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STUCK LIKE GLOU: These days, Parisians favor good-value eateries like Glou, a new restaurant located on the hip Rue Vieille du Temple and already frequented by the likes of Marion Cotillard, Carole Bouquet and John Galliano. Glou offers straightforward
dishes made with excellent products at reasonable prices. For example, a generous plate of delicious Bellota ham or mini-sardines with a sweet and tender salad is available for 9 euros ($11 at current exchange), and organic salmon with sesame seeds and delicate spinach shoots for 19 euros ($24). For dessert, there are incredible Jacques Genin pastries for 8 euros ($10). Meanwhile, a new Costes restaurant located at 4 Place Saint Germain des Prés is scheduled to open in early March. Decorated by Christian Liaigre, the new eatery will also feature artwork from Sophie Lafont and Gérard Traquandi.
101 Rue Vieille du Temple, 3rd
NO SWEAT: American Kelly Dailey Vinoche — who runs the Paris outpost of the San Francisco-based fitness program The Dailey Method, founded by her sister — leads 75-minute, Pilates-based classes that have gathered a following among fashionable and time-pressed clients who appreciate not having to shower after every workout. Proceeds from some classes and other studio-sponsored private events currently benefit two orphanages in Oyugis and Kakamega, Kenya. Rates are 40 euros ($51) for a group class (seven people maximum), 120 euros ($153) for a private session or 150 euros ($192) for a double.
The Dailey Method
71 Avenue Victor Hugo, 16th.
SHIP’S IN: Straight from the captain’s quarters to the catwalk, the Musée National de la Marine’s latest exhibition explores the long-standing relationship between naval culture and fashion. From a rare 1917 Coco Chanel smock to Yves Saint Laurent naval jackets, the museum showcases nautical trends in Paris fashion from the Belle Epoque to present day. Featuring elements such as sailor stripes and pom-pom hats, “Sailor Chic in Paris” is on at 17 Place du Trocadero.
HARDY LUCK: Pierre Hardy’s new Left Bank boutique is based on a black box and stocks an exclusive capsule collection of Hardy classics in crocodile. It’s at 9-11 Place du Palais Bourbon, a tony cobblestoned square. Flanked with rows of black leather benches, the shop has a dark wood floor and a graphic strip of neon tubes. “I wanted it to be the opposite of the Palais Royal, which is deep. This is long,” mused Hardy, who has rustled up a credit-crunch-defying mink boot for fall. “It is winter, after all,” scoffed the designer.
FITS LIKE A GLOVE: Mary Beyer has opened a charming new glove parlor specializing in kid leather and exotic skins. Situated in the Palais Royal, the sophisticated gallery space proposes a range of custom-made styles produced by Lavabre Cadet, the venerable Millau, France-based glovemaker. Beyer, a former model-turned-jewelry designer for Nina Ricci, joined with friends to acquire the ailing firm in 2000. Her main aim now is to spread the joy of made-to-measure gloves. “I consider them jewelry for the hands. They last a lifetime, and each pair comes with an extra piece of skin for the ‘lost glove,’” said Beyer, who recently delivered an emerald colored, elbow-length pair to Beyoncé Knowles. Made-to-measure gloves take around three weeks to make. Beyer, who at the end of winter collects her clients’ gloves to reshape them, has also developed a glove with ultrafine tips for using iPhones.
Galerie Mary Beyer
32-33 Galerie Montpensier, 1st
SHOW BUSINESS: Paris Fashion Week will see a return to the runway for Loewe, the LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton-owned Spanish leather goods house, but creative director Stuart Vevers is keen to keep it a relaxed and intimate affair. This will be the first fashion show for Vevers, who worked primarily as an accessories designer before joining Loewe last year. “This is not about flashing lights and blaring music,” he said. The March 7 show is set to take place in the entrance halls of the Paris Descartes University, a medical school, and models will walk within arm’s reach. Around three shows will take place in swift succession, accentuating furs that flutter, as well as fringes and knits that move with the body.
WINDOW DRESSING: After Dries Van Noten and Anne Valérie Hash, Franck Sorbier will next commandeer the windows of France’s Ministry of Culture in the Palais Royal. On the last day of the shows, Sorbier, who celebrates his 20th anniversary this year, will unveil a display of his playful summer couture collection, including a dress decorated with forks and spoons, together with the black-and-white film made to present it. “The entire concept is inspired by Dada and Surrealism,” said Sorbier, who will also open a 180-silhouette retrospective at Lyon’s Textile Museum next month. Meanwhile, for two weeks from March 2, Galeries Lafayette’s Boulevard Haussmann flagship will give Ralph Lauren free reign to re-create a family outing to the polo club in its 23 windows — with a pop-up store inside on the first floor. Finally, Palais Royal-based vintage dealer Didier Ludot will unveil a mini retrospective of the work of the young London-based designer Osman Yousefzada in the windows of his Palais Royal store through March 14. Of Afghan descent, Yousefzada is known for architectural silhouettes infused with ethnic and traditional flourishes.
