From Fendi and Armani to Missoni and Versace, luxury fashion labels are continuing to team up with hotel moguls, lending their superior creative hands to all aspects of décor – even bathroom toiletries.
The resulting boutique hotels will make you feel as though you’ve arrived on the catwalk or wandered into a designer’s walk-in wardrobe.
Top six of the world’s most luxurious fashion-inspired hotels
Bulgari Resort Dubai
Continuing its mission to build a hotel empire, Italian house of high-end accessories Bulgari has opened its latest venture in Dubai.
Spanning 158,000 square metres on a seahorse-shaped island off the coast of the city, the resort comprises 101 rooms and suites, as well as 20 expansive luxury oceanfront Bulgari villas, each with a private pool and tropical garden.
A 300-metre bridge connects the resort to the mainland, but guest will feel a million miles from the hustle and bustle.
Rooms start from AED3,500 (around A$1,240 or US$950) per night for a Superior room, villas POA. Additional Bulgari resorts will open in Shanghai, Moscow and Paris in 2020.
Renowned for its superior five-star service and timeless art deco heritage, Claridge’s London has been labelled ‘the most glamorous in the world’ by renowned fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg. In fact, she has spent so much time there that it was only fitting she lend her creative expertise to the interior design of a suite.
Von Furstenberg is known for her printed wrap dresses and isn’t one to shy away from bright colours and daring prints – and her beautifully designed two-bedroom Grand Piano Suite is no exception. Fit with marble fireplaces, delicate fabrics and a private bar, the highly-coveted suite beautifully reflects her approach to fashion.
Drawing on her inspiration for the room, von Furstenberg reveals: “I wanted to respect the architecture and the formality of the grand hotel room, but at the same time make it relevant to today’s lifestyle.”
Palazzo Versace Australia
This 200-room palace is as decadent and opulent as you would expect from a Versace property. Considered the first-ever fashion-branded hotel, Palazzo Versace sits on the idyllic white sand coastline of Australia’s Gold Coast.
With its Roman-style columns, Italian mosaic floors and a mosaic driveway featuring the brand’s signature Medusa head, the hotel is full of and lavish condominium apartments with their own private plunge pools and Jacuzzis.
An homage to the late Gianni Versace, the ornate and luxurious hotel is not only famous for its signature styling and colours, but also its breath-taking art and sculptures.
Special features include the Versace boutique, the private Palazzo Versace Marina and a a pool cabana oasis which offers a taste of the opulent Versace lifestyle.
Armani Hotel Dubai
Located in the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, Giorgio Armani’s first foray into the hotel business is emblematic of the Italian designer (his second hotel opened in Milan in 2011). Sleek, modern rooms and suites are hallmarks of Armani – featuring classic lines and subtle colours.
According to the hotel itself, “The Armani approach goes beyond visual aesthetics, offering unparalleled levels of service based around our signature lifestyle concept”.
This is no exaggeration; each guest is assigned a personal concierge, or, as they’re called at the hotel, a ‘Lifestyle Manager.’
St. Regis New York
The epitome of timeless glamour, ambience and service, the St Regis New York is home to two spaces inspired by top-tier designers.
The first is the Tiffany Suite – as lust-worthy as the brand itself. Eggshell-hued walls, crystal embellishments and glossy white furnishings bring the iconic Tiffany jewellery box to life.
Two floors below is the equally decadent Dior Suite – a French escape in the heart of the Big Apple that’s reminiscent of a Parisian atelier. The design is serene and sophisticated, featuring a muted white and dove grey colour palette with a splash of violet in the form of luxe fabrics like lace, silk and tulle.
The suite’s pièce de résistance is a stunning watercolour painting by fashion illustrator – and Dior Beauty’s first artist-in-residence – Bill Donavan. It depicts female silhouettes in dresses that showcase Dior’s style evolution.
Both suites span an impressive 160 square metres with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking Fifth Avenue and Central Park.
Tortuga Bay Hotel Puntacana Resort & Club
Designed by the late Oscar de la Renta, the five-star Tortuga Bay Hotel Puntacana Resort & Club perfectly embodies the Dominican Republic designer’s timeless style in a Caribbean setting.
Tortuga Bay is nestled on a 1,500-acre ecological reserve and dedicated to the country's sustainability efforts.
Its 30 suites and 13 ocean-front villas boast a reserved palette of white and beige with pops of pastel, complemented by elegant furnishings, wicker canopy beds, Frette linen, and coralline stone bathrooms.
There’s even an Oscar de la Renta shopping boutique on the grounds, featuring a selection of items curated by the native designer.