Rosie Huntington-Whiteley outside and inside the new Paris Marks and Spencers
What have those poor French people been doing all this time with no Marks and Sparks in their capital? Where on earth have they been buying their knickers and cotton-rich socks and lunchtime sandwiches? How have they coped until now? But, thankfully the situation was rectified yesterday with no small amount of fanfare, and an appearance from fashion goddess Rosie Huntington-Whiteley to cut the ribbon, so to speak.
According to WWD, several hundred people stood waiting to enter the store as M&S chief executive officer Marc Bolland together with supermodel Rosie, who is also the face of the store’s Autograph brand, declared the 15,000-square-foot space officially OPEN! Three floors of women’s clothing, lingerie and food.
Marc Bolland and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley
M&S had to close all of its shops in France 10 years ago, due to bad economic conditions at the time. ‘In 10 years, Boulevard Haussmann [the address of the store] and Paris have changed. The big brands that were there at the time are now here on the Champs-Elysées,’ Bolland said. ‘And it’s not only Paris that has changed a little. Marks & Spencer has changed a little too. We have very interesting clothes that combine fashion and quality’
Well it’s good to see some good British retailer doing so well – and we’ll know where to pop for some tights, or *quick Google translation* collants – when we next get a ladder when we’re in gay Pareey for fashion week!