This week, the French capital takes the reins from Milan for the S/S17 finale. Holly Friend reports on the top Parisian spots to round off your fashion month in style.
It’s the last leg of fashion month and you’re in the city of lights, surrounded by all-hour bistros, an abundance of design hotels and iconic fashion names on every rue. Add to the equation 20 arrondissements – and an overflowing list of recommendations your friends gave you – and Paris can be pretty overwhelming. Luckily, we’ve curated a list of the most stylish spots to sleep, eat, shop and generally be inspired between shows.
Wake up at…
20-22 Port d’Austerlitz 75013 / 33 (0)144066265
Neighbourhood: 13th Arrondissement
Off Paris Seine is an ultra-chic, albeit unusual, hotel and bar that is floating on the city’s river Seine. Whether staying in one of the design-focused rooms or simply in the area, the bar alone is well worth a visit for its stylish architecture, which features a sunbathing deck and plunge pool – complete with a gold inflatable flamingo. It’s worth noting that the bar serves delicious tapas to soak up those pool-side cocktails.
Have breakfast at…
192 Avenue de Versailles 75016 / 33 (0)142249021
Neighbourhood: 16th Arrondissement
Holiday, an American travel magazine, has opened its eponymous cafe in Paris’ 16th arrondissement. The chic interiors have been designed by architect Franklin Azzi to resonate with the magazine’s Parisian readers who seek an intimate spot for breakfast, lunch or dinner. The no-frills menu created by private chef Daniel de la Falaise ranges from a Croque Demoiselle with quail’s egg, to a simple chocolate cake. We reckon it’ll be the in-demand brunch spot this fashion week.
Le Marché Noir
18 rue Perrée 75003
Neighbourhood: Le Marais
Prior to April 2016, Le Marché Noir could only be found within the Comptoir Général, a cultural centre with an African focus. Now, the eclectic vintage pieces have found their own home within an old button factory, where bargain-seekers can have items repaired as well as enjoy a hibiscus juice in the tea room. The vintage apparel is imported from Africa and other pieces are produced by the continent’s independent garment makers, ensuring the boutique is constantly stocked with one-of-kind styles in colourful patterns.
23 rue Pasquier 75008 / 33 (0)140070552
Opting out of the traditional fashion week routine, Rives is a menswear boutique offering a different approach to ready-to-wear and tailoring. Designed in Paris and created in traditional workshops, Rives has found a prime retail spot in the Madeleine neighbourhood – designed to be sought out by those in the know – and suggests that visitors book an appointment to experience the spectacular store exclusively. This debut opening is a must-visit for contemporary men’s apparel, suiting and footwear inspiration.
6 Place Vendôme 75001 / 33 (0)142964234
Neighbouring fellow jewellers Cartier and Boucheron, Repossi is now a resident of the historical and exclusive Place Vendôme. The interior design is highly atypical of luxury jewellers – opting for rose gold-tinted mirrors and raw concrete flooring instead of the usual opulence – and the three levels each offer a different shopping experience: a gallery, a customisation salon and a large shop floor. Expect to find its signature Berbere rings and earrings, among other luxurious pieces.
Have lunch at…
12 rue Perrée 75003 / 33 (0)144615360
Neighbourhood: Le Marais
Everything within the four walls of this raved-about concept shop is trendy, including its versatile menu. After combing through the menswear and womenswear – where you can find sought-after labels including Vetements and Raf Simons – as well as design-led books and magazines, let yourself be tempted by the corner cafe for Swedish chef Linda Granebring’s daily-changing menu of fresh dishes created from seasonal ingredients.
Go and see…
Maison Europeene de la Photographie, 5-7 rue de Fourcy 75004 / 33 (0)144787500
Neighbourhood: Le Marais
Herb Ritts is an American photographer who specialised in sensual black and white portraits. It’s worth making time for this inspiring collection of rare prints in tribute to the influential artist, who is most notable for his 1989 nude image – Stephanie, Cindy, Christy, Tatjana, Naomi, Hollywood – which stars the world’s biggest supermodels of the time.
Have dinner at…
Forum des Halles, Porte Rambuteau 75001 / 33 (0)153458450
Neighbourhood: Étienne Marcel
From the creator of Parisian haunt Mini Palais comes Restaurant Champeaux, a contemporary brasserie located in the revamped Canopée of the Forum des Halles shopping centre. The industrial structure of the large space makes for atmospheric dining and the forest green and copper colour palette is unusually striking, yet distinctively French. From Alain Ducasse’s modern menu – which features kooky titles such as “What’s Hot? Soufflés” and “Oldies but Goodies” – diners can feast on raw basil seabream or a cut of hanger steak, “pimped” with lemon parsley butter.
Grab a nightcap at…
Place du 11 Novembre 1918 75010
Neighbourhood: Canal Saint-Martin/République
A summer pop-up like no other, Perchoir has traded its usual panoramic views and “speakeasy” demeanour for the rooftop of Gare de L’est near the Canal Saint-Martin neighbourhood until mid-October 2016. The grand location of the pop-up, expansive drink menu and luxurious lounge seating makes Perchoir de L’est an ideal haunt for those catching a train or simply seeking 360° views of Paris after a long day of fashion events. If you’re feeling particularly nocturnal, the bar hosts a DJ until 2am.
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