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The Elegant Eighth: Affordable Food and Superb Culture in Paris’ Chic Business District

Elegant Eighth, Paris courtyard

8th arrondissement, Rebecca Plotnick

For many Parisians, a people who don’t typically identify themselves with their jobs, the Eighth Arrondissement represents the office. True, it’s pretty with row after row of Haussmannian edifices and wide, tree-lined boulevards. But isn’t so much of Paris just that?

Elegant Eighth, Paris street view

8th arrondissement, Rebecca Plotnick

Covering an area of 3.88 km² with a population a bit larger than 40K people, the Eighth is one of the wealthiest arrondissements in Paris. Second only to La Défense as home to multinational firms and banks, the Eighth also caters to tourism (Champs-Elysées), culture (Musée Jacquemart-André, Salle Gaveau/Pleyel, the Petit and Grand Palais), fashion (avenue Montaigne is home to all Haute Couture houses. period), churches (La Madeleine, St Augustin, and my own favorite, the little-visited royalist Chapelle Expiatoire), and luxury (George V, Plaza Athenée, the Bristol, Hôtel de Crillon).

Elegant Eighth, Paris flowers

8th arrondissement, Rebecca Plotnick

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Planning for Paris: Spoiled by Luxury Services in the City of Light

Haven in Paris Victor Hugo Luxe

Haven in Paris, Julien Hausherr

I’ve just booked my Haven in Paris apartment for a week in the City of Love. Sigh… Going to Paris has always been a dream of mine, and I want it to be just perfect. I am working with Haven in Paris to fill my days with the luxury service discounts they are offering during this winter’s low season. While my activities aren’t fully booked, I have already started daydreaming about how I will spend my days. 

Luxe, Paris Wine Company

Luxe, Montage, Palmyre - Les Deux Stations, Le Bon Georges

Champagne from Paris Wine Company; Les Deux Stations/Le Bon Georges, Palmyre Roigt

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Our Favorite Trends from Paris Fashion Week AW 2014

Spring is almost here, and that means another season of fashion shows is winding to a close. Here to help you make sense of the madness, the lovely Marissa Cox reports on the season’s most notable runway trends. -Geneviève

Paris Fashion Week Recap, HiP Paris Blog, Photo by Ylenia Cuellar

Tweed – Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Margiela
Tweed turned up at Paris Fashion Week’s most talked about show, Chanel – a full-scale supermarket set up in the Grand Palais that made shopping for groceries look incredibly glamorous.

Paris Fashion Week Recap, HiP Paris Blog, Photo by Ylenia Cuellar

Colorful candied shades of tweed swept down Karl Lagerfeld’s chic supermarket aisles in the shape of overcoats, cropped jackets, trouser and skirt-suit combos and even spilled onto trainers. Panels of tweed in autumnal shades were inserted into tough, but feminine leather skirts and dresses at Louis Vuitton. At Margiela, models were clad head-to-toe in sophisticated, tailored versions of the classic fabric.

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Parisian Style: Chic Shopping in Paris on a Budget

HiP Paris, tinou bao, Amelien (Fr), Shopping on a budget in Paris

tinou bao & Amelien (Fr)

No matter what brings you to Paris, chances are you plan to do some shopping while you’re here. But what if your budget was eaten up by airfare and accommodations? Pas de problème.

HiP Paris, ejorpin, Shopping on a budget in Paris

ejorpin

There are plenty of ways to score fashionable finds in Paris without breaking that stretched bank account. Just shop like a local. Here’s our cheat sheet for chic (and wearable) souvenirs on a shoestring.

HiP Paris, anw.fr, Shopping on a budget in Paris

anw.fr

Consign here, please
If the thought of trolling the racks at Goodwill or picking through piles of malodorous cast-offs makes you break out in hives, have no fear. Paris has taken resale to a whole new level. In virtually every quartier, you’ll find several consignments shops (dépôt-vente). Continue Reading »

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Parisian Style Tips: A Few Basics For Fall-Weather Fashion

HiP Paris Blog, Aisling Greally, Fall Fashion

Long walks along the Seine, beautiful sunsets, light drenched streets, the feel of crisp golden leaves under your feet, Autumn in Paris is truly spectacular. Cool, fresh mornings are met by warm Indian summer afternoons.

HiP Paris Blog, Aisling Greally, Fall Fashion 2

The kind of weather when you crave layers and those essential pieces to take you from warm to cold and from day to night.

HiP Paris Blog, Aisling Greally, Fall Fashion

Cosy 2 Go
To start the season in style, find the cosiest café, order a warm café crème and wrap up in a snug sweater. As cosy as it is chic, a cashmere sweater, slightly oversized, worn with jeans, flats or biker boots will take you seamlessly from café to bistro and right through to Spring. Continue Reading »

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Centre Commercial: Ethical Fashion by the Canal St Martin

HiP Paris Blog, Didier Gauducheau, Centre Commercial

Hot on the heals of the ethical department store, Merci, comes a chic newcomer: the much vaunted Centre Commercial at 2 rue de Marseille in Paris’ 10th arrondissement.

HiP Paris Blog, Didier Gauducheau, Centre Commercial

As a conscientious citizen of the world, I’m happy to join the chorus singing this new concept store the praise it deserves. The idea is simple: ecological and ethical fashion that supports small-scale artisan industry in countries all over the world.

