The annual Paris Ready to Wear Fashion Week brings together a “who’s who” list of the world’s top models, designers and celebrity fashionistas. In keeping with the glamour and style associated with the event, most Fashion Week guides include a list of trendy restaurants and expensive hotels. But you don’t have to spend a lot of money to enjoy Paris Fashion Week. Here are some ideas for how you can be part of the magic while spending little or no money.
1. Try to get into the shows
Okay, so officially you need to be on “the list” to get into a Fashion Week show, but surely there are ways around this, right? If you’re daring enough, you might try sneaking into a show. Think you’re up for the challenge? Nhan from the blog My Love for Paris has some helpful strategies that just might work for you in her post “How to tackle Paris Fashion Week: A Guide for Newbies”.
2. See what the experts have to say
If you can’t make it to Paris for Fashion Week, all hope is not lost! Thanks to social media, you can get regular updates on the goings on of Fashion Week in virtually real time. While media powerhouses like Vogue and The New York Times offer full coverage of Fashion Week happenings, it’s often independent fashion bloggers who steal the show when it comes to bringing the styles of the PFW to our computer screens. Not sure what blogs to follow? Harper‘s Bazaar showcases a few bloggers you may want to check out this Fashion Week.
3. Take a strategic wander
Often, the best Fashion Week looks are found outside the shows. Street style both inspires and influences top fashion designers and “on the street” looks now are regularly the most talked about images of Fashion Week. If you’re in Paris during Fashion Week, this is the perfect time to engage in some serious people watching. You just might see some great Fashion Week styles. Check out the schedule of Fashion Week events to find some great people watching hotspots.
4. Celebrate Fashion
It may not be an official holiday, but Fashion Week is the perfect time to celebrate fashion. Thankfully, there are plenty of ways to indulge in fashion-related activities in Paris during Fashion Week and beyond. Here are two museums you may want to check out:
Palais Galliera: The Paris Museum of Fashion offers regular exhibits on fashion today and through the ages. Learn about iconic brands and figures in fashion history. The adult entry fee for the short term exhibits is 9€.
Musée des Arts Décoratifs (Museum of Decorative Arts): This museum, located in the Palais du Louvre’s western wing, has regular exhibits drawing from its collection of more than 150,000 objects, including many costumes and fashion accessories ranging from the Middle Ages to today. The museum entry fee is 11€.
So what will you be doing during the next Fashion Week?