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It's Fashion Week in NYC but down in Houston, Texas there's another fashion show of sorts taking place. The JW Marriott Houston Downtown, opening later this month, has just unveiled their new uniform collection for hotel associates (aka employees).
The seriously stylish collection was actually inspired by the 104-year-old Samuel F. Carter Building, which was Houston's first skyscraper and which now houses the luxury hotel brand. A custom blouse print even features a photograph of the building taken in 1910.
David Peck USA designed the men's and women's line which features classic silhouettes for the ladies in the form of pencil skirts, structured jackets, sheath dresses and blouses with neckties and chiffon panels and for the men, neutral tones with splashes of bright blue and peridot and some dandy accessories like bow ties and suspenders. Both the women's and mens lines features custom, hand-woven and fair trade tweed in several pieces.
“Traditional uniforms can mask individuality so we wanted the JW Marriott Houston Downtown associates to stand out and feel confident,” David Peck said n a statement. “The fashionable designs we’ve created empower the associates, both as individuals and as a team, to provide the guests with a quality of service guests that has become synonymous with the JW Marriott brand around the world.”
Take a look at these uniforms, if you can even call them that. They might just be the best ones we've seen yet. Even better, David Peck USA locally manufactured and custom tailored the women's line and used garments from a local shirt maker and menswear manufacturer for the men's line. #keepingitlocal
Now, we just hope these uniforms hold up after a few months of wear.
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Could the answer to the age-old quest of finding the perfect little black dress actually be applying for a job at the The Park Hyatt New York?
The luxury hotel is set to open on August 12 near Central Park but instead of being wowed by the rooms and views, right now we're being wowed by the hotel employee's uniforms. That's because they've been custom-designed by Narcisco Rodriguez.
InStyle recently profiled the little black dresses that the female staffers will wear and while they appear simple, the dresses feature a subtle cut-out pattern on the back. Nothing too revealing but rather, just a hint of naughty.
"My main consideration was that they look sleek, elegant, and sexy,” Rodriguez told InStyle. Check, check and check. The LBDS actually come in three different styles--a cap sleeve, a sleeveless and a 3/4 sleeve dress, but all feature the cut-out pattern on the back. (You can peep the front of the dresses below.)
Future employees of the Park Hyatt NY, you've been warned. Your most popular request might just be: "I'll have what she's wearing."
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The Shelborne Wyndham Grand South Beach in Miami is in the midst of some major renovations (to the tune of $150 million) but when it re-opens in June, the staff might be looking like they came off a movie set.
That's because the iconic Collins Avenue hotel has enlisted Hollywood costume designer, Carol Ramsey, to create 1950's-inspired uniforms for all front of the house employees. Ramsey has a bit of experience in the realm since she worked on the show, "Magic City", which is set in a Miami hotel in the late 1950s.
Here's what she has in store for the Shelborne (heads-up to Shelborne job applicants, you are gonna need some fit legs.)
Along with showcasing local fare (hello, Eli's Cheesecake), the new Godfrey Hotel seems committed to putting local design talent in the spotlight. Chicago designer Anastasia Chatzka was tasked with stitching up the women's uniforms for the new River North property—and yep, she got a little Cubist on her sketch board.
"The uniforms were inspired by the hotel's decor," Chatzka told us. "I sat down with the interior design company when the hotel was being built, and made sure I had a strong understanding of the direction they were looking to go." Chatzka says she was given "an open palette" and creative freedom in the design process, and she was inspired by the hotel's "masculine edge."
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Meet Elaine. She works at the Tropicana Bar at the Hollywood Roosevelt and she graciously agreed to model her new "uniform"-- a little black dress designed by Nanette Lepore , especially for Thompson Hotels. This dress looks slightly different from the sketch we initially posted but the zippers up the side are extremely sexy as is the cutout back. And the ruching in the dress's bottom half is a sweet feminine touch.
