The World’s Most Fashionable Destinations

November 14, 2011

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With a plethora of high street fashion stores on the doorstep and the internet providing the ability to buy anything from anywhere, there’s hardly any reason to move too far in any particular direction. But where’s the fun in that? Yes, you can let the latest styles come to you or you can jet off and investigate at the source. But if you have a hankering for some glamour, where are the best destinations to get that fashion fix? Here are some options…

Of course! It’s the capital of fashion with the focus on elegance. How can you argue you a country that invented the phrase Haute Couture and where chic oozes from every boulevard? Visiting during Fashion Week is an unforgettable experience, though tickets are almost impossible to find. Though it’s just as fun to watch the beautiful people come and go on the Carousel du Louvre or amble along the famous Avenue Montaigne home to some of the city’s enticing stores. The vast Galeries Lafayette department store has to be seen to be believed but can be a little overwhelming. For a more manageable and edgy experience, try Colette on Rue Saint-Honore.

There are not too many places that can boast an entire fashion district, but in Manhattan, that’s what you get. Saunter down Fashion Avenue and revel in some of the most unique and extraordinary runway creations. Or conversely, investigate SoHo or Chinatown and unearth smaller design houses and quirky boutiques. New York feels like the whole world rolled into one. You could spend an entire day in Bloomingdales, Macys, Saks, Barneys or Century 21 alone. Or if you’re looking for that perfect item that you know no-one else will have, head over to Brooklyn and explore the huge used clothing outlet that is Beacon’s Closet. The only thing you can’t buy in the Big Apple is extra time to indulge in all these places.

If you wish to witness living and breathing fashion – rather than the more staid experiences on offer in Paris or Milan – then head to Tokyo. It feels as if you’ve entered a fashion laboratory, with the next wave of trends and ideas parading the streets, demanding attention. Shibuya is the district to view the most extreme street styles and see some of Tokyo’s infamous fashion subcultures (such as Gothic Lolitas and Kogals) in action. Drop in on a Sunday to see Harajuku fashion displayed on Harajuku Bridge. By contrast, the beautiful, elegant Wako department store in Ginza, is known for its selection of watches, jewellery, handbags and foreign imports. Or if you find the whole thing slightly overwhelming, sign-up for a bespoke fashion tour, where the top shops and destinations are chosen for you.

While Brazil is known for hot beach fashions – or moda praia – or citizens wearing very little at all during Carnival, Sao Paulo is quickly gaining a reputation as a fashion hub. The city’s Fashion Week has joined the big-hitters of Paris, London and New York as a trend-spotting staple. The huge Daslu department store is home to 60 labels plus 30 store-in-stores and is where the great and good of Brazilian society snap up their couture creations. In the Morumbi district, head to the Cidade Jardim mall for a mouth-watering selection of luxury brands or try the Iguatemi Faria Lima, the oldest shopping destination in Brazil.

As it’s the home to such fashion goliaths as Gucci, Prada, Armani, Dolce & Gabbana and Versace, Milan has to be on the itinerary of any globetrotting glamour puss. The Italians know style and luxury and Milan is the ideal place to drool in the windows of luxury outlets or splash out on that once-in-a-lifetime handbag or pair of shoes at the prestigious 10 Corso Como. If couture is a little out of your price range, the flea market in Fiera di Sengallia always contains some quirky bargains while designer duds at knock down prices can be found at the Serravalle Scrivia outlets.

Guest post by Dale Shaw, a freelance writer who currently works for helping them to promote their range of experience days and exciting activities. Visit the site to find out more!

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