This beginning of 2018 most definitely has a passion for fashion in Paris. The Winter Sales are here as of January 10th, 2018. When you stay at the Hotel Doisy Etoile you’ll enjoy an exceptional location not far from the Champs-Elysees and the famous Grands Boulevards, making it easy to reach the discount action. Don’t miss Men’s Fashion Week from January 16th to 21st, followed by Haute Couture Week from January 22nd to 25th. Finally, don’t forget to take a visit to the Yves Saint Laurent Museum, where you can immerse yourself in the world of this brilliant designer.
The Winter Sales; it’s time to treat yourself
The capital of luxury, Paris has entire streets dedicated to French chic, such as the Avenue des Champs-Elysees, where all the major luxury brands have established their most beautiful boutiques. Here you can find Dior, Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Lancel, Longchamp… world-renowned emblems of refinement and Parisian style. Here’s the perfect opportunity to succumb to the appeal of a high-end item! A shopping session on the Champs is simply essential during the sales.
So you can keep your strength up during your spree, the Champs Elysees also offers a selection of places that are ideal for a gourmet break. You’ll be spoiled for choice with such tempting places to eat as the Publicis Drugstore and the famous Ladurée restaurant and bakery. You’ll also be surprised to discover a partnership between Pierre Hermé and the cosmetics brand L’Occitane. Their shared love for natural ingredients has resulted in an inspired collaboration and a range of intriguing products. Discover them at 86 Avenue des Champs Elysées.
The Boulevard Haussmann, another must-visit location for the ultimate sales experience, is one of the best places for shopping in Paris. Fashion, Beauty, Home… whatever you seek, you’ll see an abundance of signs offering various discounts. The Galeries Lafayette and Printemps Haussmann department stores provide various personalised services for the duration of the sales, including a valet service or a private fitting room by appointment. Fashion enthusiasts will also be delighted to learn that, every Friday at 15:00, Galeries Lafayette hosts fashion shows at the heart of their Salon Opéra. Register on their official website!
Fashion Week; discover the spring / summer 2018 trends
Fashion Weeks present a new aspect every season. The largest fashion houses reveal their new trends to the press and buyers and ignite the catwalks during a week full of surprises. Firstly, there is Men’s Fashion Week, which runs this year from January 16th to 21st, while from January 22nd to 25th it’s the turn of Haute Couture. The runways will greet the newest collection of the American duo Proenza Schouler. This year will also thrill to the latest creations of the Moroccan Noureddine Amir, inspired by the work of Yves Saint-Laurent, as well as those of Azzaro Couture, rejuvenated under the leadership of designer Maxime Simoens, without forgetting the work of the Russian designer Ulyana Sergeenko.
The Musée Yves Saint-Laurent; the former fashion house opens its doors
Opened at the end of 2017, the Musée Yves-Saint-Laurent immerses visitors in the heart of the old couture house and demonstrates the creative process of the legendary fashion designer who died in 2008. This museum dreamed of by Yves Saint-Laurent and Pierre Bergé has finally come into being, and is established in a Second Empire mansion where the designer’s teams worked for three decades.
From 1982, the fashion designer marked certain pieces ‘Musée’ to preserve them for posterity. Today, the museum occupies an area of over 450 m2, boasting more than 5,000 prototype dresses, clothes, sketchbooks, original sketches such as that of the first tuxedo for women from the autumn-winter 1966 haute couture collection, photos, videos and many personal items.
You can discover the plate of the historic office of Bergé, visit the salons formerly open to customers, and enter the office-studio of the couturier, the nerve centre where the collections were designed. This inner sanctum has been preserved just as the designer left it, with his desk bearing photos of his famous female friends such as Catherine Deneuve in her iconic white coat, along with coloured sketches that could have been drawn just yesterday…