When a suite celebrates Josephine Baker, the roaring twenties, the art of living, joy, love and Paris!
It’s a night in April 1975, Le Bristol Paris is already a legend of glamour, but that evening a page out of the ordinary is about to be written. Josephine Baker, electrifying chanteuse of the roaring twenties, the incarnation of exotic sensuality, is more radiant than ever. As an habitué of Le Bristol Paris, Miss Baker invited 250 guests to the hotel celebrating the opening night of her 50 year musical review at the Bobino Theatre. And so it is that Alain Delon, Princess Grace, Jean-Claude Brialy, Sophia Loren, Mick Jagger and Tino Rossi, pass through Le Bristol’s revolving doors to honour the great Josephine in the grand salon of the palace. A sumptuous dinner menu features veal steak with lobster, granité au champagne and an arabesque three-tier cake.
Today Le Bristol Paris commemorates this great artist and lover of Paris with a new Josephine Baker Suite, the first suite with a personal dedication to any of the luminaries who choose Le Bristol as their Parisian home. It is a jewel box of silk, cashmere and precious materials, featuring photographs of Josephine Baker taken at Le Bristol Paris during that 50 year anniversary celebration. The living room has a portrait of Josephine Baker taken by the photographer George Hoyningen-Huene in 1934, a familiar image from the “The Best of Josephine Baker” album cover.
The suite is located on the 7th floor at the top of the hotel, the light is generous with views of the Eiffel Tower and Paris rooftops. A sight that bewitched the Mississippi born singer in 1925 when she began a new life in the city, introduced ‘Le Jazz Hot’, and blazed a trail for black American artists in Europe. Like her, the suite is nothing but elegant.
Designed by architecture firm MM-Design it offers the intimate soothing atmosphere of a Parisian apartment in shades of cream, sky blue, white, light oak and powder pink. Fabrics are selected from Manuel Canovas, Pierre Frey and Loro Piana, lamp shades are in pleated silk, white marble for the bathroom, rosewood for the Louis XVI style furniture and oak for contemporary features.