Sabina Socol Paris fashionPhoto by Mathieu Villasco

Blending in (or standing out) with the fashion elite during any of the fashion weeks is hard enough, but Paris is a whole different ball game. “There is no word in English for chic,” wrote the late American fashion designer Elizabeth Hawes. “Why should there be? Everything chic is by legend French. Perhaps everything chic is in reality French.”

Dressing yourself is one thing but knowing where it’s at in one of the fashion capitals of the world is another thing altogether. Introducing Sabina Socol, a journalist at cultural interview website Saywho and art director at the ridiculously cool French boutique Believe E. Originally from Strasbourg, she moved to Paris seven years ago to study and start her creative career. Now firmly placed on the Parisian fashion circuit she shares with us the coolest spots in Paris to see and be seen at PFW.

Sabina Socol’s Guide to Paris Fashion Week 2015

Les Tuileries (the park) and le Grand Palais, where usually the more important shows take place. Both places aren’t far from each other, which is in the centre of Paris, between La Place de la Concorde and les Champs Elysées. They are both historic cultural landmarks of Paris and it’s amazing to watch a show take place there.

La Belle Epoque (36 Rue des Petits Champs). It’s a “revisited” traditional Parisian brasserie, that became the lunch and dinner spot for most of the fashion scene. You would never choose this place for a date but rather to see and be seen. Nothing to be ashamed of though!

Chez Castel is a trendy club in Saint-Germain des Prís for a cool after-show party. Castel was THE place to be a few years ago. It re-opened one year ago and guess what? It still is.

Le Flore is the spot to have a nice glass of wine right before you go to Castel. I’m can’t even begin to describe this mythical place.

Le Marais is Paris’ trendiest neighbourhood. If you’re in Paris for Fashion Week and have a few hours to kill, you should use them to wander the streets of Le Marais. Go shopping or have a cup of coffee on Rue de Bretagne. It’s the best place to spot street style too.

Les Deux Amix is a gastronomic bistro in Rue Oberkamp. They have the best food and organic wine. It’s a good place to get away from it all with a really laid-back ambiance. And a great dinner spot for a date.

Le Montana is another club right next to Le Le Café de Flore in Saint Germain. Not as “high end” as Castel, but still very chic.

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