Whether you're planning a weekend break or you're in town for Paris Fashion Week, who better than blogger-turned-designer Margaux Lonnberg to guide you through the best the city of love has to offer?
Paris Fashion Week: Margaux Lonnberg's inside guide
What are the highlights of Paris Fashion Week for you?
What excites me the most is all the effervescence around the designers and their newest creations. Paris is one of the biggest venues for the international fashion week and its power of attraction is palpable. Beyond the traditional parties hosted in fancy places like le Montana and le Baron, welcoming the most famous portraits of the fashion week, you can also find some of them in some less selective bars like le Mansart, le Charlot, le Candelaria or le Progrès. This gives me the impression of the “borderless” side of fashion that I like so much.
Fashion week shows and parties aside, what are the must-visit spots for…
...a bite to eat?
For lunch, le Miznon (22 Rue des Ecouffes, 75004). In the heart of the Jewish Marais district, it's a pleasant looking bar that serves pitas filled with all the energy from Tel Aviv street food, orchestrated by Eyal Shani. It’s a bit like the pita’s sweetness kingdom. For dinner, Anahi (49 Rue Volta, 75003), one of my favourite restaurants, which has Argentinian specialities.
...a drink or two?
Le Mary Celeste (1 rue Commines, 75003). Either for the incredible cocktails the Mexican barman Carlos Madriz serves or the very international faun typical of this district, this spot is magnetic. Divine cocktails, simply put.
...hitting the shops?
...taking in the sights?
Musée Picasso. It was just renovated and is very exhaustive. It has the best pieces to admire in le Marais. La galerie Perrotin, nestled in a incredible location, is also a top curation with the most important contemporary artists. Le Café A (148 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Martin, 75010) and the Mouzaï district near the Buttes Chaumont, where you can find odd artists houses like a small village, are also favourites.
How would you describe Parisian style?
Parisian style is a sort of nonchalant elegance, an off-putting natural gait, that we translate into fine and simple cuts, sometimes close to masculinity but always highlighted by sophisticated materials that creates a strong and vulnerable silhouette at the same time.
Who are your favourite French designers?
Les Prairies de Paris and its founder Laetitia Ivanez, who managed to translate this nonchalant style to something that is chic and vintage, spontaneous and refined.
Margaux Lonnberg is available at Fenwick Bond Street.
By Alison Millington