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Paris Fashion Week Diary Day 2 | September 2012

Paris Fashion Week Diary Day Two

Day two down, and yes, it's still raining! It's still cold! But, as you can see in the photo below, it's still beautiful, and here are some highlights.

  • 9 a.m.: Isabel Marant Interview! If you love fashion, then, most likely, you love Isabel Marant. Now having met Isabel, I love Isabel Marant. She's incredibly cool and so unassuming that you wouldn't suspect her being the head of a multimillion-dollar brand in the midst of major global expansion. I drink fresh juice, drool over the latest collection of wedge sneakers, eat a croissant, and talk to Isabel about her goals and what it feels like to have your designs copied.
  • 12 p.m.: Lunch. Seamlessness is just not a thing here. Delivery barely exists. I go down to the open markets below my apartment to forage, finding ripe tomatoes, avocado, and fresh greens. I get a warm baguette and a hunk of fresh goat cheese, and that's a working lunch while I review Fab's latest trend reports.
  • 3 p.m.: Dries Van Noten. After a snafu with the train lines, I run in not-yet-broken-in Givenchy boots to get to Dries on time and enter the garage-like space just as the first look is floating down the runway. Holy gorgeousness. It's the dreamiest, most romantic take on '90s grunge that I have ever seen. Sheer layers of florals and plaids mixed with rich texture come together for a collection that I want to wear right now. After the show, my videographer and I walk over to a park near the Eiffel Tower and shoot some video. Read the full review here.
  • 5 p.m.: Le Bon Marché. No trip to Paris is complete without a visit to Le Bon Marché. It's the best luxury department store in the world, partially because it has an amazing epicerie and an expansive home department in addition to the incredible collections of Vanessa Bruno, Balenciaga, Carven, Maison Martin Margiela, and so many more. This year Le Bon is celebrating 160 years of business, about 49 more than Bergdorf Goodman! I loved the store model made of Legos, sitting smack dab in the middle of the luxury bag department. I cruise the store and spend half my time admiring the chic French women shopping, all of whom are fresh-faced, hair pulled back or totally messy, and wearing effortless outfits, like a perfect cashmere sweater and skinny jeans with flats, with a Chanel bag thrown over their shoulder.
  • 6 p.m.: Éric Kayser Boulangerie. It's not that normal to eat a chocolate croissant at 6 p.m., about an hour before I'm supposed to have dinner, but I simply cannot walk by without getting something. There are a few Eric Kayser locations in Paris, and this one was on my way home, so it just felt right. So did the éclair. In my defense, it was a much cheaper indulgence than the Balenciaga booties I was eyeing at Le Bon Marché!
  • Next up — Nina Ricci, Barbara Bui, and Lanvin shows!

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