Being able to spend time with some of my blogger friends was the highlight of my visit to Paris. Above, enjoying a coffee and people watching en terrasse at Les Deux Magots.
Josephine arrived mid-day on a Sunday, and after a quick lunch near the hotel, we went straight to the Musée des Arts Decoratifs to see the amazing exhibition, “Christian Dior, Couturier du Rêve.” I took so many photos, and have been editing and selecting the best ones to show you. (Updated: here’s the post: Christian Dior, Couturier du Rêve . )
After the exhibition, we wandered through the Jardin des Tuileries, stopping to take some photos along the way.
Because it was Sunday and we hadn’t made any dinner reservations, we decided to take a chance and stand in line at le comptoir. Yes, I ate there two nights in a row. Both meals were fabulous, and we split the apple tart for dessert which was mind-blowingly good.
Monday we didn’t have anything specific on the schedule, so decided to do a bit of retail reconnaissance, people-watching and style snapping.
Autumn, Paris Style
One of the trends we observed was outerwear in shades of red, burgundy, rust, and even orange! Whether puffers, trenches or wool coats, we noticed a lot of women wearing this range of colors. Even le chien was on board.
Les Manteaux Rouges
A few other trends I noticed, but wasn’t able to capture as many images of…
- Patterned or textured coats and jackets. Even if a softer fabric, almost all of the outerwear I observed has shape and structure. I didn’t see many voluminous or oversized coats or jackets.
- Puffer jackets in shorter lengths.
- Classic trench coats are still ubiquitous, either in tan or black. I also noticed several women wearing longer, more drapey styles.
- Anoraks or parkas with faux-fur accents, especially on the hood. Noticed more of these later in my visit as the weather cooled down and turned rainy. Usually in olive or khaki, occasionally black.
- Metallic, embellished or studded footwear. As the weather turned cooler, ankle boots began to make an appearance. One look I noticed on several women (of all ages) was a short skirt with opaque black tights or leggings and short moto-style boots. (I really liked the look and may give it a try myself.) In the collage above, both of the women on the right (in the studded, quilted boots above and the metallic sneakers below) were by my best guess both in their seventies.
Les Chaussures Embellies
We ogled these pastry shop windows, and stopped in some chocolate shops to pick up goodies to take home to our respective Messieurs. We might have tasted a few too…
The second night of Josephine’s visit, we enjoyed dinner at les editeurs. The decor is reminiscent of a personal library or study, and feels comfortable and welcoming. It was wonderful French fare on the traditional side, and I opted for the steak frites. It was quite filling so we skipped dessert.
The last morning of Josephine’s visit, we spent some time shooting outfit and scenery photos in the Jardin du Luxembourg, despite some intermittent showers. It’s one of my very favorite places in Paris.
I love this picture of Josephine. She has such a great smile! I hope we’re able to meet up again sometime next year.
What styles have piqued your interest this fall?