Among the world’s most celebrated fashion designers,there are those whose collections are so iconic and truly transformative that,given the opportunity, you would choose to live in theircreations. Now, thanks to an emerging trend in travel, you can—by simply makinga reservation.
Over the past few years, a growing number ofinternational style arbiters, from Christian Lacroix and Armani to Missoni andDior, have been teaming up with high-end resorts and hotels to put theirdistinctive stamp on properties around the globe. Some, like Diane VonFurstenberg and Oscar De La Renta, were tapped to rework the décor of a suiteor series of rooms at a single property, while others have gone so far as topartner with major developers to launch eponymous hotel brands that span fromAustralia to South America to the Middle East.
These ultra-chic living spaces reflect the fashionbrands’ unique personalities and exemplify the way that they themselves wouldchoose to travel and live. For example, the Bottega Veneta St. Regis Hotelsuite in Rome features a sophisticated, neutral palate. “We wanted to respect thecharacter of the hotel and acknowledge the light of Rome through Bottega Venetacolors, materials and furniture,” says the brand’s Creative Director TomasMaier, who designed the space.
In each of these runway-ready locales, it’s not simplythe linens on the bed or fabric upholstered onto the settees that subtly (and,in the case of Missoni, perhaps not so subtly) speaks the designer’s name. It’salso the branded amenities in the bathroom, commissioned artwork on the wallsand an array of quirky signature services that evoke an idealized—and alwaysstylish—travel lifestyle.
Even when you aren’t living out of a carry-on, it canbe an ongoing challenge to keep ahead of the trends. Fortunately, these tenproperties make it infinitely easier to stay in style—even if you never leaveyour hotel room.