Paris Scene

Feasts for the senses as well as the wardrobe, all around town.

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Guerlain’s store in the Marais.

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The Bobbi Brown store.

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GUERLAIN GETAWAY: Guerlain recently opened the doors of a boutique in the bustling Marais neighborhood. The 890-square-foot store houses the LVMH Möet Hennessy Louis Vuitton-owned brand’s entire product collection, including makeup, fragrance and skin care. Upon entering, there’s a space devoted to color cosmetics replete with daytime lighting. There is also an area showcasing Guerlain’s fragrances and another with a cabinet des curiosités. In the back, a 220-square-foot treatment room caters both to women and to men. Guerlain, 10 Rue des Francs Bourgeois, 7500; +33-1-53-01-02-00.

Beauty is getting ever more hands-on in Paris.

In the Bobbi Brown store that bowed this summer (which marks the Estée Lauder Cos. Inc.-owned brand’s first freestanding door in France), makeup lessons are available in an upstairs room. For someone signing on for one hour, the cost is 75 euros, or about $110 at current exchange. Four people can have a group lesson, which lasts for approximately two hours and goes for 50 euros, or $73, per person. The Nicolaï fragrance brand, meanwhile, is hosting perfume-making sessions, which generally last 90 minutes each. These comprise lessons about various fragrance notes and formulas. At the end, people leave with their own 250-ml. bottle of scent. (Such classes are for 15 or more, at 30 euros, or $44, per person.) Themed sessions — such as on a particular note like rose or on a product family like eau de toilette — are available for 45 euros, or $66, per person in groups larger than 15. There are tailor-made courses, too. Bobbi Brown, 1 bis Rue des Francs Bourgeois, 75004; +33-1-53-01-81-03; Nicolaï, 25 Rue de Montpensier, 75001; +33-1-44-55-02-08.

Fashion photographer Ali Mahdavi and choreographer Philippe Découflé have taken up the creative reins at the Crazy Horse, the cheeky and intimate Parisian cabaret, to create an ubersexy and glamorous new revue. While their show gives a nod to the economic downturn, most of the action centers on celebrating the female body with graphic lighting effects and barely there costumes, including one by lingerie designer Fifi Chachnil, and the ultimate fetish pair of heels by Christian Louboutin. Le Crazy Horse Paris, 12 Avenue George V, 75008; +33-1-47-23-32-32

AIN’T IT RICH: John Richmond is shaking up Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré with a new store at number 62, slated to open Oct. 5. Known for his rock ’n’ roll vibe, the British designer’s newest 13,500-square-foot flagship is the fourth for the brand. Designed by architect Cristophe Pillet, the two-level unit doesn’t skimp on Richmond’s techno feel, including touches such as psychedelic carpets and lacquered mannequins, and also benefits from white walls, shiny black surfaces and graphic details. John Richmond, 62 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré; +33-1-58-10-90-0.

Hip French specialty store Shine has set two new 800-square-foot locations in Paris — one at 8 Rue du Vieux Colombier on the Left Bank, and the other at 65 Rue Montmartre in the trendy neighborhood of Etienne Marcel, where jeans brands Diesel and Replay have flagships. Shine first opened five years ago on Rue Poitou in the Marais. Nestled among its own brand are more than 25 fashion labels, including Martin Margiela, Preen and Acne. Shine, 8 Rue de Vieux Colombier, 75006, and 65 Rue Montmartre, 75002.


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