R&R RESPITE: The first Spa My Blend by Clarins is up and running, in Le Royal Monceau — Raffles Paris. Designed by Philippe Starck, it sprawls across 16,666 square feet and includes seven cabins and an enormous swimming pool measuring 92 by 26 feet — the largest of any Paris hotel.
Numerous facial treatments here use My Blend, a line of products created by Dr. Olivier Courtin that are tailored to a person’s particular skin-care needs following a diagnostic. These include Oil Crisis Control, Early Age Alert and Change for the Better, each of which lasts 80 minutes and costs 295 euros, or $407 at current exchange.
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Following such treatments, people are given two-weeks-worth of their My Blend skin care. Services using Clarins products are on offer, too, such as hour-long body treatments for 140 euros, or $193, and hour-long facials for men, for 140 euros. The spa boasts Turkish baths, saunas, a fitness room and four training rooms for workouts including yoga.
Spa My Blend by Clarins
Le Royal Monceau — Raffles Paris, 37 Avenue Hoche, 75008
Hours: Monday to Saturday, 6:30 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sunday, 6:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m.
— Jennifer Weil
ART BULLETIN: Away from the hustle and bustle of some of the bigger museums, a handful of Paris’ blue-chip galleries are holding their own show-stopping exhibitions this fall.
• At Galerie Marian Goodman, German contemporary artist Gerhard Richter is on show from Sept. 23 to Nov. 24. In “Gerhard Richter: Painting 2010-2011,” the 80-year-old displays some of his latest canvases.
• “Erinnern” is an exhibition by German photographer Candida Höfer that’s on at the Galerie Yvon Lambert through Oct. 9. Höfer revisits themes of perception, architecture, time and absence through images taken in the halls of empty museums, such as the Neues Museum, in Berlin.
• There will also be — starting on Sept. 28 — an exhibition at Larry Gagosian’s gallery of a selection of Robert Rauschenberg’s paintings and sculpture. This show runs until Nov. 12.
• In collaboration with the Sorbonne and Les Arts Décoratifs, the Musée Nissim de Camondo (a splendid private mansion on the Parc Monceau) for the first time includes contemporary art among its extensive collection of 18th-century furniture. The exhibition “Echos” here explores absence and timelessness with artists such as Louise Bourgeois, Susan Collis and Felix Gonzalez-Torres. It is on through Oct. 9.
• The eagerly awaited blockbuster exhibit “Matisse, Cézanne, Picasso…the Stein Family” opens Oct. 5 at the Grand Palais. It will feature works from the collection owned by the Steins, an American family whose members included author and poet Gertrude Stein and her brother Leo Stein, who moved to Paris in the early 20th century and were among the first real patrons of Picasso and Matisse. Standout works are “Autoportrait” (“Self-Portrait”) by Picasso and Matisse’s “Femme au Chapeau” (“Women with a Hat”) and “Portrait of Derain.”
• Following the success of the “Aesthetes” exhibition at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum, Paris takes its turn to honor Oscar Wilde in the exhibition “Beauty, Morals, and Voluptuousness in the England of Oscar Wilde” at the Musée d’Orsay. Works displayed are by the likes of Aubrey Beardsley, James McNeill Whistler and Dante Gabriel Rossetti. The show runs until Jan. 15.
Place Georges Pompidou, 75004
Hours: Wednesday to Monday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.
Galerie Marian Goodman
79 Rue du Temple, 75003
Hours: Daily except Tuesday, 11 a.m.- 7 p.m.
Galerie Yvon Lambert
108 Rue Vieille du Temple, 75003
Hours: Tuesday to Friday, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., 2:30 p.m.-7 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
4 Rue de Ponthieu, 75008
Hours: Tuesday to Saturday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
Musée Nissim de Camondo
63 Rue de Monceau, 75008
Hours: Wednesday to Sunday, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Avenue Winston Churchill, 75008
Opening times vary according to the exhibition.
1 Rue de la Légion d’Honneur, 75007
Hours: Daily except Monday, 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
— Natasha Montrose
THE COCKTAIL HOUR: Historic Paris restaurant Laperouse, with its labyrinth of creaky stairways and creepy graffiti scratchings — etched into its walls in the 18th century by ladies of the night eager to test the authenticity of diamonds offered to them by clients — figures among Paris’s most mysterious addresses.
The fashion world got to explore the site up close when Miu Miu started showing there in 2006, and now there’s a new occasion to get familiar with the venue. On Oct. 1, Laperouse is set to open a new bar on its ground floor, scheduled to open from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m., with cocktail maestro Bertrand Merlette as its captain.
51 Quai des Grands Augustins, 75006
— Katya Foreman
THE SILENT TREATMENT: For VIP night owls, Silencio, the David Lynch-designed members-only club, is the latest place to be seen. The filmmaker has transformed a space in the city’s second arrondissement to resemble Club Silencio from his 2001 movie “Mulholland Drive.”
Five flights of dark stairs lead guests down to the gilded-walled multimedia venue, which boasts a 24-seat theater showing the latest films as well as Lynch’s personal favorites, and a concert hall.
Slated to perform in coming weeks are Melanie Laurent, The Kills and Lykke Li, among others, while the DJ lineup includes Pedro Winter, Hermès designer Christophe Lemaire and Romy, from the band XX.
In a reading room, people can rifle through pages of numerous photography and art titles, while finger food is served in both the lounge and concert areas.
