You may not be able to get a seat next to Vogue editor Anna Wintour in the front row at the shows in Paris or London this season, but there’s no reason not to get a piece of the fashion action.
Follow our guide to find out where to get some inspiration for your look this season, and if you can’t afford to buy couture, we’ll tell you where to buy labels for less.
Hit Dover Street Market, a high-concept indoor market conceived by Comme Des Garcon designer Rei Kawakubo that crosses fashion with art. Concessions selling fashion objects d’art, limited edition pieces and installations from creative labels including Judy Blame, Boudicca, John Galliano, Martin Margiela, Azzedine Alaia, and Raf Simons (www.doverstreetmarket.com).
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As everyone the other side of the Euro Tunnel knows, London’s high street is a great place for finding high street versions of catwalk looks.
Most fashionistas head to Topshop’s vast Oxford Circus flagship store, a huge emporium selling original designs as well as designer copies, plus some capsule collections from young designers in the Boutique concession and Kate Moss’ own label.
If you’ll only settle for big-name labels, check out Browns Labels For Less, the samples concession for Browns, also on South Molton Street. For discounted Jimmy Choo shoes, Dior accessories and leather handbags from Mulberry, take the train from London Marylebone station to outlet centre Bicester Village. www.bicestervillage.com
There’s one place in Paris where you’ll always find the latest, most cutting-edge fashion in the world and that’s Colette.
A three-storey concept designer department store, with water bar and art shows, it’s always stocked with the hottest pieces from established labels and the pick of new fashion talent, as well a selection of the coolest new beauty products, footwear, books, toys, homeware, art and music, often limited editions commissioned by Colette (www.colette.fr).
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In town there’s a “dépot vente” WK Accessoires at 5 rue du Marché St Honoré, where the girls at the Paris fashion glossies go to sell on their unwanted gifts and Moda Shoes on rue St Placide for last season’s Marc Jacobs shoes.
Go half an hour east of Paris and you’ll find La Vallee Village, an outlet village selling Armani, Agnes B, Kenzo, Givenchy, Comptoir des Cotonniers, Christian Lacroix, and sublime lingerie from Chantal Thomass. (www.lavalleevillage.com).
If you’re heading down to the south of France this summer, keep an eye out for new outlet village Parc du Cubzac, near Bordeaux. (www.parcducubzac.fr)