Catwalk capitals

Catwalk capitals

16 Oct 2008
By Ahlanlive.com

With the new collections about to hit the catwalks, here’s your guide to Fashion Week, what you should be wearing and, more importantly, where you should be wearing it…

New York fashion week
September 5 – 12

The highlights:
Justin Timberlake will be showing off the latest designs for his label, William Rast, alongside Rock Republic, DKNY, Diane Von Furstenberg, Philip Lim, Anna Sui, Zac Posen and Vera Wang, who will all be showcasing their spring collections.

Where to shop:
Head to the one-stop designer emporium in Brooklyn, Zoe, where you’ll find everything from Lanvin to Jimmy Choo. And for authentic vintage buys, check out Flores Antique Clothing in Williamsburg and uncover fashion gems from 40s floral tea dresses to quirky embroidered numbers.

Where to be seen:
Find your fill at French bistro Pastis in Soho for brunch before joining the glittering crowd at South Asian eatery 5 Ninth for dinner. Then don your best Zac Posen frock and shimmy down to Marquee and dance the night away with the likes of Leonardo DiCaprio, who’s a regular at the 10th Avenue sleek and super-sexy hotspot. www.marqueeny.com

Where to stay:
The Mercer Soho Hotel in the heart of Soho is where everyone stays during Fashion Week. But if it’s fully booked with designer names then the Hotel Gansevoort won’t disappoint. Ideally located opposite the Stella McCartney and Catherine Malandrino stores, it boasts a 45ft-long rooftop swimming pool with underwater music, so make sure you pack your Linda Farrow shades and Missoni bikini. www.mercerhotel.comand www.hotelgansevoort.com

Diary date:
Exhausted after all the catwalk collections? Stay in New York a little longer and catch Katie Holmes in her Broadway debut, Arthur Miller’s All My Sons on September 18.Visit www.broadwaybox.comfor tickets.

Cheap yet chic
Only an hour’s drive north of Manhattan, you’ll find Woodbury Common which has discount outlets for Chanel, Armani Exchange, Diane Von Furstenberg, Pucci, Versarce and Cavalli.

London fashion week
September 14 – 19

The highlights:
For the fifth season in a row, renowned British designer Paul Costelloe will be showcasing his highly anticipated S/S09 collection, and there’s also Luella, Marios Schwab and Temperley London to look forward to. Body-con king Christopher Kane and Giles Deacon are also showing, but the highlight of the week will be Aussie designer Josh Goot, who’s showcasing his first ever LFW collection. Turn to page 102 for more on Josh Goot

Where to shop:
Don’t miss Bond Street for labels like Jimmy Choo, Longchamp and Burberry; stock up on Jo Malone and Bliss Spa beauty products at Harrods in Knightsbridge and take a leisurely stroll through Portobello Market and Spitalfields for the chance to uncover some authentic vintage treasures. A visit to Topshop’s flagship store at Oxford Street is also essential if you’re after a few high street bargains.

Where to be seen:
Got a couple of spare hours in between shows and fancy some celeb spotting? Head to The Wolseley in the heart of Piccadilly and you might spot its biggest fan Dita Von Teese. If it’s haute cuisine you’re after, mingle with the fashion pack at the swishest new Japanese eatery, Sake No Hana, or the uber-trendy celeb haunt Hakkasan before hitting the dance floor at Bungalow 8 – a popular celeb haunt since it opened during Fashion Week A/W08. For a more exclusive party, head east to Shoreditch House and you can expect to find everyone from Madonna to Keira Knightley.

Where to stay:
For British style, check into London’s Haymarket Hotel where each of the 50 spacious bedrooms and suites have been designed and decorated in a charming contemporary English style. Whilst you’re there, take an evening dip in the basement pool and enjoy the dramatic lighting and uber-trendy gold sofas which make it one of Fashion Week’s most glamorous party locations. Visit www.firmdale.comfor more info.

Diary date:
Bored of the shows? Head to the VA’s new Fashion V Sport exhibition (left), which takes a look at the impact of sport on fashion with pieces from Adidas by Stella McCartney, Comme des Garçons and Chanel’s famous fly-fishing rod. The exhibition is on until January 4, log onto www.vam.ac.ukfor more info.

