By the time Paris fashion week arrives, editors and models alike are suffering from sore feet, fried hair, and perhaps one too many swigs of Champagne. The solution? No, it’s not more under-eye concealer; it’s serious beautification—from your abs to your aura. We scoured the City of Light for the best places to rejuvenate, refresh, and—just in time for that intimate Chanel dinner on the 10th—impress.
Ever wondered who French fashion PRs turn to when they need to pull it together for fashion week? Delphine Courteille, a longtime protégée of hair maestro Odile Gilbert—with whom she is working backstage this season at Lagerfeld Gallery, Hermès, Rykiel, Vanessa Bruno, and Nina Ricci, among others—has spent the past decade traveling the world for fashion shows, photo shoots, and private customers. In late December, Courteille opened a place to call her own. “The name Studio 34 comes from all the ideas I pick up from shows and shoots,” she told Style.com. Fellow backstage stars—makeup artist Rafael Pita (brother of Orlando) and manicurist Marcea Gomes—are on hand to help her realize the vision, as is color virtuoso Jean-Luc Fouillade, formerly of Christophe Robin. Rates: €150 euros (about $190) for a haircut, €200 (about $255) for une grande transformation.
34 rue du Mont Thabor, Paris, www.delphinecourteille.com, email@example.com.
Paris has never been known for a workout scene to rival its American counterparts, but L’Usine has set out to change all that. Just look at its roster of clients: Marc Jacobs, Diane Kruger, Rick Owens, and Lenny Kravitz all keep fit here when they’re in town. The chic chocolate and bronze decor, comfortingly discreet ambience, and that ever elusive commodity—towel service worthy of the name—make L’Usine the city’s top sweatshop. Following the flagship’s success, the L’Usine team opened a second venue in January near the Centre Pompidou. During fashion week, a €40 daily fee grants open access to all facilities and classes, so fitness junkies can spin, stretch, and pump to their heart’s content. One caveat: Membership is full up at the original space, so head to the new Beaubourg location for easiest access and best hours.
8 rue de la Michodière (original space), and 16-20
rue Quincampoix, Paris, www.usineopera.com. Continue Reading “The Best Places For A Parisian Pre-Party” »
We are fashion people and therefore adore most of what Olivier Theyskens has, does, and will design—rumors of replacements be damned. But even we have to admit that the beautiful high-low hem dresses from his Spring 2009 show have played somewhat awkwardly off the runway. Witness, Kate Bosworth at the Art of Elysium Gala a few weeks ago. Maybe it’s the tightly scraped-back hair or the witchy-goth choice of black with long sleeves. Whatever the case, Kate’s look wasn’t quite doing it for us. That’s why we were overjoyed to see Diane Kruger rock the Ricci at last night’s Sidaction party looking happy, pretty, and irrefutably chic. We put it down to the fresh but not too sweet floral and the girlish but not too infantile bobby-pinned hair. Agreed or not?
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