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putting on the ritz

March 27, 2012

i’ve been lucky enough to stay in more than my fair share of beautiful hotels.  i have stamps in my passport and frequent flier miles in my cache.  but i have never stayed at the ritz in paris…and now i never will.  cue fits of sniffling and snivvling now.  

the ritz will close its doors this summer for a 2 year renovation.  gone will be the carpet that coco chanel herself crossed on her way to her permanent residence in the majestic hotel.  gone will be the lavish linens in the suite karl lagerfeld commandeered during paris fashion week.  and even kate moss won’t be able to order a french 75 at the hemingway bar any time soon.  though the objective of the renovation is simply to update the technology embedded within the hotel’s famous walls, and not to change the grandeur of the ritz, i can’t help but think that in any renovation you lose a little of the magic.

good thing miss moss captured the historic haven’s sparkle in this spread for vogue.  and in two years’ time, when the doors reopen, i hope the ritz has saved the sense of the past.  and i hope i’ve saved enough money to afford a stay in the fabulous hotel.  or maybe just a french 75 in the hemingway bar.

kate moss in sarah burton for alexander mcqueen made especially for vogue

makes me want to watch marie antoinette while munching macarons and sipping tea…

kate moss in the bathroom of the chanel suite wearing balenciaga by nicholas ghesquiere for vogue

channeling coco…

giambattista valli haute couture dress and necklace

“first of all the ritz is a peaceful palace whose ceremonies are disturbed only by a mistake in a place setting or a dropped fork”leon-paul fargue, poet

in the chanel suite wearing armani prive

even though she had another apartment around the corner in her salon on the rue cambon coco chanel lived at the hotel for nearly 35 years in a 2 bedroom suite.

kate moss in dior haute couture

“when in paris the only reason not to stay at the ritz is if you can’t afford it” -ernest hemingway

kate moss in alexis mabille haute couture lame hat and dress

in 1997, princess diana and dodi al-fayed, dined in the hotel’s imperial suite before the fatal car crash that claimed both their lives.

dior haute couture

during world war II, the hotel was taken over by the germans as the headquarters of the luftwaffe.

kate moss in chanel haute couture

order kate moss’ favorite tipple, the french 75, which head bartender colin field recreated for her recent wedding.  or try the bloody mary, said to have been created for hemingway in the bar that would later bear his name.  or save your pennies for a little retail therapy in mademoiselle chanel’s signature store just around the corner…

either way, it’s money well spent.

all images courtesy of vogue via.   quotes, facts, and other rhinestones of wisdom via wikipedia, the ritz’s website and here.

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