COLOR ME BEAUTIFUL: Celebrity hair colorist Christophe Robin just christened his salon at the Meurice hotel. The 890-square-foot space’s decor is a mix of baroque and modern. Robin’s treatment menu ranges from hair coloring (300 euros to 600 euros, or $379 to $757) to cuts (for 180 euros, or $227). A pedicure is 100 euros ($126), and a manicure, 80 euros ($101). To fete the 10-year anniversary of his hair-product line, Robin redid its packaging and will come out with two items in April — Lait Lavant Antioxydant aux 4 Huiles et Myrtille, a cleanser, and Démêlant Antioxydant aux 4 Huiles et Myrtille, a de-tangler. Each 250-ml. bottle will sell for 29 euros, or $36.60.
228 Rue de Rivoli, 1st
PICTURE THIS: Admirers of Andy Warhol’s art have plenty to ogle in Paris. Showing at La Maison Rouge is a television-based exhibition of Warhol’s life and loves. (And opening March 18 is a Warhol showcase at the Grand Palais.) Photographer David LaChapelle — who incidentally received his first commission from Warhol — also has a scintillating exhibition at the Monnaie de Paris. Another photographer in focus is Robert Frank at the Jeu de Paume, featuring images of Paris and his famous “The Americans” series. “The Fabric of Dreams,” is an apt title for the Giorgio de Chirico retrospective at the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris: He was co-creator of the metaphysical art movement and the surreal world of his paintings is explored in this engaging exhibition. Meanwhile, a retrospective of French fashion designer Sonia Rykiel is still showing at the Arts Décoratifs. Finally, as a foil to the graphic and colorful works of these artists, is “Vides” or “Voids” at the Centre Pompidou. It follows the ideas of Yves Klein in displaying nothingness.
OVER THE MOUNE: Fans of Le Baron should check out one of Andre’s latest after-dark endeavors, Chez Moune, a seedy-chic Art Deco basement club in Pigalle that was a lesbian cabaret institution in the Thirties. Fusing withered glamour with touches of rock — think flocked leopard wallpaper, mirrored wall panels and battered dark gray canapés — the dance set ranges from plinky-plonky Thirties piano music to punk, courtesy of the site’s artistic director, Greg Boust, recognizable by his trademark blue Mohican. Andrea Crews is due to hold its after party there during fashion week.
54 Rue Pigalle, 18th
FUR SURE: Beetlejuice, Alice in Wonderland and Cruella De Vil are hardly typical themes for a fur house. And that’s exactly how Quentin Veron likes it. The 21-year-old designer hopes to shake up the category with his debut line of handmade furs based on his favorite tales. The collection, including raccoon coats worked with checks and stripes, a black fox waistcoat circled with fine white fringes of goat hair and strictly tailored astrakhan and beaver coats, will be presented March 8 at the Cercle Suédois. Veron cut his teeth as a fashion student in the studios of Thierry Mugler and Jeremy Scott and has been taken under the wing of established furrier Patrick Lestarquit, who lent him a space in his atelier and donated furs for the young talent to experiment with.
MASTER CLASS: Omela, a label with roots in Moscow, London and Paris, creates effortless-looking silhouettes via complex techniques. The label’s debut collection, to be shown at a presentation March 12 at Paris’ Studio Harcourt, is filled with draped silk chiffon dresses that are given structure with grosgrain ribbons that frame the body. Florent le Flamanc, one of the label’s designers, said that he and Olga Vilshenko, Omela’s creative director, had taken their design cues from Mikhail Bulgakov’s surreal early 20th-century novel “The Master and Margarita.” “It’s about youth and innocence mixed with something a bit darker, an element of madness,” said Le Flamanc at the label’s London studio. There are elegantly distressed knits along with slinky chiffon shirts structured like jackets, and tuxedo pants whose seams are embroidered with beads rather than ribbon. Prices start at 450 pounds, or $649 at current exchange, for a knitted top through 1,200 pounds, or $1,731, for a silk dress.
SIXES AND SEVENS: Le Six, a chic and modern four-star boutique hotel, recently opened near the Luxembourg gardens. It boasts 41 rooms, including four suites, and a spa. All rooms are spacious with bathrooms bathed in daylight and equipped with Italian showers. Le Six’s stylish ambiance was designed by French architect Philippe Maidenberg. Rooms range from 300 euros ($375) to 600 euros ($755) for suites.
Hôtel Le Six
14 Rue Stanislas, 6th
LIFEBLOOD: Designer Jean-Paul Knott says, “I don’t like to see lifeless clothing.” Perhaps that’s why he’s chosen to show his collection at Le Petit Endroit, Sylvie Grumbach’s gallery-cum-boutique at 14 Rue Portefoin. Until March 15, Knott’s Galerie Vie and Knott Couture Collection can be viewed alongside provocative images from Knott’s photo gallery in Brussels. The photos, featuring war-inspired images, complement the cascading fabrics and skilled draping of Knott’s collection.