Marie Claire (South Africa) - - INTERNATIONAL REPORT - The City of Light is a fash­ion lover’s dream, and top of the list for Marie Claire US cre­ative di­rec­tor Nina Gar­cía

PARIS IS LU­MI­NOUS, ro­man­tic, di­verse and his­toric. I love that it’s called the City of Light, be­cause Paris is so ro­man­tic and stim­u­lat­ing and it cap­tures that idea of light­ing you up inside and out. Mon­taigne Mar­ket (Mon­taigne­mar­ is one of my favourite spots for shop­ping. I like to walk through and see ev­ery­thing be­cause they al­ways have a won­der­fully cu­rated col­lec­tion of wear­able pieces. One of the best spots to eat like a lo­cal is Le Souf­flé (Le­souf­ – it’s very French.You have to have souf­flé when you go to Paris! Le Per­choir (Leper­ is a chic new rooftop bar with a fan­tas­tic view. I love to stop for a drink at La Pal­ette (Cafe­la­palet­ on Rue de Seine in the 6th ar­rondisse­ment – it’s an iconic bar that used to be a go-to for artists Pi­casso, Cézanne and Braque. It also has a charm­ing leafy ter­race, if you can snag a seat. There are so many charm­ing ho­tels in Paris.The newly opened Penin­sula Paris (Paris.penin­sula. com) is ex­quis­ite – it’s prac­ti­cally a palace. I love to stay at Le Bris­tol (Le­bris­tol­; beau­ti­fully dec­o­rated and with the per­fect gar­den area to en­joy lunch. One of my great­est mem­o­ries is at­tend­ing the Yves Saint Lau­rent ret­ro­spec­tive in 2001 at the Cen­tre Pom­pi­dou (Cen­tre­pom­pi­ – the place for mod­ern art. I was lit­er­ally look­ing at fash­ion his­tory in the mak­ing.

What makes Paris the per­fect fash­ion city? It is a very fash­ion-con­scious place – you can tell from watch­ing the peo­ple on the street. There is beauty ev­ery­where.

How has the city in­spired you? Parisian style is al­ways ef­fort­less and wear­able. I love that it is sim­ple, un­der­stated and chic.

Your travel must-haves? If you can, lay ev­ery­thing flat in your suit­case, that way it’s less likely to wrin­kle! I al­ways pack Chanel Sublim­age La Crème, a matte bronzer and my ghd Curve Clas­sic Wave Wand.

Paris Fash­ion Week street


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