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The world is officially in "Countdown to Christmas" mode and now, so are we. Every day until Christmas we'll be featuring a hotel that's in a holiday mood--whether it be with gigantic gingerbread houses, over-the-top Christmas decorations, thrilling lighting displays and best of all, Santa appearances. But of course, any hotel can assemble a fake tree, put on some lights and declare themselves "festive." Which is why we're looking at hotels that are really going ALL OUT. Know of a hotel that's super excited for Christmas? Let us know!
Last week, Brown’s Hotel in London unveiled this Christmas tree, created in partnership with legendary British accessories fashion designer, Lulu Guinness. As you'd expect it's a very stylish festive ensemble. Atop the tree you'll find no run-of-mill angel but Guinness' trademark ruby-red pouting lips. The hotel is certainly in the Christmas spirit, offering guests who stay during December the chance to win a two-night stay at the hotel and £250 to spend on a Lulu Guinness handbag.
Throughout the holiday period, The Spa at Brown’s Hotel will also be offering a MERRY BERRY manicure and pedicure using Claté products and festive ingredients such as orange, clove, juniper berry and cinnamon. The treatments are available now through February 1, 2014.
The Carlton on Madison Avenue is partnering with Caravan Stylist Studio, the one-stop wardrobe and beauty shop, to present a collection of one-of-a-kind tree decorations designed by over 30 fashion designers from NYC.
Baubles designed by the likes of Nanette Lepore, Anna Sui, Nicole Miller and Malia Mills are all on display on a mini tree in the lobby, next to the check-in desk -- the Carlton's traditional fir tree is at the entrance, decorated in its own bling. These designer ornaments are all for sale for a very reasonable $30 each, and all proceeds will benefit Save the Garment Center, a non-profit organization that aims to preserve NYC’s Garment District.
[All photos: Karen Gardiner for HotelChatter]
It's the most special time of year: the unveiling of Claridge's Christmas tree!
Celebrated fashion designers, (and longtime Claridge’s guests), Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, revealed their stylish tree at the luxury London hotel on November 20. The tree features classic elements of a traditional Christmas tree, reinterpreted with a glamorous Sicilian twist -- hand-crafted Sicilian puppets, known as ‘pupi,’ hand-painted Italian glass baubles, and multi-colored "luminarie" framework created in Southern Italy.
Paramount Hotel's hip lobby store,Free & The Brave, is showing off a new concept for the next few days. Until Sunday, they will be hosting a pop-up store by mobile photo app Trendabl. Kind of like an Instagram for fashionistas, Trendabl allows users to take photos of their outfits, then add individual information about each item including store, brand and price. Other users can then purchase said item with a click of a button. Shopping is so easy nowadays!
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If you are so inspired by the gorgeous scenery at the St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort that you feel like you want to marry it, now you can do the next best thing: get married in it.
The Puerto Rican resort has partnered with renowned designer Lela Rose (dresser to many of the stars, including Anne Hathaway and Cameron Diaz) to create an capsule collection of wedding dresses inspired by the resort and destination. It's the only place you'll be able to buy one of the special dresses: the collection is available exclusively to brides booking their wedding at the Bahia Beach, where they do a roaring wedding business and even have their own wedding planning team on staff.
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Way back in 2010 we first talked about about luxury conglomerate LVMH (Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessey) creating a luxury hotel group under the name Cheval Blanc. For the longest time, there was just one hotel in Courchevel 1850, the fancy French ski resort, where all-caps Kanye designed – of all things – some bronzed teddy bears. Paris, hometown of LVMH, has, not surprisingly, been planned for years but we’ve understood that the conversion of venerable department store La Samaritaine is proving to be difficult.
This week Cheval Blanc is at least one step closer to calling itself a proper hotel group with the opening of Cheval Blanc Randheli, on the island of the same name in the Maldives. Designed by Jean-Michel Gathy, there are just 45 villas with a look that is “smooth, integrated, classy and comfortable as if it was your own home”. Ha! Maybe the home of Bernard Arnault, chairman of LVMH and Forbes 10th richest man in the world, but ours looks decidedly different. We’ll let that one slide and drool over the pictures anyway, shall we?
