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Pardon Our French: A Look Back at Paris Fashion Week in Instagrams

Oct 2 2013 - 6:10pm

Paris Fashion Week is not for the faint of heart. Between the packed schedules of runway shows, backstage interviews, and showroom appointments with local design houses, we keep a pretty tight schedule. But don't worry, we still made time for the important things — shopping at the best Parisian boutiques, eating plenty of macarons, and capturing every stylish moment on camera.

Click through our favorite filtered photos from our trip to the City of Light, and be sure to follow us on our POPSUGAR Fashion [1] Instagram!

Unlike New York Fashion Week, where every invite is digital, there's something romantic about the fact that Paris still sends paper invites (with beautiful calligraphy and "Madame" prefixes, no less!) in the mail.

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Our first order of business upon arrival in the City of Light? To see the Eiffel Tower at night when it literally sparkles with the help of 20,000 flashing bulbs.

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After an 80-year absence, Maison Irfé [4] returned to Paris Fashion Week with a respectable lineup that included Lindsey Wixson, Hanne Gaby Odiele, and surprise catwalker Harry Brant.

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At first, we thought these macarons were just too pretty to eat, and then we thought better of it.

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All in a day's work — the vantage point from our Parisian apartment, which was turned into POPSUGAR Fashion's headquarters for the week. Now that's a room with a view!

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Peter Copping delivered the trademark feminine aesthetic at Nina Ricci [8]. Our three favorite looks offered the requisite ladylike charm with floral prints, micro pleating, sheer fabrics, and ruffles.

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It's a bug's life for the second season of the Ç × Façonnable [10] capsule collection designed by Mira Mikati. The Spring installment, all about carefree style, made even beetles and bees touchable.

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Truly, no other city offers event spaces like Paris. Many shows were held just steps from Place Vendôme. Although we appreciate its history, it also marks the starting point of Rue de la Paix, one of the city's most fashionable shopping streets.

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The new heel that had us walking on air at the Pierre Hardy [13] showroom? This thicker, curved number that is meant to be much more walkable.

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It was a London invasion in France! Victoria Beckham [15] held court at the British Embassy to give editors a chance to get up close with her new bags . . . and to announce that her ready-to-wear line will be available on ecommerce next year.

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With all the outdoor flower shops, it's as if the streets of Paris are scented with perfume. Je t'aime!

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Let us introduce you to the most comfortable model at Paris Fashion Week: in sporty separates and a low sandal, this strutter was all smiles, and we can see why.

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We weren't the only Americans in Paris. The CFDA organized a global showcase of emerging US designers, including The Elder Statesman [19], Jennifer Fischer, Wes Gordon [20], and A.L.C. And, when we paid them a visit, guess who stopped by for a group picture? Diane von Furstenberg [21]!

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Adorable alert: Jewelry designer and CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund finalist Jennifer Meyer [23] showed us her new collection, which includes custom rings with her children's names on them!

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These painterly floral print dresses at Elie Saab [25] really grew on us, pun intended.

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There was no more moody backdrop for a runway show than at Maiyet, which was held in the courtyard of Ecole des Beaux-Arts — one of the country's preeminent fine arts schools — and pumped in fog for good measure.

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What better way to spend a rainy day in Paris than looking at shoes? The Tabitha Simmons [28] showroom had embellished pumps destined for the red carpet.

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We found the birthplace of shopping, and it's beautiful! We took a break from shows to tour Le Bon Marché [30], France's oldest department store. See those gorgeous escalators? They were engineered by Gustave Eiffel!

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One of our favorite spots in all of Paris: Les Jardins Royal. Perfect for literally stopping to smell the roses (which we admittedly only had about 3.5 minutes to do).

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Jerome Dreyfuss [33] walked us through his latest accessories collection, and although we fell for this bag's print, it was the shape that most inspired the designer. He modeled it after his son's lunch box!

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One trend we saw on the runways? Major pops of color. The acid yellow and hot pink on this look at Roland Mouret [35] was just the beginning.

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Carbs don't count when you're in another country, right? In that case, we'll continue our croissant-a-day regimen. We think these, from Poilane, are the best in Paris.

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What's it like to be a street style star in Paris? We took a look from the other side of the camera outside of Balmain [38], where Anna Dello Russo and Giovanna Battaglia were getting all snapped up.

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At the Isabel Marant [40] show, the clothes were noteworthy (did you see those ruffled miniskirts?), but let's face it: all eyes were on the shoes. Behold the new It bootie for Spring.

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We know what a girl wants. Chloé . . . and lots of it.

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At the opening party for the Roger Vivier [43] retrospective — which featured more than 140 footwear designs — we spied a few immaculate pairs perfectly preserved, as if frozen in time.

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The Grand Palais got a bit logo-happy for the Saint Laurent [45] show, which included a moving light beam installation and a punkified Spring collection.

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What was up with the writing on those Christian Dior [47] dresses? Turns out, they are colors of the future. So, get ready for such hues as Alice Blue, Hyperrealness, and Ultra Violet Mouth.

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Want to join the Dior club? You may need to snag this bag, complete with badges that contain such prints as houndstooth, which is a hallmark of the brand's DNA.

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We couldn't get enough of A.P.C. designer Jean Touitou, who, when presenting his "sexed-down" collection, admitted that he was a "fake minimalist."

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If the interlocking Cs weren't iconic enough, what about when they are made up entirely of Chanel No. 5 perfume bottles?

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At the Chanel show, we were introduced to a styling trick that any bag lover can get behind. Why wear one crossbody when you can wear two?

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The master does it again! Karl Lagerfeld smiles for his adoring fans after the Chanel finale.

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Look what we spotted while window shopping: one of director Sofia Coppola's self-designed window displays celebrating the launch of a mini version of the SC bag she created for Louis Vuitton [54] years ago. We heart it.

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French maids greeted showgoers outside of the Louis Vuitton [56] tent at Le Carre du Louvre.

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The finale at the Louis Vuitton [58] show — which featured a black-horsed carousel, caged elevators, a working fountain, and models in dramatic feather headdresses — received a standing ovation (a rarity at even the best shows) and also marked the final bow for Marc Jacobs [59], who, it was announced moments after the show, would be leaving the luxury brand.

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Oh, how we love you, Hanne. During rehearsals at Zadig & Voltaire [61], Hanne Gaby Odiele carried an unexpected accessory: a steaming cup of espresso.

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Talk about all hands on deck! Moments before the Zadig & Voltaire [63] runway show, this model received multiple beauty services at once.

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We got print happy at Miu Miu [65]. This jacket? Meow Meow.

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Although the fuzzy coats and sweater tights sent down the runway at Miu Miu [67] don't feel exactly Spring, we're still buying it.

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