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Day-to-Night Dressing in Paris with Danielle Williams-Eke

Day-to-Night Dressing in Paris with Danielle Williams-Eke

by Melissa Magsaysay

11 Honoré Design Director, Danielle Williams-Eke Makes a Whirlwind Trip to Paris Look Effortlessly Chic, Wearing Just a Few Versatile Pieces.

Talk about incredibly streamlined packing and smart styling. When Danielle Williams-Eke, design director of 11 Honoré was planning her trip to Paris to attend Première Vision, the trade show that supplies the global fashion industry with fabric, trim and packaging, she made the most of the designer pieces stowed in her suitcase.

Day-to-Night Dressing in Paris with Danielle Williams-Eke

“When I pack for work trips, I tend to pack items that I can wear in multiple ways,” says Williams-Eke. “I like packing dresses because they are easy to throw on and go and I can easily take them from day to night. I also choose layering pieces that work well back to multiple looks. Shoes and accessories are where I tend to over pack because those help make each look feel different.”

Day-to-Night Dressing in Paris with Danielle Williams-Eke

Between running to meetings, appointments, seminars and dinners, the designer still managed to take in plenty of creative inspiration.

“There is so much I love about Paris, but I would say that number one is simply the architecture,” says Williams-Eke. “There is something so regal about the buildings flanked by huge columns and ornate gold trim. Even the simplest buildings are a work of art.”

Look 1

Nicholas - Melilla Shirt Dress

This dress is perfection. The length is great, it has pockets, the self-belt is perfect for cinching in the waist, plus there’s the added attention to detail of the hammered shank buttons. But, I think what I love most about this dress is that it can easily transition from Fall/Winter to Spring/Summer with a simple change of accessories.

Day

For the day look I wanted to keep it comfy for walking around both the city and the trade show. The days are long, so comfort is key. I paired this dress with comfy sneakers and a Veda moto jacket.

Night

With the temperature dropping at night, I layered the dress with the most amazing wool coat from Marina Rinaldi. I switched up the shoe to a heeled bootie and added a satin puffy headband.

Look 2

Preen by Thronton Bregazzi – Hadley Skirt

This skirt just screams glam to me. The printed sequin, which can also flip to matte silver sequin, adds fun to any look. I am also a lover of ruching on anything because it helps camouflage the areas I don’t love.

Day

I was excited to wear sequins during the day. I feel like I am seeing shine during the day as a trend more and more. I paired this with a cozy sweater because it was freezing out, but this could easily be worn with a neutral sweatshirt for an even more casual look. I loved mixing sneakers with the skirt because I like bringing in an “athleisure” touch.

Night

For night all I needed was to switch my shoes to a croc mule and add a clutch.

Look 3

Zero + Maria Cornejo – Wrap Aki Dress

This dress is actually really comfortable. The silk-elastane fabric combination is draped into an oversized bodice and the skirt has enough stretch to hug the curves. I also love the black and white abstract marble print, which easily transitions from day to night.

Day

For the day look I wanted to play on this grungy marble print so I paired the dress with combat boots and a leather moto jacket. I also love the addition of a hat for both form and function on this brisk, windy Paris day.

Night

A sexy knee-high boot and pop red lip was all I needed to switch this up for a night out.

Even during a quick trip, she makes sure to stop for a traditional crepe and of course, the best shopping in the world. Here, Williams-Eke shares her go-to spots for dining, sightseeing and shopping in the City of Lights.

Shopping

Galeries Lafayette & Printemps

The most beautiful department stores. The surrounding area also has some good shopping.

Dining

Breakfast/Brunch

Angelina.This 1900’s tea room makes you feel like you traveled back in time. Known for their pastries and hot chocolate.

Dinner

Being completely honest I’m not a huge fan of French dinner food so I tend to lean towards Italian. I’m assuming the proximity to Italy is the reason why any Italian I’ve had in Paris has been amazing. My favorite place is a small spot a couple of blocks from L’Opera called Casa Cosa. It's small but always busy. Great food, great wine and great dessert!

A Must

Crepes, Crepes, Crepes. I’m not too particular about a specific restaurant but just make sure it’s a traditional Crêperie and not one of the “fast food” crepe places.

Culture

I love to plan travel for myself and others and one resource I tend to use is the Hop-On/Hop-Off Bus. It's very cliché and “touristy” but is the best solution for seeing a city like Paris. It allows you to see a little of everything and then you can decide what you want to explore. Of course, hop off at the Louvre and visit Mona Lisa.

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