Fashion Weeks are at their peak. From New York, London, Milan and Paris, everyone is hopping around fashion capitals, and if you’re one of them, boutique hotel collection Mr & Mrs Smith rounds up 10 of the most style-sussed stays in the world’s fashion capitals
Hotel Keppler, Paris: A welcome retreat from the fast-pace of Champs-Elysées shop-hopping nearby, this classic 39-room boutique hotel is great for glamourpusses. Designer Pierre-Yves Rochon blends a sophisticated Hausmannian hideaway with a relaxed home-from-home feel, deftly wielding bold toiles, animal prints, stripes and dark wood details. Elegant accessories in the lounge span outsize vases, statement mirrors, modern art and welcoming flowers.
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Murano Resort, Paris: For a flamboyant, fashionable funhouse in the heart of the bohemian Marais quarter, opt for the full-on French wow factor of Murano Resort Paris. The 52 rooms are no slouch in the style stakes; accessed by finger-touch gadgetry, rather than keys, they feature pastel-pretty mood lighting, with private pools in two of the nine suites. Venetian glass, shiny inox, white marble and deep-red velvets add to the Murano’s sex appeal.
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Shoreditch Rooms, London: East London is currently the capital’s most creative hub, with edgy fashion labels, art galleries, boutiques and bars in and around epicentre Shoreditch. Set in a converted warehouse, the hotel’s 26 cool rooms come in Tiny, Small and Small+ sizes, with sun loungers on private terraces. Guests have access to and can enjoy the Cowshed spa, bowling alley, House Kitchen restaurant, several sexy bars and the must-visit rooftop pool.
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The Connaught, London: This stately dowager has recently had a seductive makeover. Its old-fashioned values are still intact, but now you can also hang out at the glitzy Connaught Bar, sip cocktails at the contemporary Coburg Bar and dine on sophisticated cuisine by chef Hélène Darroze. Fashionistas will also love Europe’s only Aman Spa, where the green-tea foot bath soothes paws fatigued by gadding about the area’s high-end shops.
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Sanderson, London: There’s nothing stark about French design guru Philippe Starck‘s deliciously playful contemporary sanctuary Sanderson, an iconic, theatrical 150-room hotel. One of London’s original boutique boltholes, founded by Ian Schrager, the Sanderson has always attracted the fashion set.. The outside may be austere, but inside you’ll find a dramatic look-at-me lobby with vibrant, quirky furniture, a purple billiard table and the catwalk-inspired Long Bar.
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Maison Moschino, Milan: With dress-shaped floor lamps and decorative sheep in the lobby, you know you’re in for a surreally stylish experience at this quirky Milan boutique hotel, founded by Italian mega-brand Moschino. Set in a classical, shutter-strewn building, the Maison’s 65 avant-garde rooms are inspired by a dreamy mix of fairytales and, of course, fashion. Pamper yourself in the in-house Culti Spa, then sample Italian sushi at the hotel’s sleek restaurant Il Clandestino Milano.
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The Gray, Milan: A playful den for modern lovers, or just lovers of up-to-the-minute fashion, the hotel’s 21 individually designed rooms are plush and inviting (101, 201 and 301 have king-size beds, round hydro tubs, and views of vaulted designer shopping arcade, Galleria Vittorio Emanuele). Two rooms even offer private gyms, should you need to tone up before slipping on that body-con Dolce & Gabbana number.
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Hotel Straf, Milan: In a jaw-dropping prime location just doors from the Duomo, this hip 64-room hideaway is beloved of fashion and design folk in the know. The unassuming façade masks a bold modern interior, where raw concrete, scuffed-satiny walls and tactile floors rule, care of Italian architect and fashion talent Vincenzo De Cotiis. Corridors are adorned with fabric under glass and a palette of chocolate-brown, greys, rust tones and metallics adds luxe to spacious rooms.
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The Standard, New York: The latest creation by boutique hotel trendsetter Andre Balazs, this glassy high-rise lords it over the Meatpacking District, home to alluring restaurants, bars and boutiques, and sensational aerial park the High Line. Aim for the eighth floor or above for the best vistas; then hit 18th-storey bar Top of The Standard for cocktails. To re-fuel try the Standard Grill for meat and seafood with a twist.
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Crosby Street Hotel, New York:The quirky Crosby Street Hotel sports salvaged vintage phone lights and comic-coated dog figurines. Firmdale Hotels’ interiors whizz Kit Kemp’s first outpost in the city comes with her signature kitsch-meets-classic-yet-contemporary furniture, art and accessories, sealed with British humour. The 86 colour-coordinated rooms are all individually designed, with fashion-forward upholstered mannequins to match; we also love UK perfumier Miller Harris’ classy toiletries.
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