January 23, 2012 07:09 ET Paves the Runway for Fashion Forward Breaks

Unveils Its Hottest Picks for Style-Centric Long Weekends in Fashion Week Focussed Destinations

LONDON--(Marketwire - Jan 23, 2012) - The launch of Fashion Week is once again upon us with the first shows hitting the runways in New York on 9th February 2012 to showcase this year's Fall / Winter collections and creating the perfect excuse for a long weekend break in one of many stylish destinations.

As the world of style makes its top picks for what's hot and what's not, the UK's online leader in travel deals publishing makes its own top picks for long weekends away in some of the world's most stylish destinations.

"Fashion Week isn't just about the shows themselves; the destinations where they're held tend to be buzzing during that week with increased activity and more touristic attractions than usual including sales on seasonal items and things you wouldn't find in the average shop. As such, they provide great opportunities for a more unusual short break," says Nadine Hallak, travel expert for

Evening venues and hotels will most likely be full of the fashion crowd such as photographers, stylists, models and who knows, perhaps even a celebrity or two. So even those who aren't interested in the shows can delight in the opportunity to hob nob among the jet set by night.

While London hosts one of the world's most prominent Fashion Weeks, travellers should take the opportunity to grab a quick escape and see how some of world's other stylish destinations do it.

New York is always first to kick off the global calendar of the world's main / most notable Fashion Weeks. This year's Fall / Winter shows for next season in the Big Apple will run from 9th through 16th February featuring Ralph Lauren, Michael Kors among the top American designers as well as more affordable brands like Rebecca Taylor. The week opens with a spectacular show starting the afternoon of 9th February known as Fame and Music Unite Rocks Fashion Week where up and coming designers and musical artists showcase their talents in a spectacular show where style meets entertainment. Tickets can be purchased online through TicketLeap and start from around £51. Other events include a Pop-Up Art Event Celebrating Beauty-Art Fashion also on 9th February at 7pm and the Small Boutique Fashion Week 2012 Show & Market showcasing handmade goods on Saturday, 11th February at 8pm. Flights to New York during February start from £229 return.

Stepping off the beaten track to lesser known, but equally as exciting Fashion Weeks is that of Copenhagen, Denmark, which runs from 1st through 5th February. While this is also a notable fashion event where top Danish designers as well as some of the more international ones showcase their styles, it's also of great interest for those who fancy a bit of art and culture. Visitors can purchase tickets to the main fair and attend exhibits such as The Designer's Nest Exhibition on 2nd and 4th February from 10am through 6pm, the Henrik Adamson / Fashion Photography also on 2nd February from 11am and the Shoeshibar & A.P.A. Presents even on 4th February from 2pm. Copenhagen is a sophisticated yet down to earth city with lots to offer the visitor in terms of world class cuisine, culture and of course, beer, among other things. Flights to Copenhagen during February start from £98 return.

Staying off the beaten path is another stylish destination -- Istanbul, Turkey, where Fashion Week takes place from 8th to 11th February and represents a truly unique and independent experience. The event here showcases mostly Turkish designers, many of whom have studied abroad including designer Asli Guler who spent some time at London's Central St. Martin's, Atil Kutoglu who graduated from Vienna, and Bahar Korcan who has showcased in New York and Paris. Visitors will be exposed to brands they won't find anywhere else while getting to enjoy the wonderful sights that Istanbul has to offer such as the Aya Sofia, shopping at the Grand Bazaar or visiting the Dolmabahce Palace. The city also offers some of the best nightlife in the world in districts such as Beyoglu. Flights to Istanbul in February start from £149 return.

Paris Fashion Week takes place from 28th February through 7th March 2012. Here is the true home of haute couture where the crème de la crème showcase their creations. Those lucky enough to be invited can witness heavyweights like the houses of Chanel and Valentino weave their magic across the various runways within the famous Louvre. While non-industry folk are unlikely to either be invited or source tickets some other way, the city is still worth a visit during this time as it glitters even more than usual with the buzz of the fashion world and the arts in general. Its streets turn into a veritable runway of celebrity, and people watching at its sidewalk cafes is practically a live show in itself, but for a guaranteed glimpse of celebrity, visitors should head to the bars of Hotel Costes, Mama Shelta's and Pershang Hall where many a star is sure to be either dining or quenching their thirst. Travellers should also check out the Louvre itself, take a stroll through the streets of St. Germain or simply unwind with a cruise along the Seine. Flights to Paris in February start from £79 return.

Another less mainstream Fashion Week is that of Belgrade, Serbia taking place from March 29th through 7th April 2012 where domestic as well as some lesser known designers from abroad showcase their creations in a variety of runway events. In a city like Belgrade, attending the shows is not the main focus. Given that it's outside the Euro zone, its rate of conversion and low ground costs make it highly affordable for Brits. It also happens to have one of the world's best up and coming nightlife scenes and like New York, is referred to as a city that never sleeps, making it a great weekend break destination for party lovers. For a mix of bars, restaurants and nightclubs, visitors should try Strahinjića Bana Street, known as one of the city's fun zones. Culture vultures should head to the Bohemian quarter of Skadarjila, the famous Fortress museum full of the city's history and the municipality of Zemun. Flights to Belgrade during April start from £165 return.

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