Waitresses at Thompson Hotel bars recently began wearing a dress Nanette Lepore created exclusively for the boutique chain, and the sexy little black dresses are drawing plenty of attention. The designer frocks feature exposed silver side zippers, a cutout back, and ruching all over—the better to flatter every cocktail waitress body type. You can see the waitresses and the dresses at the Thompson LES in New York, the Hollywood Roosevelt in Los Angeles, and the Donovan House in Washington DC. Thus far, they’re generating plenty of chatter. “A lot of people ask if it’s Dolce & Gabanna because of the zippers,” Katy Lernihan, a waitress at the Donovan House’s rooftop lounge, tells USA Today. “They ask where they can get it and who it’s by.” Of course, the Lepore-Thompson collaboration is just one of a growing number of hotel+fashion mashups.
Earlier this year, W Hotels named its own fashion director to help create a “fashion point of view” for the hotel chain; the Missoni fashion clan opened the Hotel Missoni Edinburgh last year, and a Kuwait City property is set to open this fall; the first Gucci hotel is slated to open in Dubai later this year, and Elisabette Gucci, daughter of Paolo and fourth generation style clan member, has plans to build 40 luxury boutique hotels in the next decade and a half, with a focus on properties in developing countries, from Russia to Brazil. And, earlier this year, Armani opened his 128-room namesake luxury hotel in Dubai, and there are also plans for a Gianni Versace Spa in Dubai. Sounds like perfect locations for Sex and the City 3.