With the French Open, Nuit des Musées, the Paris Book Fair and the Paris Marathon all kicking off this year, it’s no secret that Paris is hot stuff. You will need a reliable base there for maximum fun! Just two minutes from Gare du Nord train station, this “Most Popular Hostel in Paris” Hoscar winner is the perfect environment in which to meet fellow travellers. With private rooms, free city tours and 25% off food and drink all part of the sweet deal, there’s no place more charming to recuperate after a day of exploring the less touristy side of the city.
Thousands of people flocked this weekend to check out the winners of “Reinventing Paris”, an international architecture competition to transform the city’s forgotten public buildings and spaces into environmentally-friendly urban designs.
The notion of a fashion special themed around Paris began to gestate long before the terror attacks of 13 November 2015. Those, however, formed a potent and poignant backdrop to a celebration of France – specifically of Paris – and the fundamental role played by fashion in its cultural identity.
"Make do and mend" was the title of a pamphlet issued to British housewives during the Second World War. It detailed useful tips on how to be frugal and stylish in times of hardship by repurposing, recycling and reusing. Strangely, you felt echoes of that way of thinking at the spring/summer 2016 haute couture, in the expensive and extraordinary clothes created by a handful of houses for a fistful of clients.