Wheels Exchange

March 1, 2014 14

Fashion Month costs most of us hundreds of dollars in the most trivial matters.

Fashion Weeks are notorious for taking a less practical route on many an issue – all in the name of creative integrity, one might say. Everybody knows to allow an hour and fifteen for one show – half an hour to get in, half an hour to get out, and a quarter hour of strut time – bottleneck is show production’s middle name, after all. Everybody needs their time in a cab, in snail’s pace traffic no less, en route to a show on the opposite side of town that was supposed to have started 10 minutes ago (but it’s MOSCHNIO and Katy Perry will be an hour late, so we’re sweet). And of course, no matter what degree of snow and sleet, the show must go on in suede stilettos.

In short, Fashion Month costs most of us hundreds of dollars in the most trivial matters.

Upon landing in the eye of New York’s snow storm, I resolved that I would only take the subway between shows, which did result in some reasonably hilarious sprint-sliding across Meatpacking’s damned double blocks to MILK Studios, saved me at least $400US to spend on the disastrous number of cabs I ended up flagging in London and Milan.

And then, we find ourselves here in Paris, where there are something stupid like thirty collisions a minute around the Arc de Triomphe, and cars scraping down backstreets where cars were never intended to scrape. Like New York, le metro is a good place to start, and yet it would seem that Paris is a much more cycle-friendly city (I have seen far less people getting door-ed during my time here), and there is something exhilarating about riding solo in the city of love.

But, unlike Catherine Baba, I am yet to master the art of biking in heels (the thought alone conjures vivid imagery of broken bones and mangled wheels), so with mobility comes a different kind of show-goer dress code, where any feathers, frills and foot damage remain hidden from Parisians’ judging eyes in the confines of the largest bag I own. Serendipitously, this seems to be precisely what makes French girls so chic – stripping it down to the bare minimums of sharp shoulders, skinny or slouchy denim, bare ankles, and slim pseudo-sneakers.

The difference here is that instead of Isabel Marant, Vanessa Bruno, and IRO, my pedal-safe attire has revolved almost exclusively around Armani Exchange, TOPSHOP, Stuart Weitzman and Mulberry.

So perhaps, I have a while to go until I’m So Frenchy So Chic…

Armani Exchange Blazer – TOPSHOP Unique Jeans – Stuart Weitzman Espadrille Booties – Glassworks Studio Scarf – Mulberry Bag – Paul & Alice Trench

photo by Alexei

  • http://mafaldadotzero.blogspot.fr/ Mafalda

    You look so lovely on a Paris Vélib!

    Mafalda ❤
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  • http://www.myclayexperience.com/ Q.

    sweetie, that pic is just adorable!!.x

    http://www.myclayexperience.com/

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  • nomss.com

    adorbs!! that was a good 5 min break from work

    nomss.com

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  • fashion altitude

    I admire you for riding a velib’ in Paris…Personally, I would not dare…. You got the perfect attire to face fashionably any traffic situations as described in your post…
    You are brave and down to earth. Thanks for sharing your behind the scene Fashion marathon!

    Fashionaltitude <3

  • http://www.two-wardrobes.blogspot.com.au/ Julia Lo

    That’s such a savy idea of riding a bike throughout Paris!!! And you look stunning, whilst riding!

    http://www.two-wardrobes.blogspot.com

  • http://www.rosa-dyn.com/ Rosa Nguyen

    I love how most cities in France have a bike rental system, I can’t wait to try it myself. I think seeing a city like Paris, riding a bike makes the experience 100 times more romantic. And I’m sure you’ll eventually master the riding in heels, you’re multi-talented in all schemes of things!

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  • http://www.bohemianjourneys.blogspot.com/ Cheyenne

    Beautiful post, love your writing :)
    xx

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  • Anna

    Gorgeous outfit and photos. I love your style

    The
    Koalafornian
    x

  • Jen

    Love this post – the accompanying photograph with the Eiffel Tower in the background is beautiful. I’d love for you to check out my own blog and let me know what you think, http://www.theboonreport.com :) Enjoy the rest of Paris Fashion Week XX

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  • Chelsea Dunstan

    This is such an adorable photo of you! How great are those booties? Are they comfy?