If you have the luxury of time and money, where would you go and what would you buy? If you're a certified fashionista, then the answer is quite simple: to travel to a place where you can give yourself a treat by getting all of the things you love in one major getaway. But dreaming and planning can be tough, especially if you don't know where to start.

So whether you're still saving up for your dream escapade or you're already up for some major travel preparations, here are some places the you might want to consider adding to your fashionista bucketlist.

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Hong Kong Island, Hong Kong 

(photo from Instagram/@discoverhongkong)

A little closer to our homes, Hong Kong is easily accessible for our short trip shopping getaways. Whether you're up for sidestreet bargains or high-end brands, HK has something in store for every shopper. Plus, you can even spot amazing fashion inspiration even while walking the streets or riding their trains because of the locals' deep appreciation for on-point OOTDs.
Tokyo, Japan


If you love avant garde street style, finding yourself in the middle of Tokyo, especially during the weekends, will be the perfect experience. The highlight will definitely be teenagers adding more colour to the streets of Harajuku dressed in bold and loud outfits with ease and confidence. It's like watching a runway show in the middle of the city!



New York City, USA


There's a reason why NYC is called "the city that never sleeps." If you're someone who loves to explore and shop until you drop, this place is for you. Everyone who walks the streets possess a certain aura of chicness despite the hustle and bustle of the city. It's no wonder why being described as having a "New Yorker's fashion sense" is such a huge compliment.


London, England


Most countries in Asia are used to the tropical weather to the point that wearing scarves and shawls for fashion can sometimes feel like a sacrifice. But we can't deny that it certainly adds flair to an outfit. If you're someone who's in love with your mufflers, London is your fashion haven. With the sun rarely shining in its streets, excuses are not needed to get your hands on stylish scarves, coats, and boots.


Milan, Italy

(photo from Instagram/@vacations_destinations)

A fashionista travel bucketlist is never complete without Milan. With its long history of textile, design, and fashion in general, it's no wonder why this city is recognised as one of the biggest fashion capitals today. From street style to multiple fashion weeks, Milan is definitely every fashion girl's dream come true. 

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Which of these destinations would you want to visit? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below!
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The Swatch Art Peace Hotel on the Bund in Shanghai is a luxury hotel which houses artists who are invited to stay within a period of 3 to 6 months to meet and exchange ideas, plan new projects, and share their creative visions.



One of the artists in the hotel, Singaporean artist Yi Lin Juliana Ong, who stayed there in 2014 and is more popularly known as “Juls”, has recently designed a special watch for world-famous brand Swatch where it was recently launched at their store in Marina Bay Sands.



The new accessory, titled “Juls At Swatch Art Peace Hotel,” features a design that is the first of its kind – it illustrates her experiences as she lived and worked as an artist-in-residence at the hotel. Drawn in red and blue against a white ground, the characters on the watch are part of a colourful, lively community that emerged from drawing exercises during her residency. She says, “It's all about the process, the adventures and those strange characters”.

With the Swatch store in Marina Bay Sands being transformed into an art exhibition space to reflect her atelier at the Swatch Art Peace Hotel, it celebrated a unique collaboration between Juls and Swatch, further marking the local arts scene as a space to watch for future inspiring works from aspiring and established artists alike.

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The Juls At Swatch Art Peace Hotel watch retails for SGD103 and is available at all Swatch stores in Singapore.

Plus, the JULS Exhibit /Atelier will be at Swatch at Marina Bay Sands #B2-105 from 9 to 30 June 2016.
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Providing an affordable option for runway-ready looks, the women behind THAVIA set out to create a fashion label that is accessible, affordable, and catered to the tastes of self-driven and independent women. Established in 2015 by Tengku Chanela Jamidah and Angie Lai-Tay, THAVIA's collections give the everyday women access to pieces with the flair of high couture but are easy to wear day-to-day.

When asked about the progression of the label's designs, the ladies said "The previous collection was inspired by the highly feminine Parisian trend featuring ladylike silhouettes such as fit and flare dresses and tops, full tulle skirts, as well A-scape style blouses. This was followed by a collection inspired by high-street style that comprises of a range of street fashion catered to empowered women seeking trendy and chic styles."



With the label set to showcase their latest collection at Kuala Lumpur Ready To Wear Fashion Week this August 2016, we caught up with the two ladies behind THAVIA and got them chatting about what it was like to set-up THAVIA, their design aesthetic, and what we can expect at their upcoming runway show in Malaysia.

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Describe your fashion journey. What made you both embark on launching THAVIA? 


We are both fashionable ladies busy with our businesses and children, and we found it hard to find easy but runway worthy items that can take us from meetings to school. THAVIA was born from that lack of runway-to-everyday pieces that wont break the bank. From day one, it was very important to us to keep prices at an affordable point for customers to be able to update their closet frequently. 

Your label aims to dress women you both identify with, particularly self-driven women. How did that design/style direction come about? 

We love to dress women we identify with - self driven women who juggle multiple roles at home and at work, while not forgetting to treat herself with love and respect. Work life and daily family life are seamless for the current working lady. In today’s digital social media constant push, we are always inspired by style icons, business women, and beautiful lifestyle images to improve our own lives.
On that note, how would you define an independent and self-driven woman?

Someone who knows her strength and weaknesses. And strives for their goals despite challenges that arrive along the way. Someone who earns her own income and does not need encouragement from anybody but herself. Someone who is courageous and brave about everything she does in life. 


What has been the best part about launching THAVIA, and what has been the most challenging? In what ways do you think THAVIA have grown since your launch last year?


The best part is hearing from our customers that they can't wait for our new stuff to be released and personal messages from friends to pre-order what they see on our Instagram. It's definitely encouraging to know that your friends keep on supporting you, not once but every time something new lands. It shows that we are doing something right with our designs, quality, and price point.

What has been the most challenging? You could say everything! But really it's production as we are very particular about the end result, how it finishes, how it falls, and the fit.



What should people expect from your runway show at KLFW. Is there a certain design philosophy or look you'll be conveying on the runway? 


Feminine strength. Every piece can be somehow incorporated into your current wardrobe, staples that you will be able to wear daily, and a strong sense of empowerment and movement. 


What can we expect from THAVIA in the coming months/years. Where do you see your brand headed?


We will be growing our point of sales for easy access regardless of which city you live in. Our idea is to create different looks for our point of sales to suit our customer’s needs. We also don’t see ourselves as mass producers, we like to keep our designs wide but the quantity kept small with a constant drop in stores.

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