A Parisian Love Affair

Paris Eiffel Tower Seine Landscape

A Parisian Love Affair

style | 15 March 2016

In a world where photos are valued on their Instagrammability, Paris is certainly not a bad choice of destination. Quite the contrary – walk into any neighborhood in the city and you’ll find yourself goggling at the astounding architecture nearly everywhere you look. The vibrance of the urban surroundings makes you wonder whether it’s impossible to take a bad photo in Paris (it’s not).

Paris Fashion Week 2016 Highlights

After moving my things from London to Amsterdam (which was a drama – how much can one person amass in half a year), I jetted off to the fashion capital with my lenses and hand carry that was too small to begin with (note to self: pack everything for fashion week). I thought I could catch up on my lack of sleep by dozing off on the train to Paris (thank you NS International) but two hours of sleep is hardly any sleep. It all didn’t matter once we reached Parisian soil though. Paris is a city that lives and breathes fashion. Especially during Paris Fashion Week, the city turns into a fashion frenzy like no other, but it does so in appropriate Parisian style (don’t stress, stay chic, have a glass of wine). 

Paris Fashion Week Designers Apartment

Paris Fashion Week Designers Apartment 2016

Paris Fashion Week Designers Apartment 2016

1/ Designers Apartment

No fashion week is complete without visiting at least a few showrooms. We met up with some up and coming designers from Paris who were showing their collection at the Rue de Richelieu, in an old building that was the perfect embodiment of a French apartment: cast iron balconies, fish bone wooden floors that squeak with every step and high ceilings with gorgeous Baroque style decorations. We fell in love with Victoria/Tomas, whose collection boasted an androgynous feel but the slightly feminine detailing made for a sleek and meticulously crafted womenswear line. After all, ruffles and asymmetric lines are hard to resist. Carolina Ritzler‘s collection is what the world has been waiting for all along: a jumpsuit collection with the flair and sophistication of a seventies actress but with an equally flirty tongue-in-cheek approach. Our favorite was a bright orange suede showstopper jumpsuit (orange is the new black). There aren’t enough jumpsuits in the world, #truestory. Lastly, we caught up with Belle Ninon. Designer DaWei Sun has been winning awards all over France these recent years and has gone on to work for Lolita Lempicka, Balenciaga and John Galliano among others. Belle Ninon’s line showcases delicate lace and rough wools contrasting each other in a strong neo-Parisian collection. Perfect for every Parisian woman – or non-Parisian for that matter.

Paris Fashion Week Designers Apartment 2016

Paris Fashion Week Carolina Ritzler Designers Apartment

Paris Fashion Week Belle Ninon Designers Apartment

2/ Cafe Kitsune

Afternoons are well spent at Cafe Kitsune. Located under the roofs of the Palais Royal courtyard is a tiny cafe serving delicious matcha fraps, dripping coffees and homemade ice cream. The place may be full of hipsters and digital influencers trying to get a perfect shot for their instagram feeds, but that doesn’t make it any less good.

Cafe Kitsune Paris

Cafe Kitsune Paris

Paris Fashion Week Palais de Royal

Wearing: Furla Metropolis bag, Amanda Wakeley cape coat, Acne Studio blouse, Boden trousers, Zara shoes.

3/ Palais Royal

After your fix at Cafe Kitsune, you’re bound to end up in the Palais Royal gardens. When I was here last summer I found myself wandering the place all by myself in the morning. It was too early for most tourists to get up and for Parisians I imagine it has become somewhat of a tourist commonplace. Whatever it was, with rays of sun shining through the balustrades and utter silence, it made for a magical morning.

Paris Fashion Week Details

Paris Fashion Week Details

Paris Fashion Week Details

Paris Fashion Week Palais Royal

Paris Fashion Week Palais Royal

Paris Fashion Week AW2016 Marimekko

4/ The Runway

Widely regarded as the most important moment of fashion week: the runway shows. After all, fashion week is all about redefining fashion. For Autumn / Winter ’16, we’re seeing a continuation of the sportswear trend (Balanciaga) with Versace going as far as showing skiwear as well. Military seems to be on a revival (Burberry). The trend I’ll be rooting for this year is the big earring trend (you can count on Marni to bring this back) and low waists (Balmain, Givenchy) – it has simply been too long.

Paris Fashion Week AW2016 Marimekko

Paris Fashion Week Marimekko

Paris Fashion Week Runway

5/ Relax

Between the shows and presentations, we were able to find some peace and quiet at the Pullman Roissy, where the chefs at Culinaire Bazaar are an expert at teasing your taste (nothing like fueling up than with good food). From a beetroot salad served with goat’s cheese to a fluffy meringue dessert, we didn’t care if we had fittings the next day (it was that good).

Paris Fashion Week AW2016

Pullman Hotel Roissy Charles De Gaulle Paris

Paris Fashion Week Culinaire Bazaar

Paris Fashion Week Culinaire Bazaar

This post is part of an NS International campaign, NS Bloggerstrip, where bloggers are invited to share their favorite Paris spots. Mine has a special fashion focus, the rest of which you can download in an Ebook right here. Check out the other bloggers’ favorites as well. Download the Ebook and you may get a chance to win two tickets to Paris yourself. Naturally, you’ll be going through my tips when you’re there. In the mean time, stay tuned for more Paris Fashion Week posts!