The World Awaits You – Take in the Sites in Tuscany, Explore Paris Fashion

Have you ever dreamed of taking off in a hot air balloon high above Tuscany as you sip Prosecco and take in the pastoral landscape of vineyards, gardens and orchards that line the Arno River? Perhaps your pilot will set you down along a scenic spot for an exquisite picnic brunch with local delights.

If that doesn’t sound tempting enough, might we suggest a private party in Bolgheri, Italy’s medieval village. You’ll travel back to this magical time and celebrate Tuscan 15th century history, culture, art, and traditions. The village will be closed to you and your guests while you enjoy open air entertainment, wandering through the delightful shops and restaurants, sampling the traditional Tuscan cuisine, and savoring the internationally acclaimed wines of this region.

Then, you can head over to Provence and board a private helicopter for a 30-minute flight from Monaco to the cliff-side inn and restaurant of acclaimed chef Alain Ducasse. Stroll the grounds filled with lavender and olive trees, and enjoy a sublime feast for the senses.

Do you love fashion? This past June, a client contacted me because her daughter was going to intern in Paris for part of the summer. Her major is fashion and her mother wanted to really give her a gift to remember. Your Travel Consultant can jump into action and create an itinerary that can include a behind-the-scenes fashion view in the three fashion capitals – New York, Milan and Paris. Besides experiencing unique venues that are not open to the public, this mom and daughter team met with some trendy fashion designers, designed their own personal fragrance at a perfume workshop with experts, took in musicals and operas, set on a helicopter experience to see the sights of New York and Paris, and had a private dinner at a property belonging to a couple of designers. We didn’t quit there and managed a bubbles and diamonds top exclusive VIP visit to two amazing designer showrooms and to Vuitton on the Champs Elysées.

Mom’s trip would not have been complete without bringing home the Birkin Bag. For those of you familiar with Hermes, you know that this is an impossible feat. There is a waiting list of more than two years unless of course you are a client of an educated, experienced Concierge Services. With global connections, both mom and daughter experienced the trip of a lifetime.These are just some of the examples of VIP experiences that we have brought to our clients over the years.

What a Summer in Milan Can Do for a Fashion Designer

Milan, Capital of Fashion

Milan is the fashion capital of the world. This is the place where it all happens because the city revolves around fashion and great design. In Milan, the biggest offense you can commit is having an imitation purse. This is the reason why people who want to learn about fashion often dream about attending a fashion school in Milan, but the idea of living in Italy for years can be intimidating–not to mention expensive. That is why designers should consider an intensive, summer program instead.

So what can an up and coming fashion designer hope to gain from summer school in Milan?

1) Experience – Being in the center of the fashion capital means that you have the chance to see your education in action. You have a chance to see just how fashion works in the real world. Experience is something that you truly need when you want to be the best at something. Attending a design school in Milan is the fashion equivalent of a soldier going through boot camp in Afghanistan.

This experience will look great on a resume and help a young designer get in the door of the real decision makers back in the States because experience is the best teacher. Here is a little secret about resumes–executives rarely read them word for word. Basically, if a company is hiring, the boss will skim through a stack of resumes looking for any interesting detail that sets a person apart. Having the name of a fashion school in Milan on a designer’s resume, combined with some great looks and styles in their portfolio, might be the winning combination to landing that dream job. Rubbing elbows with the fashion elite in Milan will inspire new design ideas while toughening a designer up to be able to handle rejection and harsh criticism.

2) Competition – Since Milan is the fashion capital, it is only natural that people all over the place are competing with each other for the top spot. This will help the new designer become more competitive when they are launching their new line and establishing their presence in the business. Stiff competition is the best thing that can help the development of new talent in fashion design. By going to a summer fashion school in Milan, designers will be putting themselves through a trial by fire.

3) Discipline – Because of the high expectations of fashion schools in Milan, a new designer will learn how to be disciplined and get things done on tight deadlines. Fashion, although it involves creativity, requires a lot of discipline and downright hard work in order to be successful.

4) Opportunity – When attending a fashion school in Milan, there will be all kinds of contacts and opportunities available. Attending a fashion summer program in Milan means having the opportunity to scout the industry for niches while still having the freedom of being a student. Because of this, a designer who stands out in Milan, will be on the fast track to finding a job within the fashion industry. Establish connections and get to know the big players. Also, don’t attend a program unless it will also be able to supply some contacts in order to help a new designer get started in a career in fashion.

Which Is The Capital Of Fashion?

Fashion is all around us and no matter if we like watching the fashion shows on TV or simply look in glossy magazines, we are surrounded by it. In many capitals of the world fashion is an important subject and one of the major concerns for young girls (and not only them!). But where exactly is the capital of Fashion?

This is an ongoing battle between the most famous capitals that also hold some of the famous Fashion Weeks. If last year the top places in the chart where occupied by Milan, New York, Paris, Rome and London, this year according to the Global Language Monitor’s annual global survey things have changed dramatically. The state of the financial environment has also affected the fashion industry just like anything else. The fashion shows were still abundant, the catwalks were still crowded but the fashion buzz was a lot dimmer.

This year’s top ten fashion capitals of the world include (1 through 10):

Milano – The city that managed to overtake New York but also some other important cities on the fashion radar such as Rome and Paris.

New York – After five years when it occupied the first position, being the world’s capital of fashion, NY was overtaken by Milano this year.

Paris – Even if most fashionistas consider Paris to be the all time capital of fashion, the media has another opinion this is why the city only occupies a decent number 3.

Rome – The city where fashion meets the Italian beauty and the place where women don’t go outside without make-up, Rome still hold strong at number 4.

London – Despite the bad weather and bad food, London still remains in Top 5 fashion capitals of the world. The British fashion icons put a strong fight so that is remains here.

Los Angeles – The place where the sun shines all year long and where girls have fashion contests to see which one is better dressed, The city of Angels is situated this year at number 6.

Hong Kong – With a different culture, that we sometimes have difficulties understanding, Hong Kong is the number one fashion capital in the Asia/Pacific ( leaping over Tokyo ) and number 7 in the World Wide chart.

Sao Paolo – The beauty of the Brazilian girls and the fashion tastes has made Sao Paolo rise remarkably and take the lead in the Latin-American scene.

Sydney – The Australian delicate beauty surely helped as Sydney is still in Top Ten while Melbourne sinks dramatically.

Las Vegas – The hot dessert, the celebrities and the continuous media spotlight makes Las Vegas occupy the tenth position in this fashion chart.