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The Baccarat Hotel Uniforms are Not Just Uniforms, They’re Art Forms

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  Site Where: 28 West 53rd Street [map], New York, NY, United States, 10019
July 14, 2015 at 11:28 AM | by | ()

Front office host Margarita takes to the runway in the Grand Salon, displaying art in motion in this light catching, heavily pleated skirt inspired by facets of Baccarat crystal

Fresh off a Hospitality Design Award, The Baccarat Hotel & Residences New York, might just win a fashion award next.

We've toured the opulent guest rooms of the hotel and now we're taking a focused look at the Baccarat uniforms. Or rather, the art of the uniforms.

One might assume that a high-profile luxury hotel would select a household (er, palace) name of French haute couture to design custom apparel for the staff. Oh, that would be too predictable, not to mention a tough choice.

Under the acutely watchful eye of Kemper Hyers, Senior Vice President of Design at Starwood Capital Group, along with Baccarat’s “all things visual” team, freelance pattern maker Venucia de Russi was commissioned in lieu of going with a single design studio.

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W London Has Gone 'Wyld' With Technology

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  Site Where: 10 Wardour Stree, London, United Kingdom, W1D 6QF
May 26, 2015 at 7:31 PM | by | ()

W Hotels is already implementing their keyless entry technology which lets guests open the guest room doors using their smartphones, and their watches. But at the W London--Leicester Square technology has now invaded the hotel uniforms.

Staffers at the hotel's nightclub, Wyld, are now wearing these super cool Glofaster uniforms featuring LED technology that pulses to the beat of the club's music. (The hotel also changes its exterior colors on a whim too.)They were designed by Britain's rising fashion designer, Claire Barrow. Here's a bit more on what these uniforms are like:

[Barrow's] creations for Wyld feature reactive strip lighting, made by Glofaster, within a W screen-printed design that was influenced by the club’s glowing red neon lights. Both male and female uniforms also boast Barrow’s signature embroidered motifs, with designs that take inspiration from Wyld’s renowned oversized disco ball and London’s vibrant night scene. The bespoke garments combine Barrow’s chic ‘Do It Yourself’ approach to design with Wyld’s rock and roll aesthetic.

You can see these uniforms in action at Wyld from 10pm on Wednesday-Sunday. Rooms at the W currently start about 340 GBP next weekend.

[Photo: W London]

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Check Out the Hot New Uniforms for St James' Court in London

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  Site Where: 54 Buckingham Gate, London, United Kingdom, SW1E
December 26, 2014 at 9:29 AM | by | ()

Peplum jackets. Flashes of gold. Peacock feathers. It’s not your standard hotel employee uniform; but it is the new look for the staff at the London Taj property, St James' Court.

The new uniforms have been designed by Jermyn Street Design (who’ve done bespoke uniforms for other hotel brands including Crowne Plaza and Holiday Inn). This was a rather more upmarket task, though – the designers visited the hotel and took inspiration from the scallop shell symbol of St James of Compostela (on the hotel gates, and in the hotel logo), and the Taj peacock feather. They’ve been incorporated into the silk (100%!) scarfs and ties, and F&B staff aprons, respectively.

The uniform comprises two versions for ladies – a draped dress with asymmetric detailing, or a bias-cut, slightly peplum (they claim - it doesn't seem inordinately peplumy to us) jacket-skirt-blouse combo. The scarf features that scallop, with gold, teal and grey tones.

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Rosewood London's Doormen Wear Designer Duds

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  Site Where: 252 High Holborn, London, United Kingdom, WC1V 7EN
December 3, 2014 at 9:30 AM | by | ()

We love a man in uniform, especially when they look as dapper as this. The doormen at Rosewood London look as stylish as the rest of the hotel in these Nicholas Oakwell Couture-designed duds.

When we pulled up to the hotel on a drizzly day these uniforms set the tone for the Rosewood: Thoroughly modern yet with a harkening back to the days of gents and ladies.

Oakwell is a UK designer with plenty of cred. Worn by celebs such as Hilary Swank, Gillian Anderson, and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 actress Natalie Dormer, he was featured in a sold-out London Fashion Weekend runway show in September.

The Rosewood London uniforms are slim-fitting, with charcoal grey blazers, crisp white-checked shirts, dark tartan pants, camel-colored overcoats and shoes, and newsboy caps that really “cap” off the look. Very different from Oakwell’s usual flowy, showy gowns but no less impressive in a manly, “Let me assist you with that, Miss” way.

