It’s difficult to think of something more stylish and timeless than the Ritz in Paris. The hotel, founded in 1898 and currently owned by Mohammed Al Fayed (yup, father to Princess Diana’s late lover), is being closed for 2+ years this summer for rennovations.
To commemorate the fashion history The Ritz has seen, Vogue photographed Kate Moss in April’s issue. The editorial is amazing and I was even more delighted to find this timeline on Vogue.com, archiving American Vogue’s history at the hotel.
It’s fascinating that while each of these photos is dated to the trends of it’s time (even the 2004 photo), they all share the same tone. Somehow, the hotel is complementary to it all. Truly timeless. Here are some of my favorites.
Illustrations in Vogue, 1927.
Illustration in Vogue, 1936.
Kim Williams in Sonia Rykiel, 1984.
Black velvet dresses by Oscar de la Renta for Pierre Balmain and Valentino, 1993.
Couture Tulle dress by Josephus Thimister, 1999.
Karlie Kloss in Christian Dior Haute Couture, 2009.
(all photos from Vogue.com)