If you’re in the market for designer dresses, perhaps you might wish to start at one of the officially recognised haute couture houses. Chanel, Christian Dior, Givenchy, Jean Paul Gautier and Christian Lacroix are amongst the select few that hold this hot Paris status, but you’d better be prepared. For many of these houses it’s necessary to call ahead to secure an appointment.
For the other big names in fashion design, you’re spoilt for choice. American designer Marc Jacobs has a sizzling range of cool and casual chic in the stunning arcades of the Palais Royal. Fendi feels right at home in the city, with the Paris extension of the Italian fashion dynasty housing designer handbags, leather goods, shoes, furs, and ready-to-wear designed by Karl Lagerfeld. You can even find creations by the former Yves Saint-Laurent muse, Loulou de la Falaise, including vibrant jewellery pieces, beautifully-tailored jackets and satin blouses.
Another approach for your designer jeans, jackets and dresses is to find your way to Réciproque, the largest collection of discounted and vintage designer labels, on the 16th arrondissement’s Rue de la Pompe. Take the time to explore the eclectic collection in-store and you’ll emerge with the ideal garment from Chanel, Hermès, Dior Homme, Saint-Laurent, Vuitton, plus many more names in store.