Paris Scene: Lace Up... Etc... Teamwork...

Calling all lace lovers. Solstiss has opened its first Comptoir de Dentelle, or lace bar, on a by-appointment basis.

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LACE UP: Calling all lace lovers. Solstiss has opened its first Comptoir de Dentelle, or lace bar, on a by-appointment basis. The lacy space, situated in the firm's Opera flagship, proposes around 1,000 variations of the whimsical fabric, available in minimum orders of four-meter cuts. Prices range from 25 euros per meter, or $39 at current exchange, for a Lycra-based lace, to 250 euros, or $390, per meter for one of the house's hand-embroidered designs. A new bridal range is also available.

Solstiss, Au Comptoir de Dentelle: 6 Rue Halevy, 75009; +33-1-42-60-90-02.

ETC...: Boasting a mouth-watering menu conceived by Ledoyen's three-star "It" chef, Christian Le Squer, Etc... is becoming one of the city's buzziest eateries. Not for the faint of heart, the restaurant's underground kitchen offers adventurous combinations from the sea and land, such as its "Fantaisie Voyageuse" starter: chilled rolls of chicken liver, lamb's feet and haddock, served with a rich mayonnaise sauce. House specials include a nouvelle take on the black pudding, served with a gentle passion fruit sauce and onion mashed potato. Situated a hop away from the Trocadero, the site's soberly stylish decor melds gray upholstered banquets with touches of gold, wood and mushroom lacquer, while the restaurant's très modern waiters are outfitted in dark denim aprons. An average menu at the restaurant costs around $110, without wine.

Etc..., 2 Rue La Pérouse 75116; +33-1-49-52-10-10.

TEAMWORK: Adding a dose of high school drama to couture week, Alexis Mabille has hooked up with cult French jewelry designer Lydia Courteille for his naughty schoolgirl-themed collection. The show will take place Monday at the Musée Galliera. "I liked the idea of a little girl who has rummaged through her mother's jewelry box and who is out parading it about," said Mabille. Courteille's opulent embellishments include a white opal crab brooch in a tangle of black gold seaweed dotted with diamond starfishes and rubies, and a high impact dragon necklace featuring white and brown diamonds, rubies and engraved turquoise. Next up, the pair will collaborate on jewelry line, including sparkling accessories.
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