Parisian Chic Off-the-Beaten Path

PARIS--If you're tired of seeing the same styles everywhere, take heart!  There are still plenty of fashion choices out there for both men and women with style--you just have to take time to seek them out. Insider France is happy to share some of its addresses...

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My Top Ten Outings for the Fall

PARIS--By October, our tans have faded and we are back to wearing boots and pants, if not parkas, pea coats and sweaters. Even if you see the odd pink coat in the store windows, we are already bracing for the rainy season and at last,...

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A New Take on the Paris Flea Market

St. Ouen, France--If you can't find that coveted Birkin, Kelly or Constance bag at the flagship Hermès store in Paris, never mind. If you can't source a quilted goatskin Chanel bag or elegant pearl necklace at an affordable price, it's not a problem. Worry about counterfeits...

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Fashion Week in Paris: Beyond the Usual Clichés

This week, Anne-Florence Schmitt contradicted four prevalent clichés in the weekly Madame Figaro: 1) "Designers are cut off from the world." Not so: they are constantly in touch with the street and the times. 2) "Fashion is shallow and superficial." Not so: it establishes social benchmarks, hierarchies, uniforms. 3)...

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Adventures in Hipster Shopping Paradise

What would a company offering specialized shopping tours be without knowing all the ins and outs about all the best shops? And how does one stay up to date on all the latest and greatest without an afternoon outing every so often? Early Thursday afternoon was a...

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On Revisiting Retail for the 21st Century (Part Two)

From her creation of innovative trend books and audiovisuals since the 1980s to lifestyle analysis and research conducted for the world’s leading brands today, Lidewij Edelkoort has pioneered trend forecasting as a profession. She announces the concepts, colours and materials which will be in fashion two or...

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