Yesterday, fashion lost one of its greatest couturiers, a guiding force that shaped the industry for more than five decades. We may be bidding farewell to Karl Lagerfeld, but his enormous legacy will live on forever.
Macau casino operator SJM Holdings, with which Lagerfeld worked to design a hotel in the Chinese gambling hub, paid its tribute to the fashion visionary, saying in a statement that it was “deeply saddened” by the news of his death.
The Chanel creative director passed away on Tuesday after being rushed to hospital Monday night. Lagerfeld lost a bout to pancreatic cancer at the age of 85. He raised speculations about his health last month when he missed Chanel’s haute couture shows in Paris for the very first time.
SJM went on to say in its statement that it was an honor to work with the iconic fashion designer and that it looks forward to complete the Karl Lagerfeld Hotel as a “legacy to his creative genius.” The hotel will be part of the gambling operator’s new Grand Lisboa Palace integrated resort that is currently under development on Macau’s Cotai Strip.
News about SJM working with Lagerfeld on a hotel, the first one ever fully designed by the fashion visionary, emerged a few years ago. The Macau casino operator is investing $4.6 billion into its new hotel and casino resort that is now slated to open doors in the second half of 2019 after previous delays.
The Karl Lagerfeld Hotel
Lagerfeld reimagined the catwalk, turning it into a theater that could assume many different forms. There is no doubt that the hotel designed by him will be just as equally unique as his fashion shows.
The Karl Lagerfeld Hotel will be one of three hotel brands to be featured at Grand Lisboa Palace, the other two being Grand Lisboa Palace and Palazzo Versace, designed by acclaimed fashion designer Donatella Versace. SJM’s new resort will have 1,400 hotel rooms and suites across three 20-story hotel towers.
The Lagerfeld-designed hotel will feature 290 guest rooms and suites in one of the three towers. As mentioned earlier, the hotel will be the first one fully designed by the late couturier and his team. A sculpture of Lagerfeld’s pet cat Choupette will welcome guests at the entrance. The designer’s own silhouette will be gracing the room keys.
The hotel’s interiors will be inspired by Chinese culture and art combined with European Art Deco. Pier Paolo Righi, CEO and President of Karl Lagerfeld, has previously said that Lagerfeld’s vision included the creation of something “really bespoke for the Chinese audience whilst still bringing his influence to the table.”
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