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March 29, 2011

PARIS: FLAGSHIP OPENINGS

By Sarah Smith | Fashion

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The chic shops of Paris have added a few new members to their ranks in early 2011. A month ago on the Rue St.-Honoré, Michael Kors opened his first store here, which, at 7,000 square feet, is his largest retail space to date. The focus is on accessories, with a lineup of handbags, shoes, eyewear, watches and fragrances featured prominently on the first floor. Up the dramatic staircase and under the expansive glass ceiling are the women's ready-to-wear collections. A few blocks away, the Herrera mother-daughter team debuted their 3,330-square-foot CH Carolina Herrera boutique earlier this month. Lit by six enormous windows, the interior is a combination of dark woods, silk, raw linens and aged-brass fixtures. The space is divided into four distinct atmospheres: women's, men's, handbags and footwear, and special home and travel items. Not to be missed and exclusive to this store is the Paris shopping tote ($940) featuring a colorful map of the boutique's elegant neighborhood. A special side note: For an après-shopping lunch with the international fashion set—Christian Louboutin, Bruno Frisoni and Lanvin's Alber Elbaz have all been in—take a 20-minute walk through the Tuileries and across the Seine to Ralph's, the American restaurant Ralph Lauren has opened adjacent to his St.-Germain flagship. The fare includes Maine lobster and strip steaks from Lauren's Colorado ranch. Michael Kors, 279 Rue St. Honoré; 33-1/70-36-44-40. CH Carolina Herrera, 10 Rue Castiglione; 33-1/58-62-41-03. Ralph's, 173 Boulevard St.-Germain; 33-1/44-77-76-00.

Photo Clockwise from top left: Courtesy of Michael Kors, Courtesy of CH Carolina Herrera, Courtesy of Michael Kors, Courtesy of CH Carolina Herrera, Courtesy of Michael Kors

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