“Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening,” said Coco Chanel, a style icon and revered fashion designer.
Chanel’s words could not be more true even today because fashion and style permeate every aspect of life, especially when it comes to luxury travel. So, what better way to have a chic vacation than to head to the vibrant, sophisticated fashion capitals of the world?
Whether you plan your trips around the major Fashion Week festivities during March and September, or simply any other time of year, the cities of Milan, New York and Paris are sure to delight – with plenty of fabulous shopping to boot.
Expect to see the Milanese people dressed to the nines all-year-round, heeled leather boots clacketing against the cobble-stoned streets in winter and strappy stiletto sandals gracing the sidewalks in summer. It’s no surprise this Italian city is home to Fashion Week celebrations, with row upon row of boutique stores and high-end designer brands lining the streets near the centre of town by the Milan Cathedral or ‘Duomo di Milano’ in Italian.
Although you can attend runway shows during Fashion Week, take some time to appreciate another form of art in the city – fresco painting by Renaissance Master artist Leonardo da Vinci. His infamous artwork, ‘The Last Supper’, can be seen at the Monastery of Santa Maria delle Grazie in Milan.
The Big Apple is synonymous with high fashion, with the likes of Bergdorf Goodman and Neiman Marcus delighting fashion-lovers from all over the world. That said, the emerging talent of budding designers in Soho and Brooklyn is not to be missed, their creative flair showcased in bohemian boutique stores.
Of course, New York Fashion Week is an institution in its own right – a pilgrimage for many fashionable folk. Indeed, as Steven Kolb, CEO of the Council of Fashion Designers of America, told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette in an exclusive interview:
“Everything evolves. It’s the law of motion. New York Fashion Week is no exception, [it] is bigger than just the 60 shows at Lincoln Centre. In total, there are almost 350 shows.”
Gallivanting through the avenues of Manhattan during Fashion Week is a great chance for people watching and style spotting, as celebrities and fashion bloggers descend upon the designer collection shows in droves. Street style photography is also common here, so grab your camera for some interesting shots of the stylish action and strike a pose of your own outside the Lincoln Centre.
Oui, Paris! France is in many ways the home of couture, with generations of glamorous creations and stunning garment design originating in the big French fashion houses. Appreciate the charm and chicness of Parisian fashion onboard a vintage bicycle with a basket in the front, riding along the Champs-Elysees boulevard and taking in the sights. Your basket is an ideal place for loading your shopping, especially lighter items such as scarves, berets, gloves and other accessories.
In keeping with the fashion theme of your trip, head to the Palais Galliera, Museum of Fashion, on avenue Pierre Ier de Serbie. It’s located just a stone’s throw from prestigious couture boutiques inside a palace, with exhibitions ranging from 18th century fashion garments to modern day creations as well as monographic exhibitions that focus on a major couturier or key figure in the fashion industry.
Conclude your holiday with plenty of shopping and exclamations of “tres chic!”, “sublime” or “on point” as you try on different looks.