Fashion Week, such as New York or London, offer up cutting-edge style and showcase forward-thinking designers. However, you don’t need to get lost in the fashion week crowds to be up to date on the latest in designer wear, and shopping destinations such as Paris and New York are brilliant to visit all year round. Here are the top five destinations where you can treat yourself to a selection of beautiful designer clothes, mingle with the rich and famous, and have a wonderful holiday to boot.
New York, New York
The skyscrapers of New York offer the perfect backdrop to a world-class shopping trip. Fifth Avenue conjures up images of ‘Pretty Woman’ style shopping bags and designer store after designer store, and is home to Saks Fifth Avenue, Bergdorf Goodman and FAO Shwartz.
Barneys on Madison Avenue offers an array of designer goods, including for women, men, children and your home, so make sure you pack a big enough suitcase. If you are hoping to match your designer shoes with some new designer sparkles then head over to Tiffany & Co’s flagship store, which is home to one of the largest yellow diamonds ever discovered.
For chic French style and designer dressing, Paris has a lot to offer. Check out Rue Saint Honore and the surrounding area for high-end designer clothes including Gucci, Hermes and Chanel.
Or visit Galeries Lafayette, an upmarket French department store that first opened in 1893, which has a beautiful interior to match the stunning clothes on offer. Head to the Canal Saint-Martin district to browse up-and-coming designers and lesser-known brands.
Oxford Street, home to world-famous stores such as Selfridges, is worth visiting for their food court alone, and nearby Liberty, is a stretch of shopping heaven. However, if you are after something a little different then head for Portobello Road Market near Notting Hill, where traders sell vintage clothes, antiques and fruit and vegetables.
Or if you’re looking for a more alternative style, go north to Camden Market next to Regent’s Canal; it is the fourth most popular tourist destination in London.
Shopping in the sunny Bahamas
The Bahamas rarely makes it to the top of global fashion destination lists, however, that is changing as people become wise to the fact that the Bahamas offer duty-free designer goods, making it a great destination for a fabulous holiday as well as a shopping trip.
If you can’t get to the Bahamas in person, then online stores such as Shop Splash bring the designer sights of the sun-filled Bahamas to you. Once a small island boutique offering designer wear to holiday-makers, Splash has expanded to allow shoppers the chance to sample island style wherever you are.
Sample the high-energy sights and sounds of Tokyo. Tokyo does department stores like no-where else. Be greeted with personalized interpretation services and shopping consultants who can advise you on what to buy, from sushi to televisions to designer shoes.
The Shinjuku neighborhood is packed full of shopping malls, department stores and megastores and promises to wow you with all the neon lights and shopping delights on offer.