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World Travel Magazine - - Contents - BY ANNABEL KERMAN

Time­less Style, With A Retro Twist This sea­son, pull in­spi­ra­tion from eras you en­joy into your col­lec­tions, ho­tels and des­ti­na­tions. It’s the retro ref­er­ence that en­hances the time­less­ness of the lux­ury wardrobe.

Fash­ion has al­ways looked to the past for ref­er­ence, and the S/S17 col­lec­tions were no ex­cep­tion. The cat­walks held a nos­tal­gic edge, heav­ily in­flu­enced by the 1960’s, 70’s 80’s and be­yond. These are eras that have been heav­ily in­ter­preted over the years, and don’t al­ways ap­pear to align with the lux­ury cus­tomer, for whom the key to per­sonal style has al­ways been the pur­suit of the time­less.

How­ever we shouldn’t rule out work­ing retro in­flu­ences into a re­fined lux­ury wardrobe. The eras have much to offer, and the sea­son’s cat­walk col­lec­tions are any­thing but pas­tiche, al­low­ing op­por­tu­nity to pull key el­e­ments that give a nod to a theme, whilst re­main­ing es­sen­tially of our time. These sub­tle nods can ac­tu­ally raise a clas­sic wardrobe and give it a wel­come edge. As who wants to look like a (al­beit stylish) car­bon copy?

In the same way, mod­ern lux­ury ho­tels of­ten aim to align to eras whilst main­tain­ing a style that eludes pi­geon­hol­ing. Our three fea­tured ho­tels’ de­sign can all suit lux­ury cap­sule wardrobes with retro in­flu­ences, how­ever the lo­ca­tion also plays a part. Lake Como, where the glit­terati of the 1960’s made their sum­mer home; Ibiza in keep­ing with the free spirit of the 1970’s; and the French Riviera, the play­ground of the rich and fa­mous and their yachts in the high fly­ing 1980’s. That these lo­ca­tions are all Euro­pean is no co­in­ci­dence. The con­ti­nent holds such strong as­so­ci­a­tions with the era they are a nat­u­ral stylis­tic match.

So this sea­son em­brace the past: pull in­spi­ra­tion from eras you en­joy within the lat­est col­lec­tions, and visit ho­tels and des­ti­na­tions whose de­sign in­flu­ences in­spire you. And rest as­sured that choice retro ref­er­ences will only en­hance the time­less­ness of a lux­ury wardrobe. Not as craaazy as it first ap­pears, baby.

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