Beautiful Collaboration - Ken Okada for Galeries Lafayette

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Today I wanted to share with you my collaboration with Galeries Lafayette. At the end of 2010 Galeries Lafayette offered me to make the uniforms catering staff.

Ken Okada for Galeries Lafayette

The uniforms of the restaurant staff

Today I wanted to share with you my collaboration with Galeries Lafayette.

At the end of 2010 Galeries Lafayette proposed me to realize the uniforms of the catering staff. I wanted to imagine uniforms that were both elegant, refined and uncluttered to represent my universe well (that goes without saying) but also so that it would match with the staff and the "magical" universe of the Galeries.

I wanted to create a uniform that would be a perfect fit for the staff.

In fact I think we needed something simple but sophisticated, both practical and comfortable (imagine for a moment the staff who can barely move in the uniforms...) It was like a challenge shall we say, I like challenges...ah ah... In the end it went pretty well overall I think and the rendering seems to be in line with what I wanted to represent.

Promise, I'll be popping over to the Galleries in paparazzi mode soon to take some photos to share with you, In the meantime I'm posting a little sketch...

Belle collaboration: Ken Okada & Galeries Lafayettes

The uniqueness of the uniforms

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A uniform for this place of service and representation, a place where visibility is unique.

A black uniform, a mixture of material, tone on tone, highlighted at times with a red border. A refined evocation of the logo and signature: Galeries Lafayette. A prestigious sign and a stylist, nothing more normal.

Fashion; their highlight... Chic and elegant, appreciated by staff and customers alike. Ken Okada was able to turn functional clothing, into clothing as we think of it nowadays. That is, style, refinement.

Being chic every day is possible. A beautiful and obvious collaboration for today and tomorrow. Galeries Lafayette, at the forefront of fashion.

"Galeries Lafayette is a prestigious fashion department store, known throughout the world. It is an honor for me to create with and for them. " Ken OKADA

Press coverage

From one universe to another

A dreamy and light scenography: Ken Okada MIS EN AVANT Published on June 3, 2014 Just because it's not new doesn't mean we shouldn't talk about it. We don't always have the opportunity to pass by rue de la Chaise, Paris 7, but the scenography of the Ken Okada showcase is worth the detour, beyond the new collection of shirts (his flagship product) with subtle, pure and sophisticated lines. The first thing that catches your eye is the depth of the blurred contours that serve as a showcase for the creations of Ken Okada, Franco-Japanese, a graduate of Bunka Fashion College in Tokyo, just like Kenzo and Yohji Yamamoto. As soon as you enter, the labyrinth of stratified muslin invites you to enter. Fragile, sensual, sensitive to the slightest breath, the slightest passage, the design fades away and becomes a membrane, a garment, a caress on the skin. The installation is made on computer, by digital cutting, laser and water jet under pressure. Technology becomes here a tool, support of anomalies and singularities, of extreme sensuality. The visit is transformed into a light pause. The imagination comes into play and the desire to know, to touch and to try follows naturally. An experience. - - - - - - - - Ken OKADA is a Japanese fashion designer. In 2001, after moving to Paris and winning prestigious awards, she created her eponymous brand: KEN OKADA. In January 2005, she opened her first boutique in the beautiful Saint-Germain-des-Prés district. In 2009 and after 20 collections, the exhibition "The history of the Ken Okada shirt" at the Lafayette Hausmann galleries, made the brand realize that it had become the reference for chic and modern shirts. From there, it was decided to specialize in the shirt, the flagship product. In the following years, the designer is once again appointed to create, on the one hand, the uniforms of the catering team of Galeries Lafayette, and on the other hand, the costumes of the dancers of the Paris Opera. In 2011, the store is transformed into a concept-shop "Mod'Art": a space where Art and Fashion are one. Sources: Ken Okada and Pascal Iakovou: article at the opening of the store Shop: 1 bis rue de la Chaise, 75007 Paris - France Metro: Sèvres-Babylone Opening hours: Monday to Friday: 10am - 7pm - Saturday: 2pm - 7pm

