At the ripe old age of 83, Karl Lagerfeld is adding a new position to his resumé: hotelier. As if he doesn’t already have enough on his plate, the creative director of Chanel and Fendi, whose various collaborations are too numerous to list here, announced his plans to enter the hotel industry yesterday. The forthcoming international hospitality brand — Karl Lagerfeld Hotels & Resorts, a partnership with Brandmark Collective BV — will oversee a mix of hotels, residential properties, restaurants and private clubs, with the first property scheduled to open its doors in Macau in 2018.
Given Lagerfeld’s former collaborations with hotels, this news doesn’t exactly come as a surprise. The designer has contributed to the Sofitel So Singapore, Berlin’s Patrick Hellmann Schlosshotel, the Hôtel de Crillon in Paris and the Metropole in Monaco. At the recently reopened Ritz Paris, Lagerfeld designed the Coco Chanel Suite, an act of tribute to the founder of the label he oversees as well as one of the hotel’s most famous residents. Lagerfeld’s work with hotels is part of an industry-wide trend that has seen the likes of Dior and Diane von Furstenberg designing lobbies, room and suites — but his new venture places him in the company Armani, Bulgari and Versace, which have all opened hotels and resorts under their own names.
Lagerfeld’s first hotel project will be part of the expansive luxury complex known as Lisboa Palace, which will also be home to the Palazzo Versace Macau. In total, Lisboa Palace will offer 2,000 hotel rooms, high-end restaurants, designer shops, a wedding pavilion and a multi-purpose theatre. Of course, because it’s Macau, the resort will also feature 700 gaming tables and 1,200 slot machines.
Meanwhile, the Karl Lagerfeld Hotel will be comprised of only 270 guest rooms and suites, which hopefully means the service and attention to detail will both be top-notch. Given that this is the first property Lagerfeld has designed top to bottom, we’re excited to see what he’s created with when it debuts in 2018.