Shopping and Style in Paris

Guest Post by Devin Galaudet

1guestpostBefore top brands and suave designers took over, fashion was already meandering along the River Seine.

To date, the “City of Lights, Brogues and Fedoras” remains the inimitable fashion capital of the world.

It all started with Anne Boleyn’s hood.

In the 16th century, her hood failed to cover most of her hair. It was bold. The foundation had been set and haute couture emerged in the 18th century, but it was dominated by the elite class. In the 19th century, an Englishman started experimenting with novel designs displaying them on mannequins for the world to see. He labeled them with his own name and heralded a fashion revolution of sorts. After that, it was understood that anyone who wanted to succeed in the fashion world had be part of a couture house or an independent owner of one.

Paris Shopping WomanDuring the World War, while Paris was occupied by Germany, New York and London gained some fame on the fashion runway. However, once it was over, designers went back to Paris, claiming it irreplaceable. Dior, Chanel, and Yves Saint Laurent gained prominence.

The number of couture houses has diminished since then and the designers are fast losing their independence but Paris still hosts the best fashion shows of the world. The city evolves, and therein lies its strength. It is up-to-date with changing tastes and anyone looking to make a mark in fashion still prefers Paris over Milan, London or New York.

Fashion in Paris isn’t subtle but bold. It chases you while you look for it. Rent a car from Thrifty in order to not miss anything out of exhaustion. The Louvre-Tuileries and Faubourg Saint-Honoré districts are among the best to shop in. Just a few minutes away from Boulevard Haussmann, the Faubourg Saint Honoré is home to brand gurus such as Yves Saint Laurent, Hermes and Chanel. The classics go hand-in-hand with the trendy in this district with concept boutiques like Colette to be found as well.

3 Responses to “Shopping and Style in Paris”

  1. Comment by Earlhayes | 07/16/14 at 6:21 am

    This blog gives us the best prospect of Paris latest fashion and shopping. It is full of knowledge and help someone regarding to Paris styles.
    Thanks for this post.

  2. Comment by Richard Ewen | 07/16/14 at 6:55 pm

    I spend much of my time in visits to Paris walking the streets in the fashion areas taking photographs of the fashion windows and making paintings of the mannequins and their clothing along with the reflections on the streets.
    I would urge your readers to walk, not drive, the streets of the Marais (4th) for great boutiques, the area of village St. Paul (3) for furnishings, and area in the 6th south of blvd. St. Germain and east of rue du Bac (7th and 6th) all the way to the Odeon, the ave. Montaigne (8th) and surrounding streets as well as the area you mentioned, blvd. rue Faubourg St. Honoré. There are many other fringe areas adjacent to these.
    Driving is stressful in Paris, parking a nightmare. To cover ground I use the great bus system that let’s me sight-see in transit.
    Enjoyed reading your history of fashion in this article. Thank you.

    Richard Ewen

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