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LES PRAIRIES DE MARAIS: With life-size shots from Michelangelo Antonioni's 1966 film "Blow-Up" as its opening show, the new store for trendy Parisian brand Les Prairies de Paris is both art gallery and boutique. Below the first-floor exhibition space, painted black from floor-to-ceiling, is a contrasting light and airy basement housing women's wear by designer Laetitia Ivanez plus a new mini men's collection and a children's line. Quirky features, such as a set of vintage headphones hanging outside so customers can listen to the store's playlist, or cartoons beamed onto the walls, underscore the contemporary flair of the 12-year-old label, whose bright, printed T-shirts, knitted waistcoats and shirtdresses epitomize casual French chic.
Les Prairies de Paris, 23 Rue Debelleyme, 75003; +33-1-48-04-91-16.
ARES YOU HOME? Style is key at the Arès Hotel, recently opened near the Eiffel Tower. Its modern take on Old World luxury includes punchy leather furniture by Poltrona Frau, Baccarat and Swarovski crystal lighting, Versace mosaics in the bathrooms and even Hermès body care products. With 40 individually decorated rooms and suites in warm shades like turquoise, gold and burgundy, the Arès is an intimate address. Guests can look forward to a fresh continental breakfast and to curling up with the daily paper by the fireplace in the library.
Arès Hotel, 7, Rue du Général de Larminat, 75015; +33-1-47-34-74-04.
PICK YOUR POISON: A potpourri of accessories stores has arrived in time for Paris' summer season. Joining fashion's expanding Palais Royal posse, glovemaker Maison Fabre will open its first boutique in the storied arcade on July 1.
Near the Place de la Concorde, Mell, one of the hippest additions to the city's retail scene, offers an ever-changing range of high-end jewelry and leather goods brands, including Alexander McQueen, Diego Dolcini and Bruno Frisoni, backdropped by an in-store foot spa. Located at 8 Rue Royale, the space is the brainchild of Philippe Melloul, founder of the French shoe chain Biondini, and Numero journalist Pascale Renaux, who disclosed that the pair are mulling a men's equivalent.