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Paris Fashion Week Diary SS19

FASHION & LIFESTYLE, Uncategorized - Zara Durrani - February 10, 2019

Day 1: First up I was interviewed by the lovely Olesya Okuneva for World Fashion Channel about my look.

In September 2018, I had the opportunity to work as the Paris correspondent for Emmy nominated Fashion News Live seen globally on Amazon Prime. It was an intense, amazing and surreal experience to witness all the amazing shows while sitting front row, getting backstage access and exclusive interviews with brilliant designers from around the world.

Here are some highlights.

Day 1: First up I was interviewed by the lovely Olesya Okuneva for World Fashion Channel about my look.


Wearing an outfit from Miriam Budet Atelier at the Fatima Lopes show.


A quick photo before everyone was allowed access into the show.


Day 2: Look from Miriam Budet Atelier, first Puerto Rican designer to show her collection at Paris Fashion Week. I have to say I’m a fan. photo by Leandro Marte


Coffee break in between shows photo by Leandro Marte


One of my favourite instagrammers/boss babe Jeanne Damas.


Day 3 at PFW SS19


My vintage Chloe coat kept me warm on this freezing cold day.


Photographer’s pit.

Day 4: Shooting the intro of our PFW SS19 episode by the Louvre.


Customer made dress thanks to Jad Couture.




Cleopatra vibes.



Day 5: Morning at Cafe de Marly to film backstage at 8 am with a gorgeous view of the Louvre.


Backstage interviews before the show starts!


Ran into my other favourite instagrammer/model Doina, who was super sweer to do an interview with us.


Day 6: Shooting street style.


Day 7: Gorgeous view of the Eiffel Tower from Palais de Tokyo. Wearing Miriam Budet atelier.



This photo was right before the Christophe Guillarme show which marked the end of fashion week!

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One Month in Paris

TRAVEL, Uncategorized - Zara Durrani - March 12, 2018

Today marks one month in Paris. I woke up feeling mixed emotions. Perhaps because since I got here or even before I have been working non-stop.

I remember telling my friends, including myself prior to my move, I’m moving to Europe so I can slow down a bit, not work 16 hour days. Here they call my go-getter vibe “the American way”. Oh you’re so American (actually Canadian). My friend Evie from London reminded me to reflect on the past month, and take in the fact that I actually made the move. It takes guts to make any kind of change. So perhaps today, right now I’ll sit down and acknowledge that I am following my heart and my dreams.

What this past month has taught me

  1. There is no problem! Seems to be the famous line I hear from every Parisian. Perhaps it’s my North American workaholic stress case mentality but I could use this attitude. When a client doesn’t pay on time or life is not going as planned I need to remind myself with a heavy french accent “Relax, there’s no problem!”
  2. Do life on your own terms. Live where you want to live. Drink what you want to drink.
  3. Listen to your heart.
  4. Focus on the good. Make a list of things that are going well, instead of the one thing that is not going as planned.
  5. Speak up. Say what’s on your heart or mind.
  6. Don’t waste your life living someone else’s dream.
  7. Trust that everything is going to work out. The universe has your back!
  8. Do the work, then let go!

“I hope you will go out and let stories, that is life, happen to you, and that you will work with these stories… water them with your blood and tears and your laughter till they bloom, till you yourself burst into bloom.”  Women who Run with the Wolves

Photos by Kai He from Fashion News Live

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