Travel guide: Fashion capitals of the world

ELLE Canada explores the best places to eat and stay in the world's most stylish fashion capitals.

Mar 15, 2013
ELLE Canada
Travel guide: Fashion capitals of the world

The Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, Italy's oldest shopping mall in Milan.


Where to stay Much like one of its namesake's suits, the Armani Hotel Milano ( is a slickly tailored exercise in understated luxury. Designed by local boy Giorgio himself, it's La Dolce Vita reimagined in a palette of taupes and highly polished surfaces.

Book the Armani Milano Suite, with its private terrace, view of the fabled Duomo and massive walk-in closet. Select the "Luxury Shopping Package" and you'll need that space after an Armani emissary brings the designer's latest looks to your room-no need to stir from that butter-soft-leather couch, signorina!

On your doorstep is a fashionista's dream hunting ground: The hotel is located in the "quadrilatero della moda," this fashion capital's "golden rectangle." Shop five streets jam-packed with the world's biggest design houses, from Burberry to Chanel. (Text by Sarah Laing)

Give your Ferragamos a rest and hop into a luxury chauffeured car for a shopping spree with Milano Fashion Tour ( Whether you're looking for vintage treasure or some designer - studio hopping, your English-speaking guide will tailor the day's itinerary to your every shopping whim. Champagne included.

TRAVEL GUIDE: After touring through Milan, pack your bags for FLORENCE

Where to stay The Trump International Hotel (, on the posh Upper West Side, is the epitome of seriously swanky digs. For a lesson in trust-fund extravagance, book the three-night Great Gatsby experience ($14.999) and party like you're an ingenue from a Fitzgerald novel in a palatial Central Park-view suite.

Ideal for couples, the package outfits gentlemen with a pair of art-deco-inspired cufflinks and a custom-tailored suit from Bergdorf Goodman; ladies receive an onyx-and-shagreen cuff from Ivanka Trump. Cap off your stay with a bottle of Veuve Clicquot and dinner at the restaurant Jean-Georges.

Exhausted after a long day of luxury? Relax in the newly revamped spa, the hotel's literal crown jewel-it features the Harmonizing Gemstone Treatment, using oils infused with diamonds, rubies, amethysts and sapphires. (Text by Vanessa Craft)

Get your fresh fashion straight from the source. Wardrobe stylist Pilar Katz, a.k.a. Shopping Girlfriend NYC (, will take you into the showrooms of NYC's Garment District, where you can purchase
one-of-a-kind pieces practically out of the designer's own hands.

It's a three-hour expedition that concentrates on the four-block radius between West 35th and West 40th streets. The sales are often cash only, so come prepared!

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