The city of Paris truly comes alive during Fashion Week. Full of fashion’s elite, most people flock here to admire the catwalks and latest pieces. But the city, bursting with fabulous hotels, glamorous bars and must-see attractions, often gets overlooked. There is plenty to see and do during your Fashion Week stay and Paris is home to some of the world’s most stunning hotels which are all deserving of a visit. Here is a travel guide to what you must see and do during Paris Fashion Week.
Where To Stay
There is certainly no shortage of hotels in Paris. Whether you want to be in the middle of all the hustle and bustle or take a more relaxed approach and stay in the outskirts, there’s something to suit everyone.
But, for the Fashion Week hotspots, there are a few select hotels that you must visit. The Mandarin Oriental Paris is right in the centre of the city and is acclaimed for its close proximity to the Louvre. With an excellent spa and dining area, there are plenty of opportunities for you to relax and enjoy yourself, whilst catching a glimpse or two of a celeb or designer. The interior of this hotel is legendary, with furniture and wall fabrics made by French couture embroider Maison Lesage.
Or, heard to Park Hyatt Paris-Vendôme. This hotel has become one of the central meeting points for the duration of Paris Fashion Week. With crowds of stylists, editors and models sweeping through the interior courtyard, it’s worth grabbing a drink and watching the magic unfold. It’s not just the great location of this hotel, which is situated on the Rue de la Paix, that makes it one of the best places to stay during show season, but the bedrooms provide an aura of calmness which is far away from the stresses of Fashion Week. With welcoming staff, wonderful atmosphere and a delightful spa, the Park Hyatt truly is the perfect Parisian heaven.
Where To Eat
As well as being known as one of the fashion capitals of the world, Paris is also well-known for its chic bars and trendy eateries. During Fashion Week, many of the best locations are fully booked out or reserved for private dining, but that doesn’t mean you should miss out.
La Perle is just a short metro or taxi ride away from the Grand Palais, which is where most of the events during Fashion Week take place. La Perle is the perfect spot for people watching and refuelling after a busy day. It has long been a favourite spot for the fashion-crowd, but it recently became even more famous after designer John Galiano had a very public row here in 2011. It is recommended to visit for breakfast or brunch, or for some post-show cocktails in the evenings.
You cannot get more stylish than a visit to Ralph, a very sophisticated eaterie which is attached to a Ralph Lauren store. Set in a beautiful building which was once home to a grand hotel, the biggest draw here is the central courtyard which tends to get very busy during fashion week. Just like Ralph Lauren, the menu here is a mixture of American and French styling, with dishes including lobster and gourmet burgers.
Where To Visit
Getting into a Paris Fashion Show is very unlikely unless you have an invitation or are a member of the press. Chances are you’ll have to settle for people watching in the city’s best locations. Paris is full of magic during Fashion Week, so you don’t need to go far to experience it.
Head to the 1st Arrondissement, which is home to the Louvre, Palais Royal and the Tuileries Garden. This is the beating heart of each and every Fashion Week, with industry-only tents alongside the west side of the Tuileries. Throughout Fashion Week, fashion-know-it-alls, models and celebrities can all be seen parading through the 1st Arrondissement hoping to be papped by the waiting photographers.
Of course, waiting to catch a glimpse of some of the seasons hottest trends and celebrities can take its toll. For a more relaxing look into Paris Fashion Week, head to the Yves Saint Laurent Museum. In 2017, this collection opened in the same building where the legendary designer created and crafted his haute couture collections for almost 30 years. The thought-provoking exhibitions showcase some of Saint Laurent’s most genius designs and archives of his most-loved fashion illustrations and designs.
Paris Fashion Week is far from a relaxing trip, but instead, it is one full of magic. Travelling here couldn’t be easier, with regular flights from across Europe and the US, as well as the Euro Star and metro. All you need to do is pack your itinerary, travel pillow and eye mask for a relaxing journey and get ready to experience all the fun that Paris has to offer during Fashion Week!