The blog is dedicated to France during the winter months, a country that has it all: mountains, sea, romantic cities, excellent food and wine. Who doesn’t love France and its capital, Paris? If you’ve never been there, join me and I’ll show you around, if you know the city very well, follow me, I’ll share some exciting stories with you, you’ve never heard before.
Paris is the most romantic city in the world, full of elegance, harmony and creativity. The city is especially charming in December; it’s all about Christmas, festive atmosphere, candle lights, Christmas markets and mulled wine. You can smell and feel the winter! Best way to end your day is to stop by a restaurant, which offers French winter specialties like raclette, onion soup, fondue. Choose macaron as a dessert and enjoy a glass of Champagne! Add a few touches to your outfit from the fashion accessories below and you will be the queen of the holiday season! Create a real, Parisian boudoir in your wardrobe and fill your home with some special Christmas decorations!
Once you are in Paris, you will surely visit the most famous attractions like the Eiffel tower, Sacré Coeur and Notre Dame, it’s a must to see them, so I will write about these sights too, but let me start with some fashion history and my famous exhibition in Paris.
Paris is today one of the fashion capitals of the world, and let’s be honest, it all started here in the 17th century initiated by Louis XIV. He was the Sun King and he wanted to be in the center of everything that was beautiful and luxurious, so the luxury goods industry was established by the royals. The French press was created at that time and it’s main focus was fashion and how fashion changed during the seasons. In the late 19’s the French fashion industry exploded due to the foundation of the Vogue magazine in 1892, and the first fashion houses (Source: wikipedia). They were first influenced by Orientist and Art Nouveau. We all know the biggest revolutionist Coco Chanel, who created the most iconic brand in history. My favorite quote from her is:
I must say she stuck to that. She was a role model for women; fashion was her weapon to show that women are free to decide about their lives. She often proved that in her personal life, she refused the norms; she was dedicated to her work despite all the difficult periods, ups and downs. She died as a legend and even today she gives hope, inspiration and encouragement to women by her personal life as the best example.
Besides Coco I should mention such big names like Christian Dior who lead the world’s attention in 1947, he unveiled his „New Look”, clinched in waists contrasted with majestic busts and full skirts.
Hubert de Givenchy and Pierre Balmain both opened fashion houses soon, and let’s not forget about Yves Saint Laurent, who created „prêt-à-porter” ("ready to wear") in 1966, he was the first in history who made fashion accessible for the mass.
Paris will always play an important role if it comes to fashion, such an elegant, inspirational city. Walk on the Champs Elysees or Place Vendome, and feel the vibes!
Salon International de L’Agriculture - a culinary experience
There is another reason why I love Paris, and it’s an exciting exhibition held at Porte Versailles, the Salon International de L’Agriculture (https://en.salon-agriculture.com). It’s a discovering, gastronomic tour, where farmers bring their goods to the city, therefore you can pet animals, see the biggest bulls in the country, taste cheese, wine and all regional products of France and the French Polynesia as well. It’s not just an exhibition, but a real culinary discovery in the heart of the city. It will be held next year from the 25th of February till the 5th of March. If you plan to visit the city anyway, make a stop here and you won’t regret it, I promise.