Our Little Black Book for Paris Fashion Week

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Olivia and Lucas’ favorite spots in the French capital

We’ve put together a brief list of some of Olivia’s favorite Paris fashion week addresses – and added a sprinkling of her friend Lucas’ local recommendations, just for good measure.   Many of these spots are well known; others less so.   In any case, we hope that there are one or two locales on the list that you may find useful during your next sojourn in Paris!

SHOPPING

Atelier du Bracelet Parisien

atelier du bracelet parisen store

hyperlink: http://www.abp-paris.com/
28, place du marché Saint-Honoré, Paris 1er
Tel. +33 (0)1 42 86 13 70

OP:  Johannes and I share a passion for watches – both vintage and modern – and this is an incredible place that makes custom watchbands.   They carry a huge selection of exotic leathers and materials in hundreds of colors, so finding the perfect match for a rare watchstrap that needs replacing is super-easy.   Also, swapping a watchband for a fresh, brightly colored one can give your timepiece an entirely new look and provides another way of personalizing your look.

 

Gilles Pothier

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97, avenue Raymond Poincaré, Paris 16ème

Tel. +33 (0)1 40 67 71 71

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OP:   I love fresh flowers and always buy them for Johannes’ and my apartment.   Actually, arranging flowers is one of my favorite ways to relax.   When Lucas took me to Gilles Pothier’s shop, I couldn’t help but take photos of the beautiful colors and perfect blooms.   This year, I ordered flowers from him to decorate my birthday dinner table and so many of my friends gushed over the bouquet.

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LS:  Monsieur Pothier has been my go-to florist in Paris since I moved here a decade ago.   The floral arrangements he delivers to my home, as well as his creations for the events and weddings I have designed, have never fallen short of breathtaking.

 

La Maison Guerlain 

hyperlink: http://www.guerlain.com/int/en-int/guerlain-explorer/68-champs-elysees-boutique-feel.html
68, avenue des Champs Élysées, Paris 8ème

OP:  There are so many excellent beauty companies who have their headquarters in Paris (and I can probably name a favorite product from each and every one!) but Guerlain is close to my heart, and this boutique is the definition of a shopping destination.   The fragrance bottles are like works of art, and I can never leave here without making a purchase, whether it’s a gift for a friend or a little luxury for myself.

LS:  Guerlain has recently redesigned their flagship store, calling on the talents of the renowned architect and interior designer Peter Marino.   The Maison is now more gorgeous than ever before, complete with a refined Guy Martin restaurant that’s perfect for lunch mid-shopping spree.

 

Le Royal Éclaireur

hyperlink:  http://www.leclaireur.com/en/stores-en/le-royal-eclaireur-2/
39/41, avenue Hoche, Paris 8ème
Tel. +33 (0)1 56 68 10 47

OP:  If you like concept stores, then you might already know about L’Eclaireur’s dark and dreamy boutique on rue Boissy d’Anglas.  But this smaller, sister store located on the ground floor of the Hotel Royal Monceau also carries an excellent, tightly edited selection of clothing, accessories and gifts for men and women.  During my last trip to Paris, I stopped in to gift myself with a richly colored scarf from Pierre Louis Mascia. 

 

Les Suites

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hyperlink: http://boutiquelessuites.com/
47, rue Pierre Charron, Paris 8ème
Tel.  +33 (0)1 56 59 11 11

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LS:  This is one of the newest multibrand stores in town that has all the chicest Parisiennes and visitors reveling in the luxury shopping experience it offers.   With three intimate “suites” instead of standard dressing rooms, personalized service is taken to a new level.   Stylists are on hand to assist you with any request and to help you browse the stunningly presented collections from designers such as Giambattista Valli Haute Couture, Alessandra Rich and Elie Saab.   I will definitely take Olivia for a visit during the next few days in Paris!

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DINING

Bread & Roses

bread and roses

hyperlink: http://www.breadandroses.fr/
25, rue Boissy d’Anglas, Paris 8ème
Tel. +33 (0)1 47 42 40 00

LS:  Just around the corner from the Hermès flagship, this bright and bustling café is one of my favorite spots to have lunch with friends, including Olivia.   Freshly made quiches and generous salads are on the menu along with a smorgasbord of pretty desserts and their homemade iced tea – a rare find in Paris.

