Paris Never Changes

June 6, 2009 • Magazine

Paris Never Changes

Paris Never Changes

Sat, 2009-06-06 04:00

Gabbie Perez

I had mixed emotions preparing for my first trip back to the City of Lights last week — what would my experience be like as a tourist, not as a resident? However, I quickly came to understand what everyone has always told me: Paris never changes. And surprisingly, this includes this season’s fashion. I was shocked to not notice anything novel, there was no great new trend I could take back to Chicago as my souvenir.

Top Trends Spring 2009
Mixing Black and Neon: I can’t tell you how much of this I saw in Paris (and, of course, I absolutely loved it!). The bright, bold color obsession is still hot in Paris (and won’t be leaving my closet any time soon!). Most girls were sticking to a monochromatic black ensemble and accessorizing with statement pieces in neon colors.

Layers: Even in the heat of the summer — it reached 90 degrees during my stay — the French are still layering tanks, tops, and sweaters. There were a lot of summer leather jackets out there, ranging from black motorcycle styles to pretty suede trenches.

Studded Embellishments: A classic but violent adornment, gold, silver and brass studs were on everything from vests and purses to dresses and belts. These pieces were really able to transform a look from boring to fabulous.

And if you will be in Paris this summer, don’t forget that the soldes d’été (summer sales) will take place June 24 through July 28. Sales only happen biannually in Paris, in winter and in summer, so this is a great opportunity to save some cash on your favorite finds!

1. Paule Ka: 192, Boulevard St. Germain, 75006
2. Gerard Darel: 174, Boulevard St. Germain, 75006
3. Zadig & Voltaire: 1, rue du Vieux Colombier, 75006
4. Zapa: 55, rue Bonaparte, 75006
5. Lancel: 43, rue de Rennes, 75006
6. Eyeswear: 98, rue St. Sulpice, 75006
7. mannequin on a Vespa

Photos: Gabbie Perez

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