How to Navigate Paris Fashion Week Featured

Don your most stylish winter gear as you prepare to navigate the glamourous chaos that is Paris Fashion Week.

by Kasia Dietz

What’s the secret to keeping all your senses intact during this jam-packed week of ready-to-wear revelry?

Here’s my advice, as a local Parisian designer who views the streets of Paris as a never-ending fashion show, regardless of what week it is. Many of the fashions walking the streets come from smaller labels housed in the Haut Marais, Paris’s artisanal designer hub. One of the most notable is Koshka Mashka, casually elegant womenswear by Armenian designer Mari Samvelyan. Her locally produced limited-edition collections can be made-to-measure, with the designer herself hand-selecting the most flattering ensembles. Around the corner, discover Samy Chalon whose signature blouses incorporate vintage silk scarves for an haute couture look. For custom leatherwear and deconstructed separates, look no further than Anika Skarstrom whose boutique has a loyal following since opening in 2006. She also designs for the male contingent, as does brand Erotokritos, another local to the neighborhood. The latter, a designer duo, create ready-to-wear pieces using pops of color that contrast with Paris’s more neutral palette.

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It’s not only the seats at fashion shows that are highly coveted. Book a table for dinner at these in-the-know hotspots where you’ll be certain to mingle with the fashion set. A favorite since its July 2017 opening, Les Grands Verres resides within museum Palais de Tokyo, the latter often serving as a venue during Paris Fashion Week. Brought to life by Quixotic Projects, the team behind trendy addresses Candelaria, Glass, Le Mary Celeste and Hero, the industrial vibes contrast the warm welcome you’ll receive. Take a seat at the 13-meter long counter and indulge in American chef Preston Miller’s creative cuisine. And stay for a nightcap, the Quixotic crew are known for their libations.

Prepare to rub designer elbows and maybe even share sweet and savory plates at new Haut Marais restaurant Terra. At the helm are ex-Robuchon chef Jean His and ex-Galopin chef Romain Philippe cooking up concoctions over a wood fire, from both land and sea. The greenhouse-like space is certainly fit for its own fashion show.

Another newcomer to the neighborhood, Malro by Italian chef Denny Imbroisi, is celebrated both for its cuisine and casually elegant décor. A grandiose space featuring marble tables and a winter garden, this Mediterranean address serves plates of all sizes and flavors, pasta included. Have I mentioned the brick oven pizza with burrata and bresaola, certain to become a supermodel favourite.

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To fuel up on green juice while recharging your batteries (and your smart phone), stop by Wild and the Moon’s latest outpost on rue Amelot in the 11th arrondissement, or their wildly popular location on rue Charlot. Both the food and the space merit a photoshoot, as does in vogue eatery Season, serving up acai bowls and quinoa salads throughout the day.

Escape into the world of Yves Saint Laurent at his museum in the 16th arrondissement, also the address where he fitted some of his most fashionable clientele. His upstairs atelier sheds light into the mind of this master craftsman. On display now is the first thematic exhibition since the opening of Musée Yves Saint Laurent Paris in October 2017, “Yves Saint Laurent: Dreams of the Orient”. You’ll catch a glimpse of haute couture designs inspired by India, Japan and China.

Lastly, find your zen in between the fashion madness at Sputnik Yoga Space, Paris’s most recent contribution to wellness. Sign up for an hour of rejuvenation in the form of downward dog or challenge yourself to a balancing ballet class. Rasa Yoga Rive Gauche also offers walk-in classes on the left bank. Another stellar studio with several Paris outposts is Le Tigre Yoga. You’ll leave flying high to your next fashionable address.

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