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The SLS Las Vegas Breaks The Uniform Monotony With These Sleek Looks

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  Site Where: 2535 Las Vegas Blvd South [map], Las Vegas, NV, United States, 89109
October 2, 2014 at 8:05 PM | by | ()

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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Werk It: JW Marriott Houston Downtown Shows Off New Glam Uniforms

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  Site Where: 806 Main Street [map], Houston, TX, United States, 77002
September 9, 2014 at 1:52 PM | by | ()

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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Black is The New Black at The Park Hyatt New York, Opening in August

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  Site Where: 153 West 57th Street [map], New York, NY, United States, 10019
June 11, 2014 at 3:32 PM | by | ()

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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QT Sydney Staff Has Its Own In-House Stylists

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  Site Where: 49 Market Street, Sydney, NSW, Australia, 2000
April 28, 2014 at 1:20 AM | by | ()

We’ve come a long way from hotel staff wearing boxy, nondescript uniforms (hell, at some hotels you get to wear Lacroix Couture), but QT Sydney is taking things yet another step further: not only does staff have its stylish uniforms (by costume designer Janet Hine), an in-house stylist is on hand to get the look just so before starting work.

The result is – not surprisingly – some very well put together staff, like the blue-shirted Porters and red-wigged Directors of Chaos at the hotel’s entrance. Their job is getting you out of the hustle of Market Street, into the ornate downstairs gallery (the hotel combines the former Gowings Department Store and State Theatre), and up one floor to reception.

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'Magic City' Costume Designer is Making Over The Shelborne Uniforms

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  Site Where: 1801 Collins Avenue [map], Miami Beach, FL, United States, 33139
April 7, 2014 at 1:56 PM | by | ()

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.)

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The Godfrey Hotel Uniforms Showcase Local Design Talent

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  Site Where: 127 West Huron Street [map], Chicago, IL , United States, 60654
February 14, 2014 at 2:15 PM | by | ()

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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Andaz 5th Ave Hosts Get New Chic Chai Uniforms

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  Site Where: 485 5th Ave. [map], New York, NY, United States, 10017
October 22, 2013 at 12:02 PM | by | ()

We can’t help but notice hotel employees are looking downright dapper these days. Seems like those sterile suit-and-tie numbers of yesteryear are being replaced with ensembles so enviable, we want to score them ourselves. (Just witness our Lacroix love at Sofitel's So Bangkok).

The latest hotel uniforms to go through a wardrobe change are at New York City’s Andaz 5th Avenue (yes, home to current "Hottest Hotel Chef" finalist Chad Milton!).

Known for working with New York City artisans in an array of capacities, the Andaz's latest collaboration is with American fashion designer Richard Chai. The CFDA award winner has worked with Marc Jacobs, Geoffrey Beene, Donna Karan and Lanvin. In 2008 his diffusion line with Target sold out within days and Blake Lively, Kate Hudson and Sarah Jessica Parker are fans of his work.

Chai has recently created a collection of new uniforms for the Andaz' hotel hosts. The eight simple, but sophisticated pieces were designed to replicate the property’s philosophy of attentive, yet uncomplicated service, and consist of a blue, navy, and black palette. Each host has been fitted with customized Chai pieces to ensure a casual, but tailored look.

Talk about haute hotel couture!

[Photo: Andaz Hotels]

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Shangri-La Toronto Celebrates 1st Birthday With New Lounge Uniforms and VAWKtails

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  Site Where: 188 University Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M5H 0A3
September 5, 2013 at 3:04 PM | by | ()

Who can believe the Shangri-La Hotel Toronto is one year old? They grow up so fast...

The hotel is marking its big birthday by partnering with Sunny Fong of luxury women’s wear label, VAWK, to create spiffy new Lobby Lounge outfits. Celebrities have traipsed down the red carpet in VAWK designs worldwide, including the Cannes International Film Festival, the Grammy Awards and the People’s Choice Awards.

For the Shangri-La Toronto the designer drew inspiration for the sexy and sophisticated outfits from the “artwork in the lobby, the Ming vase tea library and the ornithological theme that is prevalent in the hotel, and the Zhang Huan ‘Rising’ sculpture.” The dress design borrows from traditional Asian design with shoulders reminiscent of the pagodas found in Chinese gardens and a sleeker silhouette of the traditional qipao with mandarin collar. The goal was to create something dramatic, almost theatrical, and holy-cremolely, he did achieve that.

And then there's the VAWKtail.

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