What Paris Fashion Week Really Looks Like, Through the Eyes of Model Sophie Koella on W Magazine

Last October, model Sophie Koella walked in her first fashion show. And not just any show: She was booked as an exclusive to open Natacha Ramsay-Levi’s first fashion show for Chloé. Fast-forward a year, and Koella was back at Paris Fashion Week, walking for Chloé, of course, as well as Dior and Giambattista Valli. Here, a behind-the-scenes look at the model’s most recent Paris Fashion Week.
Starting to finally feel like fall (in Paris, at least).
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Starting to finally feel like fall (in Paris, at least).

A photosynthesizing flower, the lovely Adesuwa.
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A photosynthesizing flower, the lovely Adesuwa.

Dance rehearsals the eve of the Dior show. Watching this felt extra special to me since I studied classical ballet for 10 years.
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Dance rehearsals the eve of the Dior show. Watching this felt extra special to me since I studied classical ballet for 10 years.

Me and Miss Lily Stewart, a dear friend and fellow Californian, backstage at Dior. I was so happy to share most shows with her this season.
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Me and Miss Lily Stewart, a dear friend and fellow Californian, backstage at Dior. I was so happy to share most shows with her this season.

Dior finale excitement/my overall mood this entire season. Photo creds: Louis Kim.
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Dior finale excitement/my overall mood this entire season. Photo creds: Louis Kim.

If you know, you know. Shoutouts Hotel Le Pigalle, my go-to spot when in Paris for work.
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If you know, you know. Shoutouts Hotel Le Pigalle, my go-to spot when in Paris for work.

Chambre avec vue (room widda view).
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Chambre avec vue (room widda view).

Same same same same same.
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Same same same same same.

In hair and makeup for Chloé, with another one of my faves, Jing Wen.
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In hair and makeup for Chloé, with another one of my faves, Jing Wen.

(This is a walking-to-the-metro-stop selfie.)
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(This is a walking-to-the-metro-stop selfie.)

Chaperoned my new friend Kaya around Paris, and brought her to Sacré Cœur on my last day off. How beauty is this pic?
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Chaperoned my new friend Kaya around Paris, and brought her to Sacré Cœur on my last day off. How beauty is this pic?

Shot of Kaya getting the shot of a couple getting the shot.
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Shot of Kaya getting the shot of a couple getting the shot.

More good French food with Miss Dara.
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More good French food with Miss Dara.

Gross French food with Dara.
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Gross French food with Dara.

Gross French food with Dara (cont).
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Gross French food with Dara (cont).

Backstage at Giambattista Valli, my final show in Paris. Feeling blessed for all the adventures I had this season but def ready to go home <3.
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Backstage at Giambattista Valli, my final show in Paris. Feeling blessed for all the adventures I had this season but def ready to go home <3.

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