Coco Chanel once said “Simplicity is the keynote to all true elegance.” French fashion has a certain je ne sais quoi about it. A Parisian woman can wear jeans and a t-shirt and yet they still manage to look stylish. As fashion week is about to kick off in Paris, starting on the 28th of February to March 7th, we here at A La Carte went digging to find it’s origins. Turns out French fashion has a long history, starting with Louis XIV who was well-known for his love of luxury and fashion. In 1675, King Louis XIV passed a law creating the Parisian seamstresses’ guild, which was the first step towards the establishment of Haute Couture in the 19th century.
In 1868, the Union of Haute Couture was first established as a safeguard for the high fashion industry. Fashion designers had to fulfill certain criteria to be considered as Haute Couture. The birth of fashion shows was in 1945, when the Union of Haute Couture set into place a set of rules regulating fashion houses. The designs had to be made-to-order for private clients and had to employ a certain amount of people in their workshops, as well as being required to present a seasonal collection that included a minimum of 35 runway walks, including daytime and evening wear, to the press.
The French Fashion Federation organized an event in 1973 that combined Haute Couture, Ready-to-Wear and Men’s Fashion into one show that was held at the Versailles Palace. The event raised more than 53 million euros that was used to restore the famous palace. This was the birth of the Fashion Week as we know of today.
Even before Chanel, Dior and Givenchy, the French have been an inspiration to the rest of the world when it comes to fashion. Endless articles can be found with tips on how to dress like the French, considered some of the world’s chicest. Paris Fashion Week takes place bi-annually during which some of the most prestigious Paris events are attended by celebrities, fashion designers and admirers alike.
The majority of the runways are held at the Carrousel du Louvre, a space below the Louvre Museum where the pyramids famously meet. However these are strictly reserved for fashion professionals. For those fashion fanatics that want to experience some of fashion week while in Paris, several of the large department stores including Printemps and Galeries Lafayette, put on fashion shows that are open to the public. Contact Printemps or Galeries Lafayette for more information or reservations.
Of course, French style is not limited to fashion as our A La Carte Design team can attest to. Often when our team enters an apartment for the first time, they know that they have their work cut out for them. Our Eiffel Rue Cler apartment is a perfect example, our design team changed the floor plan of the apartment to create a spacious living area
The corner kitchen was torn out to create a larger bedroom and displaced in the living room. Thanks to our design team, this apartment is now one of our clients favorite home. Take a look at the full transformation here.
Situated in the fashionable 7th district, the prime location of this apartment on the Rue Cler paired with the abundance of cafés and chic boutiques within walking distance, makes it the ideal home away from home. At the moment guests can also benefit from a special booking rate so what are you waiting for?
Contact us for more information and to book your most fashionable Paris stay today!
P.S. Take a look at more current renovations that our team are working on and follow along with their progress at our A La Carte Invest blog.