A fashionable week in Paris

What's a designer to do? When showing at Paris Fashion Week, it would be rude not to head out and explore the city of love! We share our experiences and insider tips on what to do in Paris.

Muse, live at the Bercy Arena.

Our hands were swaying in the air as we sung our hearts out with Muse at the concert hall on Boulevard de Bercy. We were lucky enough to be treated to a VIP experience and picturesque after show party overlooking the Arc de Triomphe as snow started to fall - huge thanks to the amazing Morgan Nicholls and the band! Check out what else is coming up at the arena and book before you go.

Muse perform during our time in Paris

People-shaped confetti fall from the sky

The Emma J Shipley showroom

Our new woven collection for AW16 deserves a new showroom! We were delighted to showcase our jacquards on Rue des Arquebusiers in the creative area of Marais - which we like to think of as the Parisienne equivalent of Hackney.

From the outside looking in - our AW16 collection ready to show

A peek at out new woven jacquard designs for AW16

The Louvre Museum

Need we say more? During Paris Fashion Week the iconic museum doubled as the location for the Dior AW16 catwalk venue. If, like us, you love myths, legends and Star Wars, we recommend visiting the Founding Myths: From Hercules to Darth Vader exhibition (on until July 2016). 

The mirrored cube where Dior held their catwalk shows for AW16

Entrance to the Founding Myths exhibition

Inside the Louvre

A taste of Parisienne life

You're spoilt for choice when it comes to cafes, patisseries and restaurants. Take the Metro to get across town or walk the cobbled streets to discover your own coffee heaven. We loved Le Mary Celeste or Café La Favorite.

The famous metro sign in art nouveau design

Left: Emma J Shipley sporting a new AW16 skinny scarf Right: Emma and Tomasz Donocik sample Paris life

Le Bon Marche

The oldest department store in Paris, currently Le Bon Marche have an exhibition on interior designer and fashion icon, Iris Apfel. Head inside for magical installations suspended from the ceiling by artist Ai Weiwei and Emma J Shipley scarves of course! 

Le Bon Marche

Inside the department store which featured Ai Weiwei installations

Emma J Shipley Constellation collection proudly on display in Le Bon Marche

Merci concept store

Bringing together the best of fashion, homewares, design and food, there is something for everyone at Merci. Featuring upcoming designers alongside more established brands, the concept store delights all budgets.

Lunching - Merci style

The individual style of Merci products is evident as we approach the store

How much is that puppy in the Merci store?!

Le petit palais 

Neighbouring le Grand Palais on Winston Churchill Avenue, this 'little palace' became a museum in 1902 and houses an exquisite selection of murals and sculptures created between 1903 - 1925. Escape the tourists for this little known gem with its rich architectural features and tranquil garden.  

The stunning architecture at le Petit Palais

A quiet spot for reflection

Inside the palace

Until next time, au revoir Paris!