Tiyana Grulovic packs for Paris

La belle vie during Paris Fashion Week entails a seemingly endless lineup of shows, presentations and appointments all designed to inspire a veritable shopping frenzy while scouring the city for all kinds of pastries along the way. (Note to all: Baked goods there are nary a miss). Herein, the things I'm most excited about - and the pieces I've packed to get me through it all.

1. White sneakers 

Since the recently-launched Adidas Stan Smiths hit the market, fresh white kicks have become the footwear of choice for the well-heeled (Moda Operandi’s resident street style bait Taylor Tomasi Hill has been wearing her Stans to death on the circuit). Suitably inspired, I’m whipping out the limited edition Nike high tops I cherished in my b-girl days, along with a crisp pair of white Chucks (the OG Stans, in my opinion).


2. Dries Van Noten – Inspirations at the musee Les Arts Decoratifs

The very first exhibition of Van Noten’s works opens up during fashion week with a preview on the 27th. Usually reserved as a posthumous honour, this show is a big deal for one of my favourite designers, where his creations will be on display alongside sketches and art pieces that served as inspiration. From March 1 to August 31.


Photo via Hudson's Bay

Photo via Hudson’s Bay

3. Topshop mom jeans

I’m trend-averse to anything that physically flatters, so naturally, I’ve been hunting for a pair of high-waisted, tapered-leg, baggy-bummed 90s jeans for a while now. Enter Topshop’s Moto Moms. They’re perfect (and actually pretty flattering, and so cool, not to mention comfortable). I wore them to a bar with my boyfriend once and he told me that he was “glad I wasn’t looking to pick up.” Success!

4. Jeanne Lanvin’s apartment

In celebration of the storied house’s 125th anniversary, Lanvin is opening up founder Jeanne’s apartment in Paris to the press this week, a rare move and killer opportunity to see the late designer’s historical abode.


Photo: Chris Moore/Getty Images

Photo: Chris Moore/Getty Images

5. Nicolas Ghesquière for Louis Vuitton

Ghesquière, the beloved (and much-missed since leaving his post at Balenciaga) experimentalist, takes his first stab at Louis Vuitton this Paris Fashion Week. Though following in Marc Jacobs’ footsteps will never be easy, this welcome switch-up is definitely show I’m most excited about.

6. Pastries!

My sweet tooth gets the ultimate workout in Paris. Pierre Herme’s macarons are a must on my list (I knowwwww, they’re no longer trending but I can’t help myself around their weird, wonderful macaron of the month creations!) And you better bet that Poilaine‘s buttery Punitions, which I scarfed throughout last season, will make their sumptuous, sugary return to my stomach.

7. Astier de Villates

An envy inducing notebook is a must for a multi-tasker like me (I tend to Tweet and jot down notes at the same time, always an exciting shuffle). Anyway, keeping my scribbles in one pretty place is a necessity, and nothing is prettier than the notebooks at Astier de Villates. I’ve been obsessed ever since my Paris-based friend Amy started gifting them to be for Christmases and birthdays.