LIZ CABRAL

LIZ CABRAL

HELL ON WHEELS

Stylist and Flare magazine Fashion Director Liz Cabral on the perils of navigating Paris Fashion Week.

Ten years ago I was a young, wide-eyed fashion editor at Flare magazine, in my hometown of Toronto.

My first time at the ready-to-wear shows in Paris was a very thrilling and overwhelming experience. I felt like I was thrown into the center of the universe;

anyone remotely interested in fashion [knows Paris] is ‘THE MECCA.’

One night, I took a taxi to the John Paul Gaultier show. I couldn’t speak much French, and I had a really rude taxi driver who decided that he was going to leave me wherever he stopped, so I was left to wander some weird Parisian streets in the middle of who knows where.

I was totally lost, it was raining, and the heel of my shoe broke.

I ended up missing the show because I had no idea where I was or where I was going. There were no iPhones back then; I couldn’t open the Maps app and find the directions.

It was the biggest ‘I can’t believe this is happening to me’ moment.

To this day, I still remember [the feeling of] being so young, naïve, and totally overcome with grief. If that were to happen now, I’d be like:

Okay, no big deal; just get on the Métro.

— as told to The Thick

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Cabral in Paris, 2011-2012, photographs by Marcy Swingle, Phil Oh, and Sandra Semburg