How These 3 Street Style Stars Are Packing for Paris Fashion Week
After the whirlwind circuit of the collections in New York, London, and Milan, with the attendant show-going, party-hopping, and jet-setting, by the time Paris rolls around, a certain amount of fashion fatigue is bound to set in. But when we spoke to three of the world’s most prominent street style stars—Hey Woman! cofounder and creative director Veronika Heilbrunner; photographer and All the Pretty Birds founder Tamu McPherson; and Nordstrom’s VP of creative projects, Olivia Kim—we quickly discovered that, in fact, there’s plenty of fresh wardrobe inspiration out there. In fact, as they tell us, they’ll be kicking things into overdrive to match the savoir faire of the fashion capital.
Using tricks they’ve perfected over the seasons—from plotting out looks ahead of time to perfecting the go-to airport ensemble to applying for Global Entry—Heilbrunner, McPherson, and Kim have mastered the sartorial game. Here, they share their Paris Fashion Week packing lists and the new and favorite pieces they’ll be wearing to the Fall shows.
She Can’t Leave Home Without . . .
At least one pair of my Levi’s 501 vintage jeans. They are the perfect backup item, and I simply love living in them!
The Luggage She Rolls With
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I always travel with my black Prada nylon backpack. It holds my laptop, hard drive, and all my reading material. My purse at the moment is the Gucci Dionysus bag. It’s filled with Susanne Kaufmann hydrating mist, Kiehl’s lavender hand balm, my Glossier lip balm, wallet, keys, iPhone and extra charger case, business cards, headphones, and chewing gum.
Fashion Week Packing Strategy 101
Every look is planned in advance and has its own pile next to the suitcase. Once all is complete, I unfold my clothes and layer them thinly in one side of my suitcase on top of each other. Once this is done, the look reminds me a bit of a stack of pancakes. I jam my socks and underwear in the unused side pockets to make sure every little centimeter is used and also that the clothes are safe from wrinkling too much. I use my unworn gym clothes to stuff my bags instead of using silk paper, and I wrap all bags and every single shoe in dust bags to protect them. Then I layer them on the opposite side of the suitcase and play Tetris to make sure all is fixed and safe and doesn’t get squeezed in a bad way.
Delicate jewelry is going into hard case clutches, and sunglasses should always be in a hard case. Most important is to put every toiletry bag, no matter how beautiful or high quality it may look, into a plastic bag to make sure nothing spills on my clothes. I sound like a maniac, but I love my clothes and just want to protect them!
A Simple Airport Uniform Is Perfect for Working
I always keep my airport look simple in black or blue jeans, a turtleneck, and a big comfy coat. It’s all very monochrome, so my colorful sneakers, wool hat, extra-big wool scarf or poncho, backpack, and small bag don’t make me look like a crazy person. Honestly, I just want to be comfortable and warm while traveling. The airport is my office, and the better I feel, the more work I can manage.
Global Entry or Pre–Check-In?
I am always pre-checked in. I try to avoid queuing so I’m always ready to jump on the plane ASAP!
Paris Brings Out a Different Vibe
The big difference with Paris is always the weather. It’s a bit warmer than in the other cities, so it’s less about jackets and coats and more about amazing floor-length dresses and skirts. They’re easier to wear when it’s dry and sunny!
Saving the Best for Last
I definitely have got some debut pieces in my suitcase for Paris! I am super-excited to bring out my Chloé floral dress with the tracksuit top and my Valentino cowboy boots. Also, I’ve got an Acne blazer that I might be wearing as a dress!
HeatTech in Lieu of Statement Coats
I try to travel as light as possible—a maximum of two suitcases. I don’t bring any extra choices, because otherwise we couldn’t fit into our hotel room with the luggage of two Fashion Week travelers inside. So I bring two coats max and one leather jacket. To manage to look different, I often leave the house without a coat and instead wear many layers of HeatTech and turtlenecks underneath. It makes more sense, because I am basically always running and rarely cold.
This season it’s my suede Converse All Stars in mustard and bordeaux, my Eytys Kibo boot in black, all my white sneakers, and my Aquazzura Alexa patent pump in black.
Paris Shopping Plans
I’m definitely going to be circling all the Miu Miu stores for the nude satin ballerinas!
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