RETAIL THERAPY: Fendi has opened a second Paris flagship on Rue Saint-Honoré in a space previously occupied by Patrizia Pepe. The 2,600-square-foot boutique showcases women’s ready-to-wear, furs, handbags, shoes and accessories collections designed by Karl Lagerfeld and Silvia Venturini Fendi.
• Damiani has found a new home on Place Vendôme. To mark the opening, the Italian jewelry brand will showcase a number of its Masterpiece high-jewelry pieces, including the Fiori d’Arancio Sveva tiara it codesigned with Nicoletta Romanov, a descendant of Russia’s Tsar Nicolas I.
• Launched eight years ago, French label Casey Casey has just opened its first shop carrying women’s and men’s clothes, near Boulevard Saint-Germain. The label’s British designer, Gareth Casey, is all about comfortable luxury and suggests his outfits are best worn elegantly rumpled.
• Like its Chez Marie Sixtine private apartment that opened this year, the new Marie Sixtine store in the Marais district – designed by artistic director Sandrine Place and architect Baptiste Legué — aims for a cozy feel with a mix of the French casual chic label’s rtw and a selection of home wares from other brands. — Joelle Diderich
265 Rue Saint-Honoré, 75001
Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
19 Place Vendôme, 75001
Monday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
6 Rue de Solférino, 75007
Tuesday to Saturday, 10:45 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
42 Rue du Temple, 75004
Monday to Saturday, 10:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, 2 to 7:30 p.m.
MAKEUP MOMENT: L’Oréal Paris opens its first makeup boutique in the French capital on Thursday.
The 444-square-foot flagship follows other European debuts in Italy, Spain and Portugal, but the brand bills this as a new concept. It carries 600 color-cosmetics products, including 150 that were especially created as exclusives.
The shop, situated by the c train station, was designed to look like the backstage of a Paris Fashion Week runway show and is meant to shine a spotlight on newness. To wit: It will launch monthly an exclusive, limited-edition makeup collection. The Bar À Looks (or “looks bar”) features six new looks created around a color theme by L’Oréal Paris global makeup designer Karim Rahman.
Connected services in-store include Makeup Genius, an augmented-reality application allowing people to try out makeup looks instantly and whose next-generation version launched during Paris Fashion Week. Nail Genius will be introduced here, as well.
“A creative incubator, beyond experiential shopping and instant beauty, the store is also a way to meet with our Millennial customers in real life, our global influencers,” stated Cyril Chapuy, L’Oréal Paris global president.
The brand is an official partner of Paris Fashion Week. — Jennifer Weil
La Boutique L’Oréal Paris
62 Rue de Caumartin, 75009
Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
CROWN JEWELS: The Musée d’Orsay is marking its 30th anniversary with an exhibition that includes 35 pieces on loan from historic jeweler Mellerio. “The Spectacular Second Empire, 1852-1870,” staged by Hubert Le Gall, will also feature paintings, sculptures, photographs, drawings, art objects and costumes.
A regime long associated with decadence and superficiality, the Second Empire was a prosperous era that provided a glittering backdrop for Mellerio’s creations, ranging from a naturalistic enameled brooch shaped like a lilac branch to esoteric designs inspired by Ancient Egypt.
The highlight of the show is a brooch shaped like a peacock feather that belonged to Empress Eugenie, which was recently rediscovered and is going on display for the first time. The central part of the eye, set with diamonds, emeralds, sapphires and rubies around a larger emerald, can be detached and worn as a pendant.
To coincide with the exhibition, a 96-page catalogue titled “Mellerio, Jeweler of the Second Empire” was published on Sept. 28, priced at 14.90 euros, or around $16.50 at current exchange. — J.D.
“The Spectacular Second Empire, 1852-1870”
Sept. 27 through Jan. 1, 2017
1 Rue de la Légion d’honneur, 75007 Paris
Tuesday to Sunday, 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Thursday, 9:30 a.m. to 9:45 p.m.
