Trip Tips: LUXE City Guides – Bespoke Paris

Fri Jun 19, 2015 7:11am EDT
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LONDON (Reuters) - Never mind the Big Four, any fashionista worth her Céline Trapeze will tell you that for timeless elegance and faultless craftsmanship there’s only one true fashion capital: the original, the fabulous, the motherlode of mode, Paris.

And there’s really no bad season to visit – other than (ironically) fashion week, when hotels are booked to the hilt  – so it’s time to dust off that credit card and do your bit for the European economy.

Whether you’re a stickler for crisp, clean lines or simply cuckoo for frou-frou frills, Paris has something for every style sensibility.

We love the Hotel Particulier Montmartre (, a quick trot from hipster hotspot Pigalle and set in a delightful, old shuttered, greenery-enveloped townhouse.

The rooms inside are at once dramatic and unadorned – try for the "Poems & Hats" suite which is a lesson in minimalist poise with charcoal soft furnishings and Dior grey carpets.

Alternatively, the Hôtel du Petit Moulin ( offers fun, vibrant, unabashed swagger with each abode individually imagined by the godfather of flamboyance, Christian Lacroix.

Start your stay by swotting up on the subject in hand with a visit to the venerable Palais Galliera (, the definitive trove of all things fashion, currently casting its beady eye over the embellished evening gowns of female visionary Jeanne Lanvin (until Aug 23). Do be sure to check ahead, however, as the museum only displays temporary exhibitions due to the fragility of its collection.

The ravishing Ville Lumière has an enviable cache of shopping options, and you can’t go wrong wandering neighborhoods such as Le Marais and rue Saint-Honoré.

That said, it’s not every weekend you get the chance to deck yourself out in custom clobber, and with some of the finest artisans in the world on your doorstep, well, it would be rude not to.   Continued...

The "Bolero Platinium" creation (1933-34) by late French fashion designer Jeanne Lanvin, is displayed during the Jeanne Lanvin exhibition at the Palais Galliera in Paris, March 6, 2015.  REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer