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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.
Tonight's the night for New York Metropolitan Museum's star-studded, Met Ball. This year's theme is "Punk: Chaos to Couture".
An A-list crowd will be dressed in their finest frocks and suits and descend up the red carpet of the museum's steps to enter what can only be described as the fashion party of the year.
One such bold name will be Vogue's own editrix, Anna Wintour, seen departing from The Mark in a pink floral custom-made Chanel number and sporting her trademark bob.
If you want to a live stream of all the couture wear and stars (Katie Holmes is wearing Calvin Klein), just go to Vogue's website. It'll also be simultaneously streamed on the websites of Moda Operandi, Samsung, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
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It makes sense for a French hotel portfolio, such as Accor to recruit a French fashion designer such aslike Christian Lacroix to design not only the rooms, but the uniforms for their ultra hip Sofitel So Bangkok. As expected, these digs and outfits are So over the top while managing to maintain traditional Thai themes.
Lacroix married East and West elements into his unique designs that make each staff member a walking fashion plate. Using traditional Thai silk and silhouette the designer brings a little Paris runway show to the streets of Bangkok with his brightly colored uniforms for both men and women. Each piece is different from the next by using the basic elements and mixing and matching tops, bottoms, and sashes so everyone looks like a top model.
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Giorgio Armani is hard at work on his next hotel project, and, for now, he's favoring Europe over the USA (though we partly knew this already). The world's third Armani Hotel will reportedly go up in London at the historic Admiralty Arch.
Back in October, we learned that the building had been purchased by Rafael Serrano (the man behind Bulgari London) with plans to convert it into a 100-room luxury hotel, complete with royal and presidential suites, a ballroom, spa, and fine dining restaurant. Now, we have a better sense of exactly what Serrano has in mind...
Time flies – it feels like only yesterday we were at London’s May Fair Hotel talking models, cocktails, and cigars. But, as seasons change and new collections hit the runway, The May Fair is due for yet another turn as the official host hotel of London Fashion Week, with the inevitable fashion windows and cocktails to boot (heh).
The illustrations adorning the hotel windows are by the hand of the master himself: Manolo Blahnik. Having designed the entire LFW campaign, Blahnik chose to feature key fashion industry figures in his drawings that have been influential during his career.
And what goes better with Blahnik than cocktails inspired by shoes? Just like last season’s designer cocktails, a special series has been concocted for the occasion: the Mary Jane, the Peep Toe, the Strappy Sandal, the Red Stiletto, the Velvet Mule and the Classic Court. And since we have an admitted weakness for shoes, we plan on sampling them all.
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It's not too late enjoy the last few weeks of Summer in Australia, especially in the place where, it seems, the season shines. We're going to take you to Palazzo Versace in Gold Coast where they are holding onto every last bit of Summer with a Gin Palace and Open Air Movies for the rest of the season.
In the Aussie state that claims to have 'endless summer' it seems like no better reason to have a party and we're fine with that. The fashionista hotel celebrates the equally fashionable drink with a full menu of gin libations. Hosted in the lobby bar, Le Jardin is transformed into a gin palace featuring live music and summer-y cocktails based with the juniper-berry spirit. Every Saturday night, the lobby turns into a place for everything glam and super trendy—after all, it is Versace.
Few things pair as well as gin cocktails and classic cinema under the stars, so if you prefer a little more a more subdued evening, out in the super posh, Fountain Terrace, movie-buffs can sit back in a bean-bag chair or a private cabana and relax to various films. Guests are offered salted popcorn, chocolate top ice-cream and a signature slurpee for $30 per person. If you prefer a little more sustenance during the movie, you can pre-order a picnic-basket dinner for $45 per person.
[Photo: Palazzo Versace]
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We've seen rooms designed by Bottega Veneta and DVF, even namesake hotels from Ferragamo and Versace, but now Karl Lagerfeld has once again been asked to transform a hotel, this time it'll be the new So Singapore.
The artist, designer, photographer, director and illustrator has turned his creative sights on the 19th century building that Sofitel plans to transform into their boutique brand, and apparently a fashion plate. The theme that the hotel is, rightfully bragging about encompasses native Singaporean flora and fauna while mixing the historical Napoleonic-era design with contemporary style. If all goes well, guests will be able to stay in the fruits of fashion by the middle of the year.
But what's Karl got to do with it? Read on to find out!
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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.
Fashion-minded hotel guests always find good reason to stay at one of Chicago’s Michigan Avenue hotels for proximity to the city’s best shopping. Among these hotels and mere blocks from boutique-laden Oak Street, Park Hyatt Chicago has now upped the ante with a whole new reason for haute couture travel: the new Lake Suite Bottega Veneta.
Designed in partnership with the world-famous Italian design house, which just so happens to house a boutique on the ground floor of the hotel, this new suite, from what we can tell, is a beautiful, high-style urban retreat.
Location and size are worth a mention. The suite spans 1,400 square feet on the hotel’s 17th floor, with views of Michigan Avenue, the Old Water Tower, and, of course, Lake Michigan. But what makes it really stand out are the details and design—the Bottega Veneta, if you will. Known for its high-end leather goods, Bottega has made its mark here not only with furnishings but with fabrics, textures, curves and lines.
How would you like to test out the services of a J.Crew personal stylist? Specifically the ones at the Chicago outlet, over on North Michigan Ave?
Yes? Well, then it's your lucky day. Martini-loving Public Chicago has launched a new package called "Stay PUBLIC...J.Crew Style" that offer fashionista guests an integrated sartorial experience, including a free appointment with a J.Crew person stylist, a welcome gift, complimentary courier service back to the hotel, and/or free shipping to send your new duds straight home.
Rates for the package start at around $165/night. Which ain't no dollar sale, but for a decent room at a chic hotel plus the sagely advice of a certified J.Crew stylist, we've seen worse.
We hope you had a chance to fill up on New York Fashion Week, between the packages, designer-inspired dishes, and public parties (or spent the entire week sitting front row two seats down from Anna Wintour and hung out with the Fug Girls – we don’t know your life).
But now it's time to pack those Louis Vuittons and head for the first-class check-in counter because London is ready to take over the Fashion Week torch.
The May Fair is, as usual, the official LFW host hotel and we’ll be bringing you some live coverage from the hotel next week. There’s fashion windows and a designer cocktail collection to look forward to, but also something new this year: a Cigar Room.
The ever-opinionated Karl Lagerfeld is once again slapping his signature stamp on a hotel.
This time, the Hôtel Métropole Monte-Carlo has been graced with the designer’s over-the-top touch. A few spaces are been redesigned in the 19th-century Belle Époque property including the pool, terrace and gardens. One part has already been Lagerfeld-ized with 15 fresco-style etched-glass and backlit panels that recount Ulysess’ Voyages.
We also hear from the Telegraph there are some frescoes of Baptiste Giabiconi, the designer's favorite male model, in which he’s portrayed as a Greek god. Oh, lawd. It’s every bit as bananas as you’d expect from a man who made a Paris hotel suite with a chocolate model in it. (See below.)