A Passion for Fashion or High-Flying Fashionistas
London is widely regarded as one of the fashion capitals of the world, and with good reason. The UK has produced some of the world’s most influential designers and fashion icons! This exclusive programme offers a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in some memorable fashion history and experiences including the opportunity to create your own bespoke perfume with Floris, exclusive shopping at Amanda Wakeley, afternoon tea in the heart of St James’s with an etiquette expert from the Royal Family and a guided tour of V&A with your own fashion specialist. You will explore the evolution of the style of Diana, Princess of Wales, and see a new exhibition at the Chatsworth House focusing on the couture worn by some of the house’s most glamorous residents. If you have a passion for fashion, this is the tour for you.
2018 dates available on request
Welcome to the Fashion Capital
Arrive at Heathrow airport where your chauffeur will meet you and take you to the luxury Claridge’s hotel in Mayfair. Claridge’s is London’s art deco jewel, designed to perfection in the 1920s where you can expect nothing but an unforgettable stay in the heart of London. The rest of the day is at your leisure.
Signature Scents and Styles
Begin your day by creating your own bespoke perfume with Floris, the oldest independent family perfumer in the world and the sole perfumer to the Queen. You will learn about hand-blending techniques from the masters at Floris who have also created scents for Oscar Wilde, Eva Peron, Winston Churchill, Marilyn Monroe and every British monarch since George IV.
In the afternoon, enjoy a special guided tour of the V&A museum. Spanning five centuries, its fashion collection is the largest and most comprehensive in the world. Take time to admire the eclectic collection of 17th century gowns, 18th century ‘mantua’ dresses, 1930s eveningwear, 1960s daywear and post-war couture.
Diana: Her Fashion Story
Revered and admired, Diana, Princess of Wales, was many things: mother, humanitarian and enduring fashion icon. To mark twenty years since her death, a new exhibition and temporary garden celebrating her life was opened at Kensington Palace, her home for over 15 years. Enjoy the exhibition that traces the evolution of the Princess’s style from the demure, romantic outfits of her first public appearances, to the glamour, elegance and confidence of her later life. The rest of the day is at your leisure.
In the evening, your chauffeur will take you to the West End theatre to watch the show of your choice.
Fit for Royals
Set in the heart of Mayfair, Amanda Wakeley welcomes you to discover its Flagship boutique. Enjoy a glass of champagne whilst your personal shopper guides you through the latest collection. Founded in 1990, the brand is reflected in Amanda’s aesthetic vision of clean lines, impeccable cut, fit, and effortlessly sexy glamour. She is an established favourite of some of the most stylish women in the world, beginning with the late Diana, Princess of Wales and more recently seen on Scarlett Johansson and Angelina Jolie. Complete your luxury Mayfair experience with afternoon tea at Stafford accompanied by an etiquette expert from the Royal family, Lady Penny Mountbatten (subject to Lady Penny’s availability). The rest of the day is at your leisure.
Style Secrets of the Stately Duchesses
Today you will travel to Chatsworth in the Peak District, home to the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire for a must attend event for any fashionista. Their new exhibition, House Style (curated by Hamish Bowles, International Editor-at-Large at American Vogue) goes in search of some of the house’s most glamorous former residents. Bess of Hardwick, one of the most powerful women of the 16th century; the 18th century ‘Empress of Fashion’ Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire (great-great-great-great-aunt of Diana, Princess of Wales); Adele Astaire, the dance partner of Fred Astaire; Deborah Devonshire; model Stella Tennant and John F Kennedy’s sister ‘Kick’ Kennedy are central to the show. Highlights will include exceptional couture designed by Jean Phillipe Worth and Christian Dior, together with influential contemporary garments from Gucci, Helmut Lang, Margiela, Erdem, Vivienne Westwood, Alexander McQueen, Christopher Kane and Vetements.
Today is a free day for shopping at some of the world’s most legendary shopping destinations including Harrods, Liberty and designer boutiques with a chauffeur- driven car at your disposal.
Private transfer to the airport for your return flight home.