This is my first season doing Paris Fashion Week and without coming across like a cliché, Paris is amazing. That is all. It’s become the city of my dreams overnight and it must be noted just how damn chic everyone is, which has inspired me to be quite grown up with my outfit choices. I’m going to be sharing my experiences of PFW with you in a two part post but you can also follow me on Twitter, Instagram, Vine and Ur Turn for live updates.
Day One: After arriving in Paris we settled in to our apartment in the heart of Saint Germain where I felt very welcomed from the Parisian brands as I opened up all my fabulous invites. This season I’m very pleased to be attending, Mugler, Carven, Roland Mouret, Dior, Jean Paul Gaultier, Kenzo, Andrew GN, Paul & Joe, Louis Vuitton and Elie Saab.
After briefly settling in we popped around the corner to The Smith Bakery where I got the most delicious Ceaser Salad. If you’re ever around the Saint Germain area you must try their food, it’s delicious.
Before I knew it it was time to make my way to Mugler which was set in Halle Freyssinet, a huge venue perfect for this airport and space inspired collection.
Day Two: Day two started off with the Carven show bright and early at 10am. For my first offical day I opted to wear a By Malene Birger sweater with a pair of Iris & Ink pants, River Island shoes and Louis Vuitton clutch, (a full style post will be featured at a later date, but you can check out Glamour Paris for now).
I stacked up some of my favourite Monica Vinader rings with my Jacquie Aiche ‘R’ ring from shopbop.
Some of my favourite looks from Carven include the cocoon silhouetted pastel pieces. The styling was so perfect to go straight from runway to street. It takes the phrase ready-to-wear to another level.
After Carven we had a quick lunch break at Paul where I fell in love all over again with bread and cheese.
After my carb episode it was time to head to the Christian Louboutin press office for a private viewing of the AW13 collection. Unfortunately there are no photographs allowed but I did get a sneaky picture of the yummy brownies and fruit.
Day Three: Today was another early start with Roland Mouret at 10am in the beautiful Westin hotel. I managed to arrive just in the nick of time even though I was 20 minutes late, a huge thank you to my amazing UBER driver and his speedy BMW. (Download UBER and watch how your logistic issues become a thing of the past in Paris!) Today I wore Acne leather pants with Guiseppe Zanotti boots, a Whistles shirt, Hockley gillet and Louis Vuitton clutch, (full style post to come soon).
The Roland Mouret AW13 collection is probably one of my favourites from the designer so far. I loved the leopard print colour blocking, art deco sunglasses and open, cut out backs. The Westin ball room was the perfect setting for this chic and sexy collection.
After the show the girls and I popped outside where I shot Naomi’s look for her blog and then I headed back to the Westin bar for a little nostalgic moment, the last time I was there was when I was a guest of the hotel during the Rihanna 777 Tour. I enjoyed a latte and caught up with some emails before leaving for the Dior show.
Arriving at Dior and getting a feel of the vibrant buzz outside was such a rush. I rushed inside to find my seat and was instantly smiling when I was confronted with giant mirrored balls dotted all over the venue. There were so many that I couldn’t tell how big the venue was until I saw a picture of the seating plan. Needless to say everyone was having a ‘selfie’ moment with them, myself included. The Dior collection was beautiful. Very feminine with a dash of boldness and colour but there’s a full review coming soon on the blog so look out for that.
After Dior it was time to get some energy with another carb session. We headed to Café Central and ordered pizza and fries. Super yummy.
Later that evening, I made a quick stop at the Dior cocktail party in Colette where the SS13 collection was on display and then headed home for some much needed rest.
Day Four: Today was all about getting some meetings rolled out and visiting some of the showrooms, we popped by to see the stunning Madiyah Al Sharqi collection at Le Meurice. She’s one of my favourite rising stars in the Middle East and her furs are just fabulous. There seems to be a thing for texture and pattern blocking in Paris. I just love these wool blend jacquards, leathers and furs rolled into one.
In the evening I was supposed to attend the Jean Paul Gaultier show (I have been a fan of his since I was about 10 years old), attending the show would have been a huge highlight but unfortunately I was stuck in traffic and completely missed the entire thing. I had to capture my unhappiness and disappointment in the car on Vine.
I tried to cheer my self up by slipping on my Raquel Allegra pyjama pants and heading to her private dinner at Derrière. It was the perfect ending to the day with delicious food flowing and some seriously fabulous dinner guests.
I’ll be uploading ‘Part Deux’ in the next few days featuring my experiences at Kenzo, Paul & Joe, Louis Vuitton and Elie Saab but in the mean time get my live updates through Twitter, Instagram and Vine. (Search Reem Kanj).
[All images belong to Five Five Fabulous.]