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Purchase Power: Shopping Tips from London Fashion Experts

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We asked a couple of London tastemakers what they would buy with £20, £50, and £100. Here’s what they said.


Patrick Grant, creative director of historic Savile Row tailors Norton & Sons and men’s ready-to-wear label E. Tautz:

£20: “I’d go to Berry Bros. & Rudd (pictured) and buy a bottle—can I have two?—of Good Ordinary Claret (£9). The shop in St James’s is a veritable Dickensian time capsule complete with ancient bottles of Tokai, a wonky wooden floor, and coffee scales on which customers are weighted (a tradition that dates back to the 18th-century health boom).”

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Oscar de la Renta Designs Bath Amenities for Peninsula Hotels

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We’ve discovered a new—and very fabulous—set of bath amenities to pilfer. This fall, Peninsula Hotels will introduce a custom collection of soaps, shampoos, and lotions conceived by Oscar de la Renta into hotel guestrooms worldwide. The scent—a citrus, aromatic floral musk, with notes of mandarin, bergamot, freesia, and cedar—was developed with Firmenich, while the amenity line was produced by Gilchrist & Soames. T+L talked travel with Mr. De la Renta at the Peninsula New York’s 25thanniversary gala.

Q: Tell us about the amenity line. Why now, and why Peninsula?

A: I’ve been approached several times to do a product line for a hotel, but when this project came about, I was unbelievably intrigued. I have fond memories of the Peninsula Hong Kong and my experience there, taking the tram to the top of The Peak, and eating at the floating restaurants in Aberdeen. They kept pouring, pouring on the food!

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Not Just for St. Pauli Girls Anymore: Dirndls All the Rage at Oktoberfests

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If you’re going to an Oktoberfest this year, you might suddenly think the place is overrun with waitresses—those women wearing traditional dirndl outfits with a corset top, apron and peasant skirt. But this year, according to a recent report from Reuters, it’s the female customers who are donning the fashion, embracing that when-in-Bavaria spirit in increasing numbers.

The fashion trend is spreading outside the beer gardens, too. Flight attendants on some Lufthansa flights in recent weeks have been wearing dirndls, in honor of Oktoberfest season, and as perhaps the ultimate stamp of approval, Pippa Middleton was spotted wearing her own dirndl at a recent festival in Austria.

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T+L Twitter Chat on Shopping Like a Local on Wednesday, September 18th

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Whether you’re navigating unknown streets, haggling in markets, or browsing a boutique, sometimes the best shopping is accomplished when locals point out the unknown spots that aren’t mentioned in your guidebook. Join our live Twitter chat on Shopping Like a Local this Wednesday, September 18th from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. EDT. Our panel of experts will share their favorite go-to stores in the world, tips on scoring a deal, and stories about the myriad of fashion triumphs (and mistakes) that they’ve made on their travels. Find out about global street style from the insiders.

Join the conversation on Wednesday, September 18th from 2pm to 3pm EDT.

The Hosts:

Mimi Lombardo, Style Director, @MimiLombardo

Kathryn O’Shea-Evans, Associate Editor, @ThePluckyOne

Brooke Porter, Associate Editor, @BrookePorter

The Panelists:

Sharleen Ernster Lazear, Chief Design Officer, @GUESS

Chris Benz, Designer, @cmbenz

Mark Wiesmayr, Design Director, @AGJeans

Tumi, American heritage travel brand, @TumiTravel

Rafe, Creative Director of Handbags for The Jones Group and Designer for RAFE New York, @RafeNewYork

Kara Ross, Designer, @KaraRossNY

Cynthia Vincent, Designer, @TwelfthStreet

Yeardley Smith, CEO and Designer, @MarchezVous

Fiona Kotur, Designer, @FionaKotur

Ryan Hartman, Creative Director, @FIELD_SCOUT_

Elizabeth Minchilli, T+L Contributor, @eminchilli

Shane Mitchell, T+L Special Correspondent, @shanegoesforth

Joe and Charlie Casely-Hayford, Menswear Designers, @CaselyHayfordUK

Suzy Kellems Dominik, Founder and Publisher, @OfWitandWill

How does it work?


