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PARIS FASHION WEEK LUXURY TRAVEL ITINERARY | THE UBER X EXPERIENCE

A PARISIAN SUMMER IN JULY: EXPLORE PARIS IN STYLE IN COMFORT FROM FAMOUS CITY LANDMARKS, WORLD CLASS SHOPPING, PRESTIGE HOTELS TO VIBRANT NIGHTLIFE SCENE

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 Oui je t’aime Pari, a Bonjour from me in Paris for Couture Fashion Week, it’s my first time during the shows in the city so excited to see how it compares to London. It’s all about the morning cuisine and nothing does it better than starting your day with fancy coffee and croissants and who can forget the fois gras so you feel right at home in Paris. The last time I was here it was for a Christmas shopping trip for a long weekend break, but this time Fashion Week is a real treat for me.

DAY 1

I have arrived yesterday in Paris ready for the Rani Zakhem Couture show today! The plane journey from London Gatwick to Charles de Gaulle Airport was a short flight and you know Paris was even more beautiful once you get there, If you ever get to visit in Summer, there is so much culture to immerse yourself in the Parisian Chic vibes of this cosmopolitan city. All dressed up in a smart casual outfit I made my way to the shows of Paris Couture Fashion Week with an UBERX Luxury Car courtesy of the UBER Taxi App in France.

Uber Taxi App

Uber Taxi App

Uber Taxi App

Uber Taxi App

DAY 2

Day Two of the 2nd  leg at Paris Fashion Week started with 28 degrees Fahrenheit, that remind’s me it’s almost time for my UBER X car pick up soon.

My outfit was all about smart casual separates, statement sunglasses, comfortable suede footwear and leather jacket.

Please, take a moment and admire my favourite designer shades “Parisian Chic” – we all have our go to brands for effortless style

The day ended with a sumptuous lunch at The Peninsula Hotel on George V and the finest French Taittinger Champagne on the hotels roof top bar to Celebrate PFW

Uber Taxi App

Uber Taxi App

Uber Taxi App

Uber Taxi App

DAY 3

Next day my fashion week I caught up with my fellow Fashion Entourage for dinner at The Legendary Buddha Bar Paris followed by cocktail party. We all manage to coordinate for a smart monochrome look!

Arrived in Style with UBER X with a view of the Eifel Tower this evening on the way, I was wearing a full black and white look with minimal sleek details from DKNY and Ralph Lauren for the evening Fashion Week Event.

Uber Taxi App

Uber Taxi App

I hope you guys enjoyed my Parisian Fashion Week Experience of the Shows and Lookbook

Ciao, See you again next season

J xo

Editorial Disclaimer: As always all opinions will be my own I would never promote something i had not experienced myself as I always give honest feedback on a product or service regardless of who fits the bill. A huge special Thanks to UBER Taxi App France for sponsoring my rides during Couture Fashion Week Paris #AD

 

CITY GUIDE TO SHORT BREAKS IN PARIS: THINGS TO DO IN 72 HOURS

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Hey guys I’ve just returned from a recent trip to Paris for Haute Couture Fashion Week and can’t wait to share with you what I got up to while I was in town for the shows. It was my first ever haute couture catwalk show in Paris and season with Fashion House Atelier Rani Zakhem who showcased his latest Autumn Winter 2018/19 Haute Couture Collection.

Let me take you on a chic tour of the city and the best bits that Paris has to offer as there is lots to see and do.!

But time permitting wise I could only make the most of the time I had available in between the shows which were my main intentions for coming to Paris for Fashion Week at the same time do some sightseeing.

Getting around Paris is easy on foot via the Metro but being Fashion Week I would much prefer to use UBER France who kindly contributed towards my short trip in Paris to ensure my journey ran smoothly getting me to the Airport and the shows at Fashion Week.

HOTELS IN PARIS IDEAL FOR SHORT STAYS & BUSINESS TRIPS

Paris City Breaks

MECURE HOTEL GARD DE LYON  

During Fashion Week in Paris location is crucial as you need to be able to get around as easy as possible especially if you’re new to the city. A central location in Paris works best and is close to all the main attractions and within easy reach of the Eurostar at Gard Du Nord station via the TVG overground train that runs from central Paris to Charles de Gaulle Airport takes just under an hour.