The ephemeral wardrobe

Ken OKADA, a Japanese designer graduated from Bunka Fashion College in Tokyo like Kenzo and Yohji Yamamoto. In 2001, after moving to Paris and winning prestigious awards, she founded the Ken Okada fashion house. In January 2005, she opened her first boutique in the beautiful Saint-Germain-des-Prés district. In 2009 and after 20 collections, the exhibition "The history of the Ken Okada shirt" at the Lafayette Hausmann galleries, made the brand realize that it had become the reference for modern shirts. From there, it was decided to specialize in the shirt, its flagship product. In 2010, the designer is once again appointed to create, on the one hand, the uniforms of the Galeries Lafayette catering team, and on the other hand, the costumes of the dancers of the Paris Opera. In 2011, the store was transformed into the Mod'Art concept store: a space where Art and Fashion are one. In 2012, many alliances were formed: from the Lutetia hotel to the "Rendez-vous Toyota", Radio France, through Repetto and Melissa... In 2013, the most prestigious fashion magazines (Elle, L'Officiel, L'Express, Madame Figaro...) no longer dry up their praise for his creations. In 2014, a return to the sources is made for the brand, she made a capsule collection for Men. The success is at the rendezvous, the brand has conquered iconic personalities such as Claire Chazal, Peter Von Poehl, Patrick Poivre d'Arvor... www.ken-okada.com

History of LaFayette Galleries

In 1893, two Alsatians, Théophile Bader and Alphonse Kahn, decided to open a novelty store in a haberdashery of 70 m2. The name Galeries Lafayette comes from its location and configuration. In 1896, the company bought the entire building at 1, rue de la Fayette, then in 1903 the other buildings on boulevard Haussmann and Chaussée d'Antin. The first works were completed in 1907 on boulevard Haussmann. But it was under Ferdinand Chanut that the store acquired a new dimension. The store was inaugurated in 1912 and its creators imagined a store of luxury goods with light radiating from the dome. The monument is part of the Parisian Art Nouveau style and Ferdinand Chanut called on artists from the Ecole de Nancy for the architecture. The stained glass windows are in a neo-Byzantine style and the gigantic staircase is inspired by that of the Paris Opera. Then appear non-merchant spaces such as a tea room and a smoking room, and great events are organized there. The shop windows play an important role in the presentation of the merchandise with a whole theatrical aspect. In 1974, the main staircase was dismantled and ten years later the ground floor was fitted out with prestigious boutiques. The Lafayette Galleries are at the origin of the Fashion Festival in 1980. Creations of great designers such as Karl Jean-Paul Gauthier and Karl Lagarfeld appear. In 2004, the Mark and Spencer store became Lafayette Maison. The brand then has three buildings on the boulevard Haussmann. For more information on Galeries Lafayette, visit the website of the brand.

The dome

Emblematic of the architecture of the Belle Époque in Paris, the dome of the Galeries Lafayette Haussmann is, like the Eiffel Tower or the Sacré-Coeur, one of the most popular attractions for tourists. We tell you the story of this sublime work, which has become one of the most majestic symbols of Paris. An emblem of Art Nouveau in Paris since 1912 Would the Galeries Lafayette department store - founded in 1893 by Alsatian businessmen Alphonse Kahn and Théophile Bader - have been as successful as it has been for the past 100 years without its iconic dome? Probably not. Inaugurated on October 8, 1912, this immense dome is an architectural object that has always fascinated, dazzled and stolen the show from the rest of the building: rising 43 meters above the ground, it sublimates the balconies and walkways created by Louis Majorelle, leader of the École de Nancy, and illuminates the entirety of the large central hall of this "luxury bazaar" with its soft golden light. Captivating the eyes of onlookers and customers for more than a century, it is composed of ten beams, together forming a huge flower of 1,000 m2 of stained glass, erected in a typical Art Nouveau style. These stained glass windows are the work of the master glass artist Jacques Gruber who, with the architect Ferdinand Chanut, wanted to give color and light to the department store by creating very elaborate stained glass windows, of neo-Byzantine inspiration and overhanging the rest of the building by 14 meters. A Parisian symbol that has had a rather quiet existence In a century, this work has become the symbol of Galeries Lafayette, but also one of the most famous attractions in Paris. During its blessed existence, the dome has known only a short period of trouble: during the Second World War, its stained glass windows were removed and stored in boxes to prevent them from being destroyed and injuring customers in case of bombing. The problem was that at the end of the war, the stained glass windows, although meticulously numbered, were not all found. The missing parts were therefore replaced by white glass and the dome that we see today is therefore much less colorful than it was originally. If part of the dome is no longer original, the beautiful life of this immense glass roof should not end so soon: since the end of 2019, it is the subject of a restoration operation that should last until the summer of 2020. The work, entrusted to the Maison du Vitrail, is carried out mainly at night and consists of removing the panels to restore them to good condition, cleaning them and solidifying them. This will give back to this Parisian symbol all its splendor!
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