BRIGHT YOUNG THING: Charlotte Le Bon adds drawing to her list of talents, which already includes acting, modeling and presenting the weather (with a great sense of humor). The 30-year-old French-Canadian actress, who stars in “Yves Saint Laurent” and “The Hundred-Foot Journey,” has an art exhibition, called “One Bedroom Hotel On The Moon,” on at the Galerie Cinema in the Marais neighborhood.
Jean-Charles de Castelbajac, Vanity Fair editor in chief Michel Denisot, “Yves Saint Laurent” director Jalil Lespert and street artist JR were among friends who turned out to its opening on Sept. 8. “She is one of these multitalented actresses, who also are accomplished artists like Juliette Binoche and Louise Bourgoin,” said de Castelbajac.
“Two days after finishing shooting ‘Iris’ [Lespert’s upcoming film], I felt the urge to draw,” Le Bon told WWD. Isolation is the thread linking her pieces, which include original works, such as lithographs.
Of her show’s title, she explained: “One night, I dreamt that I was given the sales contract to build a hotel on the moon. And what better metaphor for isolation than ‘One Bedroom Hotel On The Moon’? Plus, it sounds like a rock album.” — Laure Guilbault
“One Bedroom Hotel on the Moon,” through Nov. 4
Galerie Cinema Anne-Dominique Toussaint
26 Rue Saint-Claude, 75003
Tuesday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
OTTOLENGHI CRAZE: It’s a Yotam Ottolenghi moment in Paris. The Israeli-born British chef’s cookbooks “Plenty” and “Plenty More,” which were translated into French last year, are selling like hotcakes at Le Bon Marché department store. Tickets also sold out for an event organized by trendy food organization Le Fooding on Saturday, in which the chef participated. Meanwhile, three friends who describe themselves as “fervent admirers” of Ottolenghi — Jérémy Attuil, 33; Mikael Attar, 33, and Joe Elliott, 26 (the trio already behind Gallina next door) together opened an eatery along the Canal Saint-Martin, called Ima (“mother,” translated from Hebrew) featuring Ottolenghi-inspired recipes. They include his signature cooked salads, such as roasted butternut squash and roasted cauliflower, hazelnut and pomegranate seed salads.
A large plate with a pita is priced at 15.50 euros, or $17.50. Other menu choices include the shakshuka with feta and eggs with tomatoes and sweet pepper.
The restaurant seats 26 inside and eight outside. There’s a no-booking policy here, so on weekends it’s best to arrive before noon. Salads, sold by weight, are available for takeout. — L.G.
39 Quai de Valmy, 75010
Daily 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., but closed Tuesday
ART HAPPENINGS: Belgian painter René Magritte is the subject of a compelling exhibition at the Centre Pompidou. Organized by themes, it offers a new approach to his work by examining the philosophical problems brought by the various motifs he regularly used, like words, flames or curtains.
Four decades of James Rosenquist’s creations are on display at the Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac in the Paris suburb of Pantin. Thirty-three paintings by the Pop artist, including impressive large-scale oeuvres, shed light on the splintering and crosshatching techniques typical of the former billboard painter.
More than 200 years separate them, but each was a master of portraiture, painting his circle of close friends: Henri Fantin-Latour and Rembrandt’s works are on view in the Luxembourg and Jacquemart-André museums, respectively. Both are chronologically organized. “Imaginative” paintings and still-lifes are also part of the Fantin-Latour exhibit, while the Rambrandt show includes three iconic pieces from the museum’s permanent collection.
Another rich creative encounter is happening at the Marmottan Monet museum, where the paintings of Ferdinand Hodler, Claude Monet and Edvard Munch are being featured in a show comparing their various attempts to depict challenging subjects like snow and water.
The link between fashion and art is highlighted at the Maison Européenne de la Photographie, with Herb Ritts and Gotscho exhibitions. The former brings together famous and lesser-known pictures from the fashion photographer like the Madonna “True Blue” album cover or the portrait of Nineties supermodels, while the latter spans the whole career of the visual artist, from his “dressed” photographs to large-scale, conceptual installations and a unique sound creation.
