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Paris Pondering’s- My favourite Spring 2013 Shows

Thanks Paul – we didn’t stay there but I did manage to check out the charming spa at Relais Christine for a “brushing” (the term for a blow-dry across the Channel) though and it was gorgeous. Well if Anna Wintour can have a blow dry every morning between tennis and work I fully intend to follow suit. At least for Paris Fashion Week!

We actually stayed at Banke Hotel in the Opera quarter. With a crystal-domed ceiling and dramatic spiral staircase, the hotel is flamboyantly designed and houses an amazing collection of world art, displayed on each floor. It was like wandering our own private museum. Super close to Place Vendôme, Galleries Lafayette and Rue Faubourg Sainte Honoré, it’s a stone’s throw from the capital’s best shopping too.

The Paris shows were impressive this season – my highlights were Ellie Saab, Chanel, and an amazing Louis Vuitton show which closed the event in dramatic style.

Saab’s collection was über glamorous – like a red carpet procession of sparkling gowns, there was enough bling to keep the Ecclestons happy. I have my eye on a beautiful electric cobalt blue dress from the collection, a real MUST HAVE… just wondering if my bank manager will think the same thing. Chanel showed pretty appliqued flower designs that had Min Ying and I lusting after them, whilst Louis Vuitton undoubtedly stole the show, by commissioning artist Daniel Buren to build a life size shopping mall inside the Louvre!

In between shows we enjoyed far too many visits to Ladurée – I’m practically turning into a pistachio macaroon – and stocked up on armfuls of beauty essentials at Sephora, one of my all time favourite shops…when oh when will it come to London I always ask.

After a quick zip on Eurostar I’ve been London based this weekend – I spent my days dreaming up my winter travels, and there’s Christmas and New Year to arrange not to mention my ski break. Still haven’t been able to make up my mind. Any ideas?

MV

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