I hope that you will come back often! Yes, that Bergson is quite witty today!

Starman -- Merci, mon ami!

Jack -- Perhaps not your size but we can special order for you and Bergson... I'll bring the camera - hah!

Randy said...

Well not for me but I would buy that dress for my niece. Excellent window display!

Paula said...

Gosh, Genie, what an elegant sight.

snowwhite said...

The display has graceful elegance, and it is authentic. All of them are in place. No conflicting but totally harmonious. I toast to this art. Thank you for sharing.Genie, have a great day!

Viennese Girl Vreni said...

J´adore les vitrines parisiennes!!! Last year I vélibed at dead of night to Avenue Montaigne just to gaze at the beautiful shop windows - and I will do so again in July ;-)

Kelley Carey MacDonald said...

In a heartbeat! If no one was around, parasol and all!