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WWDStyle issue 02/23/2011

DIGITAL DOMAIN: Hot on the heels of the hugely successful Centquatre, the City of Paris is launching another art venue. The restored Gaîté Lyrique, a historic location that has hosted everything from operetta to the Ballets Russes, will celebrate digital technology with concerts, exhibitions and events supported by the latest high-tech equipment.

Its reopening will kick off with five days of free events starting March 2, including the interactive play “Best Before” by performance collective Rimini Protokoll and concerts by electronic bands such as Zombie Zombie, Yacht and Danger. — Joelle Diderich

This story first appeared in the February 23, 2011 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.

Gaîté Lyrique
3 bis Rue Papin, 75003
Opening March 2. Tickets for the opening events are available every Wednesday starting from 2:30 p.m. at

BACK IN VOGUE: Eight young designers have been chosen by French Vogue to present an emblematic look from their collections at the bar of the Hôtel de Crillon between March 3 and 5. These include Bouchra Jarrar, Maxime Simoëns, Anthony Vaccarello, Damir Doma, Yiqing Yin and Alberto Marani. Also on display will be creations from accessory designers Olympia Le Tan and Ligia Dias. Mercedes-Benz is sponsoring the event and interior designer Vincent Darré will create the decor. — Natasha Montrose

Hôtel de Crillon
10 Place de la Concorde, 75008

CONCEPT STORE: Ecological sneaker brand Veja has kicked off its first Parisian concept store, Centre Commercial, in the hip Canal Saint Martin neighborhood. Offering a multitude of brands like Danish labels Knowledge and S.N.S. Herning and French brand Saint-James, the store also sells vintage furniture, bicycles and other accessories from the likes of scarf maker The Hill-Side. Veja peddles its own brand of shoes alongside New Balance, Repetto and La Botte Gardiane. Vejas retail starting at 89 euros, or $122 at current exchange. — Natasha Montrose

Centre Commercial
2 Rue de Marseille, 75010
Open Tuesday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

TEA TIME: Tea by Thé is a new tearoom and tea-store concept located on the posh Place du Palais Royal. The shop has a 70-seat terrace and a wide range of tea, from classics like Sencha, Earl Grey or Indian Chai teas, to “thépuccino” — a cappuccino-style tea — and iced-tea cocktails. Customers can purchase their favorite teas in-store or to go, at prices from 2.60 to 5.20 euros, or about $3.50 to $7. Snacks, salads, sandwiches, muffins and cupcakes are available, too. — Chantal Goupil

Tea by Thé
2 Place du Palais Royal, 75001

French chef Joël Robuchon has opened his second Paris Atelier, in the Publicis drugstore on the Champs Elysées. As in his other Ateliers, a red and black color scheme prevails, as well as a large, open kitchen.

Although watching the culinary performance from one of the 40 at-the-counter seats is fascinating, the food is the real star. Robuchon’s rich menu features mostly dishes made with seasonal products, such as sea scallops à la plancha, shiitake mushrooms and quail egg brochettes. There’s also sea-urchin cream with wasabi emulsion and a large selection of fish dishes, like John Dory with coriander and green lemon tomato sauce, all served with Robuchon’s famous mashed potatoes. — Chantal Goupil

Dinner for two without wine costs around 200 euros ($273).
L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon
133 Avenue des Champs Elysées, 75008

ADORE DIOR?: Among Paris’ new fashion exhibitions, Christian Dior has joined forces with upscale retailer Le Bon Marché for an intimate show honoring the house’s patrimony. The show, entitled “Christian Dior,” starts Saturday in the department store’s third-floor atrium and will display such iconic pieces as Dior’s New Look Bar suit from 1947 and creations from John Galliano’s debut collection for the house in 1997. An installation by Chinese artists Zhang Huan and Zhang Dali will feature video portraits of Dior and Galliano. The exhibition runs through March 26. — Gabriella Karefa-Johnson

“Christian Dior”
Le Bon Marché
24 Rue de Sèvres, 75007
Feb. 26 to March 26, Monday to Wednesday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

MUSEUM MILE: Louis Vuitton is hosting its 14th exhibition, entitled “Somewhere Else,” at its Espace Culturel. For the show, 15 artists from around the world are presenting works linked to travel. Their diverse journeys tackle issues of displacement and globalization, and the exhibition includes works by Paul Gauguin and Tia-Calli Borlase.

Christian Lacroix was the artistic director for “Women in Orient,” which showcases 150 items, including traditional costumes, jewelry and other accessories from the Near East at the Musée du Quai Branly. A highlight includes a 13th-century toddler’s dress discovered in a cave in 1991.

Meanwhile, the inaugural exhibit celebrating the Pinacothèque de Paris’ expanded gallery space is “Romanov, Tsars Collectionneurs.” It includes more than 100 works from the Saint Petersburg State Hermitage Museum, including pictures by Dutch and Flemish Old Masters.

After a year-long refurbishment, the Musée du Luxembourg has reopened with an inaugural exhibition called “Cranach in His Time,” dedicated to German Renaissance artist Lucas Cranach. The museum has brought together his engravings, sketches, prints and paintings.

“High Culture: General Idea” at the Musée d’Art Moderne, is a hard-hitting exhibition displaying more than 300 pioneering works from the now defunct Canadian collective General Idea. Jorge Zontal, AA Bronson and Felix Partz worked together for 25 years and used social themes, such as sexuality and AIDS, in their creative work involving mixed media.

Le Bal’s second exhibition since it opened last fall is entitled “Five Strange Family Albums.” It includes American-Argentine photographer Alessandra Sanguinetti’s series of photographs documenting the lives of two young cousins named Guille and Belinda on their family’s farm outside of Buenos Aires. — Natasha Montrose

“Somewhere Else”
Espace Culturel Louis Vuitton
60 Rue de Bassano, 75008; 101 Avenue des Champs-Elysées, 75008
Open through May 8, Monday to Saturday, noon to 7 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m to 7 p.m.

“Women in Orient”
Musée du Quai Branly
37 Quai Branly, 75007
Open through May 15, Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

“Romanov, Tsars Collectionneurs” Pinacothèque de Paris
28 Place de la Madeleine, 75008
Open through May 29, daily 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesday until 9 p.m.

“Cranach in His Time”
Musée du Luxembourg
19 Rue de Vaugirard, 75006
Open through May 23, Monday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Tuesday to Thursday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Weekends 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

“High Culture: General Idea”
Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris
11 Avenue du Président Wilson, 75116
Open through April 30, Tuesday to Thursday, 10 a.m to 6 p.m.; Thursday to 10 p.m.

“Five Strange Family Albums”
Le Bal
Open through April 17, Wednesday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.



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