Paris City Breaks

The Mecure Hotel Gard de Lyon is a great hotel that is very welcoming with it’s friendly staff and the rooms are very clean and cosy too with modern contemporary interiors including the separate wash room / bathroom. Security at the hotel is imperative to ensure the safety of its staying guest such as swipe entry card system for the main hotel entrance after hours. Most importantly all bloggers need Wifi with fast internet access so we can stay updated on social media and share our amazing experiences of our travels with you.

 Paris City Breaks

 

Top image: Twin Room Suite This image: Bathroom inside Hotel Suite


THINGS TO TRY AND EXPERIENCE


MUSSEE DU LOUVRE

The Louvre Museum has to be one of the most iconic landmarks in Paris and the perfect Instagram selfie opportunity to take some holiday snaps for my readers. Just like Somerset House in London as you enter the grounds of the Louvre you go through an archway to see beautiful grounds, breathtaking scenery and the Louvre within walking distance. During a hot summers day it’s a very good idea to cool off by the Louvre Fountain and take in the atmosphere and amazing architecture. There are some interesting buildings nearby and footpaths where you can also catch a glimpse of the Eiffel Tower.

Paris City Breaks

Paris City Breaks

Paris City Breaks

HAUTE COUTURE PARIS FASHION WEEK

When people think of Paris they imagine a city that is very Stylish with lots of culture and has a reputation for high luxury fashion that competes with other fashion capitals of the world London, New York and Milan. If you’re lucky to get an invite to any of the Couture shows don’t miss out the opportunity to see the latest international trends dominating the Parisian Catwalks is very special indeed.

Paris City Breaks

DESIGNER SHOPPING

RUE FAUBOURG SAINT HONORE 

For those of us who love to shop our favourite designer labels you can find all the big names of International Fashion House from Dior, Chanel to Gucci if you happen to take a stroll in this exclusive shopping area of Paris. It looks very charming and pretty and night.

 

RUE DES FRANCS BOURGEOIS

In Paris you are so spoilt for choice when I comes to leading brands as well as smaller brands and local boutiques can be found in this street is a shopping mecca for fashionistas to shop and drop all day long then take a break by finding somewhere to have a spot of lunch nearby is within easy reach of restaurant in the Saint Paul area.

ROOFTOP BARS WITH THE BEST VIEWS OF PARIS

LE ROOFTOP BAR – THE PENINSULA PARIS

 Paris City BreaksPhoto: Nadia Rashid

Before coming to Paris I already planned on making a visit to The Peninsula Hotel in Paris which is a luxury hotel within walking distance of the Arc de Triomphe. Le Rooftop bar is perched on the 6th floor of the hotel with panoramic views over Paris and the perfect opportunity to take a break from the hustle and bustle of city life.

It has to be one of my favourite hotels in town because the view of the Eifel Tower is rather breathtaking from the hotels roof terrace equip with separate restaurant and bar. The hotel staff were very polite and attentive during my late afternoon drinks as I enjoyed my cool glass of Tattinger Champagne with views overlooking Paris. It’s very grand here but I feel so much at home with it being in the middle of Haute Couture Fashion Week and is the place to be scene. Definitely check it out next time you’re in town and who knows I could be staying here next time.

Paris City BreaksPhoto: Nadia Rashid

 

THE BUDDHA BAR PARIS

Paris City Breaks

The Buddha Bar Paris brand is widely recognised for its cool ambience and stylish playlist catering to the fashionista crowd and International Jet-set clientele. It’s a very relaxing place to have drinks in into the late evenings and dinner too downstairs in the restaurant. This restaurant serves a selection of Pan European Asian Cuisine and I recommend that you make a reservation as it can get very busy but the atmosphere is such a great vibe and all you would expect from a luxury restaurant and bar. The decor interior is very tranquil and gives you that feeling of transporting you to South East Asia and founded by the same owner of Barfly Bar Paris.