 

La Société

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hyperlink: http://www.restaurantlasociete.com/
4, place Saint Germain, Paris 6ème
Tel.  +33 (0)1 53 63 60 60

OP:  Of all the Costes restaurants in Paris, including l’Avenue and Hôtel Costes, this one is probably my favorite, thanks to its more laidback scene and perfect Saint-Germain location.  Because my birthday usually falls during fashion week, Johannes and I inevitably end up celebrating in Paris, and I chose this restaurant for one of those recent celebrations.   The sexy décor and simple, yummy menu make it a must for a chic but relaxed dinner.

LS:  Although the Christian Liaigre-designed interior is certainly sexy, I like to come here most during the summer months, when the outdoor terrace becomes a fantastic spot for people watching.

 

Orient Extreme

hyperlink: http://orient-extreme.com/montaigne/
21, rue Bayard, Paris 8ème
Tel.  +33 (0)1 47 20 91 58

OP:  On my last visit to Paris, Johannes and I had a craving for sushi, and Lucas brought us here.   It’s always packed for lunch and dinner, and rightly so.   The creative Japanese cuisine is super tasty, especially the “new-style” sashimi.

LS:   Unlike Kinugawa or Hanawa, this is one of the only Japanese restaurants in town that breaks away from the traditional style and offers up fabulous fusion food in a see-and-be-seen environment.

 

Ralph’s

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hyperlink: http://ralphlaurenstgermain.com/en/
173, boulevard Saint-Germain, Paris 6ème
Tel. +33 (0)1 44 77 76 00

OP:  This is the restaurant located in the beautiful Ralph Lauren mansion in Saint-Germain, one of my favorite neighborhoods in Paris.   From the elegant English manor-style dining room to the charming inner courtyard, every last detail is picture perfect.   This is an ideal spot for brunch or dinner when you need a break from fine French dining and have a craving for classic American fare.

 

The Marble Courtyard at the Four Seasons Hôtel George V

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hyperlink: http://www.fourseasons.com/paris/dining/lounges/la_galerie/
31, avenue George V, Paris 8ème
Tel. +33 (0)1 49 52 70 00

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OP:   This is one of the most stunning places to have dinner in Paris during the summer months, when tables are set in the hotel’s courtyard beneath an incredible installation of hanging purple orchids.

LS:   Quiet and romantic, this seasonal spot makes you feel like you’re dining in a dreamland of perfection.   Relaxed elegance is the vibe at my most favorite Parisian hideaway for a dîner à deux.

 

SERVICES

Claude Maxime

hyperlink: http://www.claudemaxime.fr/
27, avenue George V, Paris 8ème
Tel.  +33 (0)1 53 23 03 03

LS:  If you follow Olivia’s style then you’ve probably noticed her signature red fingernails – and her devotion to manicures doesn’t wane just because she’s abroad.  This is the perfect spot to maintain your grooming regimen while visiting the French capital.   Sabine is our go-to girl for manicures and pedicures.

 

Delaporte

hyperlink: http://www.delaporte-teinturerie.fr/
62, rue François 1er, Paris 8ème
Tel.  +33 (0)1 43 59 82 11

OP:   When I have a stain on a piece of clothing or handbag that I think will never come out, I bring the item to be cleaned here, at Paris’ best dry cleaner.  When your jeans turn your white handbag blue, or someone spills Béarnaise sauce on your satin clutch, Delaporte will salvage even the most delicate couture.

LS:  This is the only dry cleaner I’ve ever used who returns my clothes looking even better than when I first bought them.   It’s rumored that royalty from around the world send their garments by FedEx to be cleaned here.  A warning: their prices are beyond expensive, but worth the cost for your most special items.

 

La Conciergerie

hyperlink: http://www.conciergerie-paris-airport.com/
Tel.   +33 (0)1 48 16 11 12

LS:  This service is my little secret for zipping through the airport like a V.I.P., bypassing those never-ending lines.   For a fee, an agent from La Conciergerie will meet you curbside and help you check your luggage, then whisk you through immigration and security straight to your gate or airline lounge.   The staff is so kind they’ll even accompany you while you shop the duty-free stores, holding your purchases or your carry-on luggage until it’s time to board your flight.

 

Uber

hyperlink: https://www.uber.com/cities/paris

LS:  I’ve used the Uber app to order car service in New York since the company first launched, but now that they’ve bought the service to Paris, getting around town during fashion week has never been easier, especially in a city known for its shortage of taxis and a penchant for drivers going on strike.

A fashion stylist, event designer, and style writer, Lucas Somoza has a keen eye for all things beautiful. Based in Paris, Lucas regularly collaborates with Olivia throughout Paris Fashion Week, producing editorials and contributing reviews of designer collections. You can follow Lucas on Instagram and Facebook.

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