Bisous, bérets and baguettes – those popular clichés describe the lifestyle of the typical Parisian pretty well. However, they might be true for the first impression. In fact, the real Parisian savoir vivre contains some more secrets, which we are about to relieve this month. As I am leaving for Paris Fashion Week today, the CARMITIVE crew and I will not only dedicate the following posts to the French city of love but also to its unique mood – which doesn’t depend on the Eiffel Tower only.
The Capital of Chic
From Charles Frederick Worth, who was the inventor of the Haute Couture, to Hubert de Givenchy and Christian Dior. They all made fashion history. Thanks to them, other couturiers and the historical background of the royal court, Paris became the first real fashion metropolis. Fashion designer Elizabeth Hawes explained it pretty much on point: “There is no word in English for chic. Why should there be? Everything chic is by legend French. Perhaps everything chic is in reality French.”
Even though this focus shifted to London in the 1960s, Paris has never lost its elegance, style and fashion-consciousness. It even seems as each Parisian girl has got it in her veins. She always looks good even though she doesn’t really care. At least this is how Chanel muse Caroline de Maigret and her three it girl authors describe it in their book “How to be Parisian Wherever You Are”. Of course, we are going to look at some of her “golden rules” in some more details this month. Here’s a little foretaste: less is definitely more, stick to a pinch of confident arrogance and get inspired by the one and only French “savoir vivre” attitude.
Nonchalance vs. Fashion Week Madness
Besides the lifestyle, which you cannot only live in Paris of course, this month should also be about the on-site experiences. Thereof, you will find loads of pictures and videos on my Instagram as well – just check @carmitive for more. From the charming cafés around the corner to insider tips, outfits and backstage access, you’ll get the full CARMITIVE Paris (Fashion Week) round up. Ultimately, we also want to show you the real Paris in all its facets. Actually, I am not sure whether my time in Paris will be that relaxed and nonchalant. But it will definitely be worth it. C’est la vie!