1. Log in to Twitter before the chat starts at 2pm ET and be sure to follow @TravlandLeisure.

2. Head over to http://twubs.com/TL_Chat to follow the chat in real time. You can log-in using your Twitter account.

3. Remember to always add the hashtag #TL_Chat to your tweets—however, if you're in the twubs chatroom it will be added automatically (note for character spacing purposes).

4. We'll pulse out some questions for our expert panel to answer, but feel free to post your own responses. Or ask questions of your own! 

All tweets are subject to our social media terms and conditions and may be used in any and all media including editorial. See full social media terms and conditions.

Gabrielle Blitz is the Associate Social Media Editor at Travel + Leisure.

Photo credit: Celine Clanet

Shoe Designers' International Inspirations

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Paul Andrew

The Place: Patmos, Greece.

The Shoe: The Aphrodite, a silk slingback ($895).

The Trip: Andrew, a onetime protégé of Alexander McQueen, visits the island annually as an escape from New York. “You’ll find a mountaintop monastery and locally cured olives, but I focus on the simple things: the sun and the immense expanse of the sea,” he says. Andrew had the moiré of the shoe triple-dyed to recall the varying shades of the Aegean.

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Lauren Santo Domingo's Guide to Cartagena

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Lauren Santo Domingo, the founder of online fashion boutique Moda Operandi, considers herself an unofficial guide to Cartagena, Colombia (her wedding to Colombian-born Andres Santo Domingo—held in the ancient walled city—was the society event of 2008). The top stops each time she visits? “I love the Tcherassi Hotel & Spa ($$), which has an airy, sleek vibe,” she says. And La Vitrola ($$$), a Havana-inspired jazz club, “makes the best ropa vieja I’ve had.” Here, what she brings along whenever she visits.

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Trip Doctor: 3 Simple Steps for Packing Shoes

There is a definite method to packing shoes for a trip. Here are 3. 

1. If you are not using a shoe bag then keep the soles towards heaven or facing away from your clothes, for obvious reasons; soles are dirty!

2. Shoes are one of the heavier items you will have in your bag so give lots of thought to taking too many. Chose a pair that can be worn in a variety of situations. Along with the one you are wearing, you’ll have enough.

3. Use the edges and corners of your suitcase to ensure every crack and crevice are used.

Mimi LombardoMimi Lombardo is Travel + Leisure’s style director. Packing is rarely easy—we’re here to help. Send your question to tripdoctor@aexp.com.

Beauty Road Test: ILIA Lip Gloss

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Are the latest beauty and wellness products worthy of a spot in your teensy carry-on? T+L Associate Editor Kathryn O’Shea-Evans shares her take.

The product: ILIA lip gloss, $24

Pros: New natural beauty brand ILIA just released an ultra-hydrating collection of lip-glosses in Popsicle-fresh colors. Each is packed with moisturizing ingredients (coconut oil, Shea butter, vitamin E), many of them organic. I adored “Love Buzz,” a Barbie pink shade that gave my lips decidedly grown-up gleam. Bonus: unlike a lot of glosses, it’s not the least bit sticky.

Cons: It only comes in six colors right now, and a couple of them are questionable (Gold? Ox Blood?). But the red, pink, and nude shades are divine.

Verdict:  Packable.

Kathryn O'Shea-EvansKathryn O'Shea-Evans is an associate editor at Travel + Leisure. Follow her on Twitter @ThePluckyOne.

Photo Courtesy of ILIA Beauty

Trip Doctor: Packable Summer Dresses

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Mimi LombardoMimi Lombardo is Travel + Leisure’s style director. Packing is rarely easy—we’re here to help. Send your question to tripdoctor@aexp.com.


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Trip Doctor: Lolë’s Quick-Dry Swimsuit

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Q: I’m so tired of my swimsuit taking eons to dry. Help! —Kay Ekblad, via e-mail

A: Here’s the solution: this one-piece from Montreal-based Lolë ($70). The paneled “Maui” maillot is made of chlorine-resistant, quick-drying Swim Tech fabric with an über-comfortable four-way stretch. Need something to throw on post-dip? The breathable and anti-wrinkle fabric of Eco Swim by Aqua Green Shirred Side Dress Cover Up ($85) is knitted out of (yes) coffee grounds, making it sustainable by the sea.

Mimi LombardoMimi Lombardo is Travel + Leisure’s style director. Packing is rarely easy-we're here to help. Send your question to tripdoctor@aexp.com.

 

Photo by John Lawton

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