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We let you know last week about more and more hotels getting involved in cool collaborations with fashion companies and the like. Now we've learned of another pairing--this time with another of our favorite funky brands, the W Hotel Group. Known for throwing a good party and surprising us left and right with amenities up the ying yang (please don't ever break up with Bliss y'all) , now they're getting in bed with Manhattan-based lingerie designer Arielle Shapiro of ARI DEIN.
The W South Beach Hotel has a special July promo where guests who check into one of the 31 VIP suites like the E-WOW (we've shown you how New York gets down with that suite) gets a custom-designed, take-home ARI DEN pajama set. If you aren't aware of the designer, Arielle's work is a celeb fave, and her clothes appeared many a time on Gossip Girl. Seems like Blaire Waldorf had a thang for the line.
We do too, as it goes, for the pajamas. This 100% cotton short-sleeve and matching shorts number for the W South Beach is a deep heather-grey color with bright pink accents. Kinda girly, but not gaggingly so, it seems right on for hot summer nights when you're forced to wear something to sleep in for decency's sake.
When it comes to hotel collaborations, we’ve seen some interesting partnerships—stay at a property and get a loaner luxury vehicle to drive or service is one. But this duo is especially cute.
The hip Ace Hotel brand has joined together with Converse to create a limited-edition high-top sneaker that's now on our must-have list.
Channeling 70's basketball legend Dr. J, the white and grey Converse x Ace Hotel Pro Leather is decorated with the Ace Hotel's trademark “A” pattern and is a mix of leather and a soft suede toecap with Star Chevron logo. One has the option of leather or white cotton shoe laces, but we say go hard or go home—get the leather!
We thought maybe this was just another April Fool's Joke but the W Westwood is actually offering a fashion pop-up shop in the form of a mobile truck. Think food truck but with all the latest fashions!
The Le Fashion Truck will come to the hotel every second Friday of the month this spring and summer, starting April 12 and running through August 9. Inside the stylish pink jalopy will be a variety of merchandise from handmade jewelry, handbags, designer tees, vintage fashions and more. There will even be a dressing room on hand so you can try stuff on before plopping down the cash (or let's be real, plastic.)
Even though the W Westwood is walking distance to the shops in UCLA village and the new City Target as well as Brentwood and Beverly Hills, having Le Fashion Truck outside will make it more convenient for guests who need something special for their night out in LA. Rates at the W on April 12 start at $246 a night.
[Photo: Le Fashion Truck/Facebook]
Remember your first retail or fast food job you were told part of your wages would go to your unattractive polyester uniform? Remember the collective "Oh, hell naw!" heard around the world? We know. BTDT. But perhaps the drama wouldn't have been that wide, if you'd been working for Washington School House?
See, the Park City, UT hotel just announced their staff will now wear designer winter uniforms by J Crew, including blingy jewelry and Ariat or Aquatalia riding boots, an outfit all said to be worth $500 (which they get to keep!).
Hmph, Burger King sure never put out that kindness into our threads. No, sir!
It seems like it would go hand-in-hand; a hotel designs its own line of luggage to keep their guests looking flash every step of the way before they head to reception and collect their room keys. Well, St. Regis Hotels has done just that with a little fashion help from their favorite go-to designer, Jason Wu.
This is a first for the Taiwanese-born fashionista and also for Starwood's premium hotel brand. The bag is both sophisticated and timeless while maintaining Wu's fashion-forward design. The trim will feature both the designer's label and hotel's logo embossed in black leather. The cost for this tastemaker's tote? $1,995.
The bag, along with an entire e-store of gift ideas for road warriors, will be available early December. Seems like a coincidence, but this could make holiday shopping a lot easier this year.
So it's not another month without another new product launch from Ace Hotels. This time, the collection of four propertiesin Seattle, Portland, Palm Springs and New Yorkare taking a clue from Urban Outfitters and releasing T-shirts with simple designs, for protesting your love for a single one of their hotels.
Where do your loyalties lie? Naturally, the Space Needle key reps Seattle, the coyote in a bandanna is Palm Springs, the moose (elk?) means Portland and they've just spelled it out for New York. You can find each of the shirts, all made from organic cotton (natch), at the Ace Hotel online shop for $35 each.
