Renaissance Arc de Triomphe and Model Jessica Minh Anh Partner on RLife LIVE
The Renaissance Paris Arc de Triomphe Hotel is giving Parisians and hotel guests the opportunity to discover spring/summer 2014 fashion trends though a series of unique RLife LIVE events inspired by fashion. On Friday night, the hotel was transformed into a catwalk as guests were treated to an intimate fashion show curated by model and J Model Management founder, Jessica Minh Anh. Now through 19 June, the Renaissance Arc de Triomphe Hotel is showcasing some of the most unique pieces from the catwalk in an exclusive exhibition open to the public.
The fashion show featured key collections from the highly anticipated J Spring Fashion Show, which took place the day before from a spectacular floating catwalk on the River Seine. Sublime haute couture pieces and ready to wear high-end items from designers Ha Linh Thu, Elite Sposa UK, Yumi Katsura and Robert Abi Nader were selected for the fashion show at Renaissance Arc de Triomphe, providing guests with intimate access to some of fashion’s hottest talent.
Abandoned by the company that proposed it and left for dead by many observers, the massive Gaylord Aurora convention hotel project has found a second shot at life.
Aurora officials told the Colorado Economic Development Commission on Thursday that Area Property Partners of New York will arrange financing for the $824 million project and that Rida Development Corp. of Houston will develop the 1,500-room hotel.
“We never gave up,” said Wendy Mitchell, president and CEO of the Aurora Economic Development Council.
Marriott International, which will manage the property in conjunction with four existing Gaylord convention hotels, was key to getting the stalled project going.
Rida and Area are developing a $350 million, 1,000-room hotel in Houston that will operate as a Marriott Marquis. They also financed and built the 1,400-room Hilton Orlando and renovated a 1,200-room Hyatt Regency in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.
“They are both strong companies, plus coupled with Marriott, it makes a good three-part team to move the project forward,” said Kenneth Free, owner of Straightline Advisors, which provides consulting services on developing hospitality real estate.
Still, Free said the project is a large one and carries substantial risks. Continue reading →