Posted July 1, 2009 by Kate Hamman
From couture collectors to darling divas, people from all over the world come to bask in Paris' trend-setting glory. Come see what all the hype is about by paying a visit to some of the hippest joints in town, including a vintage boutique, a fashion museum, and a stylish brasserie.
Musée Galliera: Walk in the high heels of fashion's history at the Musée Galliera. Housing a collection of more than 90,000 items, the museum invites visitors to learn about three centuries of fashion. Guests will encounter 18th century costumes, couture gowns, and designer accessories. Admission costs €7 (about $10 U.S.; check XE.com for current exchange rates) and includes entrance to a library on the history of Western dress.
Café Marly: Overlooking I.M. Pei's pyramid, Café Marly lives up to the Louvre's reputation by bringing fashion to the level of high art. Paris' top fashionistas and trendsetters mingle alongside its dark wood paneling and velvet drapery. The Pacific-Mediterranean cuisine is modeled after the clientele, with simple yet elegant dishes such as tomato-basil penne.
Free "P" Star (site in French only): Located in the fourth arrondissement, this labyrinth of forgotten trends, retro accessories, and high-fashion finds attract the city's premier shoppers, including the likes of Kirsten Dunst and Sofia Coppola. If you have the patience to sift through the chaotic mountain of clothing, you may just encounter a hidden treasure. The bargain-basement prices make this vintage shop even more attractive. Open until 11 p.m., the store encourages you to take your time and shop your heart out.
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