Destinations defining High-Fashion
September 09, 2011
This shopping Mecca is one of the busiest locations in Singapore with tourists, hip teens, shoppers and occasionally even celebrities checking out the sight. With the opening of a multi-use space consisting of residences, art galleries and a super shopping mall known as the ION Orchard, these hip surroundings became even more popular. Dior, Diane von Furstenberg, Dolce & Gabbana, Prada and Miu Miu all have stores here. Outside of the mall, the high-end Indian emporium Mumbai Se is another place worth checking out.
9. Tretyakovsky Proezd Moscow, Russia
Acknowledged as one of the most luxurious shopping areas in the world, Tretyakovsky Proezd has the whole lot from the most expensive cars in the world, Bentley and Ferrari, to extravagant fashion boutiques Bvlgari, Ralph Lauren, Chopard, Armani, Prada, Gucci, Dolce and Gabbana, Baccarat and more. The medieval-looking arcade on Theatre Drive was designed in the 1870's and is a ‘staple of their architecture in this vicinity.’ You are expected to be astounded to see a shopping center of such magnitude and beauty.
8. Central Hong Kong
In the center of Hong Kong’s major financial district, this area boasts an exciting collection of kitschy boutiques and fancy shops. In a sequence of buildings including Alexandra House, Chater House, Prince’s Building and The Landmark you will find stores from Balenciaga, Burberry, Diane von Furstenberg, and Gucci to Paule Ka for high-end French fashion, Ascot Chang for hand-tailored Italian suits and Baccarat for luxurious crystal and jewelry.
7. Bloor Street Toronto, Canada
Flaunting the name of the “Mink Mile” or “Fashion Mile”, Toronto’s high fashion quarter is found along the stretch of Bloor Street West from Yonge Street to Avenue Road. Like the other fashionable travel destinations, Bloor Street has international labels including Prada, Gucci, Burberry, MAC Cosmetics, Hugo Boss, Chanel, Hermès, Louis Vuitton, Tiffany & Co., Escada, and many more. Admired and very chic shops including department store Holt Renfrew, menswear shop Harry Rosen and William Ashley for the finest china, crystal and silver can also be found. In addition to the upscale designer boutiques, mid-priced stores are also in the vicinity.
6. Rodeo Drive Beverly Hills, CA
Los Angeles has everything; you name it they have it. Beverly Hills makes sure there are ample high fashion luxury stores. With a zip code of 90210 made so popular thanks to the television show, you can bet almost anyone in the world it is safe to everyone who knows fashion knows where this lands on the map. Rodeo Drive is ‘the’ place where high fashion unfolds as it happens. Celebrities know to be a regular on this street means they have a good chance that their pictures in the next issue of gossip magazine are guaranteed as they do some damage to their bank accounts. With over 100 boutiques and some fancy hotels, you are sure to find something that will catch your fancy. The stores to look out for are Bottega Veneta, Chanel, Hermes, Fendi, Giorgio Armani, Jimmy Choo, Prada, Stuart Weitzman, Valentino, Versace and the list keeps growing as does fashion.
5. Champs Elysees Paris, France
By far the most recognized shopping street in Paris, distinguished for its wide sidewalks and the intimidating Arc de Triomphe that looms in the street. The Champs Elysees is a site to be seen. It is rumored to treat differently visitors that it spots as rich and those that are mere sightseers. Nevertheless, it’s worth seeing this place with your own eyes. Only the most luxurious of stores can be found here, and to mention one the Louis Vuitton store at 101 Champs Elysees is an ‘architectural gem.’ People who have seen it say you will never see anything quite like it. Meandering this street you will end up at another shopping stretch on Avenue Montaigne with shops like Dior, Chanel, Chloe and French fashion house Courrèges alongside international design powerhouses.
4. Bond Street London, United Kingdom
Since as back as the 18th century, Bond Street is known for carrying the best of the best in London. It consists of the leading premium priced designer brands and high end boutiques from around the world. This area does not merely supply to women, but also has a lot of forte shops carrying Italian menswear. More than likely you will find just about every major designer you can think of including Gucci and Armani; perfume; art and antiques; and more Royal Warrant holders than anywhere else in London.
3. Via Montenapoleone Milan, Italy
Milan is known as the world’s high fashion capital with no shortage of ‘high-end shops and cutting edge boutiques.’ Many of the most popular shops are only identifiable by the true fashionistas, those who scrutinize Vogue and international fashion magazines for the progressive trends. Designers that define high fashion and are revered as big names, like Giorgio Armani, Mila Schon and Gianni Versace all started their careers here. For gorgeous Italian shoes, shoppers head to Tanino Crisci and Ferragamo, while Frette and La Perla provide to-die-for lingerie. But affordability is a condition. On this label-lover’s heaven you can also sample delectable gourmet cuisine.
2. United Arab Emirates
Dubai has grown to be known for taking lavishness to new extremes, and the Mall of the Emirates Dubai will not disillusion this reputation. This is the largest mall outside of North America and consists of over 470 stores like Versace, Ferragamo and Ralph Lauren. These high fashion store moguls sit alongside traditional beautiful Arabic boutiques, making this place more of a merger of cultural fashions and trends. The Mall of Emirates also has 70 restaurants, the 5-star Kempinski Hotel, and an indoor ski slope; there is no wow factor missing here. The Deira Gold Souk is the largest gold souk in the world, selling a stunning collection of gold, diamonds, precious stones and other magnificent pieces of jewellery; to have a piece designed just for you this is the place.
1. Fifth Avenue New York, New York
New York is where ‘you can channel your inner Carrie Bradshaw and stroll the Avenue.’ The Avenues is reference to this very Fifth Avenue; home to the original Saks. It continues uptown to convene with other big-name department stores such as Bergdorf Goodman and Henri Bendel. This is that luxurious shopping destination ‘where the old-money ladies do lunch and nouveau-riche fashionistas employ personal shoppers.’ Treat yourself at one of the many spas and salons and feel like a god or goddess for the day.