Paris Fashion Week may have just wrapped up in the Louvre Museum; however, you don't have to feel too bad if you didn't manage to make it to the show. Why? Because you can recreate your own fashion festival in the city of light, whichever week you choose to holiday in Paris. As one of the major global fashion capitals, it is unsurprising that Paris is brimming with chic attractions, and we have compiled a guide to our favourite. So, now you can spend less time researching and more time drinking espressos with Gigi Hadid (possibly).
Nothing epitomises French fashion quite like Louis Vuitton, and there is a way of interpreting a little Louis in your Paris holiday, for under €10. Really, this is not a drill! You can experience a designer day out for the same price as a croissant and two metro tickets. Located in beautifully pristine 16th Arrondissement, you can visit Frank Gehry's architectural wonder, which is home to the Louis Vuitton Foundation and Museum. Here you can discover a range of contemporary art exhibitions and collections whose work includes that of Gilbert & George, Jeff Koons and Jean Michel Basquiat. You don't have to be an avid art lover to enjoy the grandeur of this foundation, as the exterior is equally as impressive as the colour kissed works which stretch across its walls.
Can't locate the Louis Vuitton Foundation? Just look for the 12 glass sails which crown the verdant jungle of the Jardin d'Acclimatation, just off Boulevard Maurice Barres. We admit you won't be leaving with a famous LV print tote, but you will have seen the most fashionable art collection in Paris.
The flagship Galeries Lafayette store is already no stranger to fashion and travel bloggers, and all for good reason. The crowning glory of this chic utopia is the Art Nouveau glass Coupole which rises 43 meters above the racks of designer garments and fragrances. You may not be gazing upon the latest season pieces on the runway, but admiring them under Galeries Lafayette's light is the next best thing. After refuelling on macaroons from the food hall, you can continue in your exploration of the most current trends. From Christian Dior and Chloé to Hermès and Prada, you can customise your own fashion week experience and live out your Parisian dreams on your own terms. If you have your heart set on witnessing a live fashion show Galeries Lafayette may be the answer to your Parisian prayers. If you pre-book online, then you can pick up seats to a 30-minute fashion show in the store's Salon Opéra for €13.90. The best part is that there is a show every Friday, which means that the week of your Paris holiday really can be a fashion week.
Pro Tip: After the show, remember to visit the top floor, before taking an additional staircase up to the rooftop terrace. Entrance to the roof is completely free, and it is the best spot to take outfit shots for gram with the iconic Eiffel Tower in the backdrop.
One of the most highly anticipated runway shows of the Fashion Week festival every season is none other than Chanel. Paris was, after all, where Coco Chanel invented the LBD, for which we are eternally grateful. Pair one of the biggest names in French fashion with one of the most iconic structures in the capital, and you will see why Chanel has chosen The Grand Palais as the venue of their spectacular showcases since 2005 when Karl Lagerfeld tightened Chanel’s bond with this Beaux-Arts venue. The Grand Palais has, therefore, existed as the ornate backdrop for their iconic pieces over the recent years, so it is only right that you pay a visit to the monument during your own Paris Fashion Week celebration. When the Grand Palais is not hosting the fashion powerhouse, it has established itself as an exhibition and events centre, which showcases everything from vintage noir film screenings, to upcoming art fairs. Okay, so it's not a seat at the Chanel show, but we promise it's pretty close.
If you are planning a fashion-based Paris holiday, you will no doubt set your radar to the Champs-Élysées, the most famous avenue in the country. The Champs-Élysées residents include the likes of Valentino, Gucci and ZARA because you never want to be too far away from a ZARA trench when the Parisian glazes the 8th arrondissement. Granted, the Champs-Élysées is a reputable la-bel-lovers haven; however, there is an equally stylish paradise to be discovered, which is Boulevard Saint Germain. Rooting from the banks of the Seine in the elegant 7th arrondissement, Boulevard Saint-Germain showcases a range of stores, from internationally renowned high street chains to fabulously French boutiques. No Paris holiday is complete until you have sipped on an Americano from Café de Flore, one of the long-running coffee houses which spill out onto the boulevard. Then, spend the rest of your savings on a statement piece from this stylish avenue. Essentially, Boulevard Saint-Germain is a 3.5-kilometre wonderland for any fashion lover. We would like to imagine that if Pretty Woman had been filmed in Paris, Vivian would have hit the shops along Boulevard Saint-Germain. To miss this stretch from your fashion week would be a big missed opportunity.
If you have been researching some instagrammable spots to check out during your Paris holiday, then you have already discovered the beautiful street corners in Montmartre. Laying at the foot of the impressive Sacré-Cœur basilica, the Montmartre district is bursting with pastel backdrops and arty hangouts, which stretch down the cobbled hilly streets to the Moulin Rouge (cue Lady Marmalade). Perhaps the most perfect corner of this district can be found outside La Maison Rose cafe, which can be found at 2 Rue de l'Abreuvoir. Think of blushing glasses of rosé which mirror the pink exterior walls, along with freshly baked pastries which were a favourite with none-other than Pablo Picasso. Okay, so we can't promise that you will secure a seat outside this picture-perfect restaurant at your first attempt. However, it's still worth escaping that bustling city break atmosphere for a morning, for the chance of witnessing some of the most exquisite street styles which Paris has to offer.
If you want to party like they do at fashion week, you only need to remember one name, and that is L'Arc Paris. The club, which is only a stone’s throw away from the Arc de Triomphe, is the go-to for designers, models and press alike, who flock to this iconic venue when the sun sets every fashion week. Paint the city of lights red and put on your dancing shoes (which you will have undoubtedly picked up on Boulevard Saint-Germain) because you will be talking about your night in L'Arc for decades to come. If your Paris holiday is not taking place during the scheduled fashion week, it is still important to remember to book ahead for a reservation, as a place in L'Arc is eternally sought after, no matter which week you choose for your city break.
If you want a taste of life in L'Arc without running the risk of missing your early morning flight, you can visit from lunchtime, where you can indulge in their French cuisine and wines, before dusk, when the party begins. L'Arc is the coolest place in Paris, so there is no more exceptional place to finish your fashion week experience than right here under the Arc. Porter un toast à cela!