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It was just a year ago that Hilton Hotels rolled out the red carpet for Chinese travelers with thier Hilton Huanying program. Now today, the brand is celebrating, um, celebrating its Chinese guests with a special limited-edition pair of of "Water Dragon" slippers designed by fashion designer Vivienne Tam.
The slippers are available only for one month exclusively for guests of the Hilton Huanying program which is in place at 70 participating hotels in 23 countries.
But if you aren't heading to any of these places any time soon, don't fret. The slippers will be for sale for $28 on www.hiltontohome.com while supplies last.
Here's a description of the slipper:
The stylish slippers feature a mirrored design of two intricate inward-facing blue dragons swimming in a turquoise "sea" - a common symbol of optimism, harmony and fulfillment in Chinese culture. Featuring rich shades of blue inspired by the Hilton Hotels & Resorts signature color, the slippers celebrate the Year of the Dragon and are available in a men's and a women's size and made of soft terry cloth, plush cushioning at the toe and a textured sole.
We've been known to swipe a pair hotel slippers (or two) during our stay but these are so cute, we'd definitely cough up $28 for them. Keep reading for how to get your own pair!
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When we fall in love with a hotel, we do what we can to bring the hotel experience home with us. Sometimes, we settle for the bath toiletries or the note pad and pencils. Other times, we shell out money for limited edition items like scented candles, plush bathrobes, tote bags and even flip-flops and sneakers. And while we've yet to personally shell out thousands of dollars on jewelry collections inspired by a hotel, it's nice we could do that...if we had the funds.
But for now, we're eying a less expensive way to wear our love for a hotel around our neck--a printed silk scarf from British fashion designer Teatum Jones inspired by The Dorchester Hotel.
Measuring 54 inches by 54 inches, the scarf is made of 100 percent pure silk double georgette and features the metalwork of the hotel's balconies juxtaposed with old black and white photographs of the hotel's staff from the early days. Catherine Teatum, creative director of Teatum Jones, explains more about the design:
We've been known to swipe some hotel swag during our stays--toiletries, slippers, notepads, pencils and the like but when it comes to hotel beach bags, we don't mind having to pay up, especially if it's a limited edition one like this tote that designer kate spade did for Shutters On the Beach in Santa Monica.
The bag features a blue and green "solar" print from Florence Broadhurst, the late Australian textile designer whose collection kate spade has been incorporating into her looks. The bucket tote is relatively simple, with an open top, an interior pocket and leather-trimmed handles but it also comes with hangtag noting the exclusive collaboration. Plus, it totally matches the green kate spade bikes on loan at the hotel.
Interested in owning this bag for yourself? Only 100 bags will be available at the hotel and through their online shop at ShuttersBeachStyle.com for $198. With room rates hovering near $500 at the hotel, think of buying the bag as a cheaper way to "experience" the hotel.
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Despite the rain that's been hitting the East Coast, summer fun days are almost here and even in Los Angeles where the sun shines nearly year round, a couple of hotels have found another excuse to celebrate the upcoming season.
The W Los Angeles--Westwood and the W Hollywood Hotel are offering guests a free pair of signature Mosley Tribe sunglasses (male or female styles available) when they book the hotels' Shades of Summer package.
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The privileged beachfront nest is done up in Trina Turk colors and prints with amenities curated by Trina herself including an iPad pre-loaded with Trina’s favorite magazines, games, applications and websites; a special Trina Turk-inspired cocktail and lunch menu; retro board games for children and adults; and even Trina Turk white china, glassware and azure ceramic hurricane lamps to use for romantic beachside dinners.
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Usually, when fashion designers get inspired by fancy hotels and resorts, it's bikinis they churn out. But in the case of designer Stephanie Johnson, what we get is a new range of travel accessories. And the hotel that took Johnson's fancy? The Fairmont Mayakoba, on Mexico's Riviera Maya.
We haven't stayed at this property but we've stayed at one next door that's on the same Mayakoba development of lush jungle rolling down to the ocean. Can't say we blame Johnson for getting inspired--it is indeed very pretty!
So is the new line of bags, which includes an iPad case and a few small cosmetics bags that double as cute clutches for a night out on the town—or on the beach at the resort's bar.