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Fashion queen of the world Diane Von Furstenberg has done it again. Though the Belgian-American designer is mainly known for her gorgeous dresses, textiles, furniture and jewelry, DVF is also an admitted hotel lover and in 2010, The Claridge's Hotel in London debuted a series of 20 DVF-designed suites.
The look was elegant, modern and heavy on the floral prints. We loved it.
Now, she's worked her magic over at Australia's acclaimed private island retreat, the Hayman Island Resort, where, this Saturday, DVF will show up to unveil her two-bedroom penthouse.
Though we're hoping, this time, the underage models will get left out of the picture.
You know what the beautiful thing about celebrity Twitter accounts is? Oftentimes, they actually are controlled by the celebrity, and wethe listening publicget to know what they really think. Very occasionally this even includes hints on hotels. Last week, Dita Von Teese shared her favorite Paris address, and this week it's designer Diane von Furstenberg with her favorite hotel...in the world?
Lake Palace in Udaipur could be the best hotel in the worldlove Diane— DVF (@DVF) March 26, 2012
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You probably recall how utterly obsessed we were with the Diane von Furstenberg Suite at Claridge's. If we had been living in London back in June, we would have camped out on Brook Street begging for a peek inside.
So when we had the chance earlier this month to do tea with our friend Katy Perry at the hotel, we couldn't resist asking for a little tour. And now that we've seen this suite in person, we're adding it to the top of our personal hotel bucket list--Suites to Die In. Like, literally, suites where we would like to take our last breaths. (More on that coming soon.)
As we mentioned when we first got our hands on some room photos, the two-bedroom Piano Suite (and the 20 or so other rooms DVF will eventually roll out for Claridge's) is a perfect fit for people who love bright colors and prints. But now that we've seen these rooms up close and personal, it's also for anyone who loves luxury and technology.
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These photos are of the Piano Suite which is the first DVF-designed room to be unveiled and which was done in collaboration with DVF's longtime friend and interior decorator Olivier Gelbsmann. The other 20 or so guestrooms will come online later. The fashionable rooms feature glasswork from Murano, handcrafted items from Bali, handcrafted rugs and photographs from DVF's own travels through Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle.
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NOT designed by DVF.
But the thing is, despite the numerous articles featuring Diane herself talking about her designs for the hotel and despite the A-list celeb party to celebrate the launch of the rooms, which was attended by Madge and Gwynnie, these rooms remain unseen.
The hotel's press team, who have been gracefully tolerant of our annoying photo requests, tell us the photos are coming very soon--possibly next week--but until then, the website is still showing old photos of the suites and we've yet to see even a swatch of the animal prints that DVF promises will be in the room. And there is no word yet on how to book these suites and how much they will cost.
We understand that in the fashion world you need to build up the buzz about your line but even fashion designers release sketches and send models down the runway before hanging their merchandise on the racks. We're waiting DVF but we can't say for how much longer. (Ok, fine, we'll wait but please it's killing us!)
It looks like we weren't the only ones frothing at the mouth over the Diane von Fursternberg rooms at the Claridge's Hotel in London. At a party to celebrate the new rooms, Madonna and Gwyneth Paltrow "happily posed" for the cameras putting the rumors to rest that their "besties forever" relationship was over.
Also attending the celebration were DVF herself, Tom Ford, Victoria Beckham, fashion designer Valentino, Jimmy Choo's Tamara Mellon and supermodel Natalia Vodianova. Apparently not in attendance? The DVF rooms!
Marie Claire attended the party as did Grazia which was held in the hotel's ballroom with a pre-war theme, but no one snapped any pics of the rooms! We've been hounding the hotel's PR team and they keep telling us there are no photos just yet. Normally, we think begging is unattractive but screw it--please send us photos of the DVF rooms at Claridge's if you got 'em!
Attention all fashionistas who fawn over Diane von Furstenberg's iconic wrap dresses and fun prints: the wait for her first attempt at hotel decor is almost over--the DVF rooms at The Claridge's Hotel in London will be unveiled this Wednesday, June 23.
