The January show is held during S/S Haute Couture fashion week, and the city oozes sophistication and style.
As the name suggests, Maison et Objet is a design fair dedicated to objects more than furniture, beautiful and unusual objects of every shape and size take center stage.
We arrived in Paris after an indulgent Eurostar journey. I'm talking cheese platters, mini bottles of red wine and gin and tonics from the M&S outside the station. My friend and I fantasied that we were Serena & Blair/ Kendall & Bella heading to Paris.
Dinner was at Brasserie Flottes with my work colleagues, and I treated myself to foie gras and lobster mango salad.
Early start at the fair.
We had exhibitors passes so we arrived before the doors were open to the public.
It was fascinating being the first to see the halls when they were still empty of the crowds. Some of the exhibitors were still applying final touches and giving the products their final tweaks.
The most magical part of the experience was the Baccarat party at the Galerie-Musee Baccarat. Stepping into the party was like stepping back in time, the building used to be the private mansion of a wealthy American socialite in the early 1900's.
We were greeted by handsome men in black tie and giant blue chandeliers. The sweeping staircases led up to the original grand ball room. The Maison felt like a mini version of Versailles where models in wispy blue gowns and tiaras sipped on champagne and blue curacau cocktails - Marie-Antionette moment.
(Also, after some research I realised this venue was used in the Gossip Girl Paris episodes)
The final stop before dinner was the Saint Louis cocktail party where they launched their new crystal collection 'Folia'.
Then back in the office on Monday 9 am.
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