This past week was my second trip to Paris for Fashion Week. The trip actually marked a year ago in 2015 that I had been there for the first time for fashion week – how time flies! I stayed nearer the Marais this time, at a very quaint hotel called the Hotel Exquis. The rooms were tiny but clean and the staff was lovely. It was nice to be in a less touristy area and feel like a Parisian for a bit. Since I was there for work with Tranoi; I didn’t do too much sight seeing but since Paris is such a beautiful place, it’s hard not to snap a million photos on just your walk to work or the shows. I have a few shots included here for you to check out along with some outfit shots and where to buy similar. I love to travel to Paris to get inspired by the style of the women there and come back home with new ideas for designers and ways to wear things. It’s like a style tune up.
I would be remiss to not comment on the fact that this trip was also post the Charlie Hebdo attacks, the shooting in the Marais, the truck incident in the south of France, and many more acts of terror that France experienced in the last year since I visited in the end September/early October of 2015. Although I write a fashion, travel, and lifestyle blog and by no means am I a serious journalist; it is impossible to write a post on Paris without noticing some subtle changes since the last time I was there on business. I saw police and army officials with guns on almost every corner; I experienced added security at the metro stations and the airports, and I had a general sense of always watching out for what could come. I also know first hand colleagues who skipped the season there as many customers were not coming to buy or participate in fashion week due to fear of another attack. It was a strange sensation to be there during this and yet I also felt a strong sense of community as well, that despite the fear we all experience now and that I was a part of first hand in New York during NYFW (the second bomb was found on my street I was staying on!) we will not completely change our daily lives and we must go on.
I look forward to more trips to Paris for work and pleasure and encourage you all to continue to visit it, despite the turmoil. Any suggestions on places to stay for my next trip in March? Any restaurants or shops that are your must sees? Send me some suggestions in the comments below, please!