Cheap yet chic

You’ll find Tod’s, Temperley London, Molton Brown and Cath Kidson with up to 70% discounts at Oxfordshire’s Bicester Village, which is just an hour outside London.

Milan fashion week
September 21 – 25

The highlights:
Getting the front row into a frenzy will be Just Cavalli’s opening show, followed by Emporio Armani and Missoni. Alberta Ferretti, Prada, Pucci, Alessandro Dell’Acqua and Versace will also be showing off their new fashion forward S/S09 designs.

Where to shop:
Sneak over to Via Della Spiga via Galleria Vittorio Emmanuele (above) for names like Bulgari, Prada and Dolce Gabbana. And for a more surreal shopping experience, visit Viktor Rolf’s Via Sant’Andrea store and you’ll be mesmorised by the upside-down interior with chandeliers rising from the floor and chairs hung from the ceiling. Elsewhere, visit Corso Como and Via Maroncelli for up-and-coming designer names.

Where to be seen:
Trussardi Alla Scala Café, overlooking La Scala and within easy reach of the fashion district, is the most amazing spot for watching the fashionable Italians go by, so make sure you get a window table. When it comes to fine dining, glitzy Da Giacamo is the place to go, attracting the movers and shakers of the fashion industry. You might even find yourself sitting next door to Giorgio Armani or Dolce Gabbana! www.trussardiallascala.comand
www.dagiacomoristorante.it.

Where to stay:
For the ultimate designer experience, the Bulgari Hotel is only five minutes from the designer shopping district, whilst the Grand Hotel Et De Milan offers a authentic taste of 19th-century Italian life, with suites dedicated to its famous guests such as composer Giuseppe Verdi. Go to
www.bulgarihotels.comand www.grandhoteletdemilan.it

Diary date:

Whether or not you’re an opera fan, an evening spent at La Scala is a must. Located right in the shopping hub, a seat in the 18th-century opera house may cost a fortune, but it’s worth every last euro. For bookings, go to www.teatroallascala.org

Cheap yet chic
Fancy a day trip? Head to the town of Parma, less than an hour from Milan, and visit the architecturally stunning La Fidenza Village, which is home to over 75 designer boutiques, including Versace and Furla, at a fraction of the cost.

Paris fashion week
September 27 – October 5

The highlights:
London-based Gareth Pugh has swapped his home territory for Paris, so the pressure is on to really wow the crowds and quieten his hometown critics. Other must-see shows include fashion duo Viktor Rolf, Comme Des Garçons, Jean Paul Gaultier, Chanel and Valentino.

Shop till you drop:

Burn a hole in your pocket at Dior and Chanel on Avenue Montaigne, discover emerging designer names at Haut-Marais and stock up on Louby’s at Christian Louboutin’s Rue Jean-Jacques Rousseau boutique. A visit to the Champs Elysees is a treat in itself.

Where to be seen:

Retaining kudos since it opened in 1996, Hotel Costes is still the place to be seen after a day at the shows, as the fashion pack and media jet setters spend an evening soaking up the buzzing and glamorous atmosphere. www.hotelcostes.com

Where to stay:
The only place to stay during Fashion Week is at the Park Hyatt Paris Vendome (left), but if that’s booked up (which it normally is months in advance), then head to Hotel Sezz, just off the sprawling boutique-lined Rue de Passy, which offers miniature Kiehls bathroom treats and luxury cashmere bed throws – bliss! w ww.paris.vendome.hyatt.comand www.hotelsezz.com

Diary date:
For a post-dinner treat, take a trip to Palais De Tokyo, the only museum in Paris open until midnight. Expect flamboyant contemporary art installations and impressive photographic, painting, multimedia and video works. www.palaisdetokyo.com

Cheap yet chic
Just 35 minutes from Paris, you’ll find La Vallee Village in the Champagne region. So after a morning on the bubbles, hit the 90 luxury outlet boutiques – including Antik Batik, Longchamp and Anne Fontaine – for some brilliant bargains.