The Tuileries are and shall remain the prime Parisian spot during Fashion Week, especially now that the Vogue Bar is doing trade next door on place de la Concorde. Thirsty for more after Carine's Tea Time? Swide gives you suggestions to make the most of your walk around the park.
Anyone with a vague interest in fashion will be aware of the Tuileries' strategic importance on the Parisian map; now that street style photographs are the focus of any fashion week there isn't a blog without a stylish Tuileries moment in sight. This fashion-favourite jardin is here to stay, especially now that a stylish voisin is attracting all the attention.
Introducing the Vogue Bar, the chicest variation on the pop-up trend. Located in the iconic Crillon hotel, just a stone's throw from the Tuileries on place de la Concorde, it opened yesterday and shall delight guests all day long, from 10am (for breakfast or early liquid lunch) till 2am (for the umptieth round of cocktails), and that for the rest of the Parisian fashion week (till March 13th). A glance at the menu informs that chic is the main course; oh to sip a Caipi Vogue, jasmine and rose petals heaven!
Le Vogue Bar launched last night; amongst the happily snapped a Vogue buddy from across the Alps... (Is there ever a bad picture of Giovanna?)
That being said there is more to les Tuileries than numerous photo opportunities and Carine's wonderland. The area is rich in stylish haunts and fun pit stops en route from a show to the next. Colette won't exactly come as a revelation but amongst the million reasons you have to love - or hate - it, here is the latest entry: Purple Magazine's very own rock n roll star Olivier Zahm is exposing his diary all over the pristine walls. That or you could plan another descent into the water bar should Carine's Tea Time fail to take your fancy.
Other fashionistas in the know might head off to rue Rouget de l'Isle. Maria Luisa is another landmark of the area and the Paris fashion scene. While it may have been a it-destination for a lucky few for a number of years, mere mortals might now enjoy it past the sole window displays: en effet, the store launched its very own line a year ago, and while retaining the design aesthetics of some of its more unaffordable brands, it is thoughfully-priced... No more than €450 per garment and should you be lucky emough to score an invitation you might even get to check out next fall's collection these days!
If you want to disconnect from the fashion circuit for the sake of your feet (the constant stilettoing cannot possibly be conducive to good mood), then be a tourist and check out the Arts Decoratifs: you may have dropped into the Musee de la Mode for the Vionnet or Lacroix events but it is likely you will have passed on the dustier, less appealing older sibling. A great shame as past the Renaissance chamber pots lies an Art Deco wonderland. Where the Queen of Hearts is Jeanne Lanvin no less; the most fantastic section might just be her apartments. Three rooms out of the flat she actually lived in were recreated, complete with the chicest combination of beige and black marble; and that Lanvin blue bedroom suite!
Feeling sick of everything fashion and want a proper descente aux enfers? There's always the McLouvre for that...
Street style photographs by Tommy Ton for Jak & Jil