The Ritz Paris is set to close for renovations, but before it does, the famed hotel welcomed a photo shoot for Vogue Magazine with model Kate Moss. The extravagant photo spread, shot by British fashion photographer Tim Walker, features the grandeur architecture and design of the establishment while simultaneously highlighting Haute Couture Fashion.
The elaborate outfits against the regal backdrop is reminiscent of old Hollywood and a refined sense of fashion. The glamour, glitz, and elegance feel palpable in this striking photo shoot. More than just clothes, drapes, and wallpaper, the series portrays an elite lifestyle known all too well by those raptured by fame and wealth. In the Vogue US April 2012 issue, celebrities and fashion moguls recount their memories in the renowned five-star hotel, recalling their everyday run-ins with other celebrities and the royal treatment received by the highest quality of service.
Life Imitates Art
Like the neoclassical crimson satin sofa, a dramatic tiered evening dress (Dior’s finale look) adds a jolt of brilliant color to the hushed palette of an Imperial Suite salon. Dior Haute Couture silk dress.
My Bleu Heaven
A cornflower-blue dress by Sarah Burton, reminiscent of 1950s couture, plays on proportion and contrast: nipped-in waist and voluminous skirt; flat jacquard against exploding lace. Alexander McQueen.
“I drink the French 76: vodka, sugar, lemon juice topped up with champagne; it’s the best drink ever, but it only tastes like that in the Hemingway Bar,” says Moss, here in L’Espadon.
Karl Lagerfeld took over the first-floor-spanning Imperial Suite, seen here, for his 1996 couture collection. Chanel Haute Couture embroidered organza flower coat and pumps.
Sprigged dresses in the Imperial Suite, inspired by Marie Antoinette frolicking at the bucolic Le Petit Trianon, took up to 1,200 hours to make by hand.
“Gianni’s [Versace] shows were amazing—and sooo convenient. Walk downstairs, go to work: Love that!” says Moss, with housekeepers Khadidja Fakri and Lollie Bacete (standing). Dior
Giambattista Valli sent out a cinched draped-shoulder goddess dress in “a color so deep, so intense, you can almost smell it—like bougainvillea on the Mediterranean coast.” Giambattista Valli Haute
“When I was with Johnny Depp, he always stayed there. I had an apartment in Paris at the time, but he said, ‘No, we’re staying at the Ritz,’ so he came by and swept me up to the Ritz.
For three decades, Coco Chanel called the hotel her home. Here, the bedroom of the suite named for her. Armani Privé sequined embroidered flared bustier dress.
Photographed by Tim Walker