Signature Travel & Lifestyle - - Signature Hotels - Chris­tian Lacroix in Paris www.hotelpetit­moulin­paris.com

Lacroix’s ex­tra­or­di­nary haute cou­ture legacy lives on in the design of the Hô­tel du Pe­tit Moulin, a Small Lux­ury Ho­tel of the World housed be­hind the shopfront of a 17th-cen­tury bak­ery in the Marais district. As the first of the de­signer’s three ho­tel ven­tures, but­ter­flies, Ro­coco em­bel­lish­ment, an­i­mal print and the swing­ing six­ties are all lib­er­ally ref­er­enced in this whim­si­cal homage to Paris. Each of the 17 rooms is dressed with flam­boy­ant de­tail, such as in­tri­cate wall mu­rals and hand­painted tiles. No two rooms are the same; in one you may find a trompe l’oeil Baroque bal­dachin above the bed and bro­cade wall­pa­per, con­trast­ing with mod­ern white fur­ni­ture, while in another, green and brown tones are offset by Lacroix’s own de­signs scrawled on the wall. The bar is sim­ple and clean with ‘60s-in­spired fur­ni­ture while the lounge is sump­tu­ous with leather so­fas and lav­ish tex­tiles. A tad over the top? Well, it is Lacroix, sweetie.

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