The Galleria has seen some high-profile makeovers lately, and I'm not talking about the society ladies dropping serious simoleans at the Neiman Marcus Tom Ford counter.
Following the beautifully revamped Chanel and the jaw-dropping new Saks Fifth Avenue, Saint Laurent debuted its reimagined boutique last week after nearly five months of renovations, and it's all about sleek, icy glamour. Designed by Saint Laurent creative director Hedi Slimane in 2012, this is the first Houstonians have seen of the new concept.
Concept images showing a monochrome white, silver and black palette of marble and nickel and brass have been only slightly affected by the addition of, you know, the goods. There's a pair of clothing racks that run down the center of the store with both men's and women's clothing represented, but outside of that the entire space is dedicated to shoes, bags and accessories, clearly the brand's current moneymakers. The right side of the store holds backpacks, sneakers and other accessories for men, while the heels, clutches and baguettes hold court on the left.
The entire store looks like it was decorated by Marie Kondo, with only the few precious things that bring joy remaining, each of them placed with pride on mirrored shelves that extend the length of the store, leaving plenty of space to display the rich white marble that seems to stretch across every surface. The final result is a space that feels modern, sleek and more than anything, expensive.