Seven fashion designers, seven iconic places

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Seven fashion designers, seven iconic places

Versace, Chanel, Kenzo… the signature of these fashion greats has a profound effect on cities all over the world.  

Seven fashion designers, seven iconic places

Coco Chanel in Paris

Opposite the Jardin des Tuileries and Louvre Museum, Angelina is one of those iconic places that are part of the soul of Paris, just like Coco Chanel, who was a regular at the tea room. When she left her workshop in Rue Cambon, just a few minutes away on foot, the designer loved to go there for a hot chocolate. It is made from several different types of cocoa beans and its powerful aroma is delicately counterbalanced with an unsweetened whipped cream. So, why not follow in her footsteps?

Karl Lagerfeld in Hamburg

This venerable Northern European city exudes an air of sobriety which fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld was so fond of. Make your way, as he did, to the Savoy Kino cinema. This institution, with its fabulously retro rooms, is a hotspot for German film fanatics. A subtitled black-and-white film takes you back to the place where the city's hero found his inspiration.

Christian Lacroix in Arles, from Marseille

The meeting between the local boy and the famous Arles hotel was written in the stars. Since 2014, the Jules César has borne the mark of another emperor, Christian Lacroix. The prolific designer has distinguished himself yet again with a masterpiece of decoration influenced by a subtle mix of inspirations. The blue and gold of the Arles coat of arms meet the lavender and sunny shades of Provence, coming together to furnish this Romanesque building. On the second floor, formerly housing Carmelite cells, bedrooms recreate monastic sobriety mixed with a splash of Camargue madness. When you need to cool off, take a dip in the hotel pool, nestled away in a riot of rhododendrons.

Kenzo Takada in Himeji, from Osaka

If Himeji Castle, not far from Osaka, frightened Kenzo Takada when he was a little boy, the famous Japanese fashion designer gradually learned to admire this building as he grew up in its shadow. Its two immaculate white towers soaring into the sky, hence its nickname of the White Heron Castle, have long been an inspiration in the artist's work. Go along to see this majestic UNESCO World Heritage Site for yourself. Somewhere between traditional and marvellous, the place does indeed remind you of Takada's magical, airy creations.

Marc Jacobs in New York

In New York, the Primavera Gallery is an institution… just like Marc Jacobs, who declared that he loves rummaging around the vintage furniture and jewellery in this one-of-a-kind emporium. The gallery unearths, displays and sells designer objects, sculptures, paintings and many other items bearing witness to trends that come and go over the years. Founded in the 1970s, this space is like an ever-changing, rebellious museum, just like the creations of the American fashion guru. Newly relaunched in Chelsea, the place is an iconic, must-visit spot in this arty, trendy quarter of town.

Vivienne Westwood in London

Which is the favourite museum of the woman they call “the enfant terrible of fashion”? Well, it is the very respectable National Gallery in London, home to countless masterpieces, created between 1200 and 1900. But then, Vivienne Westwood is never what you expect her to be and that is the force behind her fashion; it relentlessly reinvents traditions and injects fun into pieces from the past. Its overriding modernity places great emphasis on British symbols, something that the London museum can certainly claim to be. This building with typical classical architecture chronicles the whole illustrious history of European art, through the centuries and through its collections… while Dame Westwood continues to make her mark on fashion history with her signature eccentric and innovative creations.

Gianni Versace in Milan

The landmark Versace boutique reflects the very image of Milan: secretive and grandiose both at the same time. Tucked away behind an imposing painted wooden door, you step into the courtyard of this palace, located right in the city centre. There is a magnificent mosaic of a Medusa head, the demonic mythological figure which Gianni Versace made his logo.

Angelina Paris
226 rue de Rivoli
75001 Paris
+33 (0)1 42 60 82 00

Savoy Kino
Steindamm 54
20099 Hamburg
+49 40 284093628

Hôtel Jules César MGallery by Sofitel
9 boulevard des Lices
13200 Arles
+33 (0)4 90 52 52 52

Himeji Castle
Honmachi 68
670-0012 Hyogo
+81 079-221-2111

Primavera Gallery
210 11th Avenue
10001 New York
United States of America
+1 212-924-6600

National Gallery
Trafalgar Square
Charing Cross
United Kingdom
+44 (0)20 7747 2885

Versace Showroom
Via Gesù 12
20121 Milan
+39 02 769093