So this Saturday I ended up in Paris… It was an extremely last minute trip but let me explain; The reason for my visit was to deliver some H by Harris bags, but it also meant I got to some of the Showrooms around the City of Love.
Saturday morning saw me getting up at 4:30am and making my way to St Pancras where I boarded the 6:30am Eurostar and slept of course, and despite booking my train tickets on Friday night I was given a 4 seat table to myself!!! (Thanks Marek at Eurostar <3 )
When I arrived at the Gare Du Nord I jumped on the Metro with the bags and eventually got off at Hôtel De Ville where I delivered the bags to The Showroom NEXT DOOR. Run by Yuko and Fode from Touba London (Google them!!) , they showcase a diverse collection of international designers, but above all they seek to provide a platform for both established and exciting new international & British talents. The space was on the first floor of a beautiful Parisian townhouse which they had converted into a showroom; chic furniture accompanied by quirky, bright artwork dotted around and jazz playing quietly in the background.
After setting up the H by Harris bags and having a cup of tea with the guys I set off on my adventure around Paris, baring in mind it was now 12pm and my train was at 7pm I had about 6 hours of FREE TIME! WOO. I wondered the streets for a bit getting inspiration from all of the street art, and just soaking in the fact that 24 hours before I was at work and didn’t even know I would be in Paris.
I eventually made it to the London Showrooms which is run by the British Fashion Council; Providing a unique opportunity for emerging British designers to promote themselves outside London. Looking around I thought it really showed how diverse and creative British designers are, and it made me very proud :) (designers such as Christopher Raeburn, Holly Fulton, Sibling, Nasir Mazhar and many more) . I picked up every Lookbook that I could see, smiled at everyone and was on my way once again.
With only a few hours left I quickly went across town to République to the WOMANshows; WOMAN’s goal is not to appear as the best or the “cool” show in Paris during Women’s presentation but more gather together brands and designers with a strong yet modern identity that we think can be representative to what is women’s contemporary fashion today. Situated in an amazing old factory, all of the brands were very neutral and organic, with a lot of fine knits and pastel colours around. In the Accessories room some brightly coloured jewellery caught my eye, accompanied by a neon pink Lookbook, it belonged to Cecilia Ma from Hong Kong!! Such a good find!
I stopped off to see Michelle from Ally Capellino who kindly gave me a canvas bag as I was clearly now carrying a lot of Lookbooks… and after a lovely chat and some hugs I started my journey back to the Gare Du Nord.
I decided to take a long journey back and made a quick pit stop at Châtelet so I could see the Eiffel Tower from a distance, luckily the weather wasn’t too bad so I got to see it through the Paris clouds, then I went to do a bit of shopping… Obviously. Colette, which is one of my favourite shops in Paris, was absolutely HEAVING! So I decided to go to the backstreets where Marc By Marc Jacobs and Comme des Garçons are, and it was much quieter… and I may have bought some things.
Finally I decided that I was all Paris-ed out, ventured back to the Gare Du Nord and hopped on my train back to London. Luckily I had 2 seats to myself (thanks Marek again! ).
Although I only spent about 10 hours there I really enjoyed my time, got to see some of our amazing and inspiring British talent, and even some International, saw some friends and met some lovely new people. I feel privileged to have been able to go at such short notice and hopefully that won’t be the last time I go for Fashion Week! Until next season…
N x x x