There’s lots of downtime during couture week, which begins Monday, so here are some stores, restaurants and spas to squeeze into the schedule.
LEFT BANK BEAUTY
Celebrity colorist Christophe Robin’s new Left Bank enclave boasts both premier pedicurist Bastion Gonzalez and facial expert Joelle Ciocco on its books. The three-story, 17th-century locale features oak floors, satin pink walls and shiatsu armchairs. The space also includes a fashion boutique offering vintage clothing, jewelry and accessories by Dorothy Barrick. Treatments include coloring for 350 euros to 600 euros, or $450 to $775, while skin services start from 240 euros, or $310.
Christophe Robin, 9 Rue Guenegaud, 75006; 331-42-60-99-15
THE EYES HAVE IT
The Spa du Regard (or “sight spa” in English) is billed as a first. One flight up from the high-end Esple eyeglasses store is a cozy room offering a workout for peepers, called Eye-San. Conceived by an in-house optician and orthopedist, the treatment involves eye-muscle exercises, plus a focus on breathing and visualizations to help keep vision in tip-top shape. A one-hour session costs 80 euros, or $103, and there are package deals. Also on offer are two different types of massages for the eyes. One is inspired by shiatsu and uses digitopression and crystals, plus oils and creams, to brighten the eye area and face. The other is based on traditional Chinese massage (with reflexology) to help revive the area around the eyes. Each session lasts for one hour and costs 85 euros, or $110.
Esple, 40 Rue Saint Sulpice, 75006; 331-44-07-11-99
Annick Goutal’s boutique on the Rue de Castiglione has been transformed into a luxurious spa and lifestyle store. Treatments include the hourlong Soin Castiglione Visage for the face and Soin Castiglione Corps for the body, each at 95 euros, or $123. In the shop, look out for a high-end Goutal stationery collection, plus jewelry by France Thierard alongside Goutal’s signature skin care and fragrances.
Le Boudoir Annick Goutal, 14 Rue de Castiglione, 75001; 331- 42-60-52-82
FOOD MEETS FASHION
Fashion emporium L’Eclaireur has dreamed up an appetizing stop-off for weary shoppers. The Boissy d’Anglas store has just opened its first bar/restaurant, featuring charming illustrated lacquered wood panels by designer Barnaba Fornassetti. Diet-friendly dishes figure on the 80-seat eatery’s menu, as well as salads and gourmet offerings such as ceviche, fresh burrata and delectable homemade pastries.
Bar/restaurant l’Eclaireur: 8 Rue Boissy d’Anglas, 75008; 331-53-43-80-12
L’Arôme is a friendly new 65-seat bistro in the posh 8th arrondissement with dim lighting and subtle Asian accents. The bistro serves tasty dishes such as a velvety pumpkin soup with chestnut chunks, a creamy langoustine risotto and shellfish coulis and roasted turbot served with parsnips. Dinner for two runs around 170 euros, or $215 at current exchange, including wine.
L’Arôme: 3 Rue Saint Philippe-du-Roule, 75008; 331-42-25-55-98
Reopened last fall after a decade of renovations, Paris’ Decorative Arts museum now has its own restaurant, Le Saut du Loup. With a contemporary decor, the two-level eatery features luxury bistro fare, from hamburgers and Caesar salad to pastries from Laduree. Its sprawling garden terrace is sure to be a hit in the summer.
Le Saut du Loup: 107 Rue de Riovli, 75001; 331-42-25-49-55
Parisian lingerie designer Fifi Chachnil will unveil her new line of couture gloves on Monday. Featuring semiprecious jewels, the leather creations range from $500 to $5,000. Chachnil’s line of custom-made cocktail dresses and corsets will also be on display, as well as the fall lingerie collection.
Fifi Chachnil, 68 Rue Jean-Jacques Rousseau, 75001; 331-42-21-19-93