It’s been a three-week slog, but a traveling show known as Fashion Month has finally reached its pinnacle: Paris. The weather is remarkably warm (at least compared to NYC’s continuing freezing temps), and the fashion flock will undoubtedly pull out all the stops while heading to glam venues like the courtyard of the Louvre and the resplendent Grand Palais.
Luckily, Manhattan is bursting with a range of boutiques and department stores catering to our Francophile obsessions. And only the best will do, whether you are angling for a carefully crafted Chloé frock or daring feather jacket by Givenchy, you’ll surely do the French proud when sporting any of these designers currently showing on the catwalks in Paris.
Red, fitted, and utterly elegant, this strapless dress with a sweetheart neckline comes straight off Lanvin’s spring runway. Think of it as just the ticket to embodying the Parisian gamine aesthetic. $3,885. 815 Madison Avenue (68th/69th Streets); 646-439-0380; lanvin.com
Isabel Marant can do no wrong in our eyes, and her Becka leather pants are another success as far as we’re concerned. The bronze trousers feature a fashionably loose fit and comfy, elasticized waist. $2,740. 469 Broome Street (Wooster/Greene Streets); 212-219-2284; isabelmarant.com
Givenchy designer Riccardo Tisci is a genius when it comes to catering to the jet-set. Sport this midnight-blue ostrich feather jacket with crystal embellishments and you’ll make any dame drool with envy. $4,990. 754 Fifth Avenue (57th/58th Streets); 212-753-7300; bergdorfgoodman.com
Alexander Wang’s second collection for Balenciaga was a tour de force of handwork and attention to detail. The Shadow shorts have a peplum detail and graphic print with hand-cut appliqués. $2,095. 149 Mercer Street (Prince/Houston Streets); 212-226-2052; balenciaga.com
Simultaneously flattering and handsome to boot, Alexander McQueen’s embellished crepe jacket features quite literally hundreds of leaf-shaped sequins, beds, and crystals. We love that the piece creates a perfect hourglass shape, and has a super soft silk lining. $8,950. 417 West 14th Street (Washington Street/10th Avenue); 212-645-1797; alexandermcqueen.com
Miuccia Prada continues to charm us with her jacquard coat in Miu Miu’s spring collection. Inspired by children’s wallpaper with an adorable mauve-and-burgundy motif, the coat also features a paneled bodice and oversized back buttons. $3,195. 100 Prince Street (Greene/Mercer Streets); 212-334-5156; miumiu.com
Graphic geometric lace drapes beautifully over a layer of silk on Chloé’s lovely summer frock. The handkerchief hem and intricate detailing make this picture perfect for warm-weather picnics in the park. $4,350. 850 Madison Avenue (69th/70th Streets); 212-717-8220; chloe.com
Paisley always brings to mind exotic locales and artisan craftsmanship. Giambattista Valli’s sweet shift is no exception with its embroidered motif and scalloped hemline. $2,755. 660 Madison Avenue (60th/61st Streets); 212-826-8900; barneys.com
Mixing Monet-esque florals on a crewneck cardigan makes this Nina Ricci piece a definite keeper. Details like woven silk and vibrant hues make this a perfect example of chic French dressing. $990. 611 Fifth Avenue (49th/50th Streets); 212-753-4000; saks.com
Only the daring need apply to don Valentino’s neon yellow one-piece. It is delightfully tongue-in-cheek with its ladylike lace and playsuit shape. $4,290. 747 Madison Avenue (64th/65th Streets); 212-772-6969; valentino.com