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Chanel and Polo Ralph Lauren open new boutiques; plus Pomellato and Ladurée in arrival
by 16 September 2011

Istinye Park is a shopping landmark with its blend of designer fashions, home décor and design brands. Since opening, it has transformed the shopping habits and expectations of both its local and international clientele.

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More than just a mall, it can almost be classified as a city in its own right since you can literally find everything there from high end brands to chic restaurants, convenience shops and a laid-back marketplace. It continues to surprise shoppers by adding new designer brands to its outdoor shopping area.

This year has seen the opening of the largest Chanel boutique in Istanbul at Istinye Park’s open air Brands Street area. This elegant boutique is the third in Istanbul for the French maison (their flagship is in Nisantasi with a smaller boutique inside Harvey Nichols, Kanyon). Designed by New York architect Peter Marino, Chanel Istinye Park unveiled its glamorous Paris-Byzance collection following an exclusive fashion show at Cıragan Palace Kempinski, a former Ottoman palace turned 5-star hotel.

Chanel is a much coveted label for the fashionistas of Istanbul. Founded by the couturier Gabrielle ‘Coco’ Chanel in 1912, the fashion house’s iconic designs are synonymous with elegance. From its Chanel No. 5 perfume bottles to quilted leather ‘2/55’ handbags, Chanel’s enduring designs carry a distinctive look loved by women, with a fanbase that counts celebrities and royalty. Needless to say, fashion-conscious shoppers have welcomed this new Chanel boutique with open arms.

Another must-see boutique is Polo Ralph Lauren’s impressive 2-storey space, which was recently expanded earlier this year. Founded in 1967 by its namesake creator, the brand is known for its luxury casual and formal wear for men, women and children, as well as its fragrances and home collection.

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Stepping inside you’ll feel as though you’ve be transported into a prestigious American home. The design mirrors that of the label’s original boutique, thus bringing the essence of a majestic continental residence to Istanbul.

Moving on to jewellery, might we suggest a change from your classic diamonds? Istinye Park’s Arte Gioia boutique now carries the most sought-after collections from Pomellato. The celebrated Italian jewellery maison ensures that each piece has a unique look that sets it apart from other jewellery brands. Pomellato appeals to independent, extraordinary women who are eager to make their own fashion statements. With changing looks every season, Pomellato keeps up-to-date with the world of fashion, providing endless options amongst its edgy designs. Diamonds, silver, gold and multi-coloured gemstones come together in the hands of Pomellato’s craftsmen who transform them into exceptional pieces.

The brand’s signature Tango collection features some of the best examples that convey Pomellato’s extraordinary sense of design. The line portrays a different accent, indicative of Pomellato’s mastery in craftsmanship. A new necklace from the Tango line, steals the show; featuring 510 gemstones totaling 19.5 carats that will certainly make your wish list.

The Victoria collection, is inspired by ancient Moroccan artworks and the decorations within the Moorish-style Alhambra Palace. The design spotlights the contrast of sparkling gold and jet for a fascinating effect. You can now find both of Pomellato’s sophisticated Tango and Victoria collections at Arte Gioia, along with Arabesque, Nudo and Ming styles.

Once you’ve satisfied your shopping appetite, pick up something sweet to bring home from Ladurée. The famous Parisian pâtisserie has opened at Istinye Park! The famed inventors of the delicious, bite-size macarons, Ladurée brings the sweet aromas and bright colours of seasonal fruits to its luxurious boutique. The pâtisserie was founded in the 16th arrondissement in Paris by baker Louis-Ernest Ladurée, whose cousin invented its signature macaron by placing ganache cream between two plain macarons. Ladurée’s chocolate collections, confectioneries, ice cream and marmalades are sure to put a smile on your face.

Finish off your day at Istinye Park with dinner. The place to go is the famed Borsa Restaurant right above Brands Street. One of the oldest and most prestigious restaurants in the city, Istinye Borsa serves up a menu of delectable Istanbul-style and Anatolian dishes in a classy atmosphere. If you want to eat like the sultans, opt for the lamb shank with eggplant puree and rice. The perfect end to your day Istinye Park!

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