The Paris Fashion Week is the last leg of the Fashion Month marathon. It kicked off in New York, headed to London and Milan and will wind up in Paris – all of which if you are really lucky you’ve attended while being shuttled on your own private charter jet by companies like Exclusive Charter Service. With its history, culture, heritage and legendary designers, Paris is where luxury fashion houses and edgy French labels compete with each other. They reinvent themselves year after year as fashion trickles down from the elite to the masses.
When in Paris, some of the fash posh hotels to consider for your stay are The Hôtel Costes, which during fashion week plays host to some of the world’s top editors and the Grand Hôtel Du Palais Royal located opposite the North Wing of the Louvre. The Grand Hôtel du Palais Royal has combined the riches of 17th century Paris with all the modern comfort that one could dream of today and finds favour with shoe maestro Louboutin.
At the Paris Fashion Week most of the catwalk shows are held at the Carrousel du Louvre below the Louvre Museum, every hour on the hour from 1000 hrs to 1900 hrs and this is also THE spot for runway exits. Other venues include the Grand Palais where Karl Lagerfeld presents Chanel. Naturally you can expect that the bloggers, editors and stylists will be madly dashing from one runway to the next, but you can certainly take a moment (or two) to breathe in Paris. It is, afterall, Paris and having made your way on your private jet courtesy Exclusive Charter Service, this is a moment to freeze in time.
The sidewalk café at the Avenue is the perfect place to pose for a quick Insta update with Parisienne trendsetters. To catch the PFW buzz and people-watch you can eat at Hotel Costes and Caviar Kaspia. Hotel Amour is hip, has great interiors and good for brunch or dinner. Frenchie (the wine bar not the restaurant) offers fresh ingredients and an original menu. Café Charlot is a staple for fashionistas and hipsters and has delicious hot chocolate, Ferdi for its burgers and churros and cool kids, and Le Mary Céleste for its oyster bar. For a drink you can head to La Candelaria which is a rad bar with great cocktails or to Lockwood with its Australian rustic vibe and great bites.
You can also take in weekly trunk shows at the Galeries Lafayette and follow that up with Harry’s New York bar down the street. Coco Chanel and Hemingway were known to have coffee and booze there. That alone should be reason enough! The Cafe de Flore in Saint-Germain is the ideal spot to sip a Sancerre and eat the sandwich named after Sonia Rykiel. Hey, if it’s good enough for Picasso and Sartre, it’s good enough for us.
For a night out on town, the ultra trendy Russian themed Raspoutine is where Kanye West was spotted. Make sure you dress to the nines as the bouncers are trés selective. Le Baron, a favourite with Scarlett Johansson is not easy to get into, but if you do, you can expect to rub shoulders with models and high rollers.
For shopping aficionados, if you can visit only one shop during your trip to Paris it must be Colette on Rue St.-Honore. A decade curating the best in fashion and design, you can bet it doesn’t get better than this. Although, if you flew in on your very own private jet from Exclusive Charter Service, then baggage is really not going to be much of a problem and you can shop to your heart’s content.
While Paris is great any time of the year, the Fashion Week events certainly add a buzz to the glamour and excitement.