Place Vendôme is the setting of Manolo Valdés’ women sculptures. The six monumental heads made of metal and marble were especially created for the installation. — Anne-Aymone Gheerbrant
“Magritte — The Treachery of Images,” through Jan. 23, 2017
Centre Pompidou, Place Georges Pompidou, 75004
Wednesday to Monday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
“Hodler Monet Munch — To Paint the Impossible,” through Jan. 22, 2017
Musée Marmottan Monet, 2 Rue Louis-Boilly, 75016
Tuesday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Thursday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
“James Rosenquist – Four Decades, 1970-2010,” through Jan. 7, 2017
Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, 69 Avenue du Général Leclerc, 93500 Pantin
Tuesday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
“Fantin-Latour. Second Skin,” through Feb. 12, 2017
Musée du Luxembourg, 19 Rue Vaugirard, 75006
Daily, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Monday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
“Rembrandt in Confidence,” through Jan. 23, 2017
Musée Jacquemart-André, 158 Boulevard Haussmann, 75008
Monday, 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.; Tuesday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
“Herb Ritts,” through Oct. 30
“Gotscho Remix,” through Oct. 30
Maison Européenne de la Photographie, 5-7 Rue de Fourcy, 75004
Wednesday to Sunday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
“Manolo Valdès,” through Oct. 5
Place Vendôme, 75001
ROYAL AFFAIR: Alain Ducasse already is at the pinnacle of French haute cuisine and of Paris, literally, with his Jules Verne restaurant on the second floor of the Eiffel Tower. But Ore, in the Château de Versailles, is the newest jewel in his crown, with views of the palace’s stately courtyards.
The Michelin-starred chef described Ore (“mouth,” translated from Latin) as a contemporary café by day. It closes at the same time as the château, 5:30 p.m. in the low season and 6:30 p.m. in the high season. By night, the venue is available for private events with dinners evoking royal splendor of yesteryear.
Many elements of Ore’s decor give a nod to Sun King Louis XIV, ranging from brass tables chosen for their golden tones to the sun-shaped modern chandelier and the white plates from Bernardaud, also marked with the king’s favored solar motif.
The menu includes traditional French fare, such as free-range guinea fowl breast. And there’s no lack of healthy options, including the thin vegetable tart with green jus; tomato salad with goat curd, and roasted figs served with a fig leaf-infused cream. Served all day are “Marie-Antoinette’s delights,” including soufflés featuring chocolate from La Manufacture Alain Ducasse and Le Louis XIV with crispy praline, resembling an antique gold bar. Also on the menu is Châteldon sparkling water, which is said to be what Louis XIV drank at his doctor’s recommendation.
Ducasse said the process of revisiting royal dinners was fascinating for the teams. “We collected [information] from the heritage officers specialized in menus, tableware, habits and customs,” he explained.
Costumes of the era were reinterpreted by Marine Halna du Fretay, who designed the uniforms for the dinner teams. Dinners menus, meanwhile, were inspired by the court and feature libations such as Dom Pérignon’s P2 Champagne and wines including Château d’Yquem and Cheval Blanc. — L.G.
Ore Alain Ducasse, Café Contemporain (daytime); Ducasse au Château de Versailles
Pavillon Dufour, entrance through the cour des Princes, first floor
Place d’Armes, 78000 Versailles
Tuesday to Sunday. Low season: 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; High season: 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Daytime bookings: firstname.lastname@example.org
ROCKING THE 7th: It looks like the chic and quiet 7th arrondissement is becoming hipper.
Tomy Gousset’s much-anticipated restaurant Tomy & Co opened this month on Rue Surcouf. The tattooed chef with Cambodian roots is an alumnus of Daniel in New York. Earlier this year, Marie-France Cohen, founder of Bonpoint and Merci concept stores, opened with her sister-in-law Martine Cohen a tea salon and eatery in the neighborhood, called Miss Marple.
Nearby, between the Grand Palais and the Rodin Museum, is the Divellec restaurant, which just got a makeover and has doubled its surface. The 2,690-square-foot space now seats 80 inside, plus 20 on the terrace that has a view of Invalides’ esplanade. The restaurant’s decor is reminiscent of Chiltern Firehouse, including a winter garden in celadon green hues and walls with wickerwork and mirrors.
