Posted on: June 29, 2017 /
No place on earth says fashion like Paris. Home to the world’s most exclusive trend-setting fashion designers, Paris has long been renowned for the excitement and glamour of its unparalleled fashion scene. A trip to Paris brings you to the heart of this fast-paced world of design and opens the doors to a shopping experience that can be found nowhere else.
Did you know that the term “haute couture” is regulated by law in France? Only members of the exclusive Syndical Chamber for Haute Couture, who present their fashion collections twice annually, can actually use the term. Each article of clothing is made from scratch and is tailored specifically for the customer. The giants of fashion, Pierre Cardin, Coco Chanel and Christian Dior are just some of the designers belonging to this elite group.
Incredibly expensive, haute couture clothing is beyond the means of most. It is estimated that a mere 2,000 women globally actually purchase couture clothing, most definitely an exclusive group!
If a price tag of $20,000 to over $100,000 is a little too steep for a custom haute couture gown, perhaps a trip to one of the many fashion-shopping districts in Paris is in order. Parisians love to shop and the city is host to some of the most fabulous shopping experiences in the world. The idea of concentrated shopping districts originated in France with the many shopping arcades and grand magasins, or department stores, around the city, some in existence for hundreds of years. Shopping in Paris Video.
Visiting Paris’ historic department stores brings magnificent architecture and trend-setting fashion together for a unique shopping experience. Whether you arrive for the brightly decorated holiday season or at the height of the summer tourist season, the magnificent Printemps, La bone Marche, La Samaritaine and Les Galleries Lafayette offer shoppers the ultimate in chic Parisian clothing, perfumes, jewelry, fine cosmetics and trendy accessories.
Printemps has been offering French fashion to the discriminating buyer for almost 150 years. Wander this magnificent store sampling the finest the fashion world has to offer. Department after department presents a wide range of women’s fashions, from beachwear to grand ball gowns. Would you like to sit, relax and have a Parisian makeup session? Let the cosmetic experts show you how to rival Parisian beauties with the secret of makeup.
Don’t miss the fashion shows presented here each week. Free for groups of 14 or more and only 10 Euros for individuals, you can see the latest fashions presented in an intimate setting of the store’s private lounge. For a change of pace, be sure to catch one of the workshops where you can learn all about the intricacies of design embellishments like embroidery and sequins.
Le Bon Marche, the first department store to open in Paris has been compared to a cathedral in its opulence and grandeur. You can literally shop ’til you drop in this fabulously elegant store. Focusing on the fine arts as well as the preeminent fashion designers of Paris, Le …