Merchants have turned their windows into seasonal siren calls, many showing the black/grey palette so beloved from now through spring. The photos aren't great—you'll see some glare—but I wanted to show the particular pleasure of a well-dressed window, versus a well-dressed person... the kind of display that makes you say, "Oh! Let's go in."
Some windows show nothing but black, grey and white, as if that really is the choice.
A classic grey banker's coat, shown in unapologetic strict mode, without a "pop of colour" in the whole place:
Less sober, but also chic, a large-scale grey and cream houndstooth coat:
Black/grey/white fine wool scarf, white baskets, black narrow trousers:
Is this what they mean by "transitional object"? An art gallery-plus-boutique, La Castiglione, shows a sleeveless mod-patterned shift with a dash of red at the side seams.
Though shops that sell neutrals rarely display anything brighter than a small red handbag, those who love colour are not left in the cold. I mentally divide the St.-Laurent boutiques into "black" and "colour".
A thick wool knit sweater coat by Ivko, from Katrin Leblond:
At the same shop, wild flowered leggings between fuchsia and red tops:
A deep purple dress with camel suede shoulder bag at Unicorn:
Several of the shops skew a bit young, but just the same, we ought to peek in, because a sensational bead-and-feather necklace like this has no age range:
Time to stop for coffee before we do the other side! If you have a leather jacket, as does this man, it's still just warm enough to enjoy a bite and a book outside.