For most girls, a career in modeling never amounts to more than a dream. Others live the dream – especially in London. The English capital is generally acknowledged to be among the world’s top modeling centers. A model’s job may be sheer stress, but the rewards it offers are glitter, glamour and access to exclusive venues. Join us on a tour of London’s bars, clubs, stores and hotels.
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Young designers, made-to-measure fashion and traditional establishments
The Topshop fashion chain’s flagship store in London specializes in creations by young designers, among them Kate Moss, who caused a sensation with the boutique she opened there. Need help choosing your look? Fill out the form on the topshop website to book your free consultation with a personal style advisor.
36–38 Great Castle Street www.topshop.com
For the past 200 years, this is where stylish gentlemen have purchased their attire – exclusive and made to measure. But since designers like Ozwald Boateng – whose clients include Mick Jagger and Keanu Reeves – recently began moving in, this legendary street has boasted ultramodern tailors, too. Like to dress like David Beckham? Then Welsh & Jefferies is your store.
20 Savile Row www.welshandjefferies.com
Selfridges & Co:
The world-famous department store opened in 1909 and has a great tradition of elaborate window dressing, not to mention elegant fashions. The latest trends are presented at in-store fashion shows, and fashion and art books hot off the press can be found on the shelves in the book department.
400 Oxford Street www.selfridges.com
Meeting point for fashion designers: trendy hotels and art deco cafés
Top of the London “in” crowd’s pops, this trendy hotel is just a stone’s throw away from Liverpool Street Station. The emphasis here is strictly on providing timeless, unpretentious luxury and individual service. This revolutionary hotel has no reception, concierge or porter; instead, guests are personally welcomed by their appointed Andaz Host.
40 Liverpool Street, Tel. +44-20/79 61 12 34 www.london.liverpoolstreet.
The Met Bar in the Metropolitan Hotel:
Although the Metropolitan Hotel is no longer exactly in the first flush of youth, cocktails at the long, curved counter of the Met Bar still attract an exclusive set: members only or hotel guests. But models and other in-scene authorities say that a smile and the latest dress from PPQ or suit by Ozwald Boateng are sure to gain you admission. This is true of all other private bars and night clubs in London.
19 Old Park Lane, Tel. +44-20/74 47 47 57, www.metbar.co.uk
Le Café Anglais:
All done out in cool white; white leather, white fabrics, Art Deco-style lamps. The movers and shakers of the modeling industry get together here alongside other smart folk from the world of business.
8 Porchester Gardens, Tel. +44-20/72 21 14 15 www.lecafeanglais.co.uk
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