Lookbook: Paris Fashion Week
Bonjour Mes Amis,
I was just in Paris for the first time and had the pleasure of attending Fashion Week. Talk about fulfilling a bucket list item! In today's post, we're going to go into some of the details of the outfits you might have seen me wear while there, and then some general recommendations in case you're planning a trip to this magical city soon!
Isabel Marant Dress
Isabel Marant is one of my favorite designers, so when I was invited by the brand to attend the show, it was easily one of the highlights of the year for me. Since I was attending, I needed to be sure to wear some Isabel Marant pieces and so I found this floral number from FWRD that was perfect for it. It has fun sleeves which is a big trend for spring and summer. Plus, I love the length of it, which makes it not only a perfect party dress but also great to bring on a resort vacation as it can be paired with cool flat sandals. Talk about a great day to night chic dress! For this look, I wore with black slouchy boots, stockings for warmth, and paired with a red ball clutch.
Majorelle Brunch at The Peninsula Hotel
For the brunch, I of course, wore the brand which you've seen me wear before - no question! I picked these black linen trousers – the pants had a cute tie detailing on the bottom too. I paired them with a white sleeveless linen top and matching jacket. The jacket can be worn as a short dress too and both top and jacket had great faux tortoise shell buttons. In terms of styling, I layered the look with a black turtleneck (it was a quite cold day and was not wearing a coat). The final touch came via these black tights and a pair of red sandals – I was going for the sock + sandals look here – another big trend this year. For bag, I went with a great rattan bag. Stay tuned for a bag round up on these bags soon.
House of Harlow Marie Antoinette Brunch
This look was worn to an incredible event as we were whisked away with REVOLVE to a chateau 30 minutes outside of Paris. The theme was Marie Antoinette and we were greeted with Champagne (I swear it tastes better in France too) and a quartet (the music was amazing and the costumes were beautiful). We were served the most incredible food and deserts at the gorgeous sit down. If you get the idea of the ambience, it called for a special look. I wore a striped (so French, right?) matching suit from House of Harlow – I absolutely adored the string detailing that hung from both pieces. For warmth, I added a black turtleneck and tights. And once again went for the tights + sandals look and paired with a gorgeous pair of yellow heels that had the most incredible anklet cuff. Please note, the ankle cuffs can be removed.
Paris Landmarks Require Landmark Looks
Last days of my Paris trip included some gorgeous locations and wanted the perfect looks for them.
The first was a trip to Versailles. I immediately thought of wearing tulle and grabbed this black skirt. I paired with a white button down and layered a fun sweater on top that was adorned with red lips or shall we say BISOUS in French! I paired the look with my convertible bag from Prada (can also be a fanny pack and clutch) and great sock booties from Stuart Weitzman.
Being in Paris for the first time also called for a must stop at the LOUVRE. I wanted to rock my new Shrimps bag there as it’s adorned with beautiful teal faux pearls and is such a great statement bag. It also comes in white and yellow. I apologize in advance but I plan to rock this bag non-stop this year! Stay tuned for a hot bag alert on it once I wear it a bit more! For this look, I paired the bag with a teal silk skirt, white button down (can swap for a turtleneck or tee) and then threw on a poncho. Ponchos and capes will be a huge trend this fall and winter – because anything Western, yes, even boots were seen on so many runways, including Isabel Marants.
It was quite cold this week, they were actually experiencing a rare cold front so I’m definitely going to try to come back this Fall. The weather did prevent me from walking around the city and just randomly strolling upon great restaurants (something that I love to do) but are some great musts:
-Stroll the Tuilleries Garden. Start from the Carousel and end up at the Louvre. Fun fact: did you know the Louvre used to be the Palace, until it was moved to Versailles? I didn't either! Grab a baguette from one of the many vendors here, we grabbed ours from Paul, then sit on a bench and people watch.
-Louvre – We spent about 2 hours here, just map out what exhibits you’d like to see and go explore. It's an incredible experience whether you're an art aficionado, history buff or just a person strolling through.
-Versailles. My recommendation would be to get there 30 minutes before it opens, (we arried at 8:20 or so in the morning). It took about 25 minutes to get there from our Paris hotel, which was located near the Eiffel Tower. Go straight to the end of the palace and you’ll find the hall of mirrors. I was lucky to get a picture with no one behind me. This is one of the most photographed rooms in the palace. You don’t need tickets to just roam the gardens but you do if you’re going inside the Palace, which you can buy online, there in person or at the airport when you land (among many other places, I bet).
-Make reservations! We were there for Fashion Week and most of the hot spots were fully committed even 1-2 days ahead of time. So be sure to do your research, call and make a reservation, especially if you're going during Fashion Week.
-Walk Le Marais and stroll upon a great café.
-Hotel Costes – a trendy spot for dinner and drinks.
-Raspoutine for drinks and a fun lounge experience.
-Printemps and rooftop at Peninsula for sunset cocktails and views of the Eiffel Tower.
I hope you enjoyed the recommendations and keep them in mind for your future trip. Tell me: which one was your favorite look of the trip? Look forward to seeing your comments!