The WSJ got a sneak peek at four of the 20 rooms, including a three-bedroom suite, The Piano Suite:
Inside the grand suite, the characteristics of Ms. von Furstenberg's fashion soon become apparent. The curtains aren't fully up yet, but the valances already hung on the walls offer a taste of the contemporary prints that the designer will be using. Chinese florals in big and bold scale, as well as animal patterns, are just some of the styles revealed prior to the opening....
Diane von Furstenberg in the lobby of Claridge's.
Don't you love it when fashion designers play hotelier? We love ourselves some fashion hotels, so are totally psyched about this next-season news: the Diane von Furstenberg-designed rooms at Claridge's in London will be unveiled in June. Which, when you think about it, is the best time of year to sport a DVF wrap dress, so this development couldn't be more on trend.
We got excited about this project when it was announced last year and are dying to see how von Furstenberg's signature prints work alongside the beautiful antique pieces at Claridge's. The designer is also bringing out a new collection of home decor in 2011, but somehow we expect we'd be able to afford a night in one of her Claridge's rooms before we can fit out our apartment with her bedding, bath, and tabletop accessories.
Diane von Furstenberg's iconic wrap dress is universally pleasing: it's comfortable, it looks good on every woman (or so they say; we're inclined to agree), the design is timeless and the possibilities, with so many accessories and patterns and colors to play with, are endless. And so it should come as no surprise to any of us that a designer known to excel at sensible flexibility, comfort and universally-pleasing aesthetics was tapped to design a few hotel rooms.
In an interview with Florida's Centre Daily Times, the fashion queen, in discussing her recent endeavors, just casually dropped that she happens to be dabbling in interior design. She says she'll be designing "just a few rooms at [her] favorite hotel, Claridge's in London." While she goes into no further detail about her ideas for her rooms at that the luxe London hotel, we're psyched to see what she comes up with. Wrap dresses in the closets? Terrycloth wrap dresses instead of robes, even? Yes please.
Just in case you haven't had enough of W Hotels and their fashion focus, they've teamed up with the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) for a 2009 calendar to remind you that they roll with the big guns of style.
The sketchbook-like calendar seeks to inspire with quotes and images from designers like Diane von Furstenberg, Rafe, Charles Nolan and Rag & Bone. In a philanthropic nod, 100% of the proceeds will be donated to the CFDA Foundation, which raises funds on behalf of the American fashion industry’s designers for efforts like Fashion Targets Breast Cancer (FTBC).
If $15 seems a bit steep for what is essentially 12 pieces of W-branded paper, use the 25% off discount code (MX4H2) valid through the 18th, which is good throughout the entire site and features free shipping. Other tantalizing new arrivals to the W Shop include Alessi fly-swatters, Hayden-Harnett wallets, and cashmere dip-dye gloves in W Hotels' signature purple. A hint to any luxe secret santas stuck for gifts this season: the $4,500 limited-edition Veuve Clicquot Globalight designed by Karim Rashid is still available in their shop.
[Photo: W Hotels]
Going old school with a runway show in Florence last week for her Resort 2009 Collection, the foundress of the wrap dress Diane von Furstenberg flashed the retro card with outfits based on her own hotel travels.
Entitled "La Petite Valise," the collection's focus on dressing for the destination comes through with primary Riviera stripes and zigzags, bathing beauty swimsuits that scream "lounging on the lido," and a dress with the pattern of DvF's own passport pages.
Even though the entire show referenced the days of the grand tour, Furstenberg deemed a portion of it "the Hotel Life," flashing outfits of Wedgwood blue and a hotel key pattern directly influenced by the style of The Claridge's Hotel in London.
Hotel: W Westwood Hotel in Los Angeles.
When: Saturday, April 21st: 8am-7pm.
What: An exlusive one-day sale of Diane Von Furstenberg merchandise, put on by Billion Dollar Babes. Dresses will be discounted for up to 40 percent. The event's not for two weeks but with these sales, it's always a good idea to RSVP early.