As anybody who wears designer clothing will tell you, fine attire transcends higher quality fabric, status symbols and investment pieces. In fact, finding the right designer is more akin to forming the perfect friendship. Like dancing a choreographed pas de deux with you, your ideal designer matches and enhances the qualities of your body type, lifestyle and personality. Thanks to these artists of form and cloth, we become the best versions of ourselves. So imagine what happens when we have the chance to be surrounded with the work of our favorite fashion designer while staying in a luxurious hotel? It’s like that little black dress on steroids, not just wearing the dress, but being part of it— a true fashionista’s fantasy. Are your bags packed? We’ve rounded up a slew of designer conceived hotel suites and common areas sure to invoke stylish dreams.
At St. Regis New York discover Parisian glamour and elegance in the Dior Suite, a homage to Christian Dior, the French designer renowned for revolutionizing the women’s fashion industry. Summoning the chic of the Dior ateliers in Paris, this grand residential suite, complete with marble foyer, living room and king bedroom features 24 hour St. Regis butler service.
Two diverse hotels in France exhibit the canniness of Karl Lagerfeld’s talents. Revered as the creative genius behind the modern re-imagination of the iconic Chanel fashion house, Lagerfeld designed Hotel Metropole Monte-Carlo’s ODYSSEY, a sought after rooftop pool expanse. Hip and studded with private cabanas, ODYSSEY has a verdant garden, anchored by a one-of-a-kind, etched glass mural, conceived to celebrate the designer’s muses. In Paris, Hôtel de Crillon, A Rosewood Hotel commissioned the designer for its Les Grands Apartments by Karl Lagerfeld, the property’s pièces de resistance. Manifesting his love for the palatial hotel and its history, Lagerfeld shaped a lavish haven of oversized crystal chandeliers, handmade velvet sofas, huge marble soaking tubs, unique wooden walls (painted in seven layers, then sanded) and artwork that honors his beloved cat, Choupette.
Time honored Round Hill opened in 1953 to quickly become a storied Jamaican getaway for beau monde American and European travelers—including Sir Noel Coward and Oscar Hammerstein. Check into The Pineapple House, an intimate section of the retreat with 36 rooms overlooking the Caribbean Sea. Designed by Ralph Lauren, an advocate for everyday sophistication, the accommodations combine organic flourishes, such as bamboo poster beds, white stone floors and Egyptian cotton sheets for a crisp, clean tropical vibe. roundhill.com
It might be enough that The London West Hollywood at Beverly Hills boasts the largest hotel suite in Los Angeles, stretching a mind boggling 11,000-square-feet. But add in that this expansive hideaway was also inspired by the recently deceased Vivienne Westwood, beloved for her provocative designs. The result? A fashionista’s treasure trove, ideal for parties. Revel in the tenth-floor penthouse, accessed via a private corridor. 6,000-square-feet of boldly designed interiors open to a 5,000-square-foot rooftop terrace with bedazzling, panoramic city views. thelondonwesthollywood.com
Art and fashion design commingle in the work of Mariano Fortuny, the Spanish designer who worked in Venice, still the home for his eponymous, more-than-a-century-old design house. Most esteemed for his opulent fabrics and jewel-toned, pleated gowns, the designer’s production secrets have been closely guarded for decades. Evoking Fortuny’s 1930’s showroom in an array of texture and color, the lobby and staterooms of the new S.S. Venezia, one of Uniworld Boutique River Cruises’ newest Super Ships, spellbinds all who gaze upon it. Elements such as pops of Murano glass and brass-inlaid floors conjure both the craftsmanship of Venice and Fortuny’s own classic point of view. uniworld.com
Synonymous with outrageously opulent furs, innovative eyewear, eye-catching handbags and fetching leather goods, this Italian fashion house was established by Adele and Edoardo Fendi in Rome in 1925. Today Fendi fans can not only shop at the House of Fendi’s flagship boutique in Rome, they can sleep there, too. Book one of the seven exclusive Fendi Private Suites, members of Small Luxury Hotels of the World. Stunning hideaways set on the third floor of Palazzo Fendi, the lie just steps from the Trevi Fountain. Expect superlative attention to detail from every angle, including pampering Mako cotton satin sheets and Diptyque products. slh.com/hotels/fendi-private-suites
New York-based menswear maven Todd Snyder huddles down along the coast of Maine at Hidden Pond in Kennebunkport, for repose and inspiration. Follow his lead among the birch and fir forests that inspire him and in a hotel he calls home. Just launched in June, The Bungalows by Todd Snyder present three Maine-motivated design concepts: Countryside, Mountainside and Seaside. Fusing Snyder’s approachable (but ever dapper) style with Hidden Pond’s bucolic chic, the bungalows celebrate Maine’s cozy largesse with premium textures and fabrics, vintage memorabilia and a custom Spotify list. hiddenpondmaine.com
Oscar de la Renta
As a tribute to his native Dominican Republic, dignified designer Oscar de la Renta, whose fashion house continues to conjure magic in the evening wear category, re-imagined Tortuga Bay hotel at Puntacana Resort & Club in 2014. The retreat, situated on a private sandy crescent, vaunts 30 suites and 13 villas, kitted out with Oscar de la Renta fabrics. Tropical woods—mahogany, wicker (from willow) and rattan (from bamboo)—add decorative ballast amongst the graceful airiness of his textiles and the suites’ jaw dropping views.