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Dressed to impress at city’s luxury hotels

THE Grand Budapest Hotel, the 2014 Wes Anderson comedy, made a deep impression on viewers across the world, not least for the uniforms worn by the hotel staff. In the film, Monsieur Gustave, sporting a moustache, dressed in purple swallow-tailed coat and black tie, makes sure everyone is doing their duty, and all the guests are enjoying themselves to the utmost of comfort with his professionalism. Uniforms reflect a hotel’s aesthetics and core values to some extent. Beautifully designed staff uniforms are not only a visual delight for hotel guests, but also express a spirit of reverence and presentation. Here are the uniforms from three of the city’s most luxurious hotels.

W Shanghai — The Bund

With a mission of fueling guests’ lust for life, W ignites an obsessive desire to soak it in, live it up and hit repeat. W Shanghai — The Bund amplifies the vibrant, bold and custom design with Shanghainese style to close the distance with guests. The hotel also adds elements of Shanghai traditions and cultures to its staff’s uniforms such as magnolia flowers and cheongsam.

Mandarin Oriental Pudong, Shanghai

The uniforms and linens of The Spa at Mandarin Oriental Pudong, Shanghai are made from organic materials by local eco-friendly fashion designers. All-natural cleaning products by Shanghai-based brand Eco & More are also used, and available for purchase at the Spa Boutique. These initiatives help dramatically reduce The Spa’s carbon footprint and provide the healthiest of care for guests.

Wanda Reign on the Bund

Local designer Laurence Xu, who is known for his uniquely eclectic style, has created a total of 60 uniforms for staff at Wanda Reign on the Bund. Xu took his inspiration from traditional motifs fused with Western silhouettes, all under the general design theme of “The Far East.” The signature Reign Angels at the front desk will also wear different uniforms for day and night. Their daytime uniform is a bright white cheongsam while their nighttime uniform is in a luxurious shade of gold. Inspired by Chinese paintings, both sets of uniforms are embroidered with magnolias and red-billed blue magpies, and feature the famously flattering silhouette of the traditional cheongsam. Every detail of the uniforms, from the finest Chinese silk to the Oriental-style necklines, is in celebration of the regal beauty of classic Eastern fashions.


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