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The Top Five Paris Tourist Sites Affected By Fashion Week

Where: Paris, France
September 29, 2009 at 1:49 PM | by | ()

The City of Lights will become the City of Photographer Flash Strobes in the next 24 hours as Paris Fashion Week officially begins tomorrow and runs through Thursday, October 8. Although this means that Paris will be on its best behavior with gleaming-clean upscale restaurants, the best window displays, and serious eye candy walking down the street, it also means that private parties and fashion shows will possibly clog up some of the sights that tourists regularly hit.

Since we want you to get the most out of Paris in the autumn, with a dash of the glamor of the Fashion Week thrown in, we'll let you in on the places to either hit or skip—depending on how much you love big crowds of pretentious people—in Paris for the next ten days:

Top 5 Paris tourist sites affected by Fashion Week, after the jump

5. The Crazy Horse Club:
Even though only one runway show will happen at this famous burlesque club—Manish Arora this Thursday—he's a big enough name to cause a mid-day crush when usually this club is only hopping after hours. If you're without an invite, there's always the main revue show at night, with tickets starting at 50 Euro and going up to 100 Euro, and there's always a chance of a Dita von Teese sighting with her in town for the shows.

4. Musée de l'Homme:
The Museum of Man, one of the portions of the Palais de Chaillot (where many other shows are happening), is hosting a full gamut of runways, including Akris, Barbara Bui, and Roland Mouret. The latter is a favorite of Beyonce Knowles and Victoria Beckham, although who knows what celebs will sit front row this seaons. What we do know however, is that the area around the museum, at 17 Place du Trocadéro in the 16th arronddissement, should be periodically stuffed with the traffic of arriving town cards.

3. Jardin des Tuileries:
Now we are starting to hit the heavyweights, as Christian Dior, Karl Lagerfeld, Viktor & Rolf, Giambattista Valli, Chloe and Elie Saab all plan to show throughout the week in the various buildings around the Tuileries Garden. Even when shows aren't occurring, the fashion set will come here to stroll, have an informal al fresco meeting, and meet up with friends. It's also a popular spot for street style photographers to camp out, so if you desire some attention we'd recommend donning your most avant-garde outfit and parading about just like everyone else.

2. Le Carrousel du Louvre:
Right in the midst of the tourist fray, some of the most important runway shows will occur—at Le Carrousel du Louvre, which is both a mall and gallery situated next to the Louvre and within quick distance of the Tuileries Gardens and—one of Jaunted's favorite sites in Paris—the Musee d'Orsay. Issey Miyake, Emanuel Ungaro, Costume National, Wunderkind and Jean-Charles de Castelbajac and many more will be filling the area with fashionistas, and possibly even Lindsay Lohan, who has been brought on at Ungaro as some sort of guest designer or something. Whatever, just expect a billion paparazzi throughout the week.

1. Palais de Tokyo:
Of course since it's Paris' Fashion Week, everyone wants to know where the Chanel show will happen. Well, it's not here, but at the Grand Palais on Avenue du Général Eisenhower, but since it's the only show happening there, it's almost not worth as much a mention as the Palais de Tokyo, with the huge and hugely celeb-attended shows by Gareth Pugh, Stella McCartney, Yves Saint Laurent, Kenzo and more occurring over the next days. Plus, for an extra bonus, it's got that new capsule restaurant on the roof. Score a reservation here during the week and you're sure to be rubbing elbows with editors and other fashion A-list as they take advantage of the view of the city just as you are.

Related Stories:
· Paris Fashion Week schedule [Federation Francaise de la Couture]
· Pop-Up Restaurant Opens On Paris Rooftop, Sends Foodies Swooning [Jaunted]
· Fashion Travel [Jaunted]

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Archived Comments:

i was there last year

during fashion week and it wasn't too bad. the worst i saw was the jardin de tuileries. but it all sort of added to my parisian experience!