First she gave the world the oh-so-flattering wrap dress, and now Diane von Furstenberg has turned her hand to interior decoration too, unveiling 20 suites that she has revamped in her home-from-home since the 1970s – the iconic and super luxe Claridge’s hotel, London. When Diane started to notice that her favourite hotel was showing the signs of wear and tear, she didn’t hesitate to speak up…Nor did she hesitate to accept when Claridge’s came back to ask if DVF herself would head up the renovation works of 20 of the guest suites. Two years later, and with a little help from interior designer Olivier Gelbsmann, the suites are every bit as stylish as DVF’s famed wrap dresses.
Florals, animal prints and swathes of luxurious fabrics are core elements, sitting alongside the best of the original features to create timelessly elegant lounge rooms, punctuated by sleek grand pianos, monochrome chandeliers and chic campaign tables.
The repetition of clean black and white geometric prints on headboards, armchairs, curtains, cushions and valances really pack a punch. I’m saving the pennies to check in to one of these beauties…
No expense is spared to ensure absolute luxury – the larger-than-life traditional four-poster is the perfect contrast to the giant leopard print rug, and the flat screen TV that pops up at the end of the bed is the icing on the cake, creating a suite that is almost certainly worthy of an indulgent pay day blowout!
And my DVF object of desire? The chest of drawers modeled on vintage luggage trunks – the ultimate glamorous touch.
“Hotels are fantasy and they’ve just got to make you dream,” says Diane. We quite agree, zzzzzzzzzzz…
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Nina Fitton, Writer, ACHICA
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