“When I dream of afterlife in heaven, the action always takes place at the Paris Ritz” – Ernest Hemingway
The world-famous Hotel Ritz in Paris, a top name in luxury hotels gave a place to photography. Ritz Paris Deco and Haute Couture top labels such as; Dior, Gianni Versace, Alexander McQueen, Chanel, Givenchy, Valentino, Balenciaga, Armani, Giambattista Valli and Alexis Mabille. I enjoyed Kate Moss’s fabulous photo shoot at the chic Coco Chanel suite of the Ritz Paris. 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.
Alexander McQueen lace bustier jacquard dress and lace boots, made for Vogue.Givenchy Haute Couture by Riccardo Tisci silk organza blouse with paillettes and crystals, silk knit tank, silk cady skirt with zipper detail, and crystal jewelry.Armani Privé sequined embroidered flared bustier dress.
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 der Vliet, Josephine Skriver, and Mirte Maas: Valentino Haute Couture taffeta dresses. Lace headpieces created by Julien d’Ys, using Mokuba ribbon.
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.Giambattista Valli Haute Couture silk dress and necklace.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, the Bar Vendôme, and room service. Bellhop Nicolas Deschamps balances a Roger Vivier silk-and-feather pump on his cap.