Sunday Herald Sun - Escape - - TRAVEL NEWS - PAUL EWART

Over the last month or so the whirl­wind line-up of in­ter­na­tional fash­ion weeks have been lead­ing to the big one: Paris. The epi­cen­tre of the style world, when Paris Fash­ion Week kicks off on Tues­day, trends will be spawned and ca­reers made. And while most of us won’t be for­tu­nate enough to get a front-row seat, or be able to stump up a few thou­sand dol­lars for a frock, thanks to a wal­let­friendly col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween Jean Paul Gaultier and French lug­gage brand Li­pault, a bit of cou­ture (al­beit wa­tered-down) is within grasp for all.

The new “Am­pli” travel cap­sule col­lec­tion in­cludes a back­pack, week­end bag and suit­case, each fea­tur­ing pow­der-pink lin­ing that nods to the renowned French fash­ion de­signer’s sig­na­ture pink corsets.

Avail­able next month, prices start at $89. Cheap and chic in one. LI­PAULT.COM.AU


It’s not only hu­mans get­ting in on the style spirit dur­ing Fash­ion Week. At La Re­serve Ho­tel – the 40-room


former home of Pierre Cardin – four­legged friends are get­ting pam­pered and preened too. Guests with dog in tow can pam­per their pooch with spe­cially sup­plied Evian-filled wa­ter bowls and plush pil­lows, while a but­ler is on hand to de­liver a range of gourmet, hand­made ca­nine menu op­tions. And when it comes to the ag­o­nis­ing over what to wear, de­signer pet out­fit­ter Mungo &Maud is on hand for the lat­est in ca­nine cou­ture. LARESERVE.COM


Closer to home our Kiwi cousins are gear­ing up for the sin­gle largest the­atri­cal pro­duc­tion in the coun­try – the an­nual World of Wear­able Art (or WOW). Dubbed “mardi gras meets haute cou­ture”, this in­ter­na­tion­ally renowned event pits de­sign­ers from more than 40 coun­tries against one an­other in a com­pe­ti­tion of wear­able works of art that are brought to life on stage in Welling­ton – think Project Run­way with one hell of a twist.

More than 60,000 spec­ta­tors are ex­pected to at­tend this year’s shows, held from Septem­ber 27 on­wards. WORLDOFWEARABLEART.COM


Syn­ony­mous with A-lis­ters and mod­els, Fash­ion Week wouldn’t be the same with­out cham­pagne. Hand­ily, soon af­ter Paris wraps, World Cham­pagne Day ar­rives. Cel­e­brated on Oc­to­ber 19 the event gives cham­pagne guz­zlers an ex­cuse to im­bibe – not that Aussies (now ranked sixth high­est in the world among bub­bly con­sumers) need it.

This year the ul­ti­mate place to toast the iconic French drink is Sof­i­tel Dar­ling Har­bour’s Cham­pagne Bar. The only ho­tel cham­pagne bar in Syd­ney, the venue is mark­ing the day with a spe­cially cre­ated de­gus­ta­tion din­ner paired with cham­pagne (natch). The ho­tel also cel­e­brates its first birth­day next month. SOFITELSYDNEYDARLINGHARBOUR.COM.AU

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