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Tokyo "In the United States, people only know, like, three Japanese designers," Maiko Seki says, with a go-figure shrug. Maiko Seki is a fashion publicist in Tokyo. To be a fashion publicist in Tokyo is to be in the midst of a scene so frenetic,...
Around the world, the strip club has suddenly gone tasteful and upscale. • In Paris, at Pink Paradise (49-51 Rue de Ponthieu; 33-1/58-36-19-20), a well-heeled crowd dines on foie gras and caviar while ogling the sultry show, performed nightly from...
A bellhop and a concierge stand back-to-back, a rubber ball wedged between them, in a basement office in Paris's Eighth Arrondissement. The men must keep the ball off the floor as they shuffle around, negotiating obstacles and sinking into deep kn...
Forget the subway. Now there are innovative—and fun—ways to avoid traffic in two of our favorite cities. Zip around Paris on the back of a two-seated bicycle with Tandem Services (www.tandem-services.com; $1 per kilometer). Sporting a cute orange ...
For three years, an American company searched Paris for the optimal hotel site. Five more years would pass before construction could proceed. Developers would have to contend with miles of red tape: city ordinances, building permits, legal hagglin...
"You're in charge here now. Try to save my poor Versailles," Louis XVI is said to have told his war minister as the royal family fled its extravagant residence in the early days of the French Revolution. Versailles was indeed saved, though not for...
Undergoing a renaissance likened to those of New York's Harlem and London's Docklands district, the once rough-and-tumble Goutte d'Or section of Paris is earning a place on the city's shopping map. The epicenter: Rue des Gardes, a.k.a Rue de la Mo...
Looking to maximize shopping time on your next European trip?These new personal concierge services will escort you to all the hippest stores and fit in the odd museum, restaurant, or theater visit, too. In Paris, So French! (8 Rue de la Baume; 33-...
Astute hotels now have a way to impress guests long after checkout: signature perfumes. Here, five available through their respective concierges. FRAGRANCE Parfum ($1,153/50 ml) HOTEL Claridge's (London; 44-207/629-8860) BOUQUET Saffron, iris, co...
At the new fashion museums popping up across Europe, you can put this season's micro-minis and kaleidoscopic prints into historic context. Zandra Rhodes has just opened the Fashion and Textile Museum (83 Bermondsey St.; 44-207/403-0222; www.ftmlo...
The past year has seen countless boutique openings in Paris. Here are a few of our favorites. CLOTHING Yves Saint Laurent's former muse Loulou de la Falaise has thrown open the doors to her very own atelier and shop (7 Rue de Bourgogne, Seventh Ar...
"No, monsieur, not like zat." Quicker than you can say Melissa officinalis, the bouquet of roses, anemones, hyacinths, poppies, and viburnum leaves I had spent 40 minutes proudly composing was destroyed by Eric Chauvin, a lean French florist in h...
Parisians had reason to stay in town last August: the inaugural Paris Plage, a two-mile-long "beach" that ran along the Seine from the Tuileries to the Pont de Sully. Despite initial grumbling from motorists (the highway parallel to the Seine was ...
How do you finish off a sinful meal in Paris?Not with dessert, judging by the batch of restaurants adding massages to their menus. Wednesday through Sunday nights at Nirvana (3 Ave. Matignon; 33-1/53-89-18-91; dinner for two $184), just off the Ch...
Shirley Bassey belted out her classic 007 song as we sped through the countryside. The sun was high. We were in France. Going fast. In a Jaguar. "Bond drove a Jag in Goldfinger, you know," David said as Shirley continued to wail. Actually, Bond d...