SEPHORA’S EYE ON MILAN: French perfumery chain Sephora has finally opened its black-and-white striped doors in Milan. Set in a piazza of a busy central shopping street, the store is a few steps from Zara and H&M. Lined to the rafters with must-have beauty products, the 1,900-square-foot store stocks brands including Korres, Dessert and Eisenberg. Angles of the store are dedicated to Sephora-style attractions: there’s an express nail bar, makeup point and the chain’s latest concept, a brow bar complete with a professional on hand to shape eyebrows with just the right amount of curve. Other services are also available, including those of an iridologist — who studies the iris of the eye for indications of bodily health and disease — and a lymph-draining facial massage available by appointment.

5 Piazza Argentina; Open from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., closed Monday morning. Tel.: +39-02-673-84013

ROCKIN’ MOROCCAN: Restaurateur Antonio Moscara’s intention in creating his new Moroccan dining palace, Dar El Yacout, was “so you could walk inside and forget you are in Milan.” After four years of construction, his idea has finally come to fruition. Enter the gilded doors of Dar El Yacout and the heart of Marrakech seems to beckon. Spread over three levels, the restaurant has a tiled water feature on the ground floor, where belly dancers undulate to the strumming of a Moroccan band every night. Atop the glass staircase is a smoking room, where customers can enjoy cigars from the restaurant’s humidor and Moroccan pipes. The dining and bar areas are wrapped in handmade wooden and leather furniture, decorated with glittering stained-glass lights and embroidered tablecloths. Dar El Yacout offers a menu that includes couscous, spicy tangerines and delicate honey and almond pastries to be nibbled with peppermint tea. Milan’s latest eatery has already clicked with the fashion crowd — it’s where GQ magazine hosted its men’s wear fashion week party and where Versace plans to hold a party during the women’s shows. Dar El Yacout is open for tea and pastries from 5 to 7 p.m., cocktails from 7 to 9 p.m., dinner from 8 p.m. to midnight and after-dinner drinks from midnight to 2:30 a.m.

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