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Left: Blogger Garance Dore in Paris (photo: Scott Schuman). Right: boutique shopping (photo: © Atout France/Jean François Tripelon−Jarry).

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WHERE DO THE WORLD’S MOST DISCERNING FASHION WRITERS SHOP WHEN IN PARIS? A COMBINATION OF CLASSIC FAVOURITES, AS BLOGGER GARANCE DORE TELLS ELLA LOMBARDI.

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hen Garance Dore was starting out as a young fashion illustrator, a cutting criticism from one of Paris’ top agents left her reeling. Admittedly, she was wearing a rather wholesome-looking winter parka. And a decade on, with a wildly successful fashion blog to her credit, Garance can look back and laugh at the put-down of: “You’ll never make it, you don’t have the right look.” “Was she tactless? Yes. Was she correct? Absolutely,” says the Corsican-born fashionista. Her ability to laugh at herself, combined with a quirky Parisian sensibility, was exactly what the fashion followers wanted when Garance posted her first blog entry in June 2006, and her blog has attracted a cult following ever since. “Parisians do casual chic well because they aren’t overly concerned with trends,” said the New

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York-based Garance. “They are great at figuring out what suits their bodies and working with that.” We caught up with Garance to find out what her top fashion pit stops are when she returns to Paris. Colette “There is nothing better in the world to me than this crazy concept store,” Garance enthuses. It’s a mad mix of eclectic and edgy fashion, electronics, design, books, music and beauty products. You’ll spot celebrities in here alongside young fashionistas. The fashion department features a serious selection of the latest looks from bigname designers to the up-and-coming kids. www.colette.fr 213 Rue St Honore, Paris 75001 Palais Royal Under the beautiful arches of the grand Palais Royal is where some of the city’s finest boutiques are tucked away. Long-term tenants

specialising in vintage coins and medals sit alongside fashion-forward boutiques such as Stella McCartney, Acme, Rick Owens, Marc Jacobs, a Pierre Hardy shoe boutique and galleries for haute art, objects and jewellery. Stop to swoon over Didier Ludot’s vintage couture with Dior and Chanel gowns from the 1920s and 40s. en.parisinfo.com/museum-monuments Jardins du Palais-Royal, 75001 Paris Le Marais It should be on everyone’s must-visit list, because Le Marais is still one of the cutest places to wander and shop in Paris. Formidable French brands including A.P.C., Vanessa Bruno, Christophe Lemaire, Isabel Marant are all here. If you need a break, drop by one of the tiny public gardens dotted about and watch the world go by. “I always end a shopping trip with a treat and tea from the Rose Bakery,” Garance adds. Le Marais, 75003 Paris Cont’d p70 >>>

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