Come into my (Haute) World

Haute Shopper, who writes the must-read blog Haute World, is from Paris (France!) where she sometimes window shops and sometimes shop shops. She was kind enough to contribute this guest post about a Canadian in Paris (oh how I wish that were me.)

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Even before I moved to Paris, previous travels to this fine city revealed one thing: the Champs-Elysées, as famous and grand as it may be, is a huge tourist trap and not really the best place for shopping – unless you’re a Louis Vuitton fan or feel like visiting yet another GAP store.
There is one big exception though: France’s favorite Canadian designer Tara Jarmon has a two-storey flagship here. It’s not flashy from the outside, but once inside, you’re greeted by a clean decor which shows off her wonderful range of colorful clothes and accessories.
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Even though Tara Jarmon is very much a Parisian label, I thought this would be the perfect store to profile for Kelsey’s blog, considering the designer is a Vancouver native who still has fond memories of the cherry blossoms on Marine Drive.
Her clothes are classic, chic, colorful and sexy, but according to Tara herself, never provocative, allowing every piece to become a timeless item in your wardrobe.
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You might have a hard time finding a local Parisian on Champs-Elysées, but once inside the store I quickly realized that almost all shoppers were local… always a good sign.
The ground floor is full of cute summery dresses, breezy casual tops and tailored classics such as blazers and trench coats. There was also a nice range of bright flowery totes, as well as sandals and scarves.
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The lower level had more such items but also an entire corner dedicated to more formal and glamorous evening gowns and dresses. Whether you’re looking for something in strong jewel tones (my personal favorite), soft pastels or muted neutrals, you’re sure to find something to suit any taste.
The items are never boring… most pieces are embroidered, beaded or feature wonderful details in tailoring or draping.
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If you’re not going to Paris anytime soon, Tara’s clothes are also available via edressme.com. But if you’re ever in town, I’d recommend paying a visit to 73 Avenue des Champs-Elysées or any of the other Tara Jarmon flagships. You might just end up with the perfect Paris souvenir.

Want to write a guest post? (Yes! I’ve been waiting for you to say that!) Send me a note at theanthology@live.com. Thanks again Haute Shopper
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4 Comments

  • Reply dapper kid June 18, 2009 at 2:48 pm

    Haha, so true, if the locals shop there, you know it’s good! What a beautiful interior, I love the layout. And what fabulous designs, I adore that printed dress.

  • Reply Liv June 18, 2009 at 10:31 pm

    what a pretty, girly store. this will be on my list of shops to visit when i’m in paris next year!

  • Reply MizzJ June 21, 2009 at 12:00 am

    Great guest post! This looks like such a pretty, girly boutique, and so cool to hear about a Canadian in Paris.

  • Reply Cafe Fashionista June 21, 2009 at 7:48 am

    Tara Jarmon + Haute World = Love! Fabulous post, darling! :)

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