|Marilyn Monroe at the Hotel Bel Air 1952|
From the LA Times:
Is this the end of designer dinners at the Hotel Bel-Air and charity fashion shows at the Beverly Hills Hotel? If high-profile members of the fashion community have their way, maybe. Several vocal personalities, including Decades boutique co-owner Cameron Silver and designers Brian Atwood and Peter Som have taken to social media to call for a boycott of the Beverly Hills Hotel and a host of other high-end Dorchester Collection properties around the globe with ties to the sultanate of Brunei. (The Dorchester Collection is owned by the Brunei Investment Agency, an arm of the Brunei government that manages the oil-rich country's luxury hotels in Europe and the U.S.) Silver told the Los Angeles Times that the boycott was in response to a recent law taking effect this month that increases the punishment for committing a homosexual act from a 10-year prison sentence to death by stoning...
Full story at http://touch.latimes.com/#section/-1/article/p2p-79985348/
Of course, we will eventually have our own Grand Hotel. But it won't be as impressive to potential recruits - except for size and bulk - and, unlike the Hotel Bel Air, won't have swans.