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04 . 14 . 10

Most hotels are owned and run by men. And what do men know about hospitality and housekeeping? Considering that they usually stock their rooms with only five hangers, I’d say not much. So I’m happy to report that some chic ladies are throwing their hats, or maybe I should say hard hats, into the hotel business. First up is former model and now brand ambassador for Roger Vivier, Ines de la Fressange, who plans to open a chic hotel in Paris. Hopefully she’ll be able to juggle both jobs since the 18th-century building that will house not only her hotel, but a restaurant and spa, is a stones throw away from Faubourg Saint-Honore. I’m wondering if it will look anything like her pink apartment or like the Roger Vivier boutiques, both pictured here. Furniture designer, Hervé van der Straeten is the partner of Bruno Frisoni, who helms the fashion house, so it will be interesting to see if his pieces make the cut. I, for one, would definitely take advantage of that friends and family discount!

Paris isn’t the only city getting some hotel help. Fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg has been asked by the venerable 5-star hotel Claridge’s in London to make over 20 of its rooms and suites. She collaborated on the project with interior designer Olivier Gelbsman and they plan to stay true to the historic look of the hotel. While you won’t be able to check into Ines’ hotel until next year, you should be able to stay with Diane, or at least in her rooms, this June. I bet there will definitely be more than five hangers in their closets and probably really good gift shops too!

Photos from The Selby

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  1. C April 14, 2010 | 6:42 am

    Ines’s home is a Pink palace! I’m excited to see Diane’s collaboration with Claridge’s though-classic thrown in with some prints & pattern? And maybe an Andy Warhol too.

  2. Nancy Marcus Gueret April 14, 2010 | 7:12 am

    Ha ha, I had to laugh about your comment on 5 hangers per room because JUST this weekend I was travelling and ran out of hangers to hang my dresses in my hotel room!! PS. I would love to spend the night in a DVF room!

  3. Tabitha April 14, 2010 | 8:14 am

    I’m looking forward to seeing the DVF suites at Claridges. I just stayed in the David Linley suite there and although beautiful with very apt art deco flicks, it was cold in atmosphere and the sofa and chairs were uncomfortable. Downstairs is beautiful but the the comfort level of the rooms still isn’t up to par.

  4. paris-blog April 14, 2010 | 8:39 am

    Great scoop! Do you know what street the hotel will be on?
    Is there already a hotel there?

    xoxo Chicsetera Paris

  5. Kerry April 14, 2010 | 10:40 am

    Ines was a favorite of mine in the 80s and I was recently wondering where she was. Glad she is back on my radar. Now if I could just manage a weekend in Paris…

  6. The Buzz April 14, 2010 | 10:49 am

    Can’t wait to see what Ines will do with her hotel in Paris – she has such taste and style! It’s bound to be fabulous!

  7. kimberj April 14, 2010 | 1:10 pm

    Does anyone else love the white cantilevered table with the shoes on it??? I’d kill for that baby in my foyer 🙂

  8. red ticking April 14, 2010 | 2:48 pm

    lovely… i do like the shades of pink… calming…

  9. Jessica April 14, 2010 | 4:46 pm

    I love the pink room and the brass etagere! The pink reminds me of Miles Redd’s apartment.

  10. La Maison Fou April 14, 2010 | 5:21 pm

    Yes, the foyer table in white is so unexpected. I really enjoyed the eye candy here.
    Thanks Heather,

  11. Tiina April 14, 2010 | 7:01 pm

    oh wow, spectacular images!
    have a sweet day 🙂

  12. ashlina April 15, 2010 | 2:22 am

    wow. such amazing and beautiful rooms. i love them all.


  13. Richie Designs April 16, 2010 | 2:31 am

    I love Ines’s office, It’s her office right? think I saw it in Domino or something.

    so chic.

    not sure I would ever be so brave as to paint any room of my house pepto pink

  14. Lucinda April 16, 2010 | 1:35 pm

    I desperately want a pink room. the last time I tried it (I was 14) it was like living in a Pepto bottle! Might just be time to try again.

  15. Kathy April 18, 2010 | 5:01 am

    Doe anyone know what type of mirror that is in the fifth picture?