Whether it’s the legendary runway shows, the abundance of mind-blowingly good pastries, or some combination of the two, every fashion girl holds a special place in her heart for Paris Fashion Week. That’s why I jumped at the chance to partner with iconic French brand Sandro to attend PFW and show you, dear reader, a few insights into the experience.
From what shoes you should never wear to Jardin des Tuileries to where to hang out between runway shows, scroll down to get a peek at a day in the life of an editor at PFW.
What I’m Wearing: Sandro Verity Jacket ($755) and Sofy Jumper ($325); ASOS pants; Proenza Schouler shoes; Garrett Leight sunglasses.
If New York Fashion Week is Funfetti, Paris Fashion Week is chocolate soufflé. Yes, I’m craving dessert at the moment, but bear with me. For every NYFW sighting of a purse bedecked with 10 furry keychains, you can expect to see its sleek antidote reigning supreme at PFW, perhaps an understated yet luxurious saddlebag. Not to say there isn’t bold, trend-driven style at Paris Fashion Week or sophisticated style at New York Fashion Week, but the collective sartorial vibe in Paris is a bit quieter and more refined. Accordingly, I chose a tailored outfit composed of mainly black and gray for my first show of the day. The burgundy collar on my bouclé jacket served as the perfect color injection in an otherwise neutral look.
What I’m Wearing: Sandro Vicious Jacket ($1525), Sirine Turtleneck Sweater ($190), and shoes; vintage jeans; Garrett Leight sunglasses.
Fashion week truth #249: No matter how painstakingly you plan your schedule, the pace of your day is always a bit unpredictable. Part of this is because some shows begin up to an hour after their slotted start time! If certain celebrities or important influencers are late, sometimes the show will be delayed until they arrive. Accordingly, the day is punctuated with small pockets of downtime, or as I like to refer to it, croissant-eating time (or croissant-punching time), mixed with periods of I’m-late, why-isn’t-my-Uber-here panic. Thankfully, there’s a charming café on practically every corner to pass any spare time—one of my favorites is called Les Deux Magots in Saint Germain. For my midday café break, I got cozy in the most comfortable bomber and my favorite vintage jeans.
What I’m Wearing: Sandro Rhumy Dress ($410) and Abia Boots ($1140); TL-180 bag; Garrett Leight sunglasses.
Here I’m heading to a show in Jardin des Tuileries—if you’re an avid street style follower, you’ll likely recognize the oft-photographed tree-lined backdrop. On my first day of shows, I made the rookie mistake of wearing open-toe heels to traverse the gravel-and sand-lined paths. Alas, small painful rocks stuck between your toes are not a good look. My ankle boots in this outfit were a much more practical choice, and the burgundy snakeskin ensured my footwear still stood out (hello, street style photographers!).
Which look is your favorite? Let me know in the comments below!