FASHIONISTAS’ GOLD. THE FASHION WEEK EXTRAVAGANZA

Stylists, bloggers, former models, showbiz celebs and fashion devotees, they all flock to fashion shows, the epicenter of what’s in and what’s out for the new season. Whether you genuinely want to follow the latest trends or you simply aim to make a splash off the runway and flaunt your excessively style-conscious self, avid to see and be seen, and above all photographed by the hordes of photographers, then Fashion Week is the thing for you.

PARIS HAUTE COUTURE

With each instance of Paris Fashion Week that rolls around, the Parisian streets become a cat walk of their own as the most stylish of the industry attend the top designer shows, from the luxury fashion houses to edgy French labels. Now you can tap into all that glamour and lavishness. And, in order to make the best of it, Avantura has found the most iconic hotels, restaurants, shops & boutiques and celebrity hotspots in town, where you can rub elbows with the industry’s insiders. For example, you could stay at Le Bristol, the grand hotel that boasts having played host to a myriad of Hollywood names and fashion darlings over the years - Brad Pitt, George Clooney and Christian Lacroix to name a few, you could have lunch at Hélène Darroze, one of Gwyneth Paltrow’s favorite places to eat, then indulge your sweet tooth sampling the scrumptious desserts on offer at Angelina, after that squeeze in a visit to the shoe lover's haven, Azzedine Alaïa's rue de Moussy store and end the day at VIP Room nightclub where the likes of Kate Moss and Beth Ditto have been spotted partying until the wee hours of the morning.

PARIS HOTELS
The Grand Hotel, Hotel Le Bristol, Hotel Lancaster, Hotel Particulier Montmartre.

PARIS RESTAURANTS
L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon, Kong, Angelina, Le Restaurant at L’Hotel, Le Grand Vefour.

PARIS CELEBRITY HOTSPOTS
The dance-cum-supper club Les Bains Douches, Hotel Meurice, the restaurant to see-and-be-seen-in: Baccarat, VIP room nightclub, the restaurants where the stars wine and dine: L’Avenue, Chez Clement, Caviar Kaspia and Hélène Darroze, Crazy Horse cabaret bar, Café de Flore.

PARIS SHOPS & BOUTIQUES
Colette, Dior Boutique, Laduree, Printemps, Dider Ludot, Azzedine Alaïa.

LONDON FASHION WEEK

Or, why not try its British counterpart? You’ll get the chance to visit the beautiful Somerset House hosting the London Fashion Week each season. Wondering where else will the fashion crowds be hanging out in between the shows? Whether you're searching for the best place for afternoon tea or the perfect bar for some late night drinking and dancing, we've got it all covered for you. Conveniently located five minutes from Somerset House the newly refurbished Savoy Hotel is the perfect place to enjoy some much-needed quiet over a cup of afternoon tea. Perhaps a little indulgent but who doesn’t deserve a well-earned treat after a day of dashing between the shows? The Thames Foyer is open for breakfast, light lunch and coffee. Afternoon tea is served until 6.30 pm. Not to be missed!

LONDON HOTELS
The May Fair Hotel (price from £290 per night), Belgraves (price from £209 per night), Sanderson (price from £215 per night), St. Marins Lane (price from £205 per night), Radisson Blu Edwardian Bloomsbury Street Hotel (price from £199 per night), Sloane Square Hotel (price from £195 per night), The Standard, The James, Gramercy Park Hotel.

LONDON BARS
Bar Boulud at the Mandarin Oriental, Cecconi’s, Dalston Superstore, Danger of Death, The Delaunay, Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, Dstrkt, Experimental Cocktail Club, J Sheekey Oyster Bar, Mark’s Bar at Hix, Meatliquor, Nobu Berkeley St, Quo Vadis, Sebright Arms, Scott’s, Nightjar, Spuntino, Tom’s Kitchen at Somerset House, Wyld, ZTH.

LONDON’S 10 BEST RESTAURANTS TAKING NO RESERVATIONS
Barrafina (Soho), Canton Arms (south-west London), Charles Lamb (Islington), Dishroom (Covent Garden), Franco Manca (south-west London), Morito (City West), Opera Tavern (Covent Garden), Polpo (Soho), The Providores (Marylebone) and Sophie’s Steakhouse (Fulham and Covent Garden).