Checking Out: Kate Moss at the Ritz Paris |Fashion Editor: Grace Coddington, photographed by Tim Walker
Before The Ritz closes its door for renovations, Vogue takes us on a tour into the glory and glamour of the luxury Parisian hotel, featuring Kate Moss.
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
“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.
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
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.
“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
At First Blush
Moss, in the bathroom of the Coco Chanel Suite, wears a petal-like cocktail dress and cape, inspired by a 1960 design, from a pink-and-silver cloque lamé created by Cristóbal Balenciaga
"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
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.
View From the Top
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.”
Life Imitates Art - Bellhop Nicolas Deschamps balances a Roger Vivier silk-and-feather pump on his cap.Fashion Editor: Grace Coddington, Photographed by Tim Walker
Special Delivery - In the Flower Room, a team of five florists overseen by floral designer Djordje Varda is charged with, among other things, selecting and arranging 10,000 blooms for the hotel eac
Culinaire Delight - The Ritz Paris kitchens, once headed by the legendary Escoffier when the hotel opened in 1898, house a team of 80 chefs and staff, who prepare meals for the two–Michelin star L’Espadon
Ladies-In-Waiting - 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. On models Sigrid Agren, Patricia van
My favourite photo is the one of Kate Moss in the bathroom of the Coco Chanel Suite – I am so jealous.
Coco Chanel lived in the Ritz for 30 years, even though she had an apartment nearby on the rue Cambon (where her first boutique was opened). Today the Ritz still maintains the Chanel suite; in the salon is a large lacquered Coromandel screen, incised with Chinese scenes and decorated with gold – exactly the way Chanel left it.