Fitting Rooms: World’s Most Fashionable Hotels

Jodie McLeod struts the couture hotel catwalk in search of a high-fashion getaway.

It’s the definitive fashion fantasy: to enter a world created entirely by your favourite fashion designer and never leave. Well, until checkout, that is. From the soft furnishings to the fixtures and fabric, staying in a hotel fashioned by your designer deity – while you wear their wardrobe, of course – is the closest you’ll come to experiencing the world of luxury through their eyes. And with fashion hotels opening around the world, you can now “try on” rooms by Moschino, Armani, Diane von Furstenberg and, soon, Louis Vuitton.

Creating the hotel of your dreams is exactly what Italian fashion label Moschino was aiming for with Maison Moschino, Milan, run by the high-end hotel group, Hotel Philosophy. There, you can sleep in a bed of roses or an oversized ball gown that swallows your bed beneath its skirt. The creative director of Moschino, Rossella Jardini, known for her playful ideas such as the label’s lampshade corset, led the design of 16 different interiors for the hotel’s 65 rooms and suites. They read like a list of stops down Alice’s rabbit hole: there’s the Forest Room, where trees climb from the bed’s four corners, or the Sweet Room, where giant flan-like cushions adorn the bed and a chandelier dangles sweet treats from above.

In London, fashionista travellers might want to stop in at Claridge’s in Mayfair to stay in one of Diane von Furstenberg’s 20 newly designed rooms, the first few of which opened late last month. Fans will find von Furstenberg’s signature prints and bold colours alongside original furniture pieces in what is the New York-based designer’s first foray into interior design.

Skip up to Scotland for some ready-to-wear, ultra-mod rooms by Italian fashion house Missoni at its namesake Edinburgh hotel, which opened in June 2009 and is run by the Rezidor Hotel Group.

One of Italy’s hippest nonnas, 78-year-old designer Rosita Missoni, is behind the look, a visual onslaught of pinks and prints, balanced with black-and-white basics then splintered with flares of colour. Two more Missoni Hotels are due to open soon: in Kuwait in October and in Cape Town early next year.

For anyone inspired by the Sex and the City foursome’s designer-driven adventure to the United Arab Emirates in the latest movie, you can amp up your Arabian fashion fervour with a stay at Armani Hotel, Dubai. Located in the Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world, the 160-room hotel is clad from bedhead to bar with Giorgio Armani-designed furnishings from the label’s home collection. A total of four resorts and 10 Armani hotels are planned for the world’s fashion capitals, including Milan (2010), London, Paris, New York and Tokyo.

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