A few spots for relaxing, dining, shopping and appreciating culture during collections.
BABY BOOM: Celesta, a trendy new boutique in the Marais, believes a taste for fashion starts early: from newborns to age eight. “The [children’s retail] market in Paris needed a trendy multibrand store for infants,” said owner Marlène Pellici, who also designs a small collection of her own. Up-and-coming European labels such as Pilar, Rita Co Rita, Simple Kids, Essentiel and Maan are among the upscale brands on offer. The 3,000-square-foot emporium also sells toys and is equipped with giant televisions blasting nonstop cartoons to keep the kiddies occupied. Meanwhile, the Left Bank also has a new addition for new additions: Serendipity specializes in designer furniture and decorations for toddlers. Celesta: 23 Rue Debelleyme, 331-42-72-15-59; Serendipity: 17 Rue des Quatre-Vents, 331-40-46-01-15.
ARTFUL ABUNDANCE: Fall is a feast for art lovers in Paris. Besides a round of blockbuster museum shows — including the Modern Art Museum’s exhibition of Maurizio Cattelan in the chapel at the Beaux-Arts and the Veronese show at the Luxembourg Museum — Pierre et Gilles are showing new work at the Emanuel de Noirmont gallery, and the Bernadette Corp. is making the transition from fashion to art at Yvon Lambert, who is also featuring Jenny Holzer. More fashion crossover acts include Hedi Slimane, whose photos of rock concerts are on display at Galerie Almine Rech, and Frank Perrin, the founder of Crash magazine, who will show pictures of the runway juxtaposed with joggers at Jousse Enterprise. Over at the Pompidou Center, French artist Xavier Veilhan is exhibiting his striking “light machines” and installations in his first solo show. Concurrently, the Pompidou has “Sound and Light,” exploring those themes with works by Pierre Huyghes, Bill Viola and Bruce Nauman. Also notable are Chinese artist Wong Du’s installations, on view at the Palais de Tokyo.
AT THE SAVOY: Guy Savoy, the beloved three-star chef, strikes again with Le Chiberta, a chic new bistro. Designer Jean-Michel Wilmotte created a predominantly black decor, with a large Bertrand Lavier painting in one dining room and a red Gérard Traquandi in the other. Whether starting with vichyssoise with watercress or egg in a vegetable and mushroom aspic, the mouth waters. And it gets better with John Dory fish with tomatoes, leeks and melted parmesan, or Espelette pepper pigeon with tender string beans. And anyone could just melt for the praline chocolate fondant. Le Chiberta: 3 Rue Arsène Houssaye, 331-53-53-42-00.PAST PRESENT: Fashion icons never die in France; they get the museum treatment. At least, that’s the case with Sylvie Vartan, the pop chanteuse who first gained popularity in the Sixties. The Galliera museum of fashion has organized an exhibition around the evolution of Vartan’s style, including her wedding gown for her marriage to former husband Johnny Hallyday, France’s answer to Elvis. The show, which runs Oct. 14 to Feb. 27, corresponds with Vartan’s revival tour, for which Chanel’s Karl Lagerfeld has whipped up her costumes. Galleria: 10 Avenue Pierre 1er de Serbie; 33-156-52-86-00.
PRIMPING IN PARIS: Hair chain Jacques Dessange marked its 50th anniversary by sprucing up its 10,764-square-foot flagship. It features endless styling, treatment and coloring stations, a nail bar and private VIP rooms. In the basement, the Rose Institute offers the sumptuous “Soins aux Fleurs,” or “Treatment With Flowers,” a two-hour extravagance that includes a body scrub, a long soak in a bath filled with rose petals and essential oils, a full body massage and head-and-shoulder touches with tuning forks. Meanwhile, the new Arc de Triomphe Hilton has unveiled Spa Mosaïc, a 4,300-square-foot spa using Decleor and Carita products. The space, which also includes a hammam, a sauna and a fitness center, features a hydro-tonic Jacuzzi that massages every muscle. A 20-minute eye contour treatment costs $37 (30 euros), while a 90-minute intense moisturizing facial is $138 (112 euros). Dessange Paris: 39 Avenue Franklin Roosevelt, 331-43-59-31-31. Spa Mosaïc: 51/57 Rue de Courcelles, 331-58-36-68-09.
SERS AND HIS: Paris’ “golden triangle” has gained another exclusive four-star hotel. Situated off Avenue George V, what used to be the Marquis de Sers Hotel received an overhaul to restore 19th-century details, but within an overall contemporary scheme. French architect Thomas Vidalenc mixes modern and classic styles, and the 52 rooms and six suites are all bright and spacious. A majestic staircase leads to a bar with a restored marble fireplace and parquet floor, while a long gallery leads to the restaurant and a courtyard. Standard rooms start at $480, while a breathtaking panoramic suite goes for $1,300. Hotel de Sers: 41 Avenue Pierre 1er de Serbie, 331-53-2375-75.— Chantal Goupil, Robert Murphy, Emilie Marsh, Brid Costello and Gretchen Worsely
Taking the final spot on the mens’ portion of New York Fashion Week calendar next month will be none other than @tomford. Though he’s shown his men’s wear in New York in the past, this will mark the first time the designer has shown his men’s collection alone during New York Fashion Week: Men’s. His runway show will debut on February 6 at the Park Avenue Armory. #wwdfashion
London-based couture house @ralphandrusso has certainly been in the spotlight, having its dresses worn by @beyonce, Angelina Jolie, Meghan Markle in her engagement photos and more. For couture, Tamara Ralph focused on ornamentation — think: feathers with chain mail, jet embroidery and clusters of pearls and crystals. See the rest of the collection on WWD.com #wwdfashion #couture (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo)
Minnie Mouse celebrated her 90th birthday by getting her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. For her celebratory luncheon, @coach’s creative director @stuartvevers dressed her in a custom made prairie dress, complete with Vever’s take on the polka dot – black sequined versions – under a cropped motorcycle jacket. The designer also put his own mark on Minnie’s classic red shoes, infusing the color with sparkles and adding some Coach crystals. “We chose colors that were very Minnie and also represented quintessential Coach elements,” said Vevers. #wwdfashion #nationalpolkadotday (📷: George Chinsee)
@nickjonas is unveiling his first-ever apparel collection through a partnership with John Varvatos. The limited-edition capsule, which makes its debut in spring, also marks the first time the designer has collaborated with anyone on a line. “The process in working with Nick is amazing. It’s inspiring to be around someone who is not only connected with the trade that they do, but also with what’s happening in the environment around him, and how that connects to what we do with style,” said Varvatos. (RG: @johnvarvatos) #wwdfashion
@margotrobbie steps out onto the red carpet wearing @miumiu. The actress is nominated for “Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role” in “I, Tonya” at the #SagAwards. (📷: Stewart Cook) #wwdfashion
For @massimogiorgetti of @msgm, the Nineties are his favorite decade. “They had a huge impact on my personal growth. What I like of the Nineties is that they are not so precise in terms of style as other decades…there was actually a bit of everything,” he said. As seen on MSGM’s Spring 2018 show: tie-dye and a bit of grunge, two styles that are synonymous with the decade #wwdfashion #wwddecades (📷: @kukukuba)