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What to see, do and eat during Paris Fashion Week.
This story first appeared in the March 2, 2010 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.
TAKING LIBERTY: Hip Parisian concept store Merci will host a cocktail party on Thursday to introduce its home and clothing collection designed with London’s Liberty department store. The line, featuring the boutique’s signature retro-inspired floral prints, will be available for three weeks at Merci and Liberty. Prices for the colorful, flirty and fun collection range from 35 euros, or $48 at current exchange, for a bracelet to 2,750 euros, or $3,752, for a floral couch.
111 Boulevard Beaumarchais, 75003
— Ruby Ward
PIERONI BOWS: Italian designer Patrizia Pieroni will fete the opening of her first shop in Paris this Thursday. There, from 3 to 9 p.m., she is to present her upscale ready-to-wear line for spring.
24 Rue de Poitou, 75003
— Philippa Brangam
REPETTO REDUX: Wishing for access to Repetto’s exclusive shoes without having to elbow through crowds of ballerinas? Maison Clarté has installed an exclusive Repetto showroom in its Marais boutique offering just that. The elegant space, designed by Philippe Virly, boasts select Repetto models for men and for women, including limited editions like the zip-front ballerina and the studded Jackson Jazz shoe. All of the store’s antique furniture and mirrors are also for sale.
8 Rue Charlot, 75003
PARIS BLITZ: What’s the link between tequila, drag queens and yodeling? All three can be found at the Blitz Bar, a temporary nightspot nestled in the former digs of Black Calavados (BC). Order a bottle of Blitz tequila and settle into one of the comfy black leather sofas or knock back a margarita at the bar to a soundtrack ranging from Grace Jones to Eighties German pop. On Thursday nights, waiters are dressed in lederhosen and joined by cross-dressing hostess Mademoiselle Blitz.
40 Avenue Pierre 1er de Serbie, 75008
— Joelle Diderich
LUXURY TREATMENT: L.Raphael has brought a host of new treatments for the face, body and scalp to Paris’ Four Seasons George V. The Swiss beauty brand uses a newfangled technique that treats skin with a mix of high-pressure oxygen and its own skin care formula. The combination allows the concentrated formula’s active ingredients to enter skin at a more profound level than most other treatments, thereby giving a peeling effect and strong antiage benefits. The Oxy-Peel Anti-Age treatment, which lasts 50 minutes to the tune of 625 euros, or $845, involves two rounds of oxygen plus a massage and masks, among other steps. Eye and anticellulite treatments are also available (with each lasting 50 minutes for 500 euros, or $676).
Four Seasons George V
31 Avenue George V, 75008
— Jennifer Weil
NEW DIGS: Siki de Somalie has moved from her Palais Royal address to a quaint, elegant atelier on Rue Jacob. There, she displays and sells her limited edition Baroque jewelry — including bracelets with semiprecious stones — earthenware objects and furniture.
Siki de Somalie Atelier-Galerie
30 Rue Jacob, 75006
— Chantal Goupil
INN STYLE: Fashion aficionados have a new refuge, called Les Jardins de la Villa, in Paris’ 17th arrondissement. Marc Hertrich and Nicolas Adnet designed the chic boutique hotel’s 33 cozy rooms in winter and summer gardens’ decor, all sprinkled with fashion references, such as fuchsia color (think Schiaparelli) and embroidered floral buttons à la Coco Chanel. Junior suites cost 480 euros, or $650, and double deluxe rooms, 350 euros, or $475.
In the heart of the 18th arrondissement, Philippe Maidenberg designed the quirkily decorated and comfortable 44–room Hôtel Joyce. It boasts a glass-roofed breakfast room equipped with Fifties furniture and airplane-style seats. Hôtel Joyce offers organic breakfast and bath products from the N-Ki brand. Rooms run from 160 euros, or $217, for a single room to 380 euros, or $514, for a suite.
At four-star Hôtel Le Secret de Paris, also in the 18th arrondissement, each of the 29 rooms features a symbolic Parisian monument, such as the Moulin Rouge and the Opéra Garnier. Rooms start at 215 euros, or $290.
Just opened is Notre Dame Saint Michel, decorated by Christian Lacroix and located across from Notre Dame in a 17th-century building. The hotel offers 26 charming rooms and breathtaking views, with prices starting at 149 euros, or $202.
Les Jardins de la Villa
5 Rue Belidor, 75017
29 Rue La Bruyère, 75009
Hôtel de Paris
2 Rue de Parme, 75009
Hôtel Notre Dame Saint Michel
1 Quai Saint-Michel, 75005
HOUSE PROUD: French casual sportswear brand Bensimon has opened a gallery space focusing on furniture, home goods and contemporary art pieces inspired by nature. Designers tapped include Ruud van Oosterhout, Thomas Mangold and Ernst Gamperl.
Gallery S. Bensimon
111 Rue de Turenne, 75003
MABILLE BRANCHES OUT: On Friday, Alexis Mabille will present his first full accessories collection, spanning jewelry, footwear and leather goods. The line, which plays on mirrors and rhinestones, includes oversize cuffs, bijoux belts, geometric leather bags festooned with mini-bows and vertiginous heels with dragonfly tails climbing up the ankles. The collection’s signature strass cuff will be sold exclusively in a pop-up Alexis Mabille store at Le Bon Marché from March 4 to 18.
