I know, I know! Mostly Mum has been unusually quiet of late…
But she does have a really, really great excuse… She was in the fashion capital of the world, the City of Light, aka Paris, of course, stalking the absolute latest in fashion trends…
Oh and we managed to squeeze in some sightseeing with the fam too…
Elle might have found the City of Light to be a bit on the bright side but it was still a thumbs up from her!
Well, it is a bit of a tradition for us at Mostly Mum HQ – new baby in the family… introduce them to Paris ASAP…
Z at the Eiffel Tower in 2008
It was Baby E’s turn in 2012
So, sights seen, T-shirt bought, time for a quick coffee break?
When Starbucks is this impressive, who could resist?
Certainly, not Lulu!
In fact, he was so impressed…
… By the grandiose beauty of this Parisian branch of Starbucks near Opéra…
So breathtakingly beautiful!
… That he decided to take his very first steps there and then… and has been walking ever since! Hooray!👏
My Lulu does love an audience 🐵
Refreshed and inspired by beautiful Parisian architecture, it was time to take to the boulevards for some serious style stalking.
When I lived in Paris from 2001-2004 (oh my, how time flies!), I was constantly inspired by the great style I would spot while out and about in the area that surrounded my tiny (but achingly chic) studio apartment in Passy, a well-to-do quartier near the Eiffel Tower.
Back then, absolutely everyone (it seemed to me, at least!) was carrying an iconic Vanessa Bruno sequin tote in the crook of their arm, if not a Longchamp Pliage or an oversized Gucci shopper (these were especially popular as schoolbags for the teenagers of the time – I was very much in awe!).
Now fourteen years later, it would be interesting to see which bags were the latest “It Bags” on the Parisian streets.
So without further ado, here are the results of my fashion stalking stroll:
My very first sighting was of a classic Chanel flap bag…. Naturellement!
This was closely followed by the classic Louis Vuitton Speedy, complete with crocheted handle covers, an exceptionally cute feature that I had never seen before! 💗
Then, underground, I spied a Balenciaga with a long shoulder strap, which I never knew existed. So gorgeous! ❤️
A classic (and now ubiquitous!) Longchamp Pliage…
And, of course, the much-loved Vanessa Bruno. (This one never enjoyed the same level of popularity in London and I don’t really know why! I was so inspired by the Parisian girl obsession with this bag that I invested in at least three! Not sure I ever carried mine as well as the average Parisian fashionista though… 😳)
And then there were numerous sightings of various styles of this maroon coloured bag…
This shopper version would have to be the very latest Parisian “It Bag”! It seemed to be absolutely everywhere. And to my great shame, I had no idea which brand it was by…
I just knew it had to be high-end as it reminded me so much of the Louis Vuitton Neverfull which has been hugley popular in London for a few years now.
A thorough internet search (I am a bit like a dog with a bone with these things!) revealed that those in the know have been sporting this particular bag for quite a while…Embed from Getty Images
Spotted at London Fashion Week in 2017Embed from Getty Images
A firm favourite of Nicky Hilton since 2008
The brand that Parisian fashionistas now prize above all others is the very exclusive… Goyard!Embed from Getty Images
The facade of the seriously stylish Goyard luggage store on 233, rue Saint-Honoré in Paris
Originally founded as the House of Martin in 1792 by Pierre-François Martin, it wasn’t until 1852 that François Goyard, a former apprentice, took over the enterprise and brought it to a whole new level. When he finally handed over ownership to his son Edmond in 1885, the store on rue Saint-Honoré was transformed into the elitest brand that it is today.
The emblematic Goyardine canvas (which I noticed upon each new sighting in Paris!) was created, a pet accessories range was added and automobile products were developed.
Favoured by the aristocracy and celebrities throughout the world, illustrious clients over the years have included Pablo Picasso, Estée Lauder, Coco Chanel, Edith Piaf, Cristobal Balenciaga and, more recently, Karl Lagerfeld.
And now, the fashion conscious of Paris are snubbing the ubiquitous Louis Vuitton in favour of the seemingly more exclusive Goyard.
Am I ready to swap my Neverfull for a personalised Goyard?
Am I ever?!
However, with prices on eBay starting at around £600 for a used, non personalised, version, I might be counting my pennies for a little while to come yet…
Oh the frustrations of being a penny poor, yet fashion conscious, blogger… Sob!
And on that note, I’m off now to the Land of Nod to dream about the latest “It Bag” to evade my grasp… Sigh and double sigh!
Until next time (when I’ll tell you all about the beauty treats I found in the beauty mecca that is Sephora… Just thinking about that has cheered me up enormously! 😊 Luckily, I’m easily distracted 😉 )…
💋 Mostly Mum