Think Paris Fashion Week is all about the clothes? We highlight 5 beautiful interiors that designers love to use for the shows
1. Cour Marly, Louvre Museum The venue of Louis Vuitton's upcoming Fall Winter 2017 show next week, the Cour Marly in the Richelieu wing of the Lourve museum houses sculptures that date back to Louis XIV's time. Past greats decorate this multi-level hall, including Julius Caesar and the Four Captives. Natural light streams in generously through the glass roof, allowing light to bestow its goodness on the ficus trees that are placed among the sculptures.
2. Oval room, The Richelieu-Louvois Library The host for Givenchy's Fall Winter 2017 show, this institution of education is described as "the historic cradle of the Bibliothèque nationale de France". The former headquarters of the French National Library, the Richelieu Library includes the libraries of the Institut National d'Histoire de l'Art and the École nationale des Chartes. Designed by one of 19th century's most important architects, Henri Labrouste, the room's towering ceilings house interiors inspired by the markets and railway stations of Paris at the time.
3. The Mona Bismarck American Center A charming 19th century townhouse that will showcase Zuhair Murad's upcoming Fall Winter 2017 collection, the Mona Bismarck American Center is home to American art and culture from the 20th and 21st century. Bordering the Seine river, its interiors were refurbished in the '50s to reflect a classic and romaticised stye that favoured intricate woodwork as well as exotic Chinese tapestry.
4. Hôtel de Ville de Paris The likes of Bella Hadid and Jourdan Dunn walked through the rich interiors of the Hôtel de Ville for Lanvin's Fall Winter 2017 show. It sees the brand's return to this storied location, which also housed Bouchra Jarrar's debut show for Lanvin. Apart from hosting its fashionable friends, the building has played a part in historic events such as the French Revolution and the Franco-Prussian war. Serving as the seat of the Paris City Council since 1357, the current Hôtel de Ville de Paris building was built by architects Théodore Ballu and Edouard Deperthes in the neo-Renaissance style after the previous structure was destroyed in the fire.
5. Opera ballroom, InterContinental Paris Le Grand Registered as a historical monument, the Opera Ballroom in the InterContinental Paris Le Grand is a beauty that's more than 150 years old. Its grand ballroom has been the choice setting for haute couture shows, where fashion's most exquisite collections roam under the watchful eyes of Aimé Millet's statues of 48 musicians. The hotel was designed during Napoleon III's time by Charles Garnier, the same architect behind the Paris Opera House.