Paris Buying Trip SS20

Well this Paris fashion week had an eventful start…Louise and I set off super early on the flight from Southampton arriving in Paris before you were all awake!

Heading to my secret find of a hotel in Rue Cambon, we were delighted to be upgraded to one of their gorgeous suites. I travelled to say the least, ‘très casual’ and to my horror we couldn’t check into the hotel until 2pm. Heading off to the trade fair in what I would wear on a Saturday evening on the sofa, I have to say I certainly didn’t look like one of the ‘fashion crowd’!

Nevertheless, undeterred arriving at the exhibition on a mission to find some great things for pre-Christmas and next summer for all you fashion hungry ladies.

Highly amused by our lack of glamour, Louise and I arrived at our first trade show in the tents at The Tulleries. As always, we bumped into a few of our existing brands, the lovely Hayley Menzies was looking great in her signature Tigress coat styled with all black underneath. As we were on a mission to find some new accessories, purely by chance I was waiting for Louise whilst she took a call and out of the corner of my eye a stylish, simple jewellery stand drew me over.  Fabulous moulded statement rings bejewelled with semi precious stones from a French designer named, Back Alchemy. This was a find indeed and excited at our discovery we selected some beautiful rings for a pre-Christmas delivery. Gorgeous gifting was found at Chan Lau whose necklaces, earrings and tie bangles are delicate and feminine with a Boho vibe.

Feeling satisfied with our buys we headed back to the hotel to check in and take a shower. Then the fun began when the shower water didn’t drain away! Reception was called and after much deliberating the hotel management advised us we would not only have to move room, but hotel too as they were fully booked. Every cloud has a silver lining; with the hotel we were moved to only having a beautiful suite overlooking The Louvre, Tulleries and the Eiffel Tower available. Suitably upgraded to match our designer clothes; we enjoyed this Paris buying trips accommodation as never before, or ever again!

That first evening we headed off to meet our fellow fashion buddies Helene and Christina from Bernard’s for supper at their favourite French restaurant. We stopped for charcuterie and a Mojito in Marche St Honore en route; then we had a gentle stroll across the 1st arrondissement taking in the atmosphere of a Saturday evening in Paris. So after lots of fashion chat, wine and laughs we headed back to our newly upgraded hotel suite assured a great view to wake up to!

Up early the next morning with a quick croissant and coffee on the go, we headed off to our first appointment at Vince. Gorgeously understated, the Vince collection didn’t disappoint. Subtle hues of cream, beige and caramel carry over from this autumn into spring in soft feminine wrap skirts, dresses and wide leg pants. The Vince summer collection echoed the glamorous era of 70’s grown up dressing.

We headed off to Place Vendome to do our next appointment at Chinti and Parker where beautiful panelled bias cut dresses in bold blues and greens caught our attention; for sure they will be on next summer’s order. We slipped into the back room at Chinti to take a peek at Olivia Von Halle’s silk PJ’s and dresses. Seduced by the bold silk print in dramatic apple green and black Panther prints we placed an order. I was delighted to think that Stanwells customers will be heading out for dinner in Olivia’s glamorous silk PJ’s with heels!

Just across the entrance we moved over for our next appointment at Veronica Beard. Think New York, cool girl chic, statement jackets with jeans, ruched chiffon print skirts and heavenly dresses that sum up the summer Verona Beard collection. Lilac leopard and soft pink tweeds with a highlight of watermelon were the colour choice for next season.

Over to the Ritz hotel then to see a new brand for next summer, Love Shack Fancy. A girly New York brand known for its pretty floral, sexy collections. Fabulous lace trimmed print dresses and lots of smocking. Wow those girls made that hotel suite their own; fanciful and fun it was everything a French boudoir should be. 

All this buying had made us hungry so that evening we dined at a classic French bistro called Flottes that I had been to before. No need to look at the menu here…fish soup for me and Louise went for delicious moule and frites…

The next day the torrential rain was a challenge for dressing with style. We headed to see our old friend Xavier at Prêt Pour Partir. His collection was great and having chosen next summer’s collection Louise and I headed off with two new raincoats ourselves, looking more stylish in the rain than when we arrived!

Excited about our new purchases the next stop was Golden Goose on Rue St Honore. There was a cool cowgirl theme going on there, which needless to say, being a cowgirl at heart, I loved! Western shirts and fringed gilets were the best picks at the RTW; the sneakers were gorgeous in green snake print and multi-coloured runners were the highlights of this cool Italian collection.

One of my personal favourites, IRO did not disappoint with its sexy take on Parisian street style. Pale blue printed chiffon midi dresses, knee high suede boots and white crochet cropped jackets were the stand out pieces for me. The softest honey coloured leather pants teamed with a chiffon blouse and a pale tweed v-front jacket was also a key look in next summer’s IRO collection.

That evening we felt we had earnt a hearty supper so we headed off to La Regulade. The menu is limited and you order all three courses together. I can say I managed all my three courses including my favourite rum baba; Louise was defeated before her meringue arrived, not quite managing to finish. A great restaurant, but we will remember to go there hungry next time!

The next day the first appointment was in The Marias at Jerome Dreyfuss; always a beautiful collection and next summer’s offering was gorgeous. Lots of white leather trimmed with tan, as well as toffee leather trimmed with yellow snake print and burgundy suede; this colour was the choice on the selection on the larger everyday bags. The bright yellow and bubblegum pinks leather we reserved for the smaller styles…  

Our final appointment was at Vanessa Bruno. A vibrant Mexican theme was dominant through this well respected Parisian label. Opting to go vibrant; the selection of hot, hot pinks, burnt orange and cobalt blue panelled skirts, tiered dresses, striped culottes and ruffle sleeved tops are sure to bring some Latino fun into next summer’s wardrobes…

So that’s it for the buying for SS20. All in all an exciting season with oversized 70’s boxy jackets trending, especially in white. Lilacs, both in suiting and pretty floral maxi dresses. Trouser suits that have gone bold in a shock of pink with red trim. 

We are still seeing the skirt going from strength to strength, both pleated and wrap. Crochet both in jackets and tops. Wide leg pants with easy slouchy cashmere sweaters. Tan leather footwear and lots of white handbags. Bold and bright too in fuchsia, yellow and paired down with tan.

Altogether a grown up season, just like how my mother dressed with everyday, effortless style back in the 70’s…

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