Posted by Kirstie
After a whirlwind of stunning shows in New York, London and Milan, Spring/Summer 2013 Fashion Week blows into Paris from tomorrow, 25th September. For 9 days the French fashion capital will come to life, showcasing the freshest design talents as the stylish elite look forward to the biggest trends of the new season.
With beautiful models and beautiful clothes against the beautiful backdrop that is Paris, I think fashion week is the perfect time to hop on the Eurostar and visit the chic city for a well earned spending spree (or at least to lay my eyes on all the things I’d buy if I won the Euromillions…) Here are my top 5 picks for the most stylish places to shop in Paris.
1. Les Puces de Saint-Ouen Flea Market
140 Rue des Rosiers, 93400 Saint-Ouen
Visiting Paris’s biggest flea market at Les Puces de Saint-Ouen is the perfect way to spend a morning in the crisp autumn weather. Wake up early, grab yourself a croissant, wrap up in a warm coat and head on over to the market which opens every Saturday and Sunday from 9am – 6pm. The market is huge and spans across 7 hectares so arriving early and allowing enough time for exploring the many stalls is advised. You’ll find stalls selling antique furniture, vintage fashion, jewellery and a whole host of other oddities. Haggling is expected so if you talk a good talk you can find some real bargains and unique treats (Thanks to The Londoner blog for this recommendation.)
213 rue Saint-Honoré , 75001
The Colette boutique on Rue Saint-Honoré near the Tuileries Gardens is one of the most famous concept stores in the world. Spread over three flours this shop which also houses an exhibition space, is the epitome of French cool and sells a range of clothing and accessories brands as well as high-tech gadgets, foodie treats and cutting edge home ware. Prices for some of the higher-end brands can be quite eye-watering but even if, like me, you’re not a Euromillionaire yet, this store is worth a visit just to take in the ultra chic atmosphere.
83-85 rue Saint-Charles, 75015
Designer seconds outlet Mistigriff on rue St-Charles in the 15th arondissement is a must-visit for those on the hunt for designer labels at more affordable prices. Choose from some of the best known men’s and women’s brands discounted between 25 and 85%. As part of a national French chain of outlet stores, don’t expect the elegant shopping experience you’d enjoy at the brands’ own boutiques but if you’re after a bargain then I think this is a fair compromise!
8 rue Sainte-croix de la Bretonnerie, 20 rue de Rivoli and 61 rue de la Verrerie, 75004
The well known and loved FREE’P’STAR chain of 3 vintage shops in the La Marais district of the city are the perfect place to hunt for the buried treasure that is an eye catching vintage bag, scarf or piece of jewellery. I love pairing my leather jacket with a printed silk scarf I know no-one else is likely to be seen in and consequently strutting along with a smug smile on my face, so for me FREE’P’STAR is the ideal place to go for a rummage. Their bargain bins can contain hidden gems from as little as 3 Euros (Thanks to Audrey’s Frassy Guide to Paris for this suggestion.)
111 Boulevard Beaumarchais, 75003
Ease your shopping conscience at trendy concept store Merci, the first ‘Charity Store’ or Magasin Solidaire to open in France where 100% of the profits go to charity. Far removed from a drab and musty Oxfam, however, this store is the pinnacle of cutting edge design in fashion and home wares, with the likes of Paul Smith and Stella McCartney lending a hand to the store’s aesthetic conception. Browse the endless rails of gorgeous vintage and designer clothes before sipping an espresso in one of the store’s three cafes.
Have you ever been to Paris during Fashion Week? What shops do you recommend?