There are quite a few cities which could make a great influence on the world of fashion. But if we need to choose the most influential fashion capital there is one which undeniably rules all: Paris.
Paris has been ruling the high seas of fashion for more than three centuries. During this time it has attracted the world’s foremost designers and seemingly imbued its citizens with an innate sense of style. This article gathers some of the best fashion spots in Paris to fill a journey or more.
One should consider that shopping in Paris is for the well-heeled rather than the bargain basement brigade. Those who enjoy intimate, friendly boutiques should head to Le Marais, whereas exclusive high fashion shops are in the 8t arrondissement, enclosed in the Golden Triangle. The fashion triangle lives between avenue des Champs-Elysées, avenue Montaigne and avenue Marceau. In it, you will find the homes of Givenchy, Rochas and Dior, just to start you off.
However, if you are looking for a store that gathers everything hip, head to Colette, Paris cult store located on the flamboyant rue Saint Honoré. The famous concept store brings together an incredible selection of merchandise, from toys to magazines, furniture, jewellery and luxury men and women apparel.
Couturier houses were first established in the city of Paris in 1858. Some of the biggest names in the industry are headquartered in Paris such as the legendary Chanel House. In 1910, Gabrielle Chanel opened her hat shop at Number 21 rue Cambon, just a stone’s throw from Place Vendôme and Rue Faubourg Saint-Honoré, in the heart of a very fashionable part of town. Play the video below for more details.
Few steps away from the aforementioned Golden Triangle one can reach the Galliera Museum, located in a Renaissance style palace. Since 1977, the City of Paris has operated the Palais Galliera as the Musée de la Mode de la Ville de Paris, a permanent exhibition devoted to fashion. It displays exhibits of French fashion design and costume from the eighteenth century to the present day.
A highly recommended spot is the Louis Vuitton Foundation, an art museum and cultural center sponsored by the group LVMH. Adjacent to the Bois de Boulogne, the architectural gem was designed by the internationally renowned Frank Ghery and opened in October 2014.
Last, the Museum of Decorative Arts which hosts exhibitions of fashion, advertising and graphic art. Located in the Palais du Louvre’s western wing, the museum provides visitors with an insight into the decorative arts from medieval times to the present day.
Cafes and restaurants
Made famous by the dramatic downfall of John Galliano from his position at Dior, La Perle is a relaxed neighborhood café and brasserie in Le Marais. La Perle is a popular haunt for the ‘in-crowd’ and the clientèle gathers outside on the terrace, chatting and drinking espressos. The décor is along typical Paris café-bar lines, nothing to write home about, but it’s the fashionista crowd that makes this place what it is.
For fans of Ralph Lauren, lunch at his restaurant in the Latin Quarter is a nice option. The restaurant, located in a historic house on Boulevard Saint-Germain, hosts a beautiful garden inside with stunning interior design.
L’Avenue is the go-to eaterie for big spenders, and probably one of the blandest restaurants in Paris. Regularly frequented by the Kardashians, the super-snob brasserie is situated on a prominent corner on Avenue Montaigne. Make sure to book a table if you wish to sit outside or in the veranda. Otherwise, they sit you on purgatory.
Here, the list of the best fashion spots in Paris. Check out this article for the best fashion spots in East London.