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Are Fashion Week in Paris Shows Open to the Public?

Sep 18th, 2009, 04:51 AM
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Are Fashion Week in Paris Shows Open to the Public?

My wife and I will be in Paris during the week of October 1 - 8, 2009. Does anyone know if the "Ready to Wear" Fashion Week shows that will be appearing all across Paris are open to the public, or only open to trade and industry reps and members of the press?

More information on Fashion Week is available here: http://www.chiff.com/fashion/paris-fashion-week.htm

For the Fashion Show Schedules, see http://www.modeaparis.com/va/collect...pap/index.html

Unfortunately, I can't find any information about public attendance.
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Sep 18th, 2009, 05:00 AM
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Absolutley NOT!

There are people who would KILL to attend these shows and security is VERY TIGHT!!!

Invitation ONLY!

Certainly the Great Unwashed would not be allowed to sit next to Carine Roitfeld, Anna Piaggi, or Anna Dello Russo.

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Sep 18th, 2009, 05:00 AM
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Generally the answer is 'no'. At least for the big shows.

For some of the smaller shows (which don't have the attendance of the better known names) if the venue isn't full, the organisers sometimes (and I stress the 'sometimes') will grab people off the street to fill the empty seats in order that the ego of the designer isn't bruised. The people they grab will still have the right 'look' to be part of the audience.

What I've enjoyed doing in the past is finding a cafe that is opposite the entrance (whether main or 'stage door') and watching the people go in and out. It's not quite a couture show but I can guarantee you'll see at least one person dressed in a way that will make your jaw drop...
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Sep 18th, 2009, 05:39 AM
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Thanks for the quick replies. I'm pretty sure my wife and I won't be dressed to suite the 'look' the organizers might want to grab off the street
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Sep 18th, 2009, 06:00 AM
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In that case, find a cafe near a venue and watch...

Everything looks better through rosé tinted glasses.
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Sep 18th, 2009, 06:41 AM
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Forget it.
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Sep 18th, 2009, 09:00 AM
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of course not, it's a trade event, not a tourist show.
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Sep 18th, 2009, 09:04 AM
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Please, Christina, what would you know about a fashion show?

The only label you wear is DRIP DRY.

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Sep 18th, 2009, 04:28 PM
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You may not be able to get in - but it is still fun !!

I download the schedule and go hang out outside a show or two prior to the start time...fabulous people and papparazzi watching!!! From the outrageous to tres chic on the fashion front by the attendees and also the "I want my picture taken" groupies, and if you go to the shows held in the tent in the Tullieries, the girls walking in 6 inch stilettos on gravel always amaze me.

Enjoy!
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Sep 18th, 2009, 05:16 PM
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I have a friend who is able to get a very small number of invitations for the shows and she does escorted visits with 1-2 people max. I know she will be there this year. You can contact here via her website if you want.

http://culturecapsules.com/main.html

I know she will be escorting this year for some of the shows but don't know if she has an additional space for the fall shows or what she charges.
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Sep 18th, 2009, 06:00 PM
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Even if you could find tickets you would be expected to be beautifully and trendily dressed - definitely no jeans and sneakers - or even chinos and walking shoes.
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Sep 19th, 2009, 06:02 PM
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If a fasion show is what is desired, aren't there shows every Wednesday, or something, at Printemps?
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Sep 19th, 2009, 06:11 PM
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The Bristol hotel has fashion shows. You can google to see their schedule.
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Sep 19th, 2009, 06:20 PM
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Those shows resemble what you can see in large stores in the US on a regular basis - nothing like the presentation of a new season's line by the major designers. But - if you want to say you saw a fashion show in Paris.

(I've been to a Fashion Week show once - minor designer in NYC - since a neighbor in the field had an extra ticket. She was very specific about what to wear - even though we were in the last row.)
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