It’s not merely the shows themselves that leave us in suspense, it’s also the venues. From the Grand Palais where last spring Karl Lagerfield previewed Chanel’s latest collection to the backdrop of a running waterfall, to the Dior Haute Couture show where Raf Simons created a dome embellished with thousands of lavender flowers at the Cour Carre du Louvre. Smaller labels too, have been known to host shows at the Museum of Natural History or on a boat docked in the Seine.
Where will the fashion elite find themselves this year? All we know for sure is that Alessandro Michele who has chosen to reveal Gucci’s Spring/Summer 2019 collection in Paris, in lieu of Milan, will present at legendary Le Palace theatre. The rest we await with baited breath, hoping to catch a glimpse of the fashion world’s who’s who in between shows at one of Paris’s most stylish addresses.
À la mode hotels are always a choice meeting point for the fashion set. National Hotel des Arts et Métiers has become a fast favorite since its opening in 2017. Where better to mingle with fashion editors and designers while imbibing on champagne cocktails than their cozy rooftop bar or perfume-inspired L'Herbarium bar. Nearby Hoxton Hotel in the trendy Sentier neighborhood is another hot spot where you’re likely to catch a glimpse of Instagrammers in action and discover the latest runway trends as they appear, both at speakeasy-style Jacques’ Bar and restaurant Rivié. As its name suggests, bathhouse Les Bains, dating back to 1885 and reopened in 2015 as a nightclub cum luxury hotel, sets a perfect stage for an after-party. Close to Montmartre in the recently coined SoPi neighborhood, Grand Pigalle Hotel, designed by interiors darling Dorothée Meilichzon has been welcoming fashionable patrons since opening its doors in 2015.
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Let’s not forget the left bank and newly refurbished Hotel Lutetia, first opened in 1910 to house the patrons of Le Bon Marché, the prestigious department store where many of this week’s top fashion designers offer their latest collections.
Fashionistas too must eat, or at least nosh, especially when visiting one of the world’s culinary capital. One of the best addresses from which to spot the latest look is Le Fumoir, a favorite around-the-clock brasserie. With many of the fashion shows often centered around Tuileries Garden, another to-be-seen address is café Le Nemours at Place Colette. While there, it’s worth taking a stroll through pristine Palais Royal, stopping to admire Daniel Buren’s columns, and snapping a selfie or two.
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For a look at the names behind Paris’s budding fashion designers, head to the stylish Haut Marais, where galleries transform into showrooms, displaying emerging ready-to-wear fashion and avant-garde accessories. The terraces of cafés including local favorites Saint-Gervais and Le Progrès create a fashion show of their own, where the newest trends hit the cobbled streets of Paris’s rive droite.
A recent addition to the quartier is Carbón, where land and sea dishes are cooked under beechwood flames, and the fashion A-list gather in droves. More intimate eatery Mr. T, named for the Japanese chef creating French-Japanese fusion is another hot address, if you can score a table. Join the influx of partygoers for a house cocktail at Candelaria. There’s a reason it was voted one of the best bars in the world. Not far away in the Sentier, Echo Deli is serving up deli-style sandwiches and salads with an LA twist.
Where do the night owls flock to? David Lynch’s subterranean nightclub Silencio boasts a DJ mixing the latest beats into early morning hours, just make sure you know the password.
A few stops at these in-the-know addresses and you’ll have your fix of Paris fashion to last you until next season.
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