The city of lights and the home of Haute Couture, Paris always seems to win the most fashionable award. Bright colours, monochrome looks, accessory stacks, vintage finds and designer labels, here’s a city that loves fashion and isn’t afraid to show it with citizens sporting trendsetting pieces with absolute ease. The streets are an endless parade of style! Little black dresses, pea coats, scarves and classic handbags are a few essential components of looking effortlessly chic and it seems like Parisian women have a special guidebook to navigate the pitfalls of fashion. It’s not what trend they are wearing, but how they wear them. Think clean lines, subtle make-up, playing with textures, neutral accessories and adhering to Coco Chanel’s rule: Before you leave the house, take a look in the mirror and take one thing off.”
Costume jewellery with a history attached is what Viange specialises in. Sourced by experts from across the world, their collection dates back to the 1930s and features exquisite pieces from Chanel, Christian Dior, Lanvin, Celine, Escada and many more iconic fashion houses. This unique collection of signed and unsigned earrings, bracelets, necklaces and brooches reflect the craftsmanship of a long ago era and tempt with their style.
Must do: Sip a glass of French rosé at one of the bistros outside the Eiffel Tower especially at nighttime. Have the freshly baked poulet baguettes with a cup of cafe au lait and end it with a pain au chocolat at any of the local artisan boulangerie.
Must have: If it’s Paris, it has to be Chanel. Our favourite piece is these gorgeous vintage ‘mademoiselle’ earrings from the house of Chanel. The solid gold setting exudes evening sophistication with just a hint of late 80s power dressing, these earrings have an incredibly playful touch that will bring out the quirky side of even the most corporate business outfit. Chanel lovers will fall head over heels for Viange’s quintessential Chanel woman figurine, who comes complete with mini 5.5 bag, signature Chanel three quarter sleeve jacket, Coco-esque brimmed hat and even the cheeky smile of a woman who knows she is impeccably dressed. And if you look closely, you can even see the fastenings on the figurine’s jacket and the ruffles on her blouse. Two words: absolutely adorable.
The Little Black Bow
It all started with a love for bows and vintage, and before they knew it best friends Annora and Khushboo had launched their label, The Little Black Bow. With no formal background in fashion, the duo succeeded against all odds, catering to a young clientele who love fashion. Romantic yet edgy, their collection evokes the memories of a long forgotten era of lace, hand fans, pearls, feathers, parasols and carriages, with a measure of mystique thrown in.
Must do: Tea at Ladurée and drinks at Chez Raspoutine, a VIP boîte and club, it used to be a bordello.
Must visit: L’Eclaireur, must go for the fashion savvy and Le Milliners at Lafayette Galleria for concentrated body oils from Chanel and the rest.
Must have: Lace crop top and tea length tutu skirt complete with our trademark vintage wallpaper print and vintage motif embroidery of chandeliers, birdcage, carriages, pocket watches, cheval mirrors and bows and roses.
This cosmopolitan designer was born in India and has lived part of her life in New York. Introduced to luxury at a young age by her father, she has explored her creativity with interior designing and decorating before finding her niche as a fashion designer. Currently selling in USA, her collections are crafted in fine fabrics and resonate with a sense of elegance. Floor length gowns, lace and cinched waistlines are a constant in all her collections.
Must visit: Marais for quirky jewellery
Must do: Try the Kusmi, a French tea brand available in a variety of colours and flavours.
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