Paris Fashion Week City Guide

SHOP highlights the leading restaurants, bars, salons and boutiques to visit during Fashion Week

City Guide

Tuesday, 4 October, 2011 by Paulina Szmydke

  • Colette

  • The Ritz Bar

  • La Maison Champs-Elysées by Martin Margiela

  • VIP Room

  • Tokyo Eat, Palais De Tokyo

  • La Société

  • Il Carpaccio ©Philippe Garcia
  • Le Royal Eclaireur

  • L’Appartement 217

  • Le Salon de David Mallet

  • The Nail Factory

Colette
An extended visit to Colette is crucial while trend hunting in Paris. Sarah Lerfel, daughter of the store’s founder, is responsible for buying for Colette and she has an unerring eye for what’s hot and what’s not each season. Many limited editions are exclusively available at this location, where the eclectic mix of selected prêt-à-porter pieces, indispensable literature and funky gadgets is never disappointing. Look out for Michaela Buerger’s range, which has made knitwear chic and sexy once more, and pick up Rodin’s Olio Lusso luxury face oil which is reportedly responsible for the radiant complexions of Eva Herzigova and Claudia Schiffer.

Colette, 213 rue Saint-Honoré, 75001 Paris, +33 (0)1 5535 3390

The Ritz Bar
Although the Hemingway Bar at the Ritz hotel might be more prominent, after a busy day of show hopping the Ritz Bar is the place to be. Attracting a slightly younger crowd than the Hemingway, the Ritz Bar emanates laid-back chic and there is a particularly good DJ line-up. If the weather is kind, head to the terrace, which is a peaceful oasis well protected from the city’s bright lights. Who knows, maybe somewhere in the dark under the starry sky you will spot Anna Wintour’s signature bob or catch Kate Moss joking with the bartender.

The Ritz Bar, 38 rue Cambon, 75001 Paris, +33 (0)1 4316 3365

La Maison Champs-Elysées
Sleep in style at one of 17 couture rooms created by Martin Margiela at La Maison Champs-Elysées, the epitome of avant-garde chic. Behind the façade of the townhouse visitors will find a surrealistic take on luxury; nothing is what it seems. In the White Lounge, spotlight rails illuminate the traces of old picture frames painted onto new walls. In the guestrooms, what appear to be Persian rugs are in fact patterns woven into the carpets. Lighting effects create the illusion that a closed door is open, allowing sunlight to filter in.

La Maison Champs-Elysées, 8 rue Jean Goujon, 75008 Paris, +33 (0)1 4074 6465

VIP Room 
The VIP Room probably sees more fashion-savvy clubbers than any other venue. During Fashion Week, this night spot has a red-carpet buzz as it draws the attention of international fashion editors, models, designers and celebrities. Here, Prince drops by and members of royal families show off pieces from Louis Vuitton’s latest collection. Karl Lagerfeld, who apparently never sleeps, is escorted by his slick assistant Sébastien and his boyish muse Baptiste to the VIP Room’s smart Italian restaurant La Gioia for a late-night bite.

VIP Room, 188 bis rue de Rivoli, 7500 Paris, +33 (0)1 5836 4600

Tokyo Eat
Mingle with Paris’s art crowd at Tokyo Eat. This is one of the rare places in the city where you can enjoy a meal outside regular lunch hours, perhaps on the terrace overlooking the Seine and the Eiffel Tower. Opt for a light dessert of perles du Japon au lait vanillé or sip on an apple celery cocktail in an interior that is as artful as the guest list. Inside are Stéphane Maupin’s sci-fi lamps, and mural paintings created by Bernard Brunon. On your way out, pay a visit to Palais de Tokyo’s excellent book store where the latest Vogue Collection is available.

Tokyo Eat, Palais de Tokyo, 13 avenue du Président Wilson, 75116 Paris, +33 (0)1 4720 0029

La Société
The waitresses in Saint-Germain are possibly the best-dressed in Paris and at La Société they are friendly as well as stylish. La Société is run by the legendary Costes brothers who are responsible for a number of restaurants in the city, but this is the place for mellow glamour. The menu is what visitors would expect from a Costes venture and le tigre qui pleure – a steak dish with creamy mashed potatoes – is arguably the best in Paris. Dress to impress and look out for celebrities such as Lenny Kravitz.

La Société, 4 place Saint-Germain, 75006 Paris, +33 (0)1 5363 6060

Il Carpaccio 
Offering a fresh take on Mediterranean classics, Il Carpaccio is on its way to becoming one of the leading Italian restaurants in Paris. Here, celebrities mingle with fine-food connoisseurs. The guinea fowl tortellini is delicately flavoured and pastry chef Pierre Hermé reinterprets Italian sweet dishes with a French touch. While visiting, relax in the hotel’s spa where massages and a 30-metre pool are on offer.

Il Carpaccio, Hotel Royal Monceau, 37 avenue Hoche, 75008 Paris, + 33 (0)1 4299 9890

Le Royal Eclaireur
Parisian high-end concept store L’Eclaireur has opened a new boutique alongside the luxury hotel Le Royal Monceau to create Le Royal Eclaireur. Come here for design pieces and for fashion items, and to marvel at the interior. Stunning installations include a monumental horse sculpture by Austrian artist and fashion designer Carol Christian Poell. Zaha Hadid and Philippe Starck have contributed quirky furniture to the already playful interior which comprises custom-made carpets and colourful frescos. A fine selection of cutting-edge fashion by sought-after names such as Rick Owens and Giambattista Valli is available, along with bespoke vintage pieces.

Le Royal Eclaireur, 39-41 avenue Hoche, 75008 Paris, +33 (0)1 5668 1047

L’Appartement 217
To shake off the stress of Fashion Week and emulate Caroline Roitfeld’s signature relaxed attitude, book an appointment at L’Appartement 217. From the outside this salon resembles a luxury apartment clad in beautiful mouldings. Inside, the colours, such as cool pink, are inspired by feng shui. A range of individually tailored massages are performed by skilled physiotherapists.

L’Appartement 217, 217 rue Saint-Honoré, 75001 Paris, +33 (0)1 4296 0096

Le Salon de David Mallet
Enter the amazing universe of David Mallet, where you will be greeted by a stuffed life-size ostrich that reigns proudly over this parquet-floored hair parlour. Located in a vast 17th-century apartment, Mallet’s salon is a favourite with actresses and leading figures in the fashion industry. Haider Ackermann, one of the most celebrated designers in town, comes here for a trim the night before his show. Photographers such as Patrick Demarchelier and Ellen von Unwerth ask for Mallet, and other clients include catwalk models for Chanel, Dior and Givenchy, along with actresses Marion Cotillard, Julianne Moore and Penélope Cruz.

Le Salon de David Mallet, 14 rue Notre Dame des Victoires, 75002 Paris, +33 (0)1 4020 0023 

The Nail Factory
Three girlfriends, a trip to New York and a moment of epiphany sparked the creation of the Nail Factory. Speedy manicures are the key selling point. Visitors simply sit at the bar, order a French manicure along with a cup of tea, and 10 minutes later are ready to rush off to the next fashion show. Those with more time on their hands can opt for the 30-minute spa treatment. The Nail Factory couldn’t have a better heritage: one of the owners is Prisca Courtin, granddaughter of the founder of Clarins.

The Nail Factory, 208 rue de Grenelle, 75007 Paris, +33 (0)1 4556 9119

 

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