RISE OF THE FASHION HOTEL
Closer to LVMH’s Paris headquarters, a new flagship Hotel Cheval Blanc (designed by French architect Edouard Francois) is a central element in the redevelopment of the Samaritaine department store, a First Arrondissement landmark (part art nouveau, part Art Deco) that’s been closed since 2005. The hotel will have 72 rooms and overlook the Seine. The opening was set for 2016, but preservationists have mounted a legal challenge that has delayed work.

LVMH first waded into the hotel trade with the Cheval Blanc Courchevel, a 36-unit ski-in hotel that opened in 2006 in the French Alps. Other hotel projects include the 2012 opening of White 1921 in Saint-Tropez (eight rooms, $380-$1,350). These are projects that don’t necessarily share a design aesthetic, but they do radiate luxury and exclusivity.
— LOS ANGELES TIMES

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