Paris Fashion Walk, Part I - Palais Royal
|Window shopping only - sorry for the glare!|
Just so that I don't misrepresent myself, I'm not a "fashionista". Comfort is what I usually look for in clothes and shoes, but since I'm always ready to learn something new, I threw on what I thought were some fashionable clothes and joined the "Paris Fashion Walk" tour offered by Paris Walks last Monday.
We started at the Place Colette in front of the Comédie Francaise and passed through the courtyard of the Palais Royale to 24 Galerie de Montpensier to do some window shopping, or as the French say, "window licking", in front of Didier Ludot's vintage, haute couture boutique.
|A true fashionista at Didier Ludot's boutique|
In addition to the items sold at his boutiques, Ludot has a stock of over 5,000 vintage garments, some of which are on loan to fashion museums. A visit to Didier Ludot's archive of fashion is part of the curriculum for students of fashion design, who examine the garments, inside and out, to learn how they were made.
Looking for the perfect little black dress? Ludot's other boutique, the appropriately named "The Little Black Dress", at 125 Galerie de Valois, features black dresses that were inspired by vintage creations and range from 300-5,000 Euros.
Other boutiques lining Designer Row in the Jardin du Palais Royal include, Stella McCartney, Acne, Rick Owens, Serge Lutens, and Maison Fabre.
The "Paris Fashion Walk" is an informative and entertaining introduction to the history of French fashion. Paris Walks does not offer the Fashion Walk on a regular basis, so it's advisable to check their schedule to see if it's offered while you're in Paris. They require reservations and payment in advance.
Update April 21, 2011: After all of the hype about Didier Ludot's vintage boutique, I wasn't that impressed when I stopped by today. I did, however, like quite a few of the dresses in "The Little Black Dress" boutique.
PART II of the Paris Fashion Walk.