Twice a year, the city of Paris becomes entirely fashion-focused, attracting sartorial circles from around the globe. It’s an inspiring atmosphere – especially with the sun shining and spring winking from the skies all week long so far. I’ve been busy, dashing to meetings, organizing photoshoots, carrying heels in my bags for quick outfit changeovers as well as an abundance of friends flying into town for events going on all over the city.
There were mini parties on balconies with chilled rose wine, cheese & eiffel tower views, lots of shoes I wish I could afford as well as a great deal of cafe lounging and people gawking. The city fills up with the fashion elite – and well-dressed people flock in groups – it’s such fun to watch. I made it to a show or too here and there along the way too – but as a blogger, my focus has mostly been on photography – either in front of or behind the camera… Paris is probably my favourite place for such work, and with fashion week as the backdrop – it’s a dream, really.
It was such fun wearing La Redoute to some of the events and shows I attended – with their French heritage and Anglo roots, it’s a brand that I can really relate to. So I chose both a typically French ensemble – a trench and matching khakis for a walk along the Champ de Mars; as well as a 60s inspired dress – which I couldn’t help but accessorize with a bouquet of flowers I picked up at a showroom earlier in the day.
And where did I wear such outfits? Well here’s where I spend the majority of my PFW, with friends, in meetings and all the other in betweens when I am not frantically snapping photos or working behind my laptop.
My Top 5 Paris Fashion Week Spots:
Hotel Costes has perfected the art of luxurious dining and drinking. Its proximity to the Tuileries showroom makes it a popular spot for the Fashion Week crowd, as well as for the shoppers frequenting rue Saint-Honoré. A gourmet menu and sultry interiors mark Costes out as one of the city’s most stylish establishments. My favourite are the cocktails – order one and let it last for a few hours, always a relaxing end to a hectic day.
This iconic park in the 1eme, right near the Louvre, hosts a great deal of the bigger fashion shows of the season – and is an incredible streetstyle haven, with editors, bloggers and celebrities strutting down the famous white paths in striking outfits of all kinds. I have been attending PFW for many years now, so it’s always a nice spot to stop by, to say hi to old photographer friends and marvel at the atmosphere.
A landmark of Paris’s shopping scene, this department store is the second top tourist attraction after the Eiffel Tower. With its iconic 40-metre dome and stunning Neo-Byzantine interior, Galeries Lafayette is loved by Parisians and visitors alike. It’s home to an impressive selection of brands and multiple restaurants, not to mention a rooftop with a breathtaking view of Paris. A totally luxe shopping experience. I found myself here three times this week to pick up samples, press gifts….as well as indulge in some of my own shopping.
A corner café situated in the heart of the Marais area, Les Philosophes is always busy, offering simple but incredibly fresh French cuisine. From goat’s cheese salads to onion soup (and always a bread basket), it’s ideal for a quick eat or an afternoon aperitif. Its location in the ever-fashionable 4th arondissement also means some of the best people watching in the city. I usually stay in this area so will opt for this little corner cafe as my easy lunch option or a meeting point for friends.
A relatively new spot in Paris but an undeniably chic one. The hotel is a 19th century classic Haussmanian building, just steps away from the Arc de Triomphe and a rooftop restaurant with some of the best views of the city I have ever seen. A lovely place to come for a dinner or a drink – for people watching and meetings especially.