I usually consider myself to be a passive rather than active fashion lover. Have I been known to browse fashion magazines and blogs? Yes! Does my real-world personal style usually reflect my inner style affinities? Not exactly. Nevertheless, I’m always up for a good fashion exhibit or better yet, a fashion show! So when my mom came to visit me in Paris this summer, I thought it would be the perfect time to check out the free Galeries Lafayette fashion show. Here’s what you should know if you’re planning on attending the free show at major French department store the next time you’re in Paris:
1. Plan ahead:
From making your reservation online to the time you show up the day of the show, it’s best to plan ahead and be early to avoid stress. I booked my reservation for two people about two weeks before the show in June and received a confirmation email the next day. Note that the season and the number of people who have already reserved can affect availability. Your best bet is to make your reservation as early as possible.
2. Treat it as light-hearted fun:
Paris Fashion Week this is not. If you go into the show expecting an elite fashion event, you’ll probably be disappointed. However, if you want to enjoy fashion in a fun and free way, then this might be the show for you. The models are professional, but the show is held in a small room at one of the upper levels of the department store, so there’s a small stage instead of a sprawling runway. You’re more likely to hobnob with families with teens or solo travelers than fashion editors. That said, my mom and I definitely enjoyed the show.
3. Make a day of it:
The Galeries Lafayette show only lasts 30 minutes, so it’s best to combine the outing with other activities. Luckily, the surrounding Opera district has lots of other fun options. While at the Galeries Lafayette, you could take a trip to the building’s rooftop terrace to get an impressive view of Paris for free. You could also take a tour of the beautiful Opera Garnier for 11 euros. And of course there’s shopping. In addition to major department stores Galeries Lafayette and Printemps, there are many famous chains like Zara, H&M, Mango and Uniqlo in the area.
For another take on the Galeries Lafayette fashion show experience as well as helpful tips, check out Independent Travel Cats.
Reserve your spot for a Galeries Lafayette fashion show (shows organized every Friday at 3 p.m.).