7 Fashionable Travel Destinations + What To Do While There
A fashionista’s vacation is about more than just a break from the every day — it’s about being on the pulse of what’s trendy. And, just as fashion goes in and out of style, so, too, do the hot cities and countries that draw and inspire clothing designers and those who love to wear their creations. The following 7 destinations will breathe new life into your fashion, with markets, museums and events that will push you into new and exciting territory; just be sure to pack light so that you can bring home everything that you buy along the way.
If you’re in need of visual stimulation, look no further than the streets of Marrakech. Its hustle and bustle — complete with snake charmers who perform for your tips — has plenty of rich colors and textiles to inspire a season’s worth of outfits, especially if you grab some to take home for you and all of your fashion-forward friends.
What to Do:
– Visit Noyra’s, a boutique lauded by model Poppy Delevigne for its bright and beautiful kaftans. Any souk, which means marketplace or bazaar, will provide you with a wealth of fabric options, if you’re unable to locate this specific shop.
– Head just north of the city at the golden hour for a simple, yet Moroccan-inspired photo shoot. The Palmeraie Circuit’s overhanging palm trees become stunning silhouettes as the sun goes down, accentuating yours at the heart of the frame.
Take one look at a beach in Ibiza and you’ll know why fashionistas, models and photographers flood here: it’s just so beautiful. The crystal clear waters, bright sun and sandy beaches allow you to break out your resort wardrobe — and your best bikini.
What to Do:
– A party-centric city like Ibiza has its fair share of fine dining and drinking establishments that will make you feel like a member of fashion’s elite with just one sip of a cocktail. Hot spots like Elephant Ibiza have bright-white terraces that feel oh so chic.
– A smaller island close to Ibiza, Formentera, has drawn the likes of Mick Jagger to its white-hot shores. A boat ride will bring you to this literal paradise where you’ll barely have to work the camera for a good photo — the scenery is just that good.
As a fashionista, you likely already have Tokyo on your list of must-visit places. The Japanese capital has just as many styles and shops as the 13 million people who call the city home. Perhaps the most famous style is that of the Harajuku girls and boys, who have their own shopping district full of one-of-a-kind finds for the out-of-town shopper.
What to Do:
– There’s a chance that Harajuku isn’t your personal style, which is fine: the fantasy of it all makes it as much of an art form as it is a spectator sport. Take a stroll down Takeshita Street in the heart of the Harajuku district to see its followers in action — and pick up some accessories of your own.
– The Ginza district is the classic rebuttal to Harajuku’s out-there stance. Here, you’ll find Japan’s most traditional department stores, as well as specialty shops with specialties of all kinds. In other words, you won’t have a hard time window-shopping the day away.
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Brazil is the birthplace of so many of today’s cover girls. We can’t guarantee that a visit to this South American country will make you one of them, but we can say that you won’t want to sleep in a place as colorful and lively as Rio de Janeiro.
What to Do:
– Want to feel posh? Of course you do, you fashionista. Head to one of the world’s most beautiful pools on the roof of the Hotel Pasano for a drink and an Instagram post that will bring in a deluge of likes — for good reasons.
– If you are heading to Brazil on a personal fashion mission, enlist the help of a professional photographer to snap some head and body shots for your expanding portfolio. While he’s certainly prepared to scope out locations for your shoots, Ipanema beach is the city’s ‘hot spot’ beach of the moment.
Relations between the United States and Cuba have improved, but fashion inspired by the Caribbean island is fired up. Everyone from Beyoncé, to Rihanna, to Paris Hilton, to the Pope have set foot on the once-closed-off island, though only three of them were likely to have drawn creative and fashionable inspiration from this lively country.
What to Do:
– Your fashion goals might include designing your own collection. Take a hint from famed designers like Stella McCartney, who have created entire lines based on the Cuban way of life, and whip out your sketchbook as much as possible. People watch from a cafe, local park or city square and you are sure to find a look that inspires yours.
– La Maison is one of the many shops that represent the Cuban fascination and penchant for high fashion. Its shelves drip with brand-name labels that you covet, and you might even be able to see them in action before you buy: the shop holds regular fashion shows that you might be able to check out while you’re in town.
You’d be hard-pressed to find a fashion magazine that hasn’t featured a spread shot in the Maldives. This South Asian island is beyond-words beautiful, with its turquoise waters, creamy white sand and straw-roofed beach huts — your pictures might not even need a model in them. (Just kidding, there’s no such thing as a background too beautiful for a model.)
What to Do:
– Like we said, the scenery here is top-notch. Grab your camera and shoot your look of the day with a backdrop quite unlike anything your followers have ever seen — countless bloggers, Instagram stars and models have done so before you.
– Another place for a photo op is Subsix, an incredibly chic lounge that just so happens to sit underwater. Sip with the fishes in your finest resort wear while shamelessly documenting the whole thing.
No list of luxury fashion destinations would be complete without the City of Light and the fashion capital of the world, Paris. You can come here at any time of the year for inspiration beyond your wildest dreams, but…
What to Do:
– You might want to try and coordinate your trip with Fashion Week if you want to rub elbows with fashion’s most elite. Everyone has his or her favorite sites and haunts, of course, but a nice restaurant or hip bar near the main event is a great bet for running into your icon.
– Among many other fashion designers, Paris was home to legend Coco Chanel. You can take a tour of the apartment she bought to house her growing business in the 1920s. It still has all the elegance you’d expect of the classy and fabulous designer.
No matter where you can or can’t go this year, one thing is for sure when it comes to fashion: inspiration is everywhere. So, get out there, explore and find your voice within this community.
– The Fashion Supernova