As with all LBDs, this is nighttime attire only. If you hit up the pool at the Roosevelt during the day, expect to find your servers in white tanks, black shorts and white converse sneakers.
A huge shout-out to Mia at Tropicana for making this photoshoot happen!
The latest fashion designer to make her mark on hotel uniforms will be Nanette Lepore, whose girly, feminine designs we've always admired (and when feeling especially spendthrift, purchased.)
Lepore will now outfit the cocktail servers at Thompson Hotels' rooftop bars at Thompson LES and Donovan House in DC as well as the Hollywood Roosevelt's Tropicana Pool. Her designs will be a classic little black dress that hugs the body with, in the words of Stylelist, "sexy side-splits, ruching and a bustier style top."
But of course, this is not the first time that Thompson has partnered with a fashion designer to do their unis.
Gosh, it feels like forever since we last talked about what's happening at the Hotel Le Bleu. But then it has been some time since they opened in November 2007, becoming to official first boutiquey, contemporary hotel to call Brooklyn home.
And since they're located in Brooklyn, the hotel needs to show a little style. Right in line with the designer hotel uniform trend, the Le Bleu has partnered up with Vans to outfit the staff in two different styles of shoes as well as have a video board on the hotel sign, displaying Brooklyn tourist sites and moreall in the name of neighborhood pride, of course. Here's the lowdown on the new kicks:
The two sneakers our staff are currently wearing are the Rowley Specials and The Chukka Low Top. Other uniform items that are a bit outside the box are un-tucked white dress shirts and zip up cardigan sweaters…more of a beatnik skater uniform look.
Sounds verrrry interesting; and we're beyond happy to hear that the Brooklyn hotels are swaggering alongside the Manhattan ones, with their special collaborations and the like. Rooms at Le Bleu start at $249, but keep in mind that it includes parking, a "welcome amenity" (feat. Smart Water, Torn Ranch Choc Chip Cookies, Pirate’s Booty), local calls, 30 channels of in-room movies, wireless internet, hard-wired internet, and a fresh start basket via room service.
[Photo: Hotel Le Bleu]
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But it's hard to keep track of all the latest comments, especially if they are written about year-old stories. And some of you readers have great things to say. (Spammers, this does not mean you at all whatsoever.) So from time to time we will be highlighting some of the funny and informative things recent commenters posted.
I work as a bell man for an Embassy Suites and all I can say is HIDEOUS. The only reason this uniform "won" in the voting I am sure is because it was probably the least offensive. Can't wait for the summer temps to hit 100+ and your outside helping unload bags. Shirts look like surgical scrubs...atrocious. My tenure at Embassy is done for this very reason!
And they looked so pretty coming down the runway. Looks like runway fashion can never be trusted.
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· Embassy Suites Gets "Apprentice" Unis [HotelChatter]
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The hotels below would not be caught dead wearing the uniforms above.
Los Angeles magazine has a quick write-up of the latest area hotels to get in on the hotel designer uniform craze.
Jason Pomeranc hired stylist to the stars Rachel Zoe and fashion designer Jenni Kayne to creat unis for the Thompson Beverly Hills Hotel staff (the hotel is expected to open this summer, our sources say.) The waittresses at Teddy's in the Hollywood Roosevelt are already sporting Diane Von Furstenberg dresses.
The Peninsula Beverly Hills puts the spa staff in blue and beige pants and sweater sets by luxury knits line St. John's.
The Sofitel LA employees get "gray pin-striped dresses with matching scarves" by Jean-Charles de Castelbajac, a French designer.
And Jeff Klein's employees at the Sunset Tower sported Ted Baker uniforms until Klein reverted back to standard suits and polo shirts. Apparently, these staffers were so well-dressed, "everyone thought they were fellow guests." Ahh...the dangers of designer uniforms.
