Lagerfeld redesigns a Monte Carlo landmark

By Conde Nast traveller Updated at 2012-04-27 20:38:50 +0000

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Karl Lagerfeld is giving the Hotel Métropole Monte-Carlo a whole new look. The five-star hotel has invited the designer to make over its Belle-Epoque exterior - the pool, the terrace and the gardens - and give it something of a theatrical touch for the summer season.

The makeover will include a huge fresco, made up of 15 glass panels portraying Ulysses' journey.

As well as the façade, the décor of the Métropole's new restaurant will be conceived by the designer. It will be the hotel's third restaurant by Joël Robuchon (the other two, including Robuchon's first-ever Japanese restaurant, both hold Michelin stars).

Lagerfeld, who heads up the creative team at Chanel, is not restricted to understated chic tailoring; in the past he has created costumes for operatic productions, and for Madonna's Re-invention tour and Kylie's Showgirl tour. His fresco for the Métropole will be similarly theatrical, an Odyssean fantasy depicting statuesque models in flowing Grecian robes.

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