Paris Fashion Week is fast
approaching (25 September to 3 October), and the capital of couture will soon
be invaded by gazelle-like models and extravagantly-dressed
fashion editors dashing around town.
Whether you’re looking for total
fashion immersion or just to soak up some of the capital’s couture heritage, here
are five hotels where you can be surrounded by style even while you sleep.
Aptly located in the French
capital’s “Golden Triangle” -- a prime spot for luxury shopping just off the
Champs Elysées – the five-star Maison
des Champs Elysees had 17 of its 57 rooms and suites, as well as the
hotel’s restaurant and bar, designed by the edgy Belgian fashion house, Maison
Martin Margiela. In the label’s signature whitewashed style, the decor includes
various shades of white, from very pale grey to a bleached beige, as well as
trompe-l’oeil details on the walls.
In an altogether more flamboyant
style, French fashion designer Christian Lacroix designed the interiors of two
four-star boutique hotels in the capital: Hotel du Petit Moulin and Hotel Bellechasse. The former, located
in the historic Marais neighbourhood, has 17 individually decorated rooms, some
of which have a traditional feel with original mouldings and cornices, while others
are more minimalist with ‘60s-style design. For the latter, located in chic Saint
Germain neighbourhood, Lacroix created seven different
decor themes spread over the 34 rooms, including one called Mousquetaires
(Musketeers) with heavy yellow brocade curtains and murals inspired by 17th-century
The 38-room Hotel Original, just next to Place
de la Bastille, is the work of unconventional French fashion designer Stella
Cadente, known for her fun and whimsical clothes. An enchanted forest theme recurs
throughout the hotel, with dark colours and shadows of trees and animals
painted on the walls to create a fairytale atmosphere.
Revered fashion designer Azzedine
Alaïa is behind the decor at 5 Moussy (5 rue de Moussy, 75004; 01-44-78-92-00),
three sleek rental apartments in the
Marais just next door to the couturier’s atelier. With their polished concrete floors and 20th-century design
furniture, they wouldn’t look out of place on the pages of
Architectural Digest magazine.
Kim Laidlaw Adrey is
the Paris Localite for BBC Travel. She also writes www.unlockparis.com.