For FLARE‘s December issue we shot our modern-day Eloise in the season’s best, running amok all around the new Shangri-La Hotel in Toronto. But the clothes weren’t the only featured attractions in the spread, the art inside the city’s new landmark is beautiful on a level entirely its own.
Opening our spread, model Marie Eve is photographed wearing Tom Ford in what feels like a scene from a dark fantasy. Standing in front of Zhang Huan’s “Rising” at the exterior of the hotel, the polished stainless-steel sculpture is reminiscent of a dragon arching over her. Composed of pigeons and twisted tree branches, the epic sculpture took two years to complete and was unveiled on May 5 as Huan’s first public art commission in Canada. Inside, the art continues to tell an incredible story. Throughout the guest rooms 480 of Shanghainese artist Wang Xu Yuan’s lithographic works hang on the walls, each representing a Chinese character. Our holiday muse also finds herself in the lobby with a one-of-a-kind Fazioli piano. The Fazioli piano was handcrafted in Italy specifically for Toronto’s Shangri-La Hotel. Engraved with lyrics from Canadian singer/songwriter Joni Mitchell’s song “My Old Man” and finished in white oak it took over 2,000 hours of handcrafted work to complete. Pictured lounging by the piano in an eye-catching red Valentino pantsuit, she compliments the 18k gold hinges perfectly.