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Friday, 17 April 2015

Paris is Always a Good Idea

Paris is always a good idea. It really is, the culture is beautiful, I love speaking the language and in terms of fashion there is no one more chic than a Parisian.

Earlier last month I was lucky enough to visit the beautiful city with my university course. I am currently studying fashion journalism at LCF, so a trip was scheduled to go for three days, where we would go to lots of fashion exhibitions, see the sights, and of course eat lots of food! It was so lovely to spend some time with my friends and uni, and the weather was beaut when we first arrived. I had visited paris a couple of times, but was still determined as ever to make sure I visited all the sights. In three days I managed to see the Eiffel Tower (which always be my favourite), the Arch de Triomphe, Notre Dame, the Sacre Couer, Lock bridge to name a few. One thing I love about Paris is that wherever you are in the city centre, you can always see more than two landmarks. They are all very close and I think it looks beautiful. Why wasn’t I born in Paris?!

On our first day we went to visit the YSL Exhibit, where we had a guided tour around Yves’ original studio, which had been preserved since his death in 2008. I have always been really interested in YSL’s story, so I found this tour really engaging. We learnt about his story, that he was born in Algeria and was inquisitive about fashion from a very young age, creating clothes for his sisters. After winning an annual design competition in paris, coming first over Karl Lagerfeld might I add, he got his big break when he caught the eye of Christian Dior. We also learnt about  how Yves played an integral role in womenswear and how he challenged the ideals of women’s fashion in the late 50’s. A poignant piece Saint Laurent created was ‘Le Smoking’, which in other words was one of the first suits for women. The most fascinating part of the tour was seeing his desk, with all of his art books and drawings still up on the wall. It was amazing.

On our second day we visited the Musee Galleria, which held an exhibition devoted to Jeanne Lanvin. This exhibition allowed us to walk into many rooms filled with sketches, accessories and extraordinary garments that were all hand made. They were truly stunning, and extremely intricate. I unfortunately wasn’t able to take any pictures inside, but I really don’t think they would do the garments any justice anyway! Due to the fact she was at the height of her career in the 1920’s, it allowed her work to include detailed embellishments, especially on the flapper dresses and floor length gowns. The time and effort it must of taken to create each and every piece is what truly fascinated me and blew me away. They looked very heavy too – I bet you would be aching after an hour or two!

The last exhibition we attended was the Louis Vuitton Foundation. The location of this exhibition was gorgeous as it was just outside the centre, and was surrounded by gardens. The building itself was amazing, very ‘art deco’, and futuristic. Although named after the fashion the notorious LV, the exhibition wasn’t for fashion, but instead a centre of modern art, promoting and showcasing new upcoming artists. I find modern art pretty confusing, I feel I should understand it more but I can’t see past seeing it as it is rather than the hidden meaning. Although it wasn’t exactly for me, I did find it really interesting, and I am glad I went to see what it was all about. There was a room which housed Kanye’s new song ‘All day’, in collaboration with Paul McCartney. I knew Kim and Kanye were at the LV Foundation not to long ago!

Apart from the exhibitions and landmarks, how can you go to paris and not have food? The food in paris, especially the cakes and macaroons are unreal. I made sure I explored lots of different foods in paris, including snails! Here are a few other pictures from my trip. I think the photo below is one of my all time favourite photo’s I have ever taken. Definitely getting it canvassed!

All in all it was a very busy, packed, three days but it was amazing. Paris is by far my most favourite place in the world, and with this trip I saw beautiful sights, great company and scummy food!

Until Next Time, Emma x

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