Valentino pre-show invitees, Tuileries Ephémère, Paris
Events,  Exhibitions,  Photos

Paris Fashion Week Different Views

4528_Tuileries_ValentinoWhen you live in Paris, it seems that every couple of months they are speaking about “Fashion Week“. The three reasons for this are: Haute Couture, Ready to Wear (Prêt-à-Porter) and Men’s Fashions (Mode masculine). Two more reasons are Spring/Summer and Fall/Winter. Paris Fashion Week happens so often one needs to keep up with the schedule from Mode à Paris (Fédération Française de la Couture du Prêt-à-Porter des Couturiers et des Créateurs de Mode). If you want press credentials, check the accreditation page on their site.

Find out when, where and how
The Mode à Paris calendar drops hints of where to go and who to contact. Hover your cursor over the designer’s name and perhaps the location will be identified. The information contains the time, location, and press contact information (telephone and email). Some events are only visible via invitation. To drop a few names where the location was visible this year: John Galliano (Palais de Tokyo), Guy Laroche (Grand Palais), Valentino (Espace Ephémère Tuileries, Jardin des Tuileries), Barbara Bui (Grand Palais), Chanel (Grand Palais), etc.

If you know the place and time, get there one-half hour to one hour early to watch the promenade parade. Celebrities and catwalk viewers with invitations have to get in the front door somehow. That “somehow” is a promenade on a long train of runway material. They walk the promenade dressed to the gills or casual, usually carrying their invitation quite visible in their hand or sheltering their identity. For the Valentino parade, they walked from the entry to the Tuileries by Place de la Concorde to the back of the Musée de l’Orangerie.

Valentino pre-show strutters Tuileries Ephémère, Paris
“Strutters” or “Prancers” – there for the photo attention

Missed the fashion show? Look at the images after the fact. Check out last season’s schedule. Want to see a preview of collections to come? Follow their “avant-premiere!” link.  Want to plan a year or two ahead, look at next season’s schedule; all on the Fédération’s website.

Unusual activity
While at the Valentino “pre-show”, I learned from my friend, Lynn, that you can see some unusual activity before each event when you know the location. Lynn calls those non-invitees who dress up and walk the runway “strutters or prancers”. Even with no invitation they attract attention and are photographed by dressing up or acting strange. Browser searching those words strutters or prancers, I came across the word “prankster”. The Chanel show had a real prankster the other day. He physically and obnoxiously attacked a fashion editor with his microphone, while having himself filmed. He wanted to be on the cover of the magazine (Fat chance!).

Enjoy the show outside the show!

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Will they get in? Are they waiting for someone? Yes, they got in.

This Web site and and its blog articles are for travelers to Paris who are looking for advice from someone who lives in Paris. These tips are "for Parisians at heart". Many people would like to visit, some can and some cannot - so I will help you enjoy a glimpse of the city and its surroundings. This project has been ongoing since 2002. Prior to living in Paris (since 1992) my European history began in the early 70s with three years in Wiesbaden, Germany. My next foray onto the Continent was in the mid-80s after graduation from the University of Florida (where I met Erik): traveling around Europe and UK with my friend, Margie, hitchhiking around and working in Ireland. After living and working as a journalist in Sweden for four years, traveling on boats, the Trans-Siberian Railway, local trains and planes took Erik and I around the world. I began working as a flight attendant in 1990 for American Airlines, based in Chicago. We moved to Paris, France in 1992 where I commuted between Paris and Chicago for my flight attendant/stewardess job. Finally my inner voice said "Stop!" and I left American Airlines six weeks shy of 20 years January 1, 2010. Now that is over and I am back working as a journalist and photographer full time on - My videos are posted on YouTube on the colleensparis youtube channel. and I am active in Toastmasters 75. Enjoy!