Guest Post by Devin Galaudet
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.
During 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.