You’ll Soon Be Able to Eat, Drink and Stay at the Palace of Versailles

04/05/2016 at 01:29 PM ET

Versailles, FRANCE: View of the restored painting
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Attention history buffs: Your dream travel experience is about to become a possibility.

The Palace of Versailles in France—one of the world’s top tourist destinations that has housed the likes of Marie Antoinette and King Louis XIV—is about to get updated with an on-site hotel and restaurant, CTV News reports.

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Tapped to head up the luxury establishments is Alain Ducasse, the French Michelin-starred chef who also runs the renowned Le Jules Verne restaurant inside the Eiffel Tower.

His hospitality company, Lov Hotel Collection, has taken on the transformation of three buildings on the grounds into just 20 boutique-style hotel rooms along with a fine-dining space—a renovation project that is projected to cost around $16 million. The décor is expected to stay true to the opulent French Baroque style of the rest of the palace.

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Want to start planning your trip? You’ll have to wait a little bit: The project is scheduled to open in 2018. But, hey, at least that gives you plenty of time to start saving up.

Shay Spence, @chezspence

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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms
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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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Marie Antoinette+King L ouis XVI, yo!

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