Fashion Week has arrived to New York City, and we’re getting the fashion bug — but it’s not haute couture that’s getting us excited. It’s haute hotels, of course! Rather than envisioning ourselves in what’s on the runway, we’re dreaming about how we’d look in these fashion-forward spots, and what personal styles they’d pair best with. Go on — try them on for size. What hotel would you wear?
What to Wear: Oscar De La Renta Swimwear
Oscar de la Renta may be most famous for his evening wear, but he’s designed some super-chic swimwear as well — and there’s no better place to flaunt it than Tortuga Bay, which the famous fashion icon also designed. The 30-room Tortuga Bay hotel offers amazing service (including preferential treatment at Punta Cana Airport), an on-site nature reserve, several superb restaurants, and three world-class golf courses.
What to Wear: Parisian Couture
The Mark, an historic hotel built in 1927, re-opened in 2009 as one of the best contemporary luxury hotels in New York. The hotel’s stunning interiors by France’s premier designer are colorful and bold rather than gilded and stuffy — the perfect setting to display an avant-garde outfit from one of the premier fashion houses in Paris. And there are plenty of guests here worth impressing; the high-profile restaurant and bar has drawn diners from Paul McCartney to Barbara Walters.
What to Wear: Something Pretty in Pink
The Sandy Lane is always decked out in its signature pink — it’s part of the hotel’s branding — so why shouldn’t you be? The 112-room Sandy Lane is the creme de la creme of Barbados — indeed, it’s one of the most luxurious resorts in the world — known for unparalleled service and distinct touches. A Rolls Royce Phantom, top-notch spa, outstanding restaurants, and celebrity sightings are just a few aspects that set the elegant Palladian-style hotel apart from the rest. This is a very special place, for those who can afford it.
What to Wear: Elegant, Whimsical and Colorful Clothes
This hotel has an excellent location only steps from Notre Dame Cathedral, but it’s even more notable for its style; Christian Lacroix designed the rooms, which feature bold, colorful and slightly eccentric fabrics and patterns. It’s just the spot to don that daring designer dress that’s been sitting at the back of your closet. Next to this decor, you won’t have to worry about standing out too much.
What to Wear: Your Most Happening Hipster Duds
Plaid shirts, facial hair, billowy ’90s skirts, high-tops, suspenders, skinny jeans, ripped stockings…This is the place to wear whatever you want out of the hipster lookbook. The Ace Hotel Portland is the flagship of the hipster-friendly Ace mini-chain, and the boutique emphasizes style over space or luxury, featuring touches such as reclaimed school chairs, nightstands made out of books or suitcases, turntables, and stacks of vinyl records.
What to Wear: Avant-Garde Outfits
The SLS South Beach is a major Miami hot spot, offering direct beach access, two large pools, two high-profile restaurants, two bars, and a great address on swank Collins Avenue. Celebrity designers Philippe Starck and Lenny Kravitz designed the rooms, which are stylish and sexy. Starck’s cutting-edge, oddball style is on plain view in the common spaces, and the daring design may dazzle — and possibly overwhelm — the senses with a patchwork of competing styles.
Where to Stay: Round Hill Hotel & Villas, Jamaica
What to Wear: Breezy Nautical Style
Round Hill is easily among the best resorts in Jamaica, with breathtaking grounds and large airy rooms designed by Ralph Lauren. Blue and white decor is featured throughout the property — blue loungers, white bedding, blue pillows, white woods, blue sea — making this an ideal locale to show off some breezy nautical-inspired dresses, swimsuits, and shirts.