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My Paris Fashion Week Diary: Weekend Recap

Oct 1 2012 - 6:30am

There have been a few occasions this week where I've wanted to pinch myself, because Paris is so beautiful and Paris Fashion Week is like a fantasy land. Other times, I wanted to pinch myself because I, again, chose to wear incredibly beautiful shoes that happened to be totally unwearable for distances longer than 30 feet. Quelle horreur! Read on for highlights from my weekend in Paris.

Thursday: Tea Time at Le Meurice

The tea salon at Le Meurice is a great spot for people-watching during Fashion Week. While enjoying wildly overpriced cokes and a croque monsieur, we spotted Rachel Zoe [1] enjoying tea time with her son, Skyler, Vogue icons Grace Coddington and Tonne Goodman relaxing before the next show, and Anna Wintour did a brisk walk-through on her way to Nina Ricci.

Thursday: Sunset at La Tour Eiffel

After four days of being a little miserable without a warm coat or an umbrella, the skies cleared in time for the Nina Ricci show on Thursday night, revealing this kind of sunset.

Thursday Night: Lanvin

This was the first look at Lanvin, and one of my favorite moments of Fashion Week. The beautiful, classical setting contrasted in such a cool way with the metal risers and modern glamour of the collection. It was also an extremely fun show — they served Lanvin for Ladurée macarons and Champagne beforehand.

Friday afternoon: Christian Dior

One of the most anticipated shows of the week was the Dior show, and pulling up to the Place Vauban and seeing this giant white Dior building constructed around this gorgeous old church was awe-inspiring. If you worship at the House of Dior, this was your moment.


Certainly one of the most glamorous moments of the week goes to American actress Leelee Sobieski. She emerged from a sleek black Mercedes in this stunning red Dior Haute Couture coat, and I swear I've never seen a smaller waist. She was spot-on, with her clean chignon and red lip. By far, Leelee was the best-dressed attendee at the Dior show.

Friday: Vanessa Bruno

One of my favorite shows of the Spring season in terms of wearability — Vanessa Bruno totally made my Friday night. See our recap here [2].

Friday: Chloé Party

Chloé founder Gaby Aghion (bottom right, with Karl Lagerfeld) was the belle of the ball at a party celebrating the house's 60th anniversary. Music phenom Little Boots performed, and fave models like Anja Rubik and Jacquelyn and Constance Jablonski attended the fete at the Palais de Tokyo.

Friday: Isabel Marant

I've always loved the ease of Isabel Marant, and now having met Isabel, I really appreciate it even more. Here's one of my favorite pieces from the show, a beautiful embellished coat that I would wear with everything.

Every Day: Breakfast

Every morning, I had café creme, jus d'orange (yes, they fresh-squeeze it, like orange juice should be), and a croissant. You cannot see the croissant because I ate it (that's what happens when you're pregnant in Paris!)

Saturday: Foraging For Cheese

On Saturday, I walked through a market and was a little obsessed with this round of brie. I mean, it was the size of a large pizza.

Saturday: Shopping

In the sixth arrondissement, there are a bunch of little vintage shops like Catherine B., which stock great pieces of Chanel and Hermès, often in perfect condition.

Saturday: Lanvin For Ladurée

Lanvin might be the most joyously indulgent brand I know. They made bubble-gum-flavored macarons with Ladurée!

Saturday: Viktor and Rolf

This was cool: the Viktor and Rolf show had a mirror theme (the models emerged from a mirror, and many of the gowns were covered in mirrored embellishments). The mirror image you see on the far left is actually the image on someone's iPad!

Sunday: CFDA's Americans in Paris

Sunday morning I went to the Rue Marbeuf, where a few young American designers were showing, salon-style. Here are a few of the wares from Fenton Fallon. Designer Dana Lorenz said as much as half her business comes from outside the US.

Sunday: CFDA's Americans in Paris

I spoke with the Cushnie et Ochs designers, who could not have been sweeter or more chic. When I asked them what it's like to be together all the time, they laughed and said, "When we check into hotels everyone thinks we're a couple, so we get upgraded to the honeymoon suite!"

Sunday: Dessert

Pierre Hermé is one of the best patisseries in Paris, and we stopped in to pick up macarons (yes, they are as good as Ladurée, in my opinion). As pretty as the macarons were, I was drooling over the gorgeous cakes.

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