10 Rue Saint Roch, 75001
— Katya Foreman
SWEET TOOTH: Sweets are in season. Pastry chef Hugues Pouget (who worked at Ladurée, Le Bristol’s restaurant and alongside three-star chef Guy Savoy) last week began offering classic and creative patisseries in his sleek boutique, Hugo & Victor, on Boulevard Raspail. Delicious mille-feuille, tarts, macaroons and chocolates are presented in a minimalist, chic decor.
On Avenue de l’Opéra, an array of candies and homemade sweets are available at La Cure Gourmande. Old-fashioned southern French-style lollipops, caramels, calissons, nougats, biscuits and chocolates are displayed in the colorful store and sold individually or in gift boxes.
Meanwhile, macaroon king Pierre Hermé has opened a store in the posh 16th arrondissement. For his new address, Hermé created two new macaroon flavors: green tea and sesame, and lemon and praline.
Hugo & Victor
40 Boulevard Raspail, 75007
La Cure Gourmande
49 Avenue de l’Opéra, 75002
58 Avenue Paul-Doumer, 75016
FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Top chef Michel Del Burgo (formerly of Taillevant) is back on the Paris restaurant scene heading up the kitchen of Chez La Vieille, a cozy bistro in the 1st arrondissement. It serves delicious French bourgeois-style cuisine, like flavorful mushroom ravioli, refined rabbit terrine and rice pudding. Dinner for two without wine runs around 120 euros, or $160 at current exchange.
In a modern atmosphere with high ceilings, large green plants and comfortable banquets is La Villa, a trendy new restaurant near the Champs-Elysées. Its menu includes treats like grilled sea scallops served with truffle mashed potatoes or codfish in a tasty broth. Dinner for two without wine cost around 140 euros, or $190.
Next to Hermès on Rue Boissy d’Anglas is Bread & Roses, a 2,000-square-foot gourmet spot best known for its selection of sophisticated products like organic breads, Gillardeau oysters, French caviar and Cinco Jotas ham from Sanchez Romero Carvajal. Bread & Roses includes a gourmet takeout shop, restaurant and cocktail bar.
Chez La Vieille
1 Rue Bailleul, 75001
37 Avenue de Friedland, 75008
Bread & Roses
25 Rue Boissy d’Anglas, 75008
HOT FOR TOTS: For all things child-related, visit the newly opened Bonton megastore. Valérie Mazaret designed the bright, 8,900-square-foot streamlined loftlike space. In Bonton’s basement are furniture and interiors departments, plus a reading corner, silent movie area and retro photo booth for old-fashioned snaps. On the ground floor, find a hair salon and a cafe serving treats including mini cupcakes. The second floor has children’s clothing, including a section for newborns offering baby massage classes. Bonton and hip Parisian concept store Merci were both founded by Bernard and Marie-France Cohen.
5 Boulevard des Filles du Calvaire, 75003
Open Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.
— Philippa Brangam
ART BEAT: There’s no shortage of exhibitions during Paris Fashion Week. • L’Espace Culturel Louis Vuitton is showing “Chile, Behind the Scenes,” which explores how native Chilean artists have over time portrayed their political and cultural heritage through photos, paintings and video installations.
• The Jeu de Paume presents American photographer Lisette Model’s work, while on the other side of the river, there’s a large collection of French photographer Robert Doisneau’s pictures on display at the Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson.
• Le Pinacothèque’s “L’Anti-Cri” exhibition on Edward Munch shows the artist’s work beyond his famous “Scream.” Meanwhile, for the first time, Icelandic artist Erró’s disturbingly comical collages are at the Centre Pompidou.
• An exhibition on British painter J.M.W. Turner is featured at the Grand Palais. Another Brit, Damien Hirst, is among artists showing in the Musée Maillol’s “Vanities” exhibit on man’s obsession and fascination with death. It’s possible to see a wide range of last century’s art through three new shows at the Musée d’Art Moderne. There are the turn-of-the-20th-century realist portraits by Charley Toorop; Jan Dibbet’s landscapes from the Sixties and Seventies, and video art by 80-year-old Elaine Sturtevant.
L’Espace Culturel Louis Vuitton
60 Rue de Bassano/101 Avenue des Champs-Elysées, 75008
Open Monday to Saturday, Noon to 7 p.m., Sunday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Jeu de Paume
1 Place de la Concorde, 75008
Open Monday, Noon to 9 p.m.; Wednesday to Friday, Noon to 7 p.m.; Saturday
and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson
2 Impasse Lebouis, 75014
Open Tuesday to Sunday, 1 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. except Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6:45
p.m. Late night Wednesday until 8:30 p.m.
29 Place de la Madeleine, 75008
Open daily 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Late Night Wednesday until 9 p.m.
Place Georges Pompidou, 75004
Open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Closed Tuesday
3 Avenue du Général Eisenhower, 75008
Open Friday to Monday, 9 a.m. to10 p.m.; Tuesday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.;
Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
61 Rue de Renelle, 75007
Open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Closed Tuesday
Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris
11 Avenue du Président Wilson, 75016
Open Tuesday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Late night Thursday until 10 p.m.
— Sara Miller