From Feb. 27–March 7, the well-dressed, well-heeled, and well-known will jet into the French capital for the hottest ticket in town: the Fall/Winter 2023–2024 Ready to Wear runway shows.
Of course, dedicated followers of high fashion take their style notes from the collections of the biggest names in fashion, from Chanel to Saint Laurent to Louis Vuitton. But when it comes to high-fashion living spaces, they can take their cues from this Luxury Defined collection of chic homes designed with haute couture in mind.
The 19,455-square-foot residence blends Old Hollywood glamour with contemporary creature comforts. Monumental gates open to a paved courtyard with room enough for several supercars.
The grand foyer opens to the great room, formal dining room, and library with club-style bar.
The light-filled lower level has a movie theater, gym (with sauna and steam room), game room, and wine cellar with tasting room.
The primary suite is a private sanctuary with a wood-panelled office, sitting room with fireplace, kitchenette, and dual walk-in closets and marble bathrooms.
A private terrace overlooks the home’s private gardens, a resort unto itself with a pool and spa, fire pit, cabana, and outdoor kitchen for enjoying the Southern California lifestyle.
The property extends to more than 8,750 square feet with six bedrooms and six full bathrooms.
The reception rooms open to an expansive south-facing terrace and a secluded, private garden overlooking wooded parkland.
The upstairs quarters comprise six large suites. The highlight is the palatial main suite with its monumental mosaic-tiled bathroom and oversized dressing room with mirror wall and custom closets.
The garden level is another standout with a fitness studio, relaxation room, hammam, and a tranquil indoor lap pool opening to a sun terrace.
This level also includes guest and staff suites, each with a private entrance, and ample parking for up to six vehicles.
At the heart of the home is a family room with gas fireplace and formal dining area with a statement chandelier. It opens to a dream kitchen with butler’s pantry, breakfast area, and appliances by Liebherr, Sub-Zero, and Miele.
Upstairs is a sumptuous primary suite with an elegant walk-in closet and spa-like bathroom with free-standing soaking tub overlooking the treetops. There are five additional bedrooms and a wood-panelled office.
The lower level houses a fitness studio/yoga room, rec room, wine cellar, gift-wrapping station, nanny suite, laundry area, and plenty of storage space.
The tree-lined gardens are a haven with a swimming pool, dining patio, sun terrace, bar, outdoor kitchen, fire pit, and a cabana with powder room.
4. Private Mansion in XVI Arrondissement, Paris, France
The property offers 4,736 square feet of grandly proportioned living space, a leafy garden, and two private parking spaces, all just a stone’s throw from the Avenue des Champs-Élysées.
An elevator serves all four floors, including the lower level, with a wine cellar, fitness room, and full bathroom.
The living room, formal dining room, and contemporary kitchen open to a sun terrace with lush landscaping and lounge seating.
Three of the six bedrooms are suites, including the principal bedroom, accessed by an ornate, hand-carved wooden staircase. The star attraction is the runway-worthy dressing room with multiple closets and glass-enclosed display areas for shoes, accessories, and jewelry.
In his best-selling 2007 book, Between the Mountains to the Sea, Irish author and historian Peter Pearson described St Ann’s as “a large Victorian house with terrace gardens, with unusual features of rounded corners, and a small gable in the center of the façade.” The property was immortalized in the painting St Anne’s, with Barrington’s Tower by George Du Noyer.
St Ann’s was brought into the 21st century by the present owners. Among the updates is a most impressive bespoke dressing room in the principal suite (one of five bedrooms in the main house).
The home is further enhanced with a modern kitchen extension, indoor pool, gym, wine cellar, media room, games room, guest and staff quarters, and a sun terrace with an uninterrupted vista of the sea.