Even though we have been reporting on hotel uniforms--both the designer kind and the uncool kind for over a year and so has some mainstream media, the LA Times has just discovered designer hotel uniforms. Perhaps they were inspired by the Los Angeles magazine's recent piece on designer uniforms? (It couldn't have been little old us, no way).
Anyways, the LAT gets an interview with Jason Pomeranc who has put the women in Diane Von Fursternberg dresses at the Hollywood Roosevelt. His upcoming Thompson Beverly Hills will get uniforms created by stylists Rachel Zoe and Jenni Kayne. And the yet-to-be-opened Six Columbus will get Denim by Rag & Bone apparel. says:
Denim by Rag & Bone is the fabric of choice for workers at the new 6 Columbus in New York -- "casual, but still very smart at the same time," he said....Boutique hotels, Pomeranc said, are "pushing the envelope when it comes to design, when it comes to amenities, food concepts, music and minibars -- every element. This is yet another way of setting yourself apart from the competition and carving out your own identity."
Another way of setting yourself apart from the competition? Doing crazy rain dances all week so a history-making Noreaster comes into town forcing your already-delayed hotel to wait it out a bit longer.
· Hotel Service with Style [LA Times]
The Gramercy Park Hotel press machine is in overdrive as they count down the few remaining hours to the hotel's much-anticipated opening tomorrow. Since we've been bringing daily updates for the past week, we felt obligated to put forth some of the latest, supposedly game-changing information about Ian Schrager's new hotel.
From the International Herald Tribune we learn that poetry calms Ian:
One day last week Ian Schrager e-mailed a poem by Rudyard Kipling to his employees. "It's the one that goes: 'If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs,'" he laughs ruefully. "At this stage in a project I feel so catatonic that I become almost stoic, because if I'm not calm, how can I expect anyone else to be?
Aside from Ian's dubious mental health, we learn that the hotel's massive chandelier is clad in "reclaimed douglas fir" lumber from Brooklyn (same as Schrager and design partner, artist Julian Schnabel). The hotel restaurant, Park Chinois, to be done by Alan Yau and a private rooftop club will open this fall, and the artworks found in the lobby will change every few months. Oh yeah and some of the furniture (presumably not the one from the Hyatt's furniture maker) was found in flea markets.
See what other "game-changing" info is out there:
· A Hotel Guru Changes Rooms [Time]
· Gramercy Makeover Goes Artsy [LA Times]
· Narcisco Rodriguez's Designs Check Into Gramercy [WWD]
· Looking ahead to Ian's next NYC Hotel, 40 Bond [Mad.co.uk]
· Gramercy Park Hotel Coverage [HotelChatter]
Even though the first NYLO Hotel has yet to break ground, despite a 2007 predicted opening, the fashion world has been abuzz with Project Runway designer Daniel Vosovic designing the hotel uniforms.
Mr. Vosovic, 25, said he planned to create uniforms (called the Daniel Vosovic Collection for NYLO Hotels) that "fit in with the interior 60's décor" of NYLO's hotels, the first of which is scheduled to open in 2007 in Warwick, R.I. [The clothes will be] "fun and wearable but with a mod twist."
And if you like the unis that much, you can buy them yourself at the hotel and online.
But the real reason why fashionistas are so interested is because Vosovic turned down an opportunity to work with designer and show judge Michael Kors, who did not take the refusal lightly.
Kors has since gone onto to design his own set of hotel uniforms for 20 W Hotels worldwide, including the newly opened W Dallas Victory. The reason why Kors did this? Certainly not to strike back at Vosovic but rather because as he says in his own words, "I am constantly traveling and find myself in hotels around the world wondering, `What is the staff wearing and why can't hotel staffs look fabulous and sporty?' Now I can answer my own question."
Hurry up and open NYLO! Then the real fight/design-off can begin!
· One-Upmanship as Designers Restyle Hotel Uniforms [NYT]
· Project Runway Runner-Up to Design Uniforms For Non-Existent Hotels [HotelChatter]