HiP Paris Blog, Didier Gauducheau, Centre Commercial

Sébastien Kopp, the co-founder of the innovative eco-sneaker brand, Veja, is responsible for this latest foray into stylish, well-made, ecological fashion − and the carefully culled results presented in this light and airy emporium, are surprisingly chic. Continue Reading »

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Paris Summer Fashion: Keeping Cool, Comfortable and Chic In the City Heat

HiP Paris Blog, Aisling Greally, Keeping Cool in the Summer

Keeping cool, comfortable and chic during the Summer in Paris, can be quite the sartorial challenge. You feel like dressing for the beach but stepping out in a sarong and flip-flops in this city is not the way to go. When temperatures soar, I’m hit with the Parisian hot weather conundrum: what to wear in Paris when it sizzles?

HiP Paris Blog, Aisling Greally, Keeping Cool in the Summer

In search of some answers, I hit the streets to capture some looks and see how les Parisiennes are playing it. What follows are some suggestions and inspirations on the art of trying to keep cool and chic in Paris this summer.

HiP Paris Blog, Aisling Greally, Keeping Cool in the Summer

Right now, around town, the vibe is relaxed and the style is understated. Loose fitting clothes made with soft elegant fabrics, such as lightweight linens and silks, are a breeze to wear. Nothing is over done. Keep makeup minimal, plenty of SPF!  Don’t worry about hair as this is the time for your trusty friend to make an appearance… Continue Reading »

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Dressing For Paris: The Parisian Male, From Bourgeois to Belleville

Swagger in Paris

In an episode of HBO’s New York comedy Girls, Lena Dunham’s character, Hannah, ironically states as she steps out onto a hip Brooklyn street: “it takes a lot of money to look this cheap”. Sadly, the irony of this statement will be lost on a Parisian.

HiP Paris Blog, Carin Olsson, Parisian Male in the SpringCarin Olsson

The creative, sometimes, wildly eccentric outfits seen on the streets of London and New York, are relegated to sporadic night-time appearances under the cover of darkness in Paris.

HiP Paris Blog, Olof Grind, Parisian Male in the SpringOlof Grind

Stepping out in anything risky during daylight hours might put you in the firing line of Parisian mirth and scorn. Surprisingly for a city, which is often referred to as the world’s fashion capital, there is an overall conservative, even uniform, approach to dressing.

HiP Paris Blog, [auro], Parisian Male in the Spring[auro]

Just in case you think otherwise, in Paris, cheap will definitely never be in. The general rule of thumb is this: the Parisian woman gives the impression of being effortlessly chic (you can be guaranteed there was nothing effortless about it); and the Parisian man is generally more polished than say your average New Yorker or Londoner – he would never consciously leave the house in a creased shirt, for example. Continue Reading »

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The Broken Arm: Paris’ Latest Concept Store & Restaurant in the Marais

Situated on a quiet, sunny corner in the 3rd arrondissement across from the Square du Temple, The Broken Arm is Paris’s newest concept store-cum-café. It’s already attracting a small crowd of creative types — and the inevitable bobo or twelve — to wile away the the afternoon browsing in its clean, bright retail space or sip excellent coffee and tea in its adjacent coffee shop.

The Broken Arm was founded by Guillaume Steinmetz, Anaïs Lafarge, and Romain Joste after four years of running the fashion and lifestyle website De Jeunes Gens Modernes together, and the shop carries the brands that the founders had long admired and featured on their online magazine.

When asked about the idea behind the brands in the shop, Steinmetz says that there is no singular aesthetic that they are going for; the owners developed a clear idea of the designers they wanted to work with during their time running the magazine and decided to feature them in their retail space. The carefully curated collection includes clothing brands such as Patrik Ervell, Carven, Kenzo, and Gyakusou, as well as lifestyle items such as handmade cutting boards, high-end office supplies, and design books.

The founders recognize that the products they carry aren’t necessarily going to appeal to everyone, but that isn’t really the point. “The most important thing is the mood of the place and how [the customers] feel inside the place,” says Steinmetz. The unpretentious décor reflects this idea — the store is laid out in clean Scandinavian lines flanked by bright white walls and untreated wood shelves that put all the attention on the bright colors of the items on display. Continue Reading »

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Paris Fashion Week Fall-Winter 2013: A Recap In Images

HiP Paris Blog, Carin Olsson, Ulyana Sergeenko at Paris Fashion Week FW13

Right: Ulyana Sergeenko

After the models have walked for Marc Jacobs in New York, Christopher Bailey in London, and Roberto Cavalli in Milan, it’s time for them to light up the runways right here in Paris.

HiP Paris Blog, Carin Olsson, Paris Fashion Week FW13

HiP Paris Blog, Carin Olsson, Viviana Volpicella and Chiara Ferragni Paris Fashion Week FW13

Left: Viviana Volpicella & Right: Chiara Ferragni

For most Parisians, this week isn’t any different from any other week of the year. A few restaurants and hotels might be a bit busier than usual, but other than that, you wouldn’t necessarily notice it’s fashion week in Paris if you don’t want to.

HiP Paris Blog, Carin Olsson, Anna dello Russo at Paris Fashion Week FW13

Anna Dello Russo

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