With London Fashion Week just over, Milan in full swing, and Paris set to preen next week, boutique hotel experts Mr & Mrs Smith tip you four of the most fashion-forward places to bed down. So, if the catwalk looks streaming in from New York and London Fashion Week have sent you weak at the knees, grab your Louis Vuitton luggage kit and book a style-savvy stay in one of the world’s couture capitals.
Crosby Street Hotel, New York
Style Plucky charm
Setting Cobbled SoHo streets
British interiors whiz Kit Kemp has brought her kitsch-but-classy, classic-meets-contemporary English elegance Stateside, with Crosby Street Hotel in New York. Decked out in a quirky mix of textured wall coverings, lavish fabrics and colourful artworks, the 86 rooms are a favourite among fashionistas, who flock to this SoHo hot spot. Manhattan’s style set mingles here for everything from champagne breakfasts and evening martinis to private film screenings in the basement-level cinema. The socialising spills out onto a patio on Lafayette Street, lending the whole place an enviable, in-the-know buzz.
The Metropolitan London, London
Style Heights of fashion
Setting Pride of park-side Mayfair
With its prime position overlooking Hyde Park, The Metropolitan London boutique hotel has become a byword for stylish stays in the capital. A capsule of contemporary cool, this 144-room bolthole flaunts jaw-dropping views through floor-to-ceiling windows, offering priceless parkland snapshots that cry out for an Instagram upload. If you can tear yourself away from those vistas, see-and-be-seen dining and drinking dens beckon, including sleek Japanese fine diner Nobu and the recently refurbished Met Bar, an intimate, sexy space with wow-worthy cocktails. The location is also handy for shopping jaunts to fashion-fabulous department stores Selfridges and Harvey Nichols.
Maison Moschino, Milan
Style Fanciful fashion house
Setting Cosmopolitan Corso Como
Label lovers need look no further than Maison Moschino hotel in Milan for a fashionable crash-pad. Housed in the city’s first rail station, with haute-couture allure and deliciously avant-garde decor, this dreamy destination is home to 65 rooms with fairy-tale themes such as Little Red Riding Hood and Cinderella. The left-of-centre design aesthetic continues in the starkly sleek restaurant, Il Clandestino Milano, and the chic bar by the reception area, where marble floors and metal stools are offset by lights crafted from stiletto boots. Don’t miss cool concept store 10 Corso Como nearby, Carla Sozzani’s cutting-edge boutique, cafe and art gallery.
Hotel le Bellechasse, Paris
Style Luxuriously Lacroix
Setting Lively Left Bank
Flamboyantly styled by French fashion legend Christian Lacroix, Hotel le Bellechasse in Paris sits pretty in St Germain, just a skip from the Musee d’Orsay. As you’d expect from the daring designer, the interiors are lavish-luxe, with a heady blend of gold leaf, zebra print, butterfly wallpaper and mesmerising murals. While you’ll want to pack your finest threads for sashaying around here, you can forget trying to squeeze into a model-esque size zero after a breakfast of rolls, pastries, fruit, scrambled eggs and freshly squeezed juice, served in the charming breakfast room or your bold and beautiful boudoir.
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