Paris For Fashion Fiends
It goes without saying – but we’ll say it anyway – that you should begin by checking out YSL’s collection in the museum: admire dresses, accessories, costume sketches, video installations and much, much more in the elegant Second Empire mansion where the designer’s dedicated teams beavered away for 30 years.
Post-museum, join the creative crowd (clad in your best attire, natch) at Monsieur Bleu, where you can expect eye-candy a-go-go: from the beautiful people to the viewtiful scenery and sophisty fare. The staff are a little on the ‘sassy’ side, so perfect your own displeased pout in the bathroom mirror first.
Having refueled (and gained a few sartorial tips or two), shop athletically around Place Vendôme and Rue Saint-Honoré in the 1st arrondissement. Don’t miss Cartier, Louis V and Jaeger LeCoultre at the former; Colette, Starcow, Monies and Goyard on the latter.
Pastries are always on trend: try some of Paris’ best buttery specimens at Sébastien Gaudard, a diminutive darling of the style set, which serves and sells a toothsome array of sweet treats, from mille-feuille to marrons glacés. Calories schmalories.
Being fabulous requires maintenance: join the off-duty models, socialites and other A-list luminaries at David Mallett, a beautiful, private apartment-salon, which has won a loyal following for its discreet service, on-trend cuts, colouring and party 'dos, plus fab mani/pedis.
Don your most so-now ensemble, and expect drinks to match at the Experimental Cocktail Club, which proves that innovation in drinks – as in fashion – is a delicious thing. Tiny, sexy, young and funky, with a plush, chandeliered set-up and a tempting, heavyweight drinks list that hits the sweet spot every time, this slick operator puts a new spin on Parisian cocktails. Vive la bev-olution!
Musée Yves Saint Laurent / 5 ave Marceau, 8th / +33 1 44 31 64 00 / 10am-6pm Tue-Sun / museeyslparis.com
Monsieur Bleu / Palais de Tokyo / 20 ave de New York, 16th / +33 1 47 20 90 47 / lunch & dinner daily / monsieurbleu.com
Sébastien Gaudard / 22 rue des Martyrs, 9th / +33 1 71 18 24 70 / daily / sebastiengaudard.com
David Mallett / 14 rue Notre Dames des Victoires, 2nd / +33 1 40 20 00 23 / 10am-7pm Tue-Sat / david-mallett.com
Experimental Cocktail Club / 37 rue St-Sauveur, 2nd / +33 1 45 08 88 09 / daily / experimentalcocktailclub.fr