The Fashion Insider's Guide to Paris

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If there's one country we're continually influenced by, it's France. From French fashion to interiors, the nation's romantic capital in particular is a constant source of inspiration. It doesn't matter how many times you've been—or even if you haven't—Paris always tops our travel bucket list. Global style-setters clamor to visit the stylish city, too, including internationally acclaimed celebrity hairstylist Wendy Iles, who has called the city home for 25 years.

Iles is a favorite of stars like Marion Cotillard, Léa Seydoux, and Keira Knightley, to name a few, while iconic fashion houses like Dior and Chanel have the stylist on speed dial. She's the creative mastermind behind many of the signature hair looks from Paris Fashion Week, as well as the visionary behind the global campaigns of Louis Vuitton, Hermès, Maybelline, L'Oréal and more. Oh, and she also founded her own hair care line, Iles Formula. But career aspirations aside, Iles says living in Paris has taught her so much about life and the beauty of "taking the time to enjoy every moment at meals."

"I'm quite an expert now on French wine," she said. "I can tell the difference between a good baguette and a bad one just by looking at it, but mostly it has softened me as a woman. I feel so feminine in this city; it's quite contagious. I felt it the first moment I moved here 25 years ago, and I feel the transformation take place every time I fly back home to Paris."

To fête the launch of the F/W 16 fashion season, we tapped the hairstylist for her favorite under-the-radar Paris hot spots. 

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