Paris: Take a Breather

Grab some food, drink and culture during down time at Fashion Week in the City of Light.

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WWDStyle issue 02/23/2011

DIGITAL DOMAIN: Hot on the heels of the hugely successful Centquatre, the City of Paris is launching another art venue. The restored Gaîté Lyrique, a historic location that has hosted everything from operetta to the Ballets Russes, will celebrate digital technology with concerts, exhibitions and events supported by the latest high-tech equipment.

Its reopening will kick off with five days of free events starting March 2, including the interactive play “Best Before” by performance collective Rimini Protokoll and concerts by electronic bands such as Zombie Zombie, Yacht and Danger. — Joelle Diderich

Gaîté Lyrique
3 bis Rue Papin, 75003
Opening March 2. Tickets for the opening events are available every Wednesday starting from 2:30 p.m. at

BACK IN VOGUE: Eight young designers have been chosen by French Vogue to present an emblematic look from their collections at the bar of the Hôtel de Crillon between March 3 and 5. These include Bouchra Jarrar, Maxime Simoëns, Anthony Vaccarello, Damir Doma, Yiqing Yin and Alberto Marani. Also on display will be creations from accessory designers Olympia Le Tan and Ligia Dias. Mercedes-Benz is sponsoring the event and interior designer Vincent Darré will create the decor. — Natasha Montrose

Hôtel de Crillon
10 Place de la Concorde, 75008

CONCEPT STORE: Ecological sneaker brand Veja has kicked off its first Parisian concept store, Centre Commercial, in the hip Canal Saint Martin neighborhood. Offering a multitude of brands like Danish labels Knowledge and S.N.S. Herning and French brand Saint-James, the store also sells vintage furniture, bicycles and other accessories from the likes of scarf maker The Hill-Side. Veja peddles its own brand of shoes alongside New Balance, Repetto and La Botte Gardiane. Vejas retail starting at 89 euros, or $122 at current exchange. — Natasha Montrose

Centre Commercial
2 Rue de Marseille, 75010
Open Tuesday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

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