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Puttin’ on the Ritz with Inès de la Fressange x ELLE

There’s so much to tell about Inès de la Fressange, it’s actually difficult to know where to begin.

In the ’80s, she became the first model to sign an exclusive modeling contract with an haute couture house — possibly the greatest of all couture houses, Chanel — under the auspices of Karl Lagerfeld.

She was the first model to sign an exclusive modeling contract with an haute couture house.

She walked Gaultier at age 51, and lent her likeness to bust of Marianne, the ubiquitous symbol of the French Republic.

And she is, by all accounts, a beautiful person in the only way that matters: beauté intérieure, with smarts and wit, and rich in spirit (which is all we ever have).

 
Ritz’s “Concept Store”
 
Now Inès has come to The Ritz‘s Concept Store: a modern cabinet of very fashionable curiosities that would make founder César Ritz proud of the way the hotel has continued pushing the envelope, beginning with the legendary hotel’s recent $450 million, four-year renovation.

The new Ritz isn’t kidding around, with a CHANEL Spa (with 3 amazing “universes:” fragrance, makeup and skin care), shopping gallery, 5 exclusive boutiques (Tasaki, Reza, Maison Ullens, Colombo Via della Spiga, Heroes), 95 “showcases” of Ritz Paris brand products (jewelry, timepieces, R2W, accessories, home, haute couture) … and more.

The new Ritz isn’t kidding around, with a CHANEL Spa and more.

Not to mention a personalized shopping service and cooking classes.

If the Ritz Paris looks just a little like Versailles, that’s probably no accident. Staying here would make anyone feel regal, and given the means, you could probably live in this self-contained universe, and still step right into the Place Vendôme as a launchpad for your daily adventures.

you could probably live in this self-contained universe …

At the Inès de la Fressange x ELLE capsule collection (running through June 30), you’ll find a curated selection of the designer’s favorite objects, an assortment of books and tips, addresses, ELLE guides and a collection of ELLE perfumes for children. In short, all the essentials for a life lived in Parisian style.

The Inès de la Fressange x ELLE capsule collection runs through June 30.

If you’re traveling to Paris for Paris Fashion Week — or any other occasion — the new Inès de la Fressange x ELLE collection is a “must-see.”

 
Ritzy Business: Inside The New Ritz

It’s also a great excuse to come take a tour of the newly renovated Ritz. Everyone should go at least once in their lives.

We might even see you there.

(Main image: PurePeople.com. Ritz photos courtesy Ritz Paris.)

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