KID-FRIENDLY: “Children’s Costumes: Mirror of the Grownups,” an exhibition on display at the Musée Guimet, features a rich collection of children’s clothing from late-19th-century Asia. Paying homage to Krishna Riboud, a collector who devoted her life to building an archive of Asian textiles, the exhibition seeks to express the important role held by children’s clothing across the continent. It could be used to protect kids from evil spirits or present them as future potentates, for instance.
Standouts of the show include a Cambodian dance headdress made of lacquered and gilded bamboo and leather, encrusted with glass jewels, and a collection of deep yellow and red tunics from western India made of tie-dyed gossamer and silk.
Ending the exhibition is a display of the Angel baby clothing line, part of Issey Miyake’s 1995 A-POC (A Piece of Cloth) Collection, which allows customers to cut clothing from a machine-processed tube of fabric.
Highlighted within the exhibition is the symbiosis between Asia’s textile tradition of old and its current progression toward modernity.
“Children’s Costumes” runs through Jan. 24.
Musée Guimet: Musée National des Arts Asiatiques
6 Place d’Iéna, 75116
Open every day except Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
GEM OF A SPA: The tony Saint James Paris club has a new spa, with two treatment rooms, which opened its doors on Oct. 20. Masseurs use Gemology beauty products, whose formulas contain precious and semiprecious stones. Actual stones are also used as part of the beauty ritual at the Gemology spa. Pink quartz, for instance, is heated to help apply products during a facial or a body massage. Rock crystal is used during hand massages. For those who are not member of the Saint James club, relaxing, energizing and fitness massages are on offer in packages that include access to the spa’s hammam, an exfoliation and lunch, dinner or tea. Prices range from 120 euros to 145 euros, or about $160 to $190 at current exchange.
Gemology Spa at Saint James Paris
43 Avenue Bugeaud, 75116
Open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day.
HOTEL HAVENS: The new Hôtel Seven, located on a quiet 5th arrondissement street, proposes a gravity-defying “levitation” experience to guests. Each of its 28 rooms features an elevated bed, which gives the impression of floating, in the middle of the room. And translucent furniture adds to the airy sensation.
The surprising hotel also boasts seven suites created by four different designers. Amateur spies will have fun in Vincent Bastie’s “007” suite, which looks like a movie set and contains a giant screen on which to watch James Bond adventures. Meanwhile, lovers will enjoy an immense bed and eclectic furniture in the Sylvia Corrette-designed glam-rock “Marie-Antoinette” suite.
The “levitation” rooms start at 247 euros, or $330 at current exchange, and the suites at 687 euros, or $919.
Hôtel du Triangle d’Or is another cool and original hotel, since interior designer Philippe Maidenberg, a music lover, tapped musicians to give his new project a musical soul. The three-star hotel is in the 9th arrondissement.
Rickie Lee Jones, MC Solaar, Archie Shepp, Jacques Higelin and Manu Katché each picked a floor and inspired Maidenberg to design the 45 rooms with their creative input. The Jones rooms, for instance, have a recording-studio feel and California vibes with yellow, turquoise and mauve colors. Katché put his instrument of choice — the drum — at the center of his rooms’ decor. There, Yamaha drum sets serve as bedside tables and a huge photo of his drum is on headboards.
Single rooms at Hôtel du Triangle d’Or cost 210 euros, or $280, and deluxe rooms go for 300 euros, or $400.
Once the home of Prince Roland Bonaparte, the Hôtel Shangri-La opens on Dec. 17 after four years of renovation. The building from 1892 was refurbished by French interior designer Pierre-Yves Rochon, who is known for his work on the Paris George V hotel and the Four Seasons hotel in New York.
Interiors at the Shangri-La boast sumptuous details like beautiful wrought iron gates, a majestic staircase and parquet floors. And while most rooms have a cozy classic feel with Empire-style furniture and blue, white and golden colors that are in harmony with the Roland Bonaparte days, others have a more contemporary ambiance. For instance, the 2,370-square-foot top-floor suite surrounded by large glass windows facing the Eiffel Tower and a large terrace has a resolutely more modern look with silver- and gray-toned fabrics.
A double room costs 750 euros, or $997, while Imperial suites start at 18,000 euros ($23,933), and the Panoramic suite costs 16,000 euros ($21,280).
