Coco Chanel and Christian Dior have become the inspiration behind the Paris-esque interiors of some of the most fashionable hotels. I’m following their lead and channeling my own inner-Parisian for all our fall escapes. Think classic Parisian when shopping.
Look for dresses with an edgy, unexpected flair; a little animal print in your accessories to up your game; sleek monochromatic styles – the French are understated and chic; a structured, hard handle bag; pearls are a must have to capture that Parisian insouciance; black and white designed in sleek hound’s-tooth checks and sexy, flirty flats. Parisian women understand the sleek, utilitarian nature of wearing low heels. So, first stop on your Parisian inspired holiday: this packing list below that’s sure to give you that je ne sais quoi…
1. A Cosmopolitan Setting
2. The LBD Redesigned
3. The Cat’s Meow
4. The Art of the Apertif
Because every chic hotel needs a signature drink, the Waldorf Astoria Chicago’s “Smoke & Honey” cocktail is not to be missed.
5. Monochromatic Chic
6. Le Vie En Rose
7. Pearls of Wisdom
8. Inspired Interiors
Feast your eyes on the chandelier in the foyer of the Waldorf Astoria in Chicago – 8 feet in diameter and constructed of Austrian glass crystal – that was imagined exclusively by Simeone Deary Design Group and was created to replicate Coco Chanel’s vintage jeweled broach, J’adore.
9. Check Mate
10. Flat Out Fabulous
The Original Paris Icons
For the ultimate French inspiration, take a look back at these iconic fashionable Francophiles of the ’60s and ’70s-
Brigitte Bardot, Jane Birkin and Francoise Hardy. Très chic!
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