Fashion designer and style icon Diane von Furstenberg can now add the title interior designer to her resume after the debut of 20 glamorous hotel suites she recently designed for Claridge’s hotel in London. In her first-ever interior design project, von Furstenberg developed bespoke fabrics, rugs, furniture and cashmere throws for the rooms in the historic art deco landmark hotel. The rooms are stunning with luxurious fabrics in bold geometric patterns, ikat prints and Chinese florals plus pops of bright color, lacquered surfaces and – of course – plenty of animal prints, a von Furstenberg signature. The bathrooms are quite spectacular featuring rich marble surfaces and complete with plush DVF wrap robes. The suites also feature personalized touches like photos taken by von Furstenberg during her travels through Europe, Africa and Asia. I especially love the striking berry and chocolate colored ikat print sofa shown above which is covered in one of von Furstenberg’s custom fabrics. The DVF suites at Claridge’s are definitely fit for a princess. In fact the 5-star hotel is the only place where von Furstenberg (once married to German Prince Egon von Furstenberg) is still referred to as “your Highness!” Visit the Claridges website for room rates and reservations.
“Hotels are fantasy and they’ve just got to make you dream.” – Diane von Furstenberg
Photos: Claridge’s and DVF
Since I’m on the subject of Todd Selby…here’s a video recently posted on Style.com where the photographer gives the site an exclusive tour of his studio plus a peek inside his new book, The Selby Is In Your Place.” Check it out!
I’m a big fan of interior designer Celerie Kemble and was excited to see her featured on the cover of J. Crew’s March 2010 catalog! Kemble was one of 9 muses, all creative women with great personal style, that the brand hand picked to model its latest spring fashions. The J. Crew website also features an in-depth interview with Kemble who opens up about how she got her start in design, shares some of her favorite things, plus reveals a few of the exciting projects she has in the works including a new book! Scroll down to read her inspiring interview. (just click the photo to enlarge if you find the interview hard to read) And to read more about the other stylish muses featured in J. Crew’s March catalog, click here.
This just in…Fashion designer, CFDA President and all around style icon Diane von Furstenberg is launching a home collection! She is collaborating with Springs Global, a worldwide supplier of bed, bath and home fashion products. The licensing deal was announced yesterday and Von Furstenberg’s collection of home accessories, bedding, bath and tabletop items will debut in select department and better specialty stores in Spring 2011. The designer’s first foray into the world of home was in the 1970s when she partnered with Sears on a line. That program did close to $100 million in sales, according to HFN. Von Furstenberg also partnered with The Rug Company in 2006 to design a line of signature carpets. I can’t wait to see her new products when they hit the market next year! I hear the line will be very textile driven, just like her fashion collections and I’m sure it will be as chic and sophisticated as she is!
Above, Diane Von Furstenberg’s designs for The Rug Company. Top photo by Douglas Friedman for Harper’s Bazaar
Can’t figure out what to get the fashionista in your life this holiday season? Here are our most stylish gift picks for the fashion obsessed…
Of-the-moment sequins make this classic style blazer perfectly on trend…and perfect for the holiday party season! Sequined Blazer $295, Club Monaco stores nationwide. Visit clubmonaco.com for locations.
This chic emerald green clutch is sure to add a punch of color to any ensemble. The perfectly worn lambskin and Balenciaga signature zipper also adds a bit of edge. Arena Pouch $595, Balenciaga. Available at Barney’s New York.
Unleash your inner urban warrior with this stylish studded cocktail ring….makes a great stocking stuffer! Metal Stud Ring $18, from BCBG.
Street style photographer and blogger Scott Schuman’s book, titled after his popular blog, celebrates the best in street style and packs plenty of fashion inspiration. The Sartorialist $16.50, at amazon.com
25 year-old wunderkind designer Alexander Wang’s diffusion line, T by Alexander Wang, is less than a year old but has already gained a cult following among fashionistas. Wang’s tees are made of super soft jersey and have a drapey, laid-back silhouette. This must-have wardrobe staple makes the perfect holiday gift. Scoop-neck Jersey T-Shirt $76, T by Alexander Wang. Available at Net-A-Porter.
A 14 carat gold charm necklace is dainty and chic. Assorted Charms, from $70 and Large Link Chain, $1060. By Jennifer Fisher Jewelry.
Classic Chuck Taylors are updated in a stylish gold metallic leather finish. Chuck Taylor All Stars $74.99, Converse.
This durable all-purpose tote, made of burlap and 100% organic cotton, is also reversible. The best part is that this gift gives back…a purchase of one tote feeds a child for an entire year through the World Food Program. Feed Bag $60, Feedproject.com.
A classic black pump complete with a sexy sky-high heel and Louboutin’s signature red sole. I think Christian Louboutin shoes might soon edge out diamonds as a girl’s best friend! Feticha Pumps $695, Christian Louboutin. Available at Sak’s.
New York City based Finn Jewelry makes beautifully crafted and understated jewelry pieces like the Pave Diamond Little Princess Bracelet
above which I LOVE…it’s on my personal wish list! Contact Finn Jewelry for pricing and availability.
This bright red cheetah print scarf makes a bold statement. Into the Wild Cotton Scarf $130, Marc by Marc Jacobs. Available at Net-A-Porter.
The pages of this definitive guide to finding your personal style, penned by Vogue contributor and fashion consultant Amanda Brooks, are full of style advice and inspiration. I Love Your Style $13.59, Amazon.com.
Last but not least, who can resist a classic Chanel 2.55 quilted flap bag? Named after the month and year the bag was first introduced (Feb 1955), this bag is a versatile investment piece that will last a lifetime and can be worn with just about anything in your wardrobe. Tres chic! Medium 2.55 Bag $2395, Availabe at Chanel boutiques worldwide. Visit Chanel.com for locations.