Paris is undoubtedly a Fashion Paradise any true fashionista would love to visit! Especially during the Fashion Week (happening twice a year) that turns the french city into a festive and glamorous center! Whether you are going to Paris during the Fashion Week or not, here is a list of the 7 cool "fashion things" to do while in the fashion capital!
1) Yves Saint Laurent Museum
The Yves Saint Laurent Museum hosts a comprehensive exhibition of Yves Saint Laurent’s work, life and designs, including his most iconic pieces. Located in the famous hôtel particulier where the designer created his collections for about 30 years from 1974 to 2002, this museum is an absolute must-see!
Fondation Pierre-Bergé Yves Saint Laurent, 5 Avenue Marceau, 75116 Paris, France
2) Chanel Boutique
If you visit one museum, you have to visit the other! Located at the entrance of the beautiful Place Vendôme, the Chanel Boutique is a true part of the Parisian (and fashion!) history. Inside, you will see Coco Chanel’s boutique where she set her first couture studio. The second and third floor houses her former apartments but these can only be seen by special appointment.
Chanel Boutique, 31 rue Cambon, 75001 Paris
3) Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré
This beautiful narrow (but long) street is an emblematic fashion area in Paris where designers’ stores align one after the other. You don’t even need to enter as they all have fabulous windows artistically staged only for the pleasure of the eyes. Hermes, Gucci, Burberry, Louboutin, Prada… All biggest couturiers have made the Rue du Faubourg Saint Honoré their home!
4) Hotel & Club Le Montana
Former Jazz bar, Le Montana is today one of the hottest spots in Paris. This boutique hotel & night club hosts lots of popular fashion events all year round with VIP guests including fashion Shows. It is also a very select place and “one of the hardest clubs to get into in Paris”. If you succeed in getting in, you might see lots of celebrities such as Mick Jagger, Kate Moss, or Leonardo DiCaprio.
Le Montana, 28 Rue Saint-Benoît, 75006 Paris, France
5) Musée de la Mode et du Textile
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Located in the prestigious Louvre Museum, the Musée de la Mode et du Textile hosts several collections representing the French Fashion history, with about 16,000 costumes and 35,000 fashion accessories (including those of Yves Saint Laurent, Pierre Balmain, Christian Dior, Christian Lacroix, and Jeanne Lanvin to only name a few...). The museum also hosts great permanent and temporary fashion exhibitions. Make sure to check the program!
Musée de la Mode et du Textile, 107 Rue de Rivoli, 75001, Paris, Ile de France, France
6) Galeries LaFayette, Boulevard Haussmann
Built in 1912, the Galeries Lafayette building is a masterpiece of Neo-Byzantine architecture with its impressive stained glass dome, floral motifs, Art Nouveau staircase and glass walk suspended 52 feet in the air. This luxury store hosts about 3,500 brands of women’s wear, menswear, beauty products, and home decor from all the world’s best designers. No doubt it has everything you are dreaming of and beyond.
Galeries Lafayette Paris Haussmann, 40, Boulevard Haussmann, 75009 PARIS
7) Le Marais
Vintage shopping lovers will love this adorable neighborhood of Paris where second hand treasures (lots of luxury fashion items) mix harmoniously with family owned bakeries, trendy restaurants and little cafes with terrasses. There are also lots of independent designers stores where you can find beautiful unique pieces (Made in France and sustainable). Many of the designers we work with have actually set their ateliers and boutiques in Le Marais.