Where to eat, shop and be pampered between shows – WWD
In real life, the shows are back for couture, but for those with time to spare, here’s a taste of what’s new to see in the City of Lights.
A bite of summer
In honor of the upcoming Couture Week, The Peninsula Paris hotel has teamed up with Gucci for an afternoon tea of small bites including wild strawberry pastries, sweet scones and a salted French toast with summer truffles. A trio of cocktails with names like 1921, Beloved or Blind for Love are also on the menu.
True to the welcoming temperament of the late founder Azzedine Alaïa, the house he founded has teamed up with the delicatessen Da Rosa to open Café Alaïa in the leafy interior courtyard of his boutique on rue de Marignan. Expect pan-Mediterranean influences nodding to the legendary dinners Alaïa served her loved ones in her own kitchen.
Imagine Baanbeck as a Thai island landing right in the center of Paris. This restaurant nestled on the banks of the Seine, a stone’s throw from the IFM campus, is the work of former luxury and lifestyle PR Varasy Veopraseuth, who has his roots in the Isan region. straddling Thailand and Laos in every aspect, from the menu to the handcrafted tableware. —Lily Templeton
The lobby at The Peninsula Paris
19 Aplace Kléber, 75116
Open Monday at saturday 3 at 6 p.m. until July 11
5 Rrue de Marignan, 75008
Open Monday at Saturday afternoon to 19h
2 Quai Henri IV, 75004
Open on Tuesday at Saturday, noon and evening
Boudoir imagined by designer Philippe Starck in an Art Deco building, 9Confidentiel is a new address to know for all those who wish to make a chic home in Paris. From in-room beauty treatments to the possibility of endless complementary soft drinks in the lobby for those quick business meetings, this 29-room hotel is perfect. —LT
58 RStreet of the King of Sicily, 75004
For the first solo outpost of her eponymous label Cahu, stylist and creative director Clémence Cahu chose a corner adjacent to the canal in the trendy 10th arrondissement. A glossy white interior offsets the brand’s rainbow array of Instagram-friendly PVC shoppers, including a collab with Dakar-based contemporary label Koko, displayed on glass tables or stacked to the ceiling on shelves.
Lemaire took over a former medical practice next to his Parisian headquarters on the Place des Vosges and transformed it into an elegant workshop dedicated to accessories. Minimalist décor by Francesca Torzo in soothing monochrome tones of cream and white, like the signature Croissant bag, shaped – you guessed it – like the French’s favorite pastry. The props-as-art aesthetic of the store blends in seamlessly with the surrounding galleries.
“Actualité”, the second chapter of the showcase of Ukrainian fashion culture Tripolar, will appear just in time for couture, with Charlotte Chesnais as godmother and the support of the Isabel Marant Foundation. Led by Vogue Ukraine’s fashion director Vena Brykalin and freelance creative director Sofiya Kvasha, the project aims to shine a light on the country’s rich contemporary creative soul and pave the way for the “after” in the sense the largest. —Rhonda Richford and LT
38 Rrue Lucien Sampaix, 75010
11 PVosges lace, 75004
Tripolar pop-upto July 6
169 Bavenue Saint-Germain, 75006
White glove treatment
For those after a cocooning break, the Dior Cheval Blanc Paris spa has embarked on the Seine, on a luxurious boat. The two-hour cruise offers 60-minute facial or body treatments for five passengers at a time in its four suites.
Prices vary from 670 euros for the body massage to 750 euros for the facial treatment and 1,500 euros for the facial or body treatment for two people simultaneously. A Pilates session costs 150 euros.
The boat takes off from Port Debilly, which faces the Eiffel Tower. —Jennifer Weil
Cheval Blanc Paris spa boat, until July 13
For reservations, contact: email@example.com or +33 6 76 28 31 31
Featured in the Al-Thani Collection at the Maritime Museum, ‘Gulbenkian Revealed: In the Collector’s Private Realm’ delves into British Armenian businessman and philanthropist Calouste Gulbenkian’s fascination with craftsmanship, provenance and rarity. through objects intended to be manipulated. A series of paintings and textiles complete this immersion into the hands of a collector. —LT
“Gulbenkian revealed: in the private domain of the collectorto October 2
The Al–Thani collection in the Navy Hotel
2 Place de la Concorde, 75001