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If you couldn’t make it to Marc Jacobs’ New York City fashion show last night, perhaps you can try his tea instead?
MO Bar, at The Landmark Mandarin Oriental in Hong Kong has linked with the designer to create an afternoon tea modeled after…a handbag.
We know it’s early in the week and day and the coffee may not have sunk in yet, so we’re going to try and explain this the best we can. “The Lindy” is a handbag from Jacobs’ Fall 2012 collection and the MO’s Exec Sous Chef Sidney Schutte thought it would be cute to bring some elements of the bag's shape, color, and print into the tea presentation—namely the bow and the mini studs.
Back in January, we asked a simple question: "Will Marc Jacobs be the next fashion designer to do a hotel?" Today, we have the answer, thanks to a chat with Robert Duffy, President of Marc Jacobs International and a longtime friend of the Marc. We were covering the opening of the new Bookmarc store for Racked NY, but we couldn't resist asking Duffy about the possibilities of a Hotel MJ.
Although you can buy "Hotel Marc Jacobs" keychains at a few of the designer's Bleecker Street boutiques in New York, Robert Duffy assured us that a hotel is not in the works. They have been approached by many chains to do projects like what Missoni or Versace have done with the Hotel Missoni and Palazzo Versace hotel chains, but MJ just isn't biting.
The closest to a Marc Jacobs Hotel you'll find for now is the newly opened Marc Jacobs Collection boutique in the base of Chicago's Elysian Hotel.
[Photo: Bagaholic Boy]
The hotel has just created a "Bed, Breakfast and Marc Jacobs" package that includes accommodations in an Elysian guestroom or suite; complimentary breakfast in bed (or on a private terrace if you book a suite), a Marc Jacobs beach tote and a limited edition Marc Jacobs "Chicago" towel featuring the MJ logo and its Chicago store's address, which is conveniently located within the hotel. Loves!
Rates for the package start at $415 a night and is available through Labor Day.
UPDATE: Here's a pic of the MJ beach tote too!
We just asked if anyone had ever bought hotel fashion before but we think if you stayed at the Louis Vuitton Hotel in Paris, the question wouldn't be "Did you buy something?" but rather "What did you buy?"
Alas, we're already getting ahead of ourselves here. There is no Louis Vuitton hotel in the works...yet.
On the heels of yesterday's report that LVMH would be creating a hotel collection, the Wall Street Journal says today that there is already an LVMH hotel planned for Paris inside the former La Samaritaine department store building.
UPDATE: The store has opened a day early! Totally not standard hotel behavior! Anyways, according to the MJ Twitter, first 100 shoppers who show up and say, "Robert sent me" will get a "really cool gift."
While we are still waiting for one of our fave fashion designers, Marc Jacobs to create his own hotel, we'll have to make do with the Marc Jacobs hotel keychains (which we actually do own.) Yet there's another way to enjoy Marc during a hotel stay--at The Elysian Chicago, where MJ will be opening his own shop on February 25.
According to Metromix Chicago, this is a Marc Jacobs proper store which is more couture (and expensive) than his lower-priced Marc by Marc Jacobs line. This will be the first Marc Jacobs store for Chi-town and Metromix says:
[The store] will feature a super-tall wall covered with colored glass tile and dramatic cluster of light fixtures dripping down from the ceiling.
Meanwhile, room rates at the brand-new Elysian (it opened in November) are about the same as a Marc by Marc Jacobs frock. We found rooms for this Thursday at $349 a night for a king room with a fireplace.
Apparently celebrities have jumped the shark. This, according to celebrity designer Marc Jacobs, who has been bragging about how he doesn't want any boldfaced names at his runway show this year. It's funny then, that he would choose to have his after-party at a hotel club like the
Boom Boom Room, um QT... er, Bon Bon? atop The Standard.
It's the new year already, and we're anxious to sink out teeth into some fresh news about upcoming hotels. So we began to immediately drool over the possibility of Marc Jacobs being the next fashion designer to do a hotel when we spotted these keychains. Think about itall the hot designers are doing itArmani, Missoni, Bulgari..even Tcherassi in Colombia. So is Marc next, considering his love of New York's Mercer Hotel?
Sadly the answer for now is no. The keychains above are simply the newest cheap offering at Marc Jacobs boutiques; accessories for $15, but unfortunately they won't open any hotel doors. The bottom one looks least logo-heavy, so if you're on the look out for some late Christmas stocking stuffers, that might be best bet.
Still, we can't help but wonder if these keychains are Marc's way of testing the waters. Would people stay in a Marc Jacobs-designed hotel, or at least a suite? In a millisecond! So we're keeping our fingers crossed that 2010 will bring even more designer hotel announcements...
[Photo: Bagaholic Boy]
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Fashion Week is in full force in NYC and while our Top Three Hotels for Fashion Week are seeing some consistent action, the Maritime Hotel was the scene of FW's most coveted affair, the Marc Jacobs show's after-party which took place inside the Hiro Ballroom. Hosted by V Magazine and sponsored by Belvedere Vodka, the party featured a performance from Lady Gaga who was fresh off her Best New Artist VMA and continuing the "blood look" with a blood red lace outfit.
Celebs in attendance ran the gamut from serious fashion designers like Alexander Wang to respected photographers like Mario Testino, new and old divas like Estelle, Ciara, Toni Braxton and Janet Jackson to total flame-outs like Lindsay Lohan and Courtney Love.