Any fashionista probably has a soft spot in their heart for Paris – the city of lights is also known as one of the capitals of the fashion world and has some of the best department stores and boutiques. ICON was fortunate enough to travel there again for a week to capture some of the magic and allure of Paris. Check out my finds and shopping adventures below!
Galleries Lafayette – One of the most famous and biggest department stores in Europe, Galleries Lafayette is in the Opera district of Paris. If you see the picture below you’re probably dying right now. The store is a magical call-back to the old-days of shopping and has small boutiques with a variety of merchandise inside including Zara, Isabel Marant and Pinko – a popular European brand. Nestled in between all the awesome fashion, designers and decor is a Moet & Chandon bar along with other small wine and cheese eateries.
Le Bon Marche – Is another great department store in Paris, not as ornate as Lafayette and geared a little more towards older ladies, it has a stiffer air, but still killer fashion!
Printemps – ANOTHER iconic department store right behind Galleries is a little more high-end, but still super trendy and fresh, kinda like Barneys New York.
I loved the outside decor of Givenchy and Yves Saint Laurent on Rue George V right off the Champs-Élysées.
The new flagship Michael Kors store in Paris.
Inside the Hermes store.
Another great find was Uniqlo – a new Japanese store that is poised to compete with H&M for high-street shopping dominance. Well priced, and well made basics like trousers, sweaters and T-shirts fill the fun and flirty racks of this minimalist store.
We also visited iconic and traditional sites in Paris like the Louvre Museum, Eiffel Tower and Arch de Triumph. Having been to Paris numerous times before I had seen all these places as a child, but as it was my husband’s first time I went again and I thoroughly enjoyed re-visiting these sites.
At the end of the trip we were sooo tired and happy to return home, but it was a fun and magical week nonetheless!
And at Harrods, Duty-Free, I almost bought this Givenchy, Nightingale purse, it was only $1,300 USD, compared to $1800 USD in the states.
Heading home in First Class on British Airways.
Read about my shopping adventures in London here.