142 Rue Montmartre, 75002
Hours: Daily, 6 p.m.-6 a.m.
— Natasha Montrose
PATH TO BEAUTY: Rives de la Beauté, a five-day event, starting Sept. 28, was created to showcase the link between Paris and the beauty industry. Programs include walks around the city involving conferences, events and installations. These, in turn, are related to fashion, photography, art, food, literature, movies and music.
The theme of this year’s session is “The Muse’s DNA.”
For one of its walks, in the vicinity of the Champs-Elysées, Avenue Montaigne and Faubourg Saint-Honoré, suggested stops include Diptyque, Hermès, Lanvin, Issey Miyake and Make Up For Ever. Another itinerary, around Saint Germain and the Musée d’Orsay, highlights the likes of MAC Cosmetics, Aesop, Le Bon Marché and Trend Union.
Rives de la Beauté
Sept. 28 to Oct. 2
CREPE EXPECTATIONS: Billed as a gourmet trip to Brittany, La Compagnie de Bretagne is certainly a step up from the cramped creperies clogging Rue du Montparnasse. It’s the first restaurant for Stéphane Rochon, son of well-known French interior designer Pierre-Yves Rochon, whose luxurious projects include l’Atelier de Joel Robuchon and the Relais Plaza.
Buckwheat galettes are artfully folded, while brisk, organic cider is poured into crystal glasses instead of earthenware bowls. The Rochons kept the swanky decor limited to black and white, just like the Breton flag.
The second floor of the 85-seat restaurant is bathed in natural light, and a lunch for two comes in under 50 euros, or about $69 at current exchange rates.
La Compagnie de Bretagne
9 Rue de l’Ecole de Médecine, 75006
— Miles Socha
MORE THAN BIJOU: The qualifier “boutique” is about to gain a whole new meaning with the opening in Paris of the world’s smallest hotel. The single-room venue on Rue Durantin has been dubbed l140 in reference to the width of the space — a mere 140 centimeters, or 4 feet 7 inches.
The brainchild of architect and artist Mélissa Epaminondi, fashion executive Anji Dinh-Van and art gallery director Sophie Vigourous, the project features contributions from artists and filmmakers. The trio is putting on sale 500 one-night stays at a cost of 350 euros ($500), or 500 euros ($725) for a “dressed” version including specially designed pajamas, face masks and socks.
With a large window at street level, the space is ripe for exhibitionism, though the pane can be fogged at the flick of a switch. Only two people at a time are allowed inside, but after that, “they do what they want,” said Vigourous.
36 Rue Durantin, 75018
— Joelle Diderich
FINE DINING: With hot young chef and L’Arpège alum Bertrand Grébaud shouting the orders, Septime has become one of the most talked-about Paris eateries during the past few months. The décor is rustic and cozy, with a big table placed at the entrance in front of a zinc bar and an open kitchen where diners can watch Grébaud and his team prepare fresh dishes filled with seductive ingredients — the vegetables are as beautiful as they taste — with just the right dose of creativity.
80 Rue de Charonne, 75011
— Laurent Folcher
CHEZ CLAUS: Claus is a new hot spot for breakfast and lunch situated just across from Christian Louboutin’s new men’s store in the first arrondissement. Named after its German founder, Claus Estermann, a former fashion public relations executive, this charming little shop has a cozy restaurant on the first floor as well as a takeaway grocery section featuring specially selected products for an English or German breakfast.
Try Claus’s homemade muesli, inspired by traditional German recipes. Delivery will be available starting in October.
14 Rue Jean-Jacques Rousseau, 75001
— Laurent Folcher
GERMAN ACCENT: Eager to reach an international audience, an increasing number of German designers and brands are taking their collections to Paris. Now in its fifth season, Odeeh is making its debut with a salon-style show in the Karsten Greve gallery in the Marais.
Designed by ready-to-wear veterans Otto Drögsler and Jörg Ehrlich, Odeeh has won a slot at leading German specialty stores such as Eickhoff and Quartier 206 Departmentstore.
Meanwhile, Munich-based eveningwear specialists Talbot Runhof are to unveil a new range of evening shoes and bags, produced under license by Rodo Florence.
“There are a lot of outrageous killer heel, statement [evening] shoes out there, and lots of very regular unexciting ones. What’s missing is an upscale shoe with a wearable heel and last,” the label’s co-founder Adrian Runhof asserted. The aim, he added, is “to get into the shoe departments of the department stores where we are.” These include Bergdorf Goodman, Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus.
— Melissa Drier
CIAO BELLA: The Made in Italy label is getting a showcase in Paris. Designed to highlight the excellence of Italian production, trade show Chaussures d’Italie will showcase spring 2012 collections by 21 Italian shoe manufacturers from the country’s seven most important shoemaking regions.
“When you think of internationalization, you think of emerging markets, but historic and ‘mature’ markets are of primary importance to us,” said Cleto Sagripanti, president of The National Association of Italian Shoe Manufacturers. To wit: The first three months of 2011 saw growth of 12.4 percent in shoe exports to France, the association’s leading market, and a 4 percent gain to the U.S., compared to the same period in 2010.
The event, organized by ANCI in partnership with the Italian institute for foreign trade and the Marches region, will open with a cocktail gathering at the Pavillon Gabriel on Oct. 1 and run through the 3rd.Pavillon Gabriel
5 Avenue Gabriel, 75008
— Tina Isaac