Fashion Week may be over but that's no excuse for letting your style slip -- especially if you're going to be staying in the swanky, recently re-branded Langham Place Fifth Avenue and hanging out in the gorgeous Ai Fiori restaurant.
For gentlemen, and other suit-wearing, guests of the luxe hotel, a contemporary British designer is going to be on hand for a few days this week and whipping up some fancy threads.
Bespoke Savile Row tailors, Richard James are setting up a short-term residency at the hotel (from October 7 - 11) to offer guests custom shirt and suit appointments in the hotel's Residence Suites. Bespoke manager Steve Powell and one of the company's head cutters will be present to undertake fittings and consultations and advise on bespoke and made-to-measure tailorings.
Brooklyn's boutique hotel, The Wythe, home to lovely terrace bar, The Ides, industrial-chic bedroom window views, and, er, Hackathons, has just opened up a new rotating popup boutique -- and it's starting out close to home.
The store will change hands every 4-6 months,and is currently being curated by Brooklyn-based designer Caron Callahan, who happens to be married to Chef Sean Rembold of the Wythe's Reynard, and Marlow & Sons.
Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, also known by the less brand-y moniker New York Fashion Week, starts next week and The London NYC is kicking things off fashionably by announcing a first-time official sponsorship of the event for both the Fall 2013 and Spring 2014 seasons.
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Word to lovers of fashion hotels (and Facebook founders): the Ferragamo family is expanding its hotel empire by opening Portrait Firenze next year, sister hotel to Portrait Suites in Rome – where Zuckerberg honeymooned – and part of its Lungarno Collection.
Right on the river Arno, you will be in the heart of Firenze, and if you’re lucky enough you’ll be able to see the Ponte Vecchio from your balcony. There will be only 36 rooms and suites, ranging from a 430 square foot Studio to the 1,400 sq ft Signature Suite with view of the river. First images of the rooms certainly look lovely, with dark hardwood floors, off-white/light grey walls and modern furniture. Bathrooms are slathered in Carrara marble, with – of course – Salvatore Ferragamo toiletries. Each room comes with its own complimentary iPad.
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Summer doesn't officially (like, calendar-wise) begin until Friday, but at W New Orleans, things have been heating up since the beginning of this month, when the hotel kicked off its "Adults/Swim" series—a weekly rooftop pool party with DJs, specialty cocktails and cabana packages.
Fashionistas will want to pay attention to this next part, though: on the last Sunday of each month, the Adults/Swim party will be followed by an exclusive poolside fashion show, presented through a partnership between W New Orleans and Fashion Week New Orleans.
Dubbed "Strut +Swim," the shows will take place on the fourth floor Wet Deck, featuring local designers, boutiques, and hair and makeup artists telling you exactly what to wear, how to wear it, and why it's trendy. (This could be especially helpful for those of you trying to revamp your wardrobe this summer—these guys are experts, after all). Different designers and beauty experts
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Designer Joseph Altuzarra enjoys the view from his suite
While Anna Wintour was getting floral-fied at The Mark pre-Met Gala last night, hundreds of designers, celebrities and bold names were donning their duds in other hotel suites around the city.
For example, the Mandarin Oriental was quite the hotspot for the ritual of "getting ready," a day-long process which involves makeup artists, final wardrobe adjustments, PR strategizing and, finally, the departure by limo or towncar for the walk up the Metropolitan Museum of Art's red carpet staircase.
Spotted getting ready at the Mandarin Oriental were designer Joseph Altuzarra and his date, Girls actress Allison Williams (whose dress was later named among the Top 10 Most Daring); the Rodarte sisters dressing the Fanning sisters; Emma Watson; Downton Abbey's Michelle Dockery; and even "Gangnam Style" singer Psy, spotted cavorting with his entourage in the lobby lounge.