THE MANDARIN ORIENTAL, PARIS
A look at the inspiration behind Paris’ most fashionable hotel.
With the recent one-year anniversary of The Mandarin Oriental Paris, it’s no surprise that the hotel has become just as iconic in the world of fashion as the Céline bags and Christian Louboutin pumps worn by its guests. Unlike many of the other grander-scale hotels in Paris, The Mandarin Oriental is not overly ornate and extravagant. Rather, it pays homage to the Art Deco era and classic Parisian style with its understated, elegant design and romantic atmosphere.
The hotel’s beautifully restored Art Deco façade says enough. Inspiration from Schiaparelli, Vionnet, Chanel and other great designers of that era are apparent in the hotel’s interior and exterior design — think delicate detailing, subdued jewel-toned shades and designs that are slightly modern and contemporary. The hotel also boasts an incredible indoor garden with a feminine and romantic Parisian feel.
There is no doubt that the Art Deco movement has had a major influence on fashion — and that fashion of that era has also influenced Art Deco—from the heyday of Chanel in the 1920s to Louis Vuitton’s Spring 2011 collection. Inspirations and ideas from this era often reoccur in today’s luxury collections, and simple yet elegant luxury is exactly the aesthetic of The Mandarin Oriental Paris.
The home away from home is located on the legendary Rue Saint-Honoré, literally the heart of French fashion, making it just a few steps (or should I say sashays?) away from the Fashion Week mecca Carrousel du Louvre. It’s rather fitting that this September, the hotel is planning to participate in Vogue’s Fashion’s Night Out with a slew of exclusive stylish dishes, desserts and cocktails to offer guests.
Where else would the fashion industry’s finest choose to rest after an ever-hectic day full of runway shows and after-party hopping? Plus, it features renowned restaurant (with Chef Thierry Marx) named Sur Mesure, as well as other drinking and dining options.
— Jenna Igneri
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