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27 Sep

Paris Scene: What’s Latest and Hot

PARIS — Paris Fashion Week is back in full swing and with it’s a plethora of recent shops, eateries and exhibits to examine out.

Shops That Pop

L’Ingénieur Chevallier traces its roots back to 1740, when the grandfather of Jean Gabriel Augustin Chevallier became optician to France’s King Louis XV. Chevallier went on to invent the microscope and opera glasses, along with his company eventually becoming official supplier of the French army. Now owned by family-held eyewear specialist Maison Bonnet, its Rue des Pyramides store, first opened within the ’20s, has been revamped by noted designer Pierre Bonnefille. It will offer limited-edition models handmade in Burgundy by a master craftsman alongside selections from high-end area of interest labels. 

Long live the queen — of knits and stripes. Sonia Rykiel opened a pop-up store on Monday on tony Rue Royale, distilling the colourful and graphic universe of the late French designer in a 1,300-square-foot space, where brilliant hues are juxtaposed with brushed metal, mirrors and mesh decor, and there are references to Rykiel’s love for books, too. Like their Latest York counterparts, Parisian shoppers will have the ability to get their hands on the Rykiel Perpetually signature knitwear, glitzy Velvet Strauss styles and the “Mai ’68” fall 2022 collection.

From Thursday through Sunday, the Kitsuné flagship on the Rue de Richelieu will transform itself into “Kitsuné Market,” a retro pop-up inspired by Korean culture and ’80s convenience stores, centered across the work of artist and illustrator Tree13, who created an anime-inflected, illustrated campaign for the French label. And for anyone wanting an extra taste of Kitsuné’s Korean adventures, its Louvre outpost just steps away will offer an exclusive menu with Paris-based Korean pastry chef Monsieur Caramel starting Thursday through Oct. 31.

Arive has arrived in Paris, and is partnering with Vestiaire Collective just in time for fashion week. The Munich-based app delivers a curated collection of products from its Marais “cloudstore” to at least one’s door in 60 minutes. That features authenticated pieces starting from Celine sunglasses, Bottega Veneta’s rubber puddle boots, Gucci’s Jackie bag to Fendi baguettes. Centered on iconic accessories, latest items will join the gathering each week. The traditional selection continues to be on tap on the app, meanwhile. Arive’s goods are delivered via its eco-friendly bike fleet to unravel even essentially the most pressing fashion week emergency. — Lily Templeton and Rhonda Richford

L’Ingénieur Chevallier

17 Rue des Pyramides, 75001

Sonia Rykiel

18 Rue Royale, 75001

Kitsuné Market

Pop-up: 52 Rue de Richelieu, 75001

Café: 2 Place André Malraux, 75001


Online: Ariveapp.com

In-store: 3 Rue Portefoin, 75003

Fantastic Food — and Drink

To kick of celebrations of his eponymous fragrance brand’s fifteenth anniversary, Kilian Hennessy is hosting an ephemeral bar on the Hôtel Plaza Athénée during Paris Fashion Week, through Oct. 9. There, people can discover scents from Kilian Paris’ five olfactive families, including Les Citrus Frais and Les Fleurs Narcotique. Personalized olfactive consultations are offered, too. Also on the menu are signature cocktails from the Plaza Athénée inspired by Kilian fragrances. Events are being scheduled in 15 capitals worldwide to assist have a good time the brand’s birthday.

Paris is at one’s feet — and Instagram feed — from the terrace of Bonnie, the newest Paris Society restaurant and club on the fifteenth and sixteenth floors of the SO/Paris hotel, where lobster rolls, a formidable Cobb salad and a bunch of mouthwatering cocktails are nearly eclipsed by the jaw-dropping vista. The mirrored ceiling that extends onto the terrace and kaleidoscopic elements are a part of “The Seeing City,” an immersive artwork, where light and weather conditions change into a part of an ever-changing display. It’s by Ólafur Eliasson and Sebastian Benham, with the participation of Studio Other Spaces.

Perched 187 feet up on the primary floor of the Eiffel Tower with a sweeping view of the Trocadéro, Madame Brasserie owes her name to the Iron Lady herself and the local, seasonal and not-so-traditional French cuisine imagined by star chef Thierry Marx. His stated challenge “was to make a straightforward, healthy and pleasurable cuisine that’s as durable because the monument itself.” On the menu are classics akin to onion soup or escargots bathed in herby garlic butter, alongside quinoa from the Île-de-France region around Paris and a plant-based pavlova.  

Michelin-starred chef Bruno Verjus described himself as “a being of the ocean,” so for the freshly opened 65-seat restaurant Cavalieri, he wanted diners to experience “a type of magic” that may transport them “by the ocean, by boat, able to discover latest horizons.” No compass needed to search out one’s method to fresh vegetables with a swirl of za’atar oil, the catch of the day with a zucchini “pizza” on the side or a chocolate mousse livened up by a sprinkle of chili flakes and olive confit on the menu executed by brothers Kevin and Cristian Stradaioli. — L.T. and Jennifer Weil

Hôtel Plaza Athénée x Kilian Paris

25 Avenue Montaigne, 75008


10 Rue Aggripa d’Aubigné, 75004

Open every day.  Lunch from noon to five p.m., dinner from 7 p.m. to midnight

Madame Brasserie

First floor of the Eiffel Tower, 75007

Entry through the south pillar

All-day dining, with two services for lunch (noon  and 1:30 p.m.) and for dinner (6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m.). Reservations really helpful.


71 Avenue Paul Doumer, 75001

Open every day for lunch and dinner.

Art Attack

The Musée d’Orsay, in collaboration with the Munich Museum in Oslo, is featuring an exhibition dedicated to the Norwegian painter Edvard Munch. Sixty years of his creative work filled with symbolism are on display there.

Across the Seine river, the Musée d’Art Moderne de Paris has a show on dedicated to artist Oskar Kokoschka, called “Enfant Terrible in Vienna.” It marks the primary retrospective of the Austrian’s work, and traces 70 years of his image-making.

Sergei Pavlov, winner of the American Vintage Photography Award on the thirty sixth edition of the Hyères International Festival of Fashion, Photography and Fashion Accessories, is displaying a private series, entitled “Sea Songs,” manufactured from nine black-and-white photos in two of the style brand’s Paris stores.

American photographer Gray Malin headed to Paris to capture top dogs, including PR guru Lucien Pagès’ pugs, within the Hôtel Plaza Athénée and around town. The “Dogs of Paris” series will likely be unveiled on Tuesday, on the artist’s site graymalin.com.

— J.W. and L.T.

Musée d’Orsay

“Edvard Munch. A Poem of Life, Love and Death,” through Jan. 22, 2023

1 Rue de la Légion d’Honneur, 75007

Musée d’Art Moderne de Paris

“Oskar Kokoschka: Enfant Terrible in Venice,” through Feb. 12, 2023

11 Avenue du Président Wilson, 75116

American Apparel

“Sea Songs,” through Saturday

62 Rue Tiquetonne, 75002

32 Rue Étienne Marcel, 75001

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