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Tuesday, March 15th 2011

Paris Fashion Week Journal: Our Week in the Style Capital

Shopbop Style Director Morgan Wendelborn and Shopbop Fashion Director Kate Ciepluch. Photo by Courtney D’Alesio

For more from our trip to Paris, check out our Facebook album.

Thursday, March 3
We landed at Charles de Gaulle at 9 am and had to make it to Palais de Tokyo in time for the Zac Posen runway show at 11. A lightning-speed stop to check into L’Hôtel in Saint-Germain-des-Prés and change clothes, and we were off to the catwalk. Sculptural gowns in deep jewel tones contrasted nicely in the cold warehouse space—a very gothic feel.

After the show, we stepped into a gorgeous sunny day and made stops at the iconic Parisian shops—Chloé, Chanel, Céline—finally viewing all the lovely clothes we saw last fashion week in person. It’s the fashion cycle coming full circle.

Our afternoon was filled with showroom appointments, first with Opening Ceremony to view Rodarte’s second season. Watch for beaded pants, pleated skirts, and Fair Isle sweaters come fall. Next stop was London-based multiline showroom Robinson Pfeffer which set up shop on Rue Charlot. The meeting began with viewing some awesome product and ended with a little Côte du Rhône and a music discussion that led to some YouTube’ing.

Friday, March 4
First market appointment was at Tomorrow Showroom to view collections from Issa London, Willow, Lucy in Disguise, and exciting new designer Hakaan, who showed his second season in Paris the first day of fashion week.

Next up, we headed to London Showrooms, where we met outerwear designer Christopher Raeburn. His pieces are made from repurposed fabrics—a windbreaker was at one time a parachute. We also stopped to take a look at James Long, a British designer who until now had concentrated exclusively on menswear. His collection of tattered ivory knits and tassel dresses is really fresh.

Kate (right) with Pencey Designer Christina Minasian.

From there, we walked Parisian tradeshow Tranoi, where we discovered British designer Maria Grachvogel. Her easy, fluid, yet body-con shapes are patterned with deep, intense prints taken from her own artwork.

Then it was back to the hotel after a quiet dinner in Saint-Germain. Too jetlagged to sleep, we spent the night catching up on shows on our iPads.

Saturday, March 5
Another sunny day began with a meeting at the Ritz and a walk through MeMy Mode tradeshow, where we met a bohemian-type ex-pat from Boulder who designs jewelry line VK Lillie from Paris. Very cool leather pouches and stones on chains.

Faces painted red lent the Viktor & Rolf runway a devilish feel.

From there, we were off to the Viktor & Rolf runway show, where red face paint provided a devilish element to the presentation. We took another walk through Tranoi (watch for Roseanna to hit Shopbop this fall—you will love it!), and then to Sonia Rykiel for a Broadway-esque performance of a runway show. The models turned into actresses playing the part of a woman gallivanting in dresses of argyle, plaid, and intarsia knits.

The day ended with a stop at Collette, drinks at Café Ruc with our favorite guys from Robert Rodriguez, dinner at Dave, stops at Hotel Costes and Le Baron, and then bed!

Sunday, March 6
Sunday was a busy day of showroom appointments, including Tom Binns and Les Chiffoniers (we’re obsessed with their colorblock leather dress!). We grabbed food and sat in the sun in Le Marais before walking the D&A tradeshow, then finished the day with appointments at Vanessa Bruno and Zac Posen.

Monday, March 7
Our schedule was jam-packed with showroom appointments: Preen, Matthew Williamson (check out the runway show—SO COOL!), Viktor & Rolf, DSquared2, Plein Sud.

We headed across town for the Vanessa Bruno runway show at Palais de Tokyo and enjoyed a walk along the Seine post-show. Breathtaking views of a sparkling Eiffel Tower!

Dinner was at Mama Shelter. This restaurant/bar feels like a cool basement hangout: the walls are chalkboards, and the cocktails are named after rappers.

Chalkboard walls at Mama Shelter.

Tuesday, March 8
The day began at Temperley London where we viewed their quintessential bohemian-gone-glam collection. It’s their 10th anniversary, and there was a lot of excitement about the gorgeous range and our partnership, especially our bridal offering!

Our next appointment wasn’t until 7 pm, so we got to do some shopping, including Bon Marche (in my opinion, the best department store in the world!).

From there, we headed over to NY-based designer showroom Mackey Morgan. We fell pretty hard for newcomer Lyn Devon, a minimalistic collection that exudes chic and cool sophistication. Be on the lookout for styles on Shopbop this fall!

And then we said au revoir to Paris! We’ve got lots of orders to write!

--Kate & Morgan
Shopbop Fashion Director and Style Director

For more from our trip to Paris, check out our Facebook album.

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