How to wear it: Séverine Pierron

Séverine Pierron’s many roles – as deputy editor-in-chief at French GQ and contributor to Le Monde and Madame Figaro – have taken her on wild assignments all over the world, from hanging with Pharrell at Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, to covering New York fashion week. Currently editor-in-chief of the Centre Pompidou’s online magazine, she talks to us about her travel essentials and Paris’s under-the-radar cultural highlight.

What was your all-time greatest trip and what made it so special?  

My greatest trip was to New Orleans and Louisiana’s bayous following in the footsteps of the TV show True Detective. It involved nights in crazy dive bars in the bayous with gun-toting locals, who taught me how to play darts and drink bootleg whisky. And a close second was Coachella in 2014, when I got caught in a sandstorm and really thought I was about to get lost in the desert trying to find a taxi in the middle of nowhere at 2am. 

What are your travel essentials?   

Earplugs for the plane, Caudalie hand cream, super-comfy Uniqlo leggings, worn-out Converse, and Céline by Hedi Slimane sunglasses.

If you had one tip for visitors to Paris, what would it be?  

Go up to the terrace of Centre Pompidou. It is free and has the best view of Paris. The escalator that takes you up is called “la Chenille” (the Caterpillar) – it’s a quintessentially Parisian experience.  

What is your best under-the-radar Paris cultural highlight?  

The old French Communist Party headquarters in the 19th arrondissement. Inaugurated in 1971, it was designed by Oscar Niemeyer and is a hidden gem, a kind of futuristic spaceship, with a very impressive dome. Prada, Gaultier and Thom Browne have all done their fashion shows there, and you can now rent the place, which is so ironic. It is truly a wonderful place.

Where does the best sausages in Paris?

I only go once a year, as it is a very special dish, but the traditional andouillettes from the iconic Brasserie Lipp in Saint-Germain-des-Prés are impossible to beat! 

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