20 Rue Berthollet, 75005
Hôtel du Triangle d’Or
6 Rue Godot de Mauroy, 75009
10 Avenue d’Iéna, 75016
HAIR STYLE: The idea behind Andréa Soldano’s Yes salon, nestled near Paris’ Bastille, is to make people feel like he’s the host and they’re his friends. Soldano and his staff emphasize the importance of speaking with and advising clients, whether it be about a cut, color or product. Available at Yes are two brands — Philip B and Redken. The salon with streamlined decor offers a full selection of services. A cut for short hair, for instance, goes for 50 euros ($66.20); a blow dry for long hair is 35 euros ($46.35), and highlights for midlength hair are 75 euros ($99.30).
Salon Yes by Andréa Soldano
77 Rue Saint Sabin, 75011
Open Tuesday to Saturday, 10:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
FRENCH FARE: Located on the top floor of the Sony building on Avenue George V, 39V is a hit eatery this season. The chic 50-seat restaurant unfolds around an interior courtyard and boasts a terrace, bar and open kitchen. Argentinian interior architect Marcelo Joulia created its modern, elegant decor and French chef Frédéric Vardon, who worked with Alain Ducasse for 14 years, delivers a classic French cuisine.
The menu includes chestnut and truffle mousse velouté, Lozère lamb in a spicy sauce served with crispy vegetables and Vendée brioche pain perdu style with ice cream.
Dinner for two without wine costs about 150 euros, or $200.
Le 39V Restaurant
39 Avenue George V, 75008
TOP SECRET: Konfidentiel is the name of a tiny new hotel-restaurant nestled on a small 1st arrondissement street, just steps from the Louvre museum and Saint-Honoré’s posh shops. Hidden in the vaulted basement of a six-room hotel, the cozy, 22-seat restaurant may not stay confidential for very long, thanks to Akrame Benallal’s excellent and creative cuisine.
The young chef, who was just awarded the “most promising chef of tomorrow” distinction by Gault & Millau, proposes a set menu that changes daily. A four-course dinner menu for 45 euros, or $59, can consist of snails in parsley and garlic sauce, foie gras cooked in mushroom cream, tender beef filet with algae served with potato purée, and for dessert, a delicate crepe on a caramel mousse served with banana sherbet.
64 Rue de l’Arbre Sec, 75001
TO EAT IN OR OUT: Frederic Hubig, owner of the famous and convivial 11th arrondissement Astier bistro, recently opened Jeanne A, an epicerie-rotisserie and wine bar where top-quality products are available to eat in or take away. Jeanne A aims to satisfy foodies in a relaxed, urban environment.
Plates of house-smoked salmon, Iberico Rebeco ham, tasty terrines and cheese platters start at 5 euros ($6.50), while a chicken dish with gratin and salad goes for 12 euros ($16). A large selection of wines is available by the glass and in magnum.
42 Rue Jean-Pierre Timbaud, 75011
TIME FOR TIMELESS: The Timeless by Alain Divert beauty center focuses on antiaging treatments and hair. It includes services for slimming, epilation and teeth-whitening, plus light therapy meant to help combat signs of age, stretch marks or hair loss.
Divert conceived the hair salon to involve a wide range of offerings, from cuts and styling to color.
Exclusive are “hair smoothies,” treatments he concocts that are formulated with a base of plants and fruits, among other natural products.
A hair smoothy costs 45 euros($60), and a smoothy treatment plus an ayurvedic massage is 75 euros ($99). A session of light therapy to fight signs of age is the same price, and teeth whitening is priced at 70 euros, or about $93.
Timeless by Alain Divert
57 Avenue Franklin Roosevelt, 75008
Open Monday to Wednesday and Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Thursday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
VELIB’ VETEMENTS: Vélib’, Paris’ rent-a-bike system that serves as an alternative to the metro or the bus, in November launched an accessories line to enhance one’s experience while cruising from one arrondissement to the next.
From ponchos to locks, helmets to reflectors, it’s now easy to be “Vélib’ from head to toe,” as the service’s new tag line states, no matter the weather. Vélib’ accessories are sold in neighborhood and specialist stores plus supermarkets across the French capital. They’re also available online, atvelib.paris.fr, priced from 6 to 29 euros, or $8 to $39.