 

 

 

DISCOVER A TASTE OF CULTURE THROUGH CUISINE

 

MIZNON PARIS

Paris City Breaks

If you’re near Saint Paul in Paris you need to check out Miznon an Israeli restaurant specialising in grilled cuisines which is the best pita I have ever tasted. Everything is prepared with amazing fresh ingredients and full of flavours such as the house style Kebab garnished with red onions, beef meat, mint leaves and assorted vegetables. This restaurant is located in a Jewish quarter of Paris but we also discovered the upmarket boutiques some French and International fashion brands can be found only a stone’s throw away within walking distance.

 

LA VOLTIGEUR

Paris City Breaks

As it happens if you take a stroll through the streets of Paris there are so many restaurants and cafe’s to try and you are so spoilt for choice. Sometimes it’s best not to plan where to eat and just find somewhere which is how I came across La Voltigeur. This restaurant is situated in the Stylish shopping area of Rue Des Francs Paris also in the Saint Paul Area and is the perfect place for a spot of lunch as you do some designer shopping. They have very yummy treats here such as cakes and my favourite dish Croque Monsieur which is a famous cheese and ham toasted French sandwich that comes with a delicious side salad dressing.

EAST MAMMA

Paris City Breaks

If you’re a fan of authentic Italian food you will find exceptional food and friendly service at East Mamma Restaurant  and is very popular on the Parisian Scene with the locals too. East Mamma is part of the Big Mamma Restaurant group and serves the most exquisite dishes from Fresh Pasta, Pizza, Salads to sumptuous Deserts. During my dinner I decided to try their Pizza Napoletana Red Hot Burrata which comes with a spicy tomatoes sauce, hot sausage and topped with plenty of Mozzarella cheese for texture.  If you like pasta I would highly recommend the Gnocchi Alla Sorrentina served with fresh tomatoes, basil and mozzarella. All portions of food served is a very large size suitable for 2 people to share which is very filling.

Paris will always have a special place in my heart and would like to immerse myself in the language and culture next time I visit again for Fashion Week.  They call Paris the City of Lights for a reason so come visit this wonderful intriguing city and experience it for yourself.

Disclaimer: A special thank you to UBER for partnering with me during this trip and contributing towards my travel journeys in Paris. In any case, as always, all opinions will be my own.

WHAT IT’S REALLY LIKE BEING A BLOGGER IN PARIS | A DAY IN THE LIFE AT COUTURE FASHION WEEK

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Paris is the original birth place of the Haute Couture Houses from Dior, Vionet to Chanel and there always seems to be an expectation of Paris to be very stylish from a Fashion point of view.

 It was such an honour to be invited personally to attend a catwalk show in Paris especially as a blogger as I was wondering if I was the only one from London and would there be anyone else I knew here to keep me company. The Paris Fashion Scene is very new to me but really impressed by the high standards and presentation of such Fashion Designer’s Rani Zakhem as he debuted his Haute Couture Autumn Winter 2018/19 collection to the International press, style influencers and celebrities.

PARIS HAUTE COUTURE FASHION WEEK

It was such an honour to be invited personally to attend a catwalk show in Paris especially as a blogger as I was wondering if I was the only one from London and would there be anyone else I knew here to keep me company. The Paris Fashion Scene is very new to me but really impressed by the high standards and presentation of such Fashion Designer’s Rani Zakhem as he debuted his Haute Couture Autumn Winter 2018/19 collection to the International press, style influencers and celebrities. As soon as I arrived I just couldn’t wait to explore the city on foot and be immersed in a city full of culture and intrigue.

paris fashion week bloggers

paris fashion week bloggers

 In Paris the fashion show production efforts made is just on another level with all the fine details, polished floors to the beautiful grade II listed buildings set the standard very high during fashion week here.

paris fashion week bloggers

Atelier Rani Zakhem is a Couturier Fashion Designer based in Lebanon but has showcased his work in the fashion capitals such as London, Rome and most notably Paris for his collections each season.

