Cool Fashion-Designer Decorated Hotels Around the Globe
The fashion set loves to travel, in case you didn't know. Twice a year, editors, buyers and influencers traverse the globe (starting in New York and capping it off in Paris) eye-balling the latest looks from each city's top designers for Fashion Week. But sometimes hotels can fall short in terms of their chicness. Thankfully, a handful of our favorite ready-to-wear designers (and a couturier, too) stepped up to the proverbial challenge and took their dressing skills to the next level by dressing entire hotel rooms (and in some cases, the entire darn thing). Check out our favorite fashion designers-turned-hotel decorators, and then tell us: Which is your fave fashionable hotel?
THE HOTEL: Tortuga Bay; Dominican Republic THE DESIGNER: Oscar de la Renta
What de la Renta is Known For: This Dominican-born designer has an affinity for ladylike looks -- he dressed Jackie O back in the 1960s -- and manifests it through the use of sumptuous textures, intricate detailing, and luxe fabrics. Today, his designs are spotted from the runway, on the red carpet, and on royalty.
What Tortuga Bay is Known For: The immaculate, 15-room hotel offers amazing service (including preferential treatment at Punta Cana Airport), an on-site nature reserve, several superb restaurants, and a world-class golf course. Need anything? Snap your fingers -- a personal "Villa Manager" is available between 7 a.m. and 11 p.m. But the designer's touch really resonates most in the villas themselves: Spacious and airy, each one of them features a hardwood, four-poster bed that exudes glamour. A final nod to his Caribbean heritage -- coral bathroom floors -- add an extra splash of color and island vibe.
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THE HOTEL: Round Hill Hotel & Villas; Montego Bay, Jamaica THE DESIGNER: Ralph Lauren
What Lauren is Known For: A Bronx native, this designer has a decidedly All-American style that works for prepsters just as much as hipsters, thanks to the iconic polo logo and classic, tailored silhouettes. Familiar fabrics like cotton, denim and linen fill his many collections, as does a neutral, relatively stark palette.
What Round Hill is Known For: The 27 hillside villas (which are divided into 74 suites) and surrounding property have an incredibly exotic feel (unusual for Montego Bay); the hotel also features an excellent restaurant, gorgeous infinity pool, killer spa, and top-notch service -- with literal white-glove service. (The staff will call guests "Sir" or "Madam!") Serenity rules at this veritable paradise (the grounds are incredible), where old-world tradition meets true luxury -- just like Lauren's body of work. The rooms he designed mirror his past collections -- timeless, elegant, and ethereal without losing that All-American appeal.
THE HOTEL: Hotel Le Notre Dame; Paris, France THE DESIGNER: Christian Lacroix
What Lacroix is Known For: An epic couturier, Christian Lacroix spent over 20 years creating over-the-top, fantasy-inspired, extremely opulent designs; most outside of the fashion world have been straight-up weirded out by his looks. His color palette was bold, almost Mediterranean, and his pieces varied from a corseted ballgown to a folksy, bohemian pixie dress, creating such a diverse portfolio that could only be described as "Lacroix." Unfortunately, due to financial; issues, Lacroix's couture house was shut down in 2009.
What Hotel Le Notre Dame is Known For: This 400-year-old building, just steps from Notre Dame Cathedral and the Seine River, has 26 Lacroix-designed rooms that have modern amenities like flat-screen TVs, iPod docks, laptop-fitting safes and free Wi-Fi. While the old building has resulted in the mid-range spot having some quirks (the lobby is the on second floor, for example), the designer painstakingly decorated each room differently while relying on his top fashion influences: history (there are large copies of Dutch paintings), experimentation (thick boldly-colored velvet drapes against beige hues), and fantasy (there's some superposition of different patterns on walls and furniture).
THE HOTEL: Viceroy Miami; Miami, FL THE DESIGNER: Kelly Wearstler
What Wearstler is Known For: This Playboy Bunny-cum-Interior Decorator-cum-Fashion Designer packs a ton of punch in one petite package. Known for her playful use of color and scale, Wearstler just last season took her design prowess from the living room to the runway, to which she received positive reviews. Just like her interiors, her clothing is fun but chic -- I mean, don't you want to dress like this spa?!?! I totally do.
What the Viceroy Miami is Known For: The 50-room hotel resides within a stunning complex of three high-rise towers, a two-acre park and pool deck, and a powerful image of stylish, sophisticated urban living in Miami's Downtown area -- not in South Beach, for once. The Asian-inspired rooms come with upscale amenities, including large flat-screen TVs, iPod docks, Sferra linens, large marble bathrooms, Neil George toiletries and free Wi-Fi; however, it's Wearstler's quirky touches, like a sky blue leather armchair, that have made the Viceroy one of the most stylish spots in all of Miami.