A Paris fashionista’s black book
Our Paris insider shares her style- setter’s guide to the world’s most fashionable city.
SPA Reopened in December, the Guerlain Spa at the Trianon Palace Versailles is perfect for Marie Antoinette w annabes, offering art-deco-inspired treatment rooms and a two-hour facial featuring Orchidée Impériale (guerlainspa.com/trianon).
VINTAGE SHOP At Chezelle, an elegant little boutique, you can find YSL, Dior, the occasional Olivier Theyskens frock and, always, a discerning eye (Rue Condorcet).
MUSEUM Tucked away in the ninth arrondissement, the Musée de la Vie Romantique used to belong to painter Ary Scheffer, whose salon was frequented by Turgenev, Chopin and Delacroix. Don’t miss the beautiful little tea salon in the garden (vie-romantique.paris.fr).
BAR While the undiscriminating flock to Le Meurice, truly stylish drinkers frequent Bar Hemingway, bartender extraordinaire Colin Field’s jewel box of a bar at the Ritz (ritzparis.com).
CAFE Always sit upstairs at Café de Flore, where you just might find yourself drinking a “noisette” next to Catherine Deneuve or Sonia Rykiel (cafe-de-flore.com).
NIGHTCLUB Pop In, a Berlin bunker-style bar, attracts scenesters like Hedi Slimane and Nicolas Andreas Taralis and features live music three times a week (Rue Amelot).
RESTAURANT The unnamed restaurant at the Philippe Starck-
designed Mama Shelter hotel is helmed by chef Alain Senderens, who famously rejected his Michelin stars (mamashelter.com).
CHIC HITS It girls Camille Bidault-Waddington (stylist, and wife
of Jarvis Cocker), Vanessa Seward (designer for Azzaro) and Carla Bruni-Sarkozy.
It designer Christophe Decarnin for Balmain.
Must-visit site garancedore.fr, a blog by a fashion illustrator with the nonchalance of a bonbon-popping novelist.
Next hot arrondissement The ninth. It’s not a tourist trap, but it
has dozens of cool boutiques and restaurants, especially around Rue
Sale season Paris has two state-regulated sales a year, which last for six weeks and offer up to 80 percent off designer clothing. Start planning your trip now — the next one begins at the end of June!