My Sunday was particularly unusual, as I got to spend my Sunday at Louis Vuitton Foundation...
As much as I'd like to say, "I spent my day with Louis Vuitton's team" or "I got a glimpse of Louis Vuitton's behind-the-scenes preparation for the upcoming Fashion Week" - I'll disappoint you. Despite that, the end of the week was exciting, as I visited Fondation Louis Vuitton.
Some of you may think that I got inside Vuitton's headquarters. In fact, the Foundation operates as an art museum and a cultural center. However, the fashion brand hosted its défilés in two consecutive years here, so I got fairly close to the idea of haute couture.
The venue was inaugurated just 3 years ago and took another 4 to be built. The building's designed by the architect Frank Gehry who imagined an architecture inspired by the glass Grand Palais.
The two-story structure has 11 galleries of different sizes a voluminous auditorium on the lower-ground floor. In addition, you get to enjoy a 360° view of the city from the magnificent multi-level roof terraces. The building takes the form of a sailboat's sails inflated by the wind which envelop the "iceberg".
Entering the white halls topped by glass ceilings, I found myself in the midst of a very business-like atmosphere, which, strangely, wasn't cool and unwelcoming. The galleries left a cosy feeling and unsurprisingly, boasted an innovative appearance. I bet art installations would appear great on such a unique backdrop that the interior is!
That day, some parts of the building were shielded from the visitors' peeps as Vuitton's suited representatives were busily preparing an upcoming art exhibition. Thus, I decided to spend the rest of my time in the gift shop, which is just as striking - I was particularly fascinated with the collection of books on art, design, architecture, fashion and photography.
I completed my visit to this part of Paris with a stroll at the second-largest park in the city, which the museum's adjacent to - the fairytale Bois de Bologne, that was opened some 2 centuries ago by none other than Napoléon III and Empress Eugénie. Make sure to walk by its lakes and cascades, through botanical gardens and gazebos, past giant pigeon houses and stables on your next visit!