During my trip to Paris in July 2010, I had the luxury and pleasure at staying at the 'Hotel Le Petit Moulin' designed by one of my favorite French fashion couturiers, Christian Lacroix. He collaborated with owner Nadia Murano to transform a seventeenth century building, the site of an ancient bakery in the Marais district in Paris and completely renovated it. Staying in one of the 17 rooms designed by him is like living out one of the dreams in his mind. Lacroix describes it as "a mixture of fashion and theatre". There is something truly mesmerizing, poetic and enchanting about this place. The eclectic mix of antique and mid-century modern furniture is such a brilliant contrast. Much like his designs, you can't help but be taken by the hotel's color, pattterns and embellished surfaces. Take a look.....
" As for fashion design, where harmony is a jigsaw of inspiration in which today's influences are fed by pieces from the past, where modernity lives on in the traditions of the present." Christian Lacroix.
"I immediately fell for the slightly twisted perspectives, the maze-like passageways on the different floors and the new functional areas which have been added in full respect of the "old Paris" style of the classified parts of the building." Christian Lacroix
Where else can one experience Christian Lacroix's complete vision then when staying at "Hotel Le Petit Moulin" . The staff there is extremely helpful and nice. It is in such a quant and quite part of La Marais. It is so easy to get around. And right next door to the hotel, you will find the most amazing interiors shop, The Collection, that Lacroix also used to bring his vision to life. You definitely can't pass up going in there.
The one thing that I found each time I went into the hotel is that I discovered something different that I didn't see the time before. The longer you stay there, the more you feel it is like your home. I will definitely go back and highly recommend the hotel. Reservations must be made way well in advance, especially if there are any fashion happenings in the city as it fills up quickly.
Hotel Le Petit Moulin; 29/31 Rue du Poitou, 75003 Paris
Due to the financial crisis in 2009 Christian Lacroix filed for bankruptcy. The line still exist in Pret-a-Porter and Menswear, but the famed designer no longer designs it. Monsieur Lacroix can be seen using his time doing other things that he is very talented at such as designing hotels, illustrating children's books, curating Museum exhibits as well as clothing collaborations with "Desigual", a high street clothing company creates and distributes colorist, fun and creative garments for man, women and kids worlwide.
I am such a big fan and admirer of his work. I as many people who can appreciate the artistry of his work will definitely follow wherever he goes.