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In Las Vegas, it used to be that the cocktail waitresses were the only employees in a casino, save for the headliners, who got to wear shiny, sparkly uniforms. But in case you haven't noticed, Las Vegas, isn't quite the same city it used to be and at the forefront of the town's modernization is the SLS Las Vegas with its vast array of nightlife options, encircling a rather small casino floor. Well, small for Vegas anyways.
Indeed, the slot machines and poker tables can be seen as nuisances obstructing your path to Katsuya's decadent sushi rolls, Umami's juicy burgers, Jose Andres' bizarre Bazaar meat presentations and the pulsing beats coming from the LiFE nightclub.
Upstairs, the rooms are compact but chic with playful Philippe Starck touches like a silver tree stump, a tilted desktop and giant mirrors. And if you've forgotten to pack something, you won't have to settle for a strange name label since LA's own Fred Segal stores have seven different shops downstairs.
With all these trendy "New Vegas" concepts inside the SLS, it's no wonder the employee uniforms are just as stylish. And we're not only talking about the cocktail waitresses.
SLS tapped Las Vegas designer, Barbara Bell of Bell Uniform Design, to custom-make the everyday look of SLS employees. Bell has been the preferred designer for new establishments in Vegas, including Hakkasan nightclub at MGM Grand, the Holstein's restaurant at The Cosmpolitan and the Aria Resort & Casino. Now, here's a look at some of the uniforms Bell and her team created for SLS:
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Ed. Note: We had to pull the images of the new uniforms per Starwood's request. When we get an approved photo we'll put it back up here!
It turns out that the hotelís uniforms will also get a little updating from Jay Godfrey who has transformed the regular hotel uniforms into stylish, sleek outfits. Now, the staff will look pretty spiffy while work continues on the renovated guestrooms as well as the hotelís new restaurant, and bar.
As you can see in the before and after photos, The staff at the W French Quarter will now wear European-style suits with a flattering slimmer shape. The guys will have skinny ties with complementing tie clips, and the ladies will wear pencil skirts with chic jackets. They can accessorize their uniforms with fashionable jewelry.
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What the hotel managers will be wearing at Hyatt Regency Danang.
Last week, we took a look at some of the big hotels opening in New York, London, Los Angeles and Miami but there's a whole world out there! We'll be highlighting some upcoming hotel openings every week until the end of the year! Know of a cool hotel that's opening? Let us know!
When the Hyatt Regency Danang opens in Vietnam on October 31, the hotel staff is going to be sporting some very stylish uniforms complete with matching shoes, hats and accessories. And it's not just the front desk that will look pretty. The stewards, chefs, housekeepers, security guards and even the landscapers will all get stylish clothes to wear.
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Although the first Missoni Hotel has been open now in Edinburgh, Scotland for over two months, not many pictures or reviews have come out of it. We want to see every striped nook and polka-dotted cranny of that place, and especially what the staff is wearing.
Luckily Flickr yields a few tantalizing pictures, like this one of the dizzyingly patterned crockery in the Missoni Cucina. Still, this is a fashion hotel and its bartenders and room attendants and waiters have got to be wearing the chicest hotel duds this side of the Versace Resorts, right?
Forget what brand of hotel toiletries are neck to the sink or the signature scent of the lobby; the hot hotel detail these days is what the employees are wearing ... on their feet. A designer staff uniform might smarten them up and cut a fine figure, but flashy footwear polishes off the look; The Hotel On Rivington knows what we're talking about.
Since The Ace Hotel NYC is still the word on everyone's lips, they're not going to dress their staff in just any other polyester blend suit; it's hipster-cut looks with a winning combination of labels. Coolhunting breaks it down:
We've heard of folks coveting hotel beds, sheets, and bathrobes before but now you can walk away from your hotel stay wearing the exact same clothes as the hotel employees.
The For Her boutique at the Velas Vallarta Suite Resort and Convention Center sells a two-piece tunic and slacks ensemble designed by Melin Castro of Melin Castro Design.
The pieces are cut from fine linen, and the necklines are works of art with elaborately designed bead patterns hand-embroidered by craftsmen in Guadalajara. The lightweight ensemble comes in black and white and can be worn for any casually elegant outing during the day or night or worn as a bathing suit cover-up. It sells for 2400 pesos, or approximately $200 US. The ensembles are also sold in the boutique of Velas Vallarta's sister hotel, the Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit.
We gotta say that uniform looks mighty comfy if just a tad too see-through. We just hope hotel guests buy the outfit on the day they check-out and not during their stay. That could get awkward at the pool.
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It's no longer enough for a hotel to have its loyalty card in your wallet or a branded robe in your closet; the newest trend seems to be hotels claiming space on on your feet through shoe collaborations. Standard Hotels have had branded flip flops in their mini bars for lord knows how long, W Hotels literally stepped up in 2007 with their "Mongolian Shoe BBQ" Puma collaboration, and The Hotel on Rivington continues to outfit their staff in the latest kicks. So who's next to join the ranks of hotels with trendy togs? It's the Ace Hotel Palm Springs, of course!
