With its breathtaking venues and season-defining collections, Paris Fashion Week is truly inspirational. So far, we’ve watched Isabel Marant add sparkle to the Jardin du Palais Royal, Nina Ricci match the glamour of the Grand Palais, and Céline transform the Tennis Club de Paris into a a tent of primary colors, and so many more. The city itself is more than a backdrop—its grandiose energy sets the tone for the week.

And what a week it’s been! Sure, it can be exhausting dashing between the shows, presentations, and market appointments, but we always find time to slow down and appreciate a spectacular building, infectious smile, or delicious pain au chocolat. Sroll on for a look at a week’s worth of excitement through the eyes of Barneys.

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That Parisian glow.

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It can get pretty crazy outside the shows with the flurry of photographers—a sense of humor and a smile go a long way.

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The gang’s all here: Barneys’ Sr. EVP/COO & Chief Merchant, Daniella Vitale, CEO Mark Lee, and EVP/GMM of Women’s, Jennifer Sunwoo.

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Final touches backstage at Paco Rabanne.

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A smile among the chaos backstage at Paco Rabanne.

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Quiet moments and grand buildings.

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In Paris, there’s a charming sidewalk cafe on every street, which means fueling up between appointments is pas de problème.

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“The beauty of Paris market is in the midst of running around from show to showroom you catch a glimpse of some of the most beautiful architecture and views of the city,” says Senior Fashion Director Tomoko Ogura (wearing Simon Miller, tricot Comme des Garcons, and The Row’s Drum Bag).

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Getting to the shows is half the fun.

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Prepping the blunt bangs backstage at Acne Studios.

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A strong lip to finish backstage at Acne Studios.

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Contagious backstage smiles.

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