The glamour of the past
Historically, travelling was a privilege. It was an exclusive opportunity for the elite, who made jetting to exotic destinations an event in itself. The 1950s were the golden age of air travel, when flying was viewed as an opportunity to socialise with fellow passengers, and when piano bars and fine dining available thousands of miles above the ground added to the experience. Meanwhile, on the seas, cruises provided another extravagant way in which to see the world, and demanded appropriate attire: what could be more desirable than a dinner at the captain’s table while sailing in the middle of an ocean?
Over the past decades, travel has become more accessible, with the rise of budget airlines and private car ownership, but in the world of fashion this season, travel is once again viewed as a glamourous pastime.
Chanel puts the glamour of travel centre stage
In an upbeat, nostalgic extravaganza, Karl Lagerfeld transformed the Grand Palais in Paris into a Chanel-branded airport terminal for his spring/summer runway show. Models walked around the set, called Aéroport Paris Cambon, which comprised Chanel-themed check-in desks, gates and trolleys. During the show, models wore aviation-inspired matching tweed two-piece suits along with oversized sunglasses – a nod to Lagerfeld’s preference for anonymity when travelling.
If you prefer to travel comfortably, loungewear is ideal: comfortable yet glamorous, this is as close as the fashion set gets to dressing down. This season, pyjama-style separates are being championed by American designer Alexander Wang, whose smart yet relaxed pieces are available in Beymen’s stores in İstinye Park mall and Nişantaşı. Other labels promoting a laid-back style include Céline and Derek Rose, with pieces in luxurious silk. Looking forward to the 2017 collections, in Milan Alberta Ferretti presented a loose-fitting crushed-velvet trouser and shirt two-piece, proving that the relaxed look is here to stay.
Luxury luggage and beyond from Louis Vuitton
Perhaps the most renowned and desired brand when it comes to luggage, Louis Vuitton has been expertly creating monogrammed trunks and holdalls for elite travellers since the 1860s. Creative director Nicolas Ghesquière presents a decidedly modern collection this season, inviting guests on a 'journey to the frontiers of the digital era'. In keeping with this theme, Louis Vuitton’s bags suggest an intergalactic traveller and make very chic carry-ons; the mini Lockit is studded and tasselled while the larger drawstring bag is suitable for day-trips.
All-out glamour at Gucci
However, it’s Gucci that dominates the mood this season, as Alessandro Michele continues to reveal his vision for the brand. Michele has been applauded for making retro seem so wonderfully current. Gold, prints, metallic pink sandals, bright green trouser suits with wide lapels, jaunty berets, pleats and layers of frills: these seemingly disparate elements come together to recreate 1970s-style sophistication and Hollywood grandeur. Michele’s woman is unabashedly exuberant; her clothing is bold and individual; whether she is at home or abroad, the Gucci woman is ready for excitement and adventure.
Prada checks in
Michele seems to have hit the nail on the head this season, delivering consumers exactly what they want before they knew they wanted it. This is a skill long displayed by Miuccia Prada; Prada never follows catwalk trends but bursts into life each season as a celebration of real women. Its latest collection takes a ‘more is more’ attitude, with looks comprising layer upon layer of different materials, prints, colours and textures. Accessories – from earrings and handbags to net-like collars – are equally eye-catching. Each element is standout: there is no room for the ‘classic’ or the ‘simple’ here. In the advertising campaign for this collection, models wait patiently in a luxurious hotel reception clothed in elegant dresses and embellished coats. As for us, it seems that travel and extravagant glamour go hand in hand for Miuccia Prada.
According to the Future of Travel report published by trend forecasters WGSN, clients are looking for special experiences when travelling, whether exclusive access to a highly regarded museum in Vienna or 24-hour personal shopping in New York.
Our wardrobes look set to reflect this. We want excitement in our lives, from the places we go to the clothes we take with us. Time is becoming the ultimate luxury in our modern world, and wherever you decide to spend yours, preparation is key. Make sure you are sartorially ready for wherever your next adventure takes you.