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Michael Kors Goes to Le Negresco Hotel

The iconic Le Negresco Hotel, founded in 1912 in Nice, France on the French Riviera, oozes Old World charm and sublime decadence, providing an extravagant backdrop for the Spring 2019 campaign.

The pomp of the Suite Pompadour—a tribute to King Louis XV—features an ornate wood dresser and a corbeille bed sculpted with gilded leaves, setting a perfect stage for the season’s opulent metallic brocades.

The pomp of the Suite Pompadour—a tribute to King Louis XV—features an ornate wood dresser and a corbeille bed sculpted with gilded leaves, setting a perfect stage for the season’s opulent metallic brocades.

“Le Negresco’s lavish and playful interiors underline Spring’s mix of glamour and exuberance. I’ve always loved how fashion can lift your spirits, and with its vivid color and bold pattern play, this collection is all about optimism, romance and joy.”

— MICHAEL KORS

It’s no wonder Le Negresco was listed by France as a National Historic Monument—consider the rare antiques; the Belle Époque-inspired décor and the original artworks that festoon the hotel’s resplendent interiors. Over 2,000 museum-worthy paintings, sculptures and objets d’art are housed within the palatial property in Nice—unmissable on the Promenade des Anglais thanks to its striking pink dome—from a mix of baroque and modern masters such as Niki de Saint Phalle, Salvador Dalí, Raymond Moretti and Hyacinthe Rigaud, to name just a few. Longtime owner and art connoisseur—the late Jeanne Augier—amassed the collection after taking the reigns on the family-owned hotel in 1957.

Room with a view: the Montserrat Caballé Suite boasts two Sèvres porcelain lamps and a Louis XVI bed—plus a private terrace with a breathtaking view of the Mediterranean

Room with a view: the Montserrat Caballé Suite boasts two Sèvres porcelain lamps and a Louis XVI bed—plus a private terrace with a breathtaking view of the Mediterranean

The 18th century ambiance extends to the individual rooms: each one is decorated in a different style, with vibrant walls and eclectic period furniture. Room service is available 24 hours a day—don’t miss the cheeseburger and pommes frites, a must-have, or the menu’s animal-friendly section, “For The Pleasure Of Your Pets,” with special fare for guests’ beloved four-legged friends. There are a few on-site dining experiences as well, as in the Michelin-starred restaurant Le Chantecler or the more relaxed Le 37 Pop, both helmed by chef Virginie Basselot. La Rotonde Brasserie, which is currently closed for renovations, features a moving carousel with wooden horses. Après le dîner? Head to Le Negresco Bar, where live musicians take the stage most nights.

For more tips on the South of France, read our Travel Diary.