Through fashionable Paris in the footsteps of Audrey Hepburn

    Philippa
    04 Feb 2015
    Clock 80min      Length2mi
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    Avenue Montaigne

    Avenue Montaigne
    Through fashionable Paris in the footsteps of Audrey Hepburn

    Cross the road here, and turn left up the Avenue Montaigne.

    Like the Avenue George V, the Avenue Montaigne is a grand street, closely associated with the fashion industry. For much of the 20th century, the big couturiers clustered around the rue du Faubourg St-Honoré, which we will see later. But since about the 1980s, the Avenue Montaigne has been considered the most prestigious address for fashion houses.

    As you walk all the way from the Seine to the Champs-Elysées along this street, you will pass boutiques displaying Prada, Valentino, Chanel, Armani, Louis Vuitton, Nina Ricci, Yves St-Laurent, and Christian Dior. This is the perfect spot to engage in the French pastime known as lecher les vitrines -- literally, "licking the windows" -- which English-speaking people call window-shopping.

    Audrey always favoured Givenchy, but in the 1960s she modelled for other couturiers, including Yves St-Laurent, and was occasionally spotted at fashion shows given by Dior and other designers on this street.

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