Reality Checks and Making it Work

I am visiting Paris for the semester. Coming from Washington DC, where power suits are the dress of choice and Sperry’s aren’t so much a shoe as a lifestyle, the idea of exchanging my nation’s capital for the fashion capital of the world enthralled me.

I was off to one of the most glamorous cities in the world and, lucky enough for me, I would be there during Fashion Week of all times! Yes, my startled – much more style savvy – classmates I was naive enough to think that a mere mortal like me could just attend Paris Fashion Week.

“Someone has to fill those back rows!” Is a hideously optimistic phrase I actually uttered to a politely skeptical new friend I had made at AUP.

“Yeah I bet they’ll be giving tickets out at school,” is something I confidently told my parents after settling into my new Parisian apartment.

Needless to say, a few conversations and one Google search result of, “how do I get tickets for Paris Fashion Week,” later, I realized there was just no way.

Lucky for me, however, I did find something to cure my craving for couture.

Along with his One Night Only fashion show, Giorgio Armani brought with him to Paris his traveling exhibition, Eccentrico. For this weekend only, visitors to the Palais de Tokyo had the opportunity to get up close and personal with 80 pieces of the revered designer’s collections both old and new. Without so much as a guard rope keeping those who love fashion – and those who like all things that sparkle – at bay, patrons were given the opportunity to inspect the minutest details of his work and appreciate it in a way that only celebrities and those lucky enough to attend Fashion Week usually can.

I was struck, of course, by the elegance of the designs and their timeless beauty but also by how thin models must really be. Along with a collection of accessories, the Armani gowns displayed the highest caliber of design that has inspired countless others to mimic or attempt for themselves.old and new. Without so much as a guard rope keeping those who love fashion – and those who like all things that sparkle – at bay, patrons were given the opportunity to inspect the minutest details of his work and appreciate it in a way that only celebrities and those lucky enough to attend Fashion Week usually can.

Eccentrico was only in Paris for this weekend but, with numerous other exhibits moving in and out of Paris, I may not get to see Fashion Week but I doubt I’ll be at a loss of pretty dresses to Instagram.

Grace Aucella

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