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SHIP’S IN: Straight from the captain’s quarters to the catwalk, the Musée National de la Marine’s latest exhibition explores the long-standing relationship between naval culture and fashion. From a rare 1917 Coco Chanel smock to Yves Saint Laurent naval jackets, the museum showcases nautical trends in Paris fashion from the Belle Epoque to present day. Featuring elements such as sailor stripes and pom-pom hats, “Sailor Chic in Paris” is on at 17 Place du Trocadero.
HARDY LUCK: Pierre Hardy’s new Left Bank boutique is based on a black box and stocks an exclusive capsule collection of Hardy classics in crocodile. It’s at 9-11 Place du Palais Bourbon, a tony cobblestoned square. Flanked with rows of black leather benches, the shop has a dark wood floor and a graphic strip of neon tubes. “I wanted it to be the opposite of the Palais Royal, which is deep. This is long,” mused Hardy, who has rustled up a credit-crunch-defying mink boot for fall. “It is winter, after all,” scoffed the designer.