Design + Architecture

Fashion Hotels

by Mark Ellwood


The official diet of Fashion Week might consist of little more than Marlboros and Moët, but that doesn't mean the rest of us can't indulge. A few hotels in Europe have created design-inspired menus for those of us who don't need to fit into a size 0. When Rocco Forte renovated Brown's Hotel in London, he rechristened its drinking den the Donovan Bar, after the modeling photographer Terence Donovan. It's now a Kate Moss–approved watering hole with a Fashion Week cocktail menu—a special tipple for each of the Big Four (New York, London, Milan, and Paris). Try out the Milan: bitter Campari, red vermouth, and a splash of Prosecco. Down the road, the Berkeley Hotel's Prêt-à-Portea may at first seem cloyingly cutesy, but the pastry chef's artistry is undeniable and the cakes pretty yummy. Each season, key looks are turned into sweets—bite-sized-cookie versions of Jimmy Choo gold boots, an Anya Hindmarch beach bag, pictured—all served, of course, on Paul Smith china. In Paris, the Café de la Paix—the in-house Gauloise-and-gab spot for jet-setters staying at the InterContinental Le Grand—features its own couture cakes. Agnès B., Paco Rabanne, and Chantal Thomass have all overseen a personalized teatime nibble—ideal after one of the shows held inside the hotel.

Brown's Hotel
Tel: 44 20 7493 6020
Cocktails $25 each

The Berkeley Hotel
Tel: 44 20 7235 6000
Tea served 2–6 p.m. daily, from $65 per person

Intercontinental Le Grand
Tel: 33 1 40 07 32 32

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