The space was revamped by architecture firm Studio KO Karl Fournier and Olivier Marty, which designed Chiltern Firehouse and New York’s Balmain boutique. The artistic direction was entrusted to Atelier Franck Durand, which has executed campaigns for fashion houses such as Isabel Marant.
“It’s an institution, immune to fashion,” said Marty, of Divellec. “You eat really well, but there’s life and energy.”
Backing the renovation is a trio made up of 35-year-old Michelin-starred chef Mathieu Pacaud (who has a penchant for fashion — his apron for Divellec was custom-made by Berluti), plus Isabelle Saglio and Philippe Grach, co-owners of neighboring L’Esplanade with legendary hotelier Jean-Louis Costes, who is also involved in Divellec.
“There’s a Madeleine Castaing atmosphere,” said Saglio, referring to the celebrated French interior designer. “It’s a place that I imagine Yves Saint Laurent might have liked.”
A bar with a pink marble countertop takes center stage. To the right, there’s the dining room and two smaller salons, one of which can be turned into a karaoke bar. Pacaud called it “chic,” “with woodwork.”
The menu has a seafood and vegetable focus. An average meal runs from 50 euros to 150 euros, or $56 to $168. — L.G.
18 Rue Fabert, 75007
Daily, 12:30 p.m. to midnight. Starting in January, opening at 8 a.m. for breakfast.
RIVERIA FLAIR: Paris just got a splash of Riviera style, with 55 Croisette — a multibrand store with units in Cannes and Saint-Tropez — recently opening a location on 56-58 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré. The two-story boutique sprawling over 4,300 square feet was designed by Monaco-based architecture firm Humbert & Poyet. The space was previously occupied by the Blumarine and Blugirl store.
“At our Paris address, we start with fall collections, and there are lots of black [pieces], including from Kristian Aadnevik, Mugler, Zuhair Murad, Alexandre Vauthier and David Koma,” explained 55 Croisette buyer Maryse Poncin. Other brands include Anthony Vaccarello — with the fall 2016 collection the last before the Belgian designer puts his signature label on hold to focus on designing Saint Laurent — Andrew Gn and Christopher Kane. There’s also a range of footwear and accessories from the likes of Paris-based hand-embroidered bag-maker Preciously. The men’s wear component includes pieces from Faith Connection, Neil Barrett, MSGM, Roberto Cavalli, Versace and Christopher Kane. — L.G.
56-58 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, 75008
Monday to Saturday, 10:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
EASTWARD HO: The 11th arrondissement is rising from the ashes. Almost a year after the November terror attacks in Paris, the Bataclan concert hall is slated to reopen, and Peter Doherty is expected to perform there on Nov. 16. The neighborhood also now boasts one of the best-stocked wine cellars in the French capital. Situated near the Canal Saint-Martin, on Rue de la Fontaine au Roi (next to A La Bonne Bière, one of the cafés that has reopened after being hit during the rampage), Vantre is the brainchild of Quebec native Marco Peletier, who until earlier this year was chief sommelier at Hotel Bristol, with chef Iacopo Chomel, from Tuscany. It boasts some 12,000 bottles, including Romanée-Conti and Petrus labels.
Vantre (which sounds like the French “ventre,” for “belly”) is what the pair describes as a “bistro à vins” (or “wine bistro”) focusing on French comfort cuisine with a Tuscan touch, such as gnocchi with sage butter, polenta and risotto. There lunch menu runs 16 euros, $18 at current exchange, for two courses. The wine list counts bottles up to $8,990. “The neighborhood’s clientele might favor natural wines and be a bit reticent about classical ones. We’re hoping to convert them,” said Peletier, who counts Rajat Parr, the former wine director of Michael Mina, and Daniel Johnnes, the wine director Daniel Boulud’s restaurants, as his pals. Vantre is also open for dinner. — L.G.
19 Rue de la Fontaine au Roi, 75011
Hours: Monday to Friday, for lunch and dinner