Shop ‘til you drop with our five favourite destinations for a luxury travel holiday in the world’s most fashionable cities...
We’re now well into September, which can only mean one thing for fashionistas around the world; SS15 fashion weeks!
If you’re a follower of fashion, then combining a luxury holiday with your love of couture could be the recipe for a superb experience. So pack your Mulberry, don your Burberry trench, slip on those Jimmy Choos and head off down the runway to one of the Inspiring Travel Company’s Top Five destinations to enjoy the best of fashion and new season shopping…
From Madison Avenue to the Diamond District, the Big Apple is the home of shopping in the US. When the weather’s not on your side head to department stores like Bloomingdales for an afternoon perusing the wares, or when the sunshine’s on your side, combine the high-end names of Fifth with a spot of sight-seeing. Must-see? Has to be Tiffany’s.
Stay at The Carlyle, A Rosewood Hotel, superbly positioned on Madison Avenue in Manhattan’s Upper East Side. From here you’re a short strut from the likes of Barneys New York and Hermes, with Bloomingdale’s and Saks Fifth Avenue a five minute yellow cab ride away.
The home of couture, every designer-fan should experience the buzz of fashion week in the City of Love at least once in their lifetime. As well as the likes of Dior and Chanel, you’ll also discover plenty of places to pick up fine fragrances, one-off must-haves and antique treasures. The Avenue des Champs Elysées is the famed spot where you’ll discover the best of the city, but don’t be afraid to explore the many streets and boutiques which lead from it too.
Ideally situated for your trip is Le Bristol Paris, within easy walking distance of the Champs Elysées. The recent opening of Prada on Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré is a stone’s throw from the hotel, while Le Bristol also hosts ‘Fashion Saturdays’; where designers showcase signature pieces from their collection. Past names have included the likes of Givenchy and Versace. Fashion Saturday costs just 70 Euros, which includes afternoon tea and a glass of Champagne.
Head to northern Italy and the home of Armani and Missoni, where you can also experience a superb luxury holiday in Milan. The Quadrilatero della Moda is where you’ll find some of the best boutiques, while bargain hunters should head for the discounted designs at Il Salvagente.
Base your visit with a stay at the Four Seasons Hotel Milano and you’ll be in for a real treat. The staff here know all too well the importance of a little retail therapy for their guests, so you’ll benefit from concierge services designed with you in mind. These include purchases delivered to your room and unpacked and hung in your closet, as well as longer store times for those who prefer to have the boutiques to themselves. Those wanting the extra luxe factor should stay in the Fashion Suite with its trendy décor and walk-in closet.
It might not immediately spring to mind like the fashion capitals of Paris, London, New York and Milan, but Dubai is a superb shopping destination. As well as its famed malls and late-night stores, you’ll also be able to purchase more authentic items from the colourful souks; which include perfume, spice and carpet souks, and the incredible gold souk. For the likes of Marc Jacobs, Ralph Lauren and Burberry, head to the Mall of the Emirates, while a more boutique experience can be had at the Dubai Villa Moda, offering the best of British designers like Stella McCartney and Alexander McQueen.
One&Only Royal Mirage has a shuttle service to the finest places to shop in the city, while Madinat Jumeirah, The Arabian Resort, boats its own in-house souk with some 75 boutiques!
If you’re heading to west coast America for some retail therapy, few places offer more for the discerning shopper than the iconic Four Seasons Beverly Wilshire. Here you can not only enjoy the world-class boutiques of Rodeo Drive on your doorstep, but you can also sign up to their Pretty Woman package for a shopping experience Vivian-style! Concierge at the hotel can arrange for you to have a private shopping experience at the likes of Dior, Tom Ford and Chanel, while a celebrity stylist can give you a red carpet look.
Truly live like a star on the hotel’s Pretty Woman experience; including accommodation in the Presidential Suite, a personal shopping consultation on Rodeo Drive, a couple styling session and even a night at the opera… “I have to go shopping now”!