During the four-city ‘month’ where fashion ‘weeks’ merge into a long marathon of catwalks, soirees, after parties and viewings, you may need some leisurely diversions to indulge in if you get some time off. With London, Florence, Milan and Paris being cities bursting with culture, entertainment, exquisite restaurants & bars, whether or not you are going to see the clothes, these guides will help you to make the best of what each city has to offer.
During London Collection: Men’s, the city’s top fashion editors, buyers and influencers converge upon the city to partake in a multi-day fashion event aimed at championing British design. If you’re looking for a place to stay, look no further than The Ritz Hotel, located in Piccadilly, the heart of the city. It is one of the most emblematic hotels in London and is surrounded with great places to visit.
The Swans Bar at Maison Assouline Bookshop is one beautiful option to have a croissant and coffee for breakfast, in the flagship store dedicated to Prosper Assouline and his wife, Martine’s lifestyle books. In 1994, the couple transformed books into the finest luxury lifestyle accessory through their highly original graphic design concept.
For lunch, try Balthazar in Covent Garden, a French Gastro all-day dining restaurant which is famous for its gorgeous rooms and decor. They have again partnered with British fashion designer Matthew Williamson to create an afternoon tea inspired by his Autumn Winter 2015 collection. Running until Friday 5 February 2016, tea is served from 3pm till 5pm. A perfect pick-me-up after a show.
Indulge in an intellectual discussion with peers over cabaret dinner at the Oscar Wilde Bar in Café Royal. The room has been restored to its authentic Louis XVI detailing and is where great minds came together to change the world. Oscar Wilde fell in love with Lord Alfred Douglas inspiring the name change from the Grill Room to the Oscar Wilde Bar.
Words: Cleide Cardoso & Mariana Vaz