As our buyers begin their Resort buy in Paris in the coming days, we asked them to put together some suggested spots to visit for a taste of Fashion Week while you visit the famous French capital.
We may have lost count of our visits to Paris, but the changing face of this great city means there is always something new to explore. Although, as creatures of habit – especially being on the road, sometimes you do just want your creature comforts – we are always loyal to our old haunts.
This week we’ve shared with you some must-visit places for the fashion inclined. Enjoy!
Le Musée Yves Saint Laurent (Yves Saint Laurent Museum)
Are you intrigued by Haute Couture? Or perhaps history is more your speed. If so, then you do not want to miss the Yves Saint Laurent Museum in Paris which opened almost 2 years ago.
You can discover some fifty examples of high fashion. Housed in the same building where the legendary fashion designer created his Haute Couture collections for nearly 30 years. The museum’s thoughtful exhibition spaces showcase Saint Laurent’s creative genius through a rotating retrospective that includes archives of his fashion illustrations and designs. Our highlight is the atelier which feels like YSL has only stepped out for an espresso and a cigarette. It has been meticulously recreated to its original format and style. Extraordinary.
The 1st Arrondissement
Paris’s 1st arrondissement, home to the Louvre, the Tuileries Garden, and the Palais Royal, is the beating heart of every Fashion Week. Industry-only expositions take place in tents along the western side of the Tuileries including Premiere Classe. Georgina, owner of Le Louvre, talks fondly about discovering some of the industries most talented designers including John Galliano and Jenny Packham. It’s always our first stop during Fashion Week.
Don’t worry though, outside these events, the streets of this lively district become runways in themselves. Throughout Paris Fashion Week, models and fashionistas in eye-catching ensembles parade through the Tuileries and the Palais Royal to and from Runway Shows, hoping to catch the attention of photographers. Keep a keen eye out!
All that street style can make a girl hungry so stop by these 2 iconic destinations. Great for fashion-people watching, not to mention the beauitfull delicates haricots verts, only available in France.
Shop, shop, shop
Of course, Paris Fashion Week is an ideal time to take inspiration from the fashion-forward men and women strolling between shows. The streets and cobble stoned lanes are filled with a rainbow of shades; a noticeable change from the Parisian uniform that often comes in muted tones of black, navy, and grey. We love the below spots for current trends, a quick stop off or a meander on our afternoons off.
Le Bon Marché
Le Bon Marché is a fabulously stylish department store in Paris. Founded in 1838 and revamped almost completely by Aristide Boucicaut in 1852, it was one of the first modern department stores. It remains one of the most stylish to this day and often hosts a range of installations, as well as the most up to date luxury and high end fashion brands from around the world.
Don’t miss the Grande Epicerie for the most luscious culinary delights on the ground floor. You’ll need a good hour or two to visit.
The Green Cross
France is famous for its quality skin care, all readily available in local pharmacies. It’s no secret that the beauty of French women is a thing of legend. They seem to have mastered the art of aging gracefully. So rather than envy their genetics, we turn to the destination for the ultimate skincare routines.
Blog posts have been written extensively about the top picks for these French Pharmacies and how to manoevre your way through the maze of beauty jewels. See for yourself and carve out some time in your tourist schedule to stop in.
Follow our buyers on Le Louvre’s Instagram as they search for next season’s top trends and wearable pieces.