Well, it almost happened.
Not too long ago I was walking down the sidewalk of Faubourg-St. Honore (one of the amazing stretches of designer stores near me) when I almost walked right into an open manhole. Really. I was right in front of Hermes, and so of course I was looking over my left shoulder at their windows rather than down at the sidewalk (like any woman with a pulse would do). Suddenly I found myself almost stumbling over something–voila-it was an orange cone sitting mere inches in front of an open man-hole! I’m lucky that the cone and I didn’t both go tumbling down into the sidewalk abyss.
Ever since then I haven’t been able to get those windows out of my mind. They were amazing- even for Hermes. Each window has a giant mesh wheel holding a chalk-like substance. The wheel turns, ever so slowly, causing the colored powder to cling to the top of the wheel or fall down, creating mesmerizing designs. Oh yeah- they also have Hermes products of the same color scattered around the wheel, but those almost seem like afterthoughts. The wheels are the main attractions. My pictures aren’t great- I still struggle with reflection when I take photos of windows- but I hope you can get the idea.
Now you can see how I could have been just a teensy bit distracted while walking down the sidewalk, right?
I think I will go back when it’s darker and try to photograph them again without my flash. If I get better shots I’ll re-post for your viewing pleasure. Maybe I’ll even try a video of one of the wheels turning. Which color do you want to see?
I wish I could do like those Big Shot Bloggers and give away an Hermes treat to a lucky reader, but that ain’t happening. If anyone snags something in a bright orange box, it’s going to be moi. Let’s just hope I don’t have to fall into a hole in the sidewalk to get it.
Keep your eyes on the ground in front of you, my friends.