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4 Tips for Navigating Paris Fashion Week

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Paris Fashion Week is the most glamorous event on the fashion world’s calendar, a fashion festival to see and be seen at and the best place to discover the latest trends in apparel and accessories. While select events will stream online, nothing beats the excitement of being there when the world’s hottest designers descend about the French capital.

Know Paris Fashion Week 2016 Basics

Paris Fashion Week 2016 runs from March 1 to 9. Catwalk shows start as early as 9:30 a.m. and run all day, with the last beginning as late as 9 p.m. Most shows are held at the Carrousel du Louvre, the bottom level of the Louvre museum. Some designers display their fall/winter collections at other venues around the city.

Attendance at Paris Fashion Week events is by invitation only. If you hold a significant role in the fashion industry, you may receive a personal invitation. If you don’t receive an invitation, you can apply for accreditation through the Mode à Paris website.

Attend the Hottest Shows

The catwalk shows for fashion’s most popular names including Valentino, Saint Laurent, Givenchy, and Chanel are always the hottest tickets in town. All eyes will also be on Demna Gvasalia, presenting his first collection for Balenciaga following the departure of Alexander Wang. See his show at 11:30 a.m. on March 6. After the Paris terrorist attacks of last year, we can also expect plenty of surprises as local designers look to celebrate their freedom and artistry.

Make the Most of Your Time in Paris

Stay near the Louvre to put yourself close to all the Paris Fashion Week action. There are many five-star hotels near the museum, including Hôtel du Louvre, Castille Paris, and Hotel de Vendome.

After the excitement of Paris Fashion Week is done, make sure you spend a few days discovering the other great attractions in the area. The Louvre is one of Paris’s best museums. Fashion lovers will also appreciate the Musée des Arts Décoratifs and the Musée de la Mode et du Textile, both housed in the Louvre Palace. Jeu de Paume, in the Tuileries Gardens, has a stunning exhibition of photographs from the 19th to 21st century. The gardens are also home to the Orangerie Museum, which features artworks from the same period including Claude Monet’s “Waterlilies” canvases.

Simply walking along the Seine is another of Paris’s great joys. Along the way, you’ll find the Notre Dame Cathedral and the Eiffel Tower. It’s a long way to the top of the tower, but the 360-degree views of the city are worth the walk.

Plan How to Get to Paris and Around the City

While many commercial airlines operate flights to Paris, hiring a private jet is a much more luxurious way to travel. Giorgio Armani and Marc Jacobs would never dream of flying cattle class, so why should you?

Paris is very pedestrian-friendly, so you may like to get around on foot and admire the city while you’re there. However if you’re wearing heels, the Paris Metro system is very efficient.

Make this year the year that you discover for yourself what makes Paris Fashion Week one of the highlights of the fashion industry calendar.

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