Even during the shows the Press Team from the French PR Agency have usher’s that walk you over to your assigned seat which is great hospitality. But in London this rarely even happens as you have to navigate your seat on your own and a tight squeeze for space so it’s always good to give yourself plenty of time before the shows.For me it was very special to see it up close as sometimes it can take up to two years to produce a new collection for some Couture Houses is a known fact.

paris fashion week bloggers

paris fashion week bloggers

paris fashion week bloggers

 Zakhem returns this season with a vibrant and sparkling tribute to the combating and combative woman, Amazone of all jungles and Glamazonian, seductive when like a warrior goddess, she appears in her crystal armour.

paris fashion week bloggers

paris fashion week bloggers
A look on the Runway during the Rani Zakhem show


Signature Pieces in the Collection


My favourite looks that came down the Runway included a piece in the collection such as the black spencer jacket with red black and gold crystals in clusters on an incendiary sheath or on the sleeves looked very classic.

Themes for this collection explore the poetry of an imaginary jungle where Rani Zakhem envisions his muse as the glamazone and delicate guardian of a paradise.

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Photography Nadia Rashid

In celebration of this nature there was a feeling of dark romance that had a spellbinding effect in a crinoline creation, fluttering black tulle with scattering of crystals evoking a spider in its precious cobweb.

What I admired about the collection most is that it represents women who appear, strong, but sensual where authority appertains to her and lives in her evidently with elegance. Subtle references from Yves Saint Laurent, Marc Bohan and Azzedine Alaia punctuate the couture vocabulary of Rani Zakhem, between a Saharienne detail, a draped moulage, the powerful minimalism of a white dress enhanced by a slight ornament to create a dream worthy wedding dress. Apparently couture fashion week is where all the wedding dress trends are born to embody each season by a new muse of the moment.

If you ever have the chance to attend Fashion Week in Paris I highly recommend it as it’s a place of culture and the centre of fashion where all the latest ground breaking trends happen.

Have you ever attended Fashion Week in Paris – would love to hear your own experiences. Remember to follow along with The Joey Journal’ on Instagram the_joey_journal

THE BEST STREET STYLE AT PARIS HAUTE COUTURE FASHION WEEK AW 18

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The Joey Journal is on the scene in Paris photographing the best street style looks outside the shows. See what the ultra stylish and street style stars are wearing to sit front row at Rani Zakhem and more top shows. Paris Fashion Week goers wore like bold block tones and popular choices of clothing on the streets were eye popping sleek tailoring in ‘Haute RED!’ as standout loud pieces. Get all your Paris Fashion Week Street Style inspiration here of all our favourite showstopping outfits of the week.

DUNHILL CELEBRATES LCM WITH SUMMER PARTY

DUNHILL UNVEILS NEW EYE WEAR COLLECTION FOR MEN - SPRING SUMMER 2017

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If you’re a lover of slightly warmer weather which we’ve been getting lately in London then you’ll agree with me that Sunglasses are the perfect accompaniment to compliment your summer wear attire. It’s definitely one of those must have accessories which you can update infrequent or frequently should a new pair catch your eye. We all have our favourite pair we love the most but I do tend to occasionally like to switch up my style quite a bit when it comes to investing a classic pair of sunglasses. So why not start just here at – The Dunhill Summer Party!

 

Model Tom Warren modelling SS 17 by Dunhill London

Jim Chapman GQ Editor, Actor Joe Dempsey attend the Dunhill Summer Party!

It’s the Last stop of the evening of my men’s fashion week schedule and saving the best til last to celebrate the launch of their new eye wear collection. The brand hosted an elegant cocktail party! while meanwhile down the street in the Mayfair area another private party was going on at Burberry at the same time.

The Dunhill party tonight is amazing and even better when you bump into familiar faces makes it more fun to catch up with the movers and shakers of the fashionista crowd. Also, the hidden gem of the evening had to be the Dunhill Cinema hidden discreetly in the basement where you could chill out for a brief moment and enjoy a cocktail in peace if you wished. But, it seemed the party got into full swing and well under way with the arrival of Stars Joe Dempsey from Game of Thrones during the LCM presentation. Just some of the snaps from last nights summer party!

 

To find out more about Dunhill please visit;

 

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Disclaimer: Many Thanks to Dunhill London for inviting me along to preview the new Spring Summer 2017 Sunglasses Collection during London Collections Men. As always all opinions will be my own and I always review brands which I love to always give my honest feedback by personal choice.