Known for her quirky hairstyle and telling the world they should all stop shopping so much, Vivienne Westwood is a fashion designer but an environmentalist at heart. Her latest designs have been directly inspired by the earth and have a strong outdoorsy influence.
Wearing real fur could be the biggest faux-pas of our fashion-loving, planet-caring generation. Whether you remember it or not, Claudia Schiffer, Christy Turlington, Cindy Crawford and Naomi Campbell all posed nude for PETA, carrying the slogan: “I’d Rather Go Naked Than Wear Fur.” Sadly, most of them have broken this promise and have been photographed naked wearing real fur.
Whether you’re looking for luxury or not, the City of Lights has lots of it to offer. The last thing you want to do in Paris is compromise on comfort and that Parisian je ne sais quoi because you didn’t plan ahead. Here are some tips on how to make the most of your time in Paris, without breaking the bank!
It cannot be denied that Paris is the fashion capital of the world, which is why it’s the number one destination for fashion internships. From marketing to HR positions, right down to working on the shop floor or even being involved in design, nowhere else in the world quite does it like they do in Paris.
If you want to see the police on roller blades or women cycling in heels whilst casually having a smoke, the Marais is the place to be. Home to Rue des Mauvais Garcons ie. “Bad Boy Street”, the famously gay district is also the Jewish quarter of Paris, so shopping on a Sunday in the Marais is also a posibilité!
This week is Paris fashion week, and in the name of all things fashion I set out to do some bargain hunting in the 4th, prowling the streets for vintage bargains and Parisian steals.
Although this fashion week is dedicated to women’s Ready to Wear lines, the price tags of these pieces have been posing questions more along the lines of “Are you ready to sacrifice eating, having electricity and a metro pass for the next 6 months?”. To the Marais it is!
Thrift stores, magasins vintage, kilo shops. Visions of shopping in the Marais may be in black and white, very chic, full of round rimmed sunnies and red lipstick, silk scarves and old school Chanel. Be warned, be serious and be prepared… Vintage trawls in the Marais are borderline dangerous and definitely competitive, the l’odeur wouldn’t exactly be described as fresh either. However, there are hidden treasures to be found and fought for, bargain baskets waiting for someone to dive into them, and don’t even get me started on the l’étage in Free’P’Star.
Whether you’re looking to simply experience the Parisian vintage scene or actually hoping to pick up a few thrifty pieces, get your ass to the Marais and look out for those baskets of bon cher berets and striped sweaters.
Where to go? Here are 3 must visits:
1. Hippy Market, 21 Rue de Temple, 75004
2. Kawaii Kilo Shop, 85 Rue Saint Martin, 75004
3. Free’P’Star, 20 Rue de Rivoli, 75004