Mr & Mrs Smith has had its dalliances with the fashion world before. We once sent Stella McCartney on a secret mission to review JK Place Firenze in Florence, Italy – a task that included tasting the hotel’s torte of the day… a difficult job, we know. We’ve also chatted with Jenny Packham about her favourite hotel in NYC and asked Anine Bing where to get the best cup of coffee in Los Angeles. But our latest foray into fashion is with Angelica Hicks, the illustrator with an eye – and pen – for puns who playfully pokes fun at the style set. Just in time for the holidays, we present the Angelica Hicks-designed Mr & Mrs Smith gift card.
In honour of our own collaboration, we’ve been thinking of other admirable industry crossovers. Here, we’ve rounded up 10 times that travel and fashion have converged in sweet and stylish synergy.
1 Angelica Hicks gets artsy with Mr & Mrs Smith
Oh this again? Yes, we’re pretty excited about our new gift card. Before working with Mr & Mrs Smith, the Brit-born New Yorker collaborated with Gucci on a series of limited-edition t-shirts, and she also released a book of her artwork called Tongue in Chic: The Fabulous Fashion World of Angelica Hicks. For the gift card, Hicks pays homage to the hotel frontman, the bellhop.
2 A fashion photographer builds the boutique surf shack of our dreams
Venice Beach, California certainly has style, just not the type you’d associate with French fashion houses. Leave it to photographer Glen Luchford to link the two. He’s shot campaigns for Yves Saint Laurent, Chloé and Sonia Rykiel, and in 2014 he opened the 15-room Rose Hotel in Venice so that models (well anyone, really) can swap strutting the catwalk for skating the boardwalk in sunny Southern California.
3 Designers dish on favourite museums, souvenirs and jet-lag cures
In 2011, Assouline published American Fashion Travel: Designers on the Go, which is a collection of travel-centric questionnaires and collages from CFDA members. Reading that Alexander Wang’s favourite destination is Rio de Janeiro is interesting. Knowing that Betsey Johnson often travels with Red Vines and Parmesan cheese in her carry-on is priceless.
4 DVF lends her talents to hotel décor
If she had only given the world the wrap dress, that would have been enough. But Diane von Furstenberg has done so much more, including designing the Grand Piano Suite at Claridge’s in London. The refined room has marble fireplaces, stylish fabrics in mixed prints and personal photographs from DVF’s own globetrotting adventures.
5 The airport runway and fashion runway become one
‘I only fly in haute couture.’ The flight attendants of at least one airline can now make that claim. Chinese airline Hainan debuted their new look at Paris Couture Week this year. The company worked with designer Laurence Xu to create the high-fashion frocks that are based on traditional Chinese styles.
6 Hermès creates covetable shampoos and conditioners
If you’re not the type of person to hoard mini toiletry bottles from hotels, you may change your tune once you see Hermès in the bathroom. Select hotels, including Château La Thuilière in Dordogne, France, stock soaps and such from the fashionable French brand.
7 A sock company gets crafty with airport carpets
You know somebody from The Athletic Community, the Portland, Oregon-based sock company, must’ve had a long layover when they came up with this: a collection of socks with prints inspired by airport carpets. The designs are surprisingly chic, particularly the SEATAC set (that’s the airport code for Seattle-Tacoma International).
8 Balenciaga makes neck pillows
When Balenciaga did a full takeover at Colette this summer, just months before the beloved Parisian concept store is set to permanently shutter its doors, there was more than one surprise. Who would’ve guessed the high-end fashion house would use Bernie Sanders’ campaign logo as inspiration for a line of baseball caps, lighters and hoodies? Also included in the mix were Balenciaga-branded sleeping masks and neck pillows, clearly with the traveller in mind. We’re just disappointed that we weren’t able to buy matching earplugs, too.
9 Gucci becomes a tour guide
Not only can you wear the Gucci name emblazoned across a belt bag – a staple in tourist style – you can now get travel tips from the brand as well. In July, the brand announced its Gucci Places project, which aims to inspire people to visit the destinations with a cultural connection to the label. First up: Chatsworth House in charming Derbyshire.
10 Off-White bags a luggage deal with Rimowa (we think…)
It’s been a busy month on social media for Virgil Abloh’s label, Off-White. First, Beyoncé posted pics wearing designer duds from the brand, then Alexandre Arnault, co-chief executive officer of luggage company Rimowa posted a teaser pic on his Instagram account. The image shows two black suitcases labeled ‘Personal’ and ‘Belongings’ with the caption ‘Hey @virgilabloh – coming for you straight out of the factory!’ If the collaboration is true, these could be the coolest cases to hit baggage claim in 2018.