Available July 1, but up for pre-order now, the $85 set of shoes and a tote are a partnership between the hotel, Generic Surplus and Arkitip Magazine, the periodical which brought us the Andre Balazs feature earlier this year. In addition to awesome new material, it sounds as if the hotel staff will be sporting them along with fans of the Ace, says Arkitip: "We developed a new mesh material that's breathable for the desert heat, quick-drying and non-slip for the pool side servers." Take that, Standard flip flops!
Put your own Ace Hotel Palm Springs sneaks on reserve now at Arkitip.
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Have you finished shopping for your summer wardrobe yet? The Hotel on Rivington (THOR) has, and they're back with an updated look for the season, starting from the soles up.
In December, the hotel's spiffy staff began sporting DC shoes, leading off with the low, black leather Sector 7s to compliment the Ted Baker uniforms. Nonetheless, shoes wear down and so spring sees replacements in the form of the DC LIFE dress sneaker in a fresh red colorway intended to match the scarlet carpeting of the hotel's dramatic entrance.
Again, the kicks come from a collection of DC styles that "features models, constructions, and materials found nowhere else in the DC line and is offered exclusively at a very select group of fine retailers worldwide." We're especially loving the perforated leather for letting tired hotel worker's feet breathe, but how will the guests take to being out-dressed by the hotel staff?
[Photos: DC Shoes and The Hotel on Rivington]
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Next time you check into a hotel, particularly in Manhattan, take care to note the fine clothing on the backs of those hauling in your overstuffed old luggage.
With the rise of boutique hotels and their attention to branding every detail, it's no longer surprising to find that the valet may be dressed more expensively than yourself. Perhaps the most famous examples of this are Park Hyatt's Armani-clad doormen and Michael Kors for New York's Hotel Mela, but we can hardly forget about the dapper folk at The Hotel on Rivington who sport Ted Baker London like it's their job (ha).
This past Black Friday, THOR went a literal step further and introduced a partnership with DC Shoes for their employees. Now rounding out the tailored Ted Baker look will be DC's Sector 7, a slim leather low-top from the DC LIFE Collection.
Hypebeast lets us know how premium these are: "[the collection] features models, constructions, and materials found nowhere else in the DC line and is offered exclusively at a very select group of fine retailers worldwide." Sounds fancy! Next thing you know, Vogue will do a spread on hotel fashion and we'll be saying "we told you so."
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Our hotel fashion expert JetSetCD reports on the latest in hotel uniforms.
Thompson Hotels' Gild Hall at Wall Street seems to be weathering the economic downturn just fine; Libertine, their musky and manly Todd English-helmed restaurant successfully opened last month, and now the hotel staff gets to dress up in designer duds. Bringing a sliver of his classic, messy-refined style to the lodge atmosphere of Gild Hall, New York clothier Steven Alan will provide male and female uniforms for the first time in his history. He's no Gwen Stefani, but Steven's functional outfits will be able to stand up to her W Hotel designs any day. About the Steven Alan for Gild Hall line:
He riffed on the financiers who populate the neighborhood in creating a menís ensemble of a worsted wool blazer, button-down vest and slacks with a reverse seam. The womanís look is the so-called 'Bankerís Dress,' and everyone dons a silk skinny tie.
We admittedly have no idea what a "banker's dress" is, but we're sure it will look great with the backdrop of Gild Hall's faux library lobby. No word on if hotel rates in the Financial District will be dropping in time with the Dow, but at least the hotel staff will be dressed like money.
[Images via Thompson Hotels/Steven Alan]
While W Hotels' cocktail waitresses will be serving up beverages while wearing Gwen Stefani-designed uniforms, the entire Wyndham Hotels staff will be greeting you in uniforms made of beverage containers.
Seriously upping the eco-ante, Wyndham mandates that all staff be kitted-out in the new uniforms, made from recycled plastic bottles, by early 2010.
The good news is that the recycled outfits won't be limited to a few styles; Cintas has designed and manufactured two whole collections, one aiming for a "retail-inspired, upscale contemporary look" while the other is directly geared towards island resorts.
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There's tons of hotel news flying around this week and we don't have time to give each and every story the love and attention it may deserve, so you will have to settle for some news briefs.
· L.A.M.B. Uniforms for W Hotels' Female Bar Staff: This is what they will look like. While not as boring as we first thought, those employees better have some great gams to wear such short dresses. [StyleList]
· Dial-up a Religious Text: Gone are the days of Gideon bibles in hotel nightstands. Spiritual menus are the newest religious amenity to hit hotels. [Canadian Press]
· Hilton Sells Pet Friendly Items: Not only is Hilton ok with you bringing your pets into their hotels, but they want you to buy Hilton-branded pet gear. [Hilton to Home]
· Aqua Hotels Says Aloha to Twitter: The Aqua Hotels group in Hawaii is now Twittering. [Twitter]
· CityCenter Slowing Down: So remember yesterday how the Aria Resort at CityCenter was topped off? Well, now there's a new report saying that corrective work being done on the Harmon Hotel is slowing down the overall construction. Yikes. [SF Chronicle]