So What’s Paris Fashion Week Really Like?

The Fashion Weeks have become a holy month that creates the ultimate Style Bible for every season’s latest looks.
We are swamped with photographs of the famous and not-so-famous all dressed up in their finest, hoping to be featured on the “Street Style” pages of all the famous magazines and blogs around the world. There is practically a show before the show.Living in one of the fashion capitals of the world gained me the opportunity to see what the buzz was about surrounding the start of a fashion show!
In Paris, the streets will be blocked off just to accommodate the fashion shows, usually causing a traffic jam and making drivers take alternative routes.

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A Night at the Palais De Tokyo

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I found myself freezing my toes off waiting in a super long line for a free exhibition and party at the Musee Palais de Tokyo in Paris last year In February 2015. I had only drove by the museum, but was never inside it. By suggestion of a friend, I decided this was my chance to finally see it. Plus, It was totally free! The event was the “Le Bord des Mondes” (The Edge of the World) exhibition which questions whether things that aren’t traditionally considered art can actually be made into art.

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Looking Into Lesage: Master Embroiders Of Paris

“We are playing our part in the kingdom of the imagination. Embroidery can be a woman’s dream become reality.” -François Lesage.

Last year, I got yet another amazing opportunity to get a behind the scenes look at what goes behind the creation of beautiful French fashion. I got to visit the famous Lesage, which was once a small workshop, and now a booming multinational business specialising in hand-made embroidery mainly used for Haute Couture.

The company has since been taken over Chanel, but continues to provide and work for other designer brands to create one of a kind stunning works and collections.

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A Visit To The House Of Coco Chanel

I had the rare and extremely amazing privilege to visit to the Parisian apartment of the founder and creator of the brand Chanel, Gabrielle Bonheur Coco Chanel!!!

I would never have thought a Cape Town girl like myself, would get THIS opportunity!

 

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A Holiday in Holland

My trip to the Netherlands is a nostalgic one. It was my first time ever traveling and flying on an aeroplane. So with some money saved up from the weekend job I’d had a student and my folks buying me my flight as a 21st birthday gift, I embarked on my first travel adventure to The Netherlands in 2006. This was 10 years ago and the exchange rate was a mere R8 to 1 Euro! Good times.

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France: Charming Nantes

Nantes is a small city in the West of France, and proved to be quite charming. Nantes formerly served as a trading post for the colonial days in France. It has a quiet a sad history as it also served as the main trading ports for slavery across the world.We had to go to Nantes on a quick study trip on local textile manufacturing for fashion and apparel.

Nantes is really modern in terms of its architecture in comparison to Paris. The city centre still retains its old world charm and tradition. Its also the place to go shopping. Note that goods are significantly cheaper than Paris, and there was a bigger selection of small Parisian boutiques a fairly good prices.

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Who’s Next Paris Convention 2015


I was super lucky to attend the Who’s Next Fashion Expo in Paris this weekend, thanks to the wonderful Ms. Lecaro from Ecuandino Hats from Ecuador!
Who’s Next allows designers and fashion apparel brands from all over the world to come and display their wares to new potential buyers looking to stock their stores and boutiques with all the latest and greatest on offer.

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The Annual Manga And Sci-Fi Convention in Paris 2014

So a few weeks back I attended the annual Manga and Science-Fiction convention held in Paris, France. Best thing was that it wasn’t too far away from my home, and I could easily walk down to the event.

It was full of cosplay and comic book enthusiasts who flocked by the masses.

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