STORY OF O: Since her jewelry “boudoir” opened a year ago, designer Karine O’Hana Berrebi has seen business grow so quickly she had to find a new, larger space. Luckily, one came up next door at 62 Rue des Saints-Pères. The new Karry’O remains homey, but there’s room to showcase more rare finds from the Forties through the Eighties and costume jewelry (signed and unsigned) mixed in with Berrebi’s own Seventies-inspired creations. Prices range from about 180 euros ($240 at current exchange) for delicate flower earrings to 30,000 euros ($39,700) for a rare Forties ring with a cushion-cut Santa Maria aquamarine.
CULINARY TURK: Another fledgling chef is making gastronomically obsessed Parisian palates salivate. Since Gael Orieux, 32, formerly at the Meurice Hotel, last month opened Auguste, he has attracted discerning epicureans, including luxury titan François Pinault, who lives right down the street. Orieux’s food is refined and modern: leek cannelloni, chestnut “cappuccino” soup, sea bass with a cream of cress, and tuna with a persillade of ginger. Likewise, the atmosphere, contemporary and cool, is a success. Reservations are required about a week in advance. Dinner for two runs around 120 euros ($160).
Auguste, 54 Rue de Bourgogne, Tel.: 33-01-45-51-61-09.
DREAM CUISINE: Dominique Bouchet, who ran the kitchen at the Crillon’s Ambassador restaurant for seven years, has opened an eponymous restaurant. The French chef proposes chic but rustic dishes like chestnut and truffle cream soup or duck filet in a vinegar and veal juice served with turnips and pears. With his 36 years of experience — as a starred chef for most of them — Bouchet’s cuisine approaches perfection. Meanwhile, the elegant décor was inspired by his fondness for Japan, where the chef also has businesses. Dinner for two averages 150 euros ($195) including wine.
Dominique Bouchet, 11 Rue Treilhard, 33-1-45-61-09-46.
EXHIBITIONISTS: Provocation underscores many Paris art exhibitions this spring. Dionysiac, running through May 9 at the Pompidou, brings together 14 contemporary artists under the auspices of exploring the irrational Dionysian creative force. Artists on show include Maurizio Cattelan, John Bock, Paul McCarthy and Jason Rhoades.
Ann Hamilton, known for her stirring installations and performances, has a solo show at Maison Rouge, the contemporary art foundation near the Bastille. The quaint Musée de la Vie Romantique features the erotically charged, cubist work of Richard Lindner. And opening March 2, Yasumasa Morimura’s cheeky reinterpretations of Francisco Goya’s “Los Caprichos,” will go on display at Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac. Meanwhile, industrial design addicts should race to the Haute Definition gallery at 4 Passage du Grand Cerf for a rare presentation of Pierre Charpin’s recent works, including glass vases and the minimalist furniture Hedi Slimane adores.
SHOP KEEPING: Gaspard Yurkievich wanted his new boutique on Rue Charlot, in the Marais, to reflect his cabaret-inspired aesthetic. So the young French designer dressed up an otherwise nondescript gallery-style space with gold fixtures, painted a couple of the walls black, and installed a striking florescent light sculpture. B-Drei, an up-and-coming architectural practice in Germany, provided the flashy furnishings. Yurkievich said he hopes he captured the energy of the burgeoning area. “There aren’t many clothing stores in the neighborhood yet,” said the designer. “But the girls you see on the streets here are fashion-savvy.” The small shop, Yurkievich’s first, comes as he tries to develop his signature brand. Recently, he has launched a shoe collection and he’s branched into lingerie.
YOUNG AT HEART: Galeries Lafayette is set for fashion’s latest baby boom. The Boulevard Haussmann flagship has christened a 53,820-square-foot area devoted to apparel, accessories, furniture, toys and trinkets for newborns to 12 year olds. Brands range from Burberry, Christian Lacroix and Diesel to young designers such as Judith Lacroix and Violette Janvier. Other features for budding fashionistas include a T-shirt bar, a restaurant for kids, a jungle gym and a nursery.
HOLY TOLEDO: Ruben Toledo knows the whimsical side of fashion, exemplified by his exhibition of drawings that opens Monday and runs through April at the ultrahip boutique Colette. The collection of works, which range in scale from 30 feet to a few inches, follows the adventures of a little girl inspired by Toledo’s wife, Isabel, named Colette, who is lost in an urban jungle. But the story is, in fact, unfinished and visitors are invited to complete it by writing on the drawings themselves. “It’ll be like a time capsule,” the artist explains. “We can see what was on people’s minds. And I just love the way different people think, especially fashion folks.”
FOOT LOOSE: After helping her mother source design talent for her fashion showroom, Kim Sahyoun decided to strike out on her own with 84, a shoebox-size boutique at that number on Rue du Faubourg Saint Honoré. The focus is sexy footwear from hard-to-find labels like Spanish designer Pedro Garcia, or the Italian houses Lerre, Gianna Meliani and Lorenzi. Sahyoun also scored Paris exclusives for DSquared, Shy and Michael Kors. Prices range from 200 to 800 euros ($265-$1,060). Upstairs, the VIP lounge showcases an assortment of one-off ready-to-wear by designer Sarah Djeraldi, who recently opened her own boutique at 1 Place Pierre Brison.
DRAWING IT OUT: Le Bon Marché is reminding its shoppers that fashion starts with pen and paper. A new exhibition, running from Friday to April 2, presents 60 fashion illustrations from 11 artists in its underground gallery. The works range from fashion and accessory sketches by Charles Anastase to drawings of the cover of French Elle by Florence Deygas. Meanwhile, a parallel exhibition on the first floor will portray works by the late French fashion photographer Gauthier Gallet entitled Back Stage & Front Row. The latter exhibit opens March 2.
A DOG’S LIFE: Pampered pets now have a retail Mecca at Pinceloup, a shop at 53 Quai des Grands Augustins selling comfortable cushions, health food and toys. The store also sells books and made-to-measure collars. A grooming parlor is slated to open this spring — and it is even set to offer massages. But owners get a break, too. Coming soon is a delivery service for bulky pet food.
— Chantal Goupil, Robert Murphy, Emilie Marsh, Tina Isaac and Meenal Mistry