Hitting the shops is a favourite past time for most of the fashion fanatics out there in the real world, most of us only dream of the chance to go round the world to the fashion hot spots.
So if you were able and you did want to, where should you go? Where’s hot to shop and visit in the glamorous world of fashion? Here are a few ideas that are a must for any dedicated follower of fashion.
London – Dover Street Market.
Since the Olympics, the Royal wedding and the death of respected British designer Alexander McQueen reminding people of the great English capital city of London, it has been voted fashion capital for the last two years running.
The most renowned hot spot in London for fashion freaks would be the great Dover Street Market; if you’re thinking of typical cockney people shouting out how cheap their fruit and vegetables are, you’ll be very mistaken. It is in fact legendary.
Originally designed by Rei Kawakubo of Comme de Garcons to bring people from all fashion backgrounds together, it holds mostly Avante-Garde inspired designs however, it does have big designer names such as Givenchy.
It is pretty obvious that this would be at least the second stop on the list of a fashion fanatics world trip, did I mention it has a fourth floor bakery? Mmmm Pie.
Paris – Faubourg Saint – Honore.
This picturesque narrow little street in the World’s most romantic city is one of the oldest and most renowned fashionable streets to take your legs a-walking.
The rue due Faubourg Saint – Honore houses every global fashion house you could ever think of and includes some of the very popular French designer names such as Dominique Sirop (est. 1996), perfumier Jean – Francois Houbigant (est. 1775), also at the building numbered 112 is the Hotel Le Bristol which is very fashionable and luxurious, sweetie darling.
Any self respecting fashion addict would jump at the chance to walk down this beloved street; and if you’re getting the chance to see Paris why not?
Milan – Fashion District.
Milan, one of the “big four” fashion capitals and deservedly so when you consider the respect and notability it has gained for its designer shopping access.
If you are appreciative of designer labels (who isn’t?) then it would be almost a mistake to not stop off at Milan’s fashion district which is near the city centre of Via Montenapoleone.
It has the most important fashion designers of today and has the most well known names, as usual, like Gucci, Armani etc.
Sometimes there is the chance to see the brand new designer collections depending on what time of year you arrive via an exclusive shopping tour in the fashion quarter.
New York – Fifth Avenue.
New York is pretty iconic on its own, regardless of whether or not you add Fifth Avenue to the picture but, for fashion fanatics this avenue is more than a must.
It is home to some of the most renowned museums in the world, restaurants that have celebrity chefs but what we really care about is all of those designer names it is home to.
Designer names include Armani, Armani Exchange, Apple store, Diesel, Cartier, Gucci and Hugo Boss to name a few.
Who wouldn’t want to go here down this amazing and legendary avenue!? A crazy person that’s who!
Rome, where women dream they will travel and fall in love with a handsome stranger, wearing Prada.
Rome has the Vatican City and so many historical features that it might be hard to take in, so why not shop until you drop – if you can afford it.
Top names reside here such as Angelo di Nepi, Valentino, Salvatore Ferragomo and Dolce & Gabbana, there are boutiques by Armani, Prada and Versace which belong to the grid streets close by the Spanish Steps. If you fancy a little bit of window shopping the main drag is on Via Condotti.
Feel the history and the designer fabric in this amazing fashionable shopping experience for those Kate Moss wannabes!
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Nicola Carranby is a freelance writer and tennis fanatic.