Priyanka Chopra understands couture. Made to measure pieces have been a key part of the actress’s wardrobe since the beginning of her career, and she’s developed a knowledge and appreciation for the artistry behind each look. Front and center during the Paris collections, Chopra took in Dior’s Fall 2019 event at the brand’s Avenue Montaigne flagship with her husband Nick Jonas. Enthralled by the spectacle of designer Maria Grazia Chiuri’s architecture and philosophy-inspired creations, Chopra couldn’t help but be impressed. “There is such an elevated sophistication not only in the clothing, but in the concepts and creative of the presentations themselves,” she shared post-show. “It was cool to see how [Dior] drew inspirations from elements of nature—fire, air, water—and the feminist artist Penny Slinger.”

Known for her expansive wardrobe and ability to pull off difficult trends, Chopra lets her feelings guide her style choices, especially when she’s in the City of Light. “My fashion is as moody as I am, and any time I’m in Paris, I tend to gravitate toward super simple and feminine pieces,” she said. “I loved the color of the dress I wore to the show, and the elegance of its simplicity. It was perfect and made me feel beautiful—at the end of the day, that’s what it’s all about.” The pieces on the runway proved equally inspiring, particularly the jet black separates and dramatic ball gowns detailed with sequins and dégradé mesh. “This Dior collection had so many interesting textures and uniquely structured pieces that I really connected with,” Chopra said.

The fashion may have been thrilling, but no trip to Paris would be complete without a little relaxation. Chopra’s favorite way to unwind? Enjoying the city’s café culture and indulging in a bit of people watching during after a long summer day. “It’s crazy that it doesn’t start getting dark until 10:00 p.m.,” she said. “I love sitting at a hotel lounge or cafe with friends and family watching the world go by!”

Here, the actress takes Vogue along for her couture adventure, from getting ready pre-show to hanging out with Nick backstage.