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The designers guide to London

Fashion Week is the craziest in the calendar, but where do the top designers go to unwind after the final bow.


London Editor

LUXOS spoke to some of the hottest designers during Fashion Week, asking them about their favourite places in the city. Their answers provide an alternative guide to all that London has to offer – and offers an interesting insight into how they think, work and play. 

Michael Kors' perfect day

This is a city that truly represents what I’m all about – fast-paced, international and glamorous. I start the day with breakfast at The Delauney, before shopping around Bond Street. When it comes to food, it’s no secret that I love a good hamburger, so I always hit Automat American Brasserie for one of theirs, before heading across the street to Dover Street Market, and of course there's the Michael Kors store on Bond Street; it has everything from a gorgeous gown to a perfect link bracelet.

I adore Portobello Road: Rellik has a fabulous mix of well-edited vintage clothes and accessories. As for culture, I always make a point of hitting the exhibition of-the-moment at the V&A. I love to catch a play when I'm in town, my favourite theatres are the Adelphi and The Chocolate Factory. Afterwards, I'm sure to book a table at The Ivy for a post-theatre supper.

Emma Hill's must-see museums and attractions

If it’s a sunny afternoon I like to walk to the top of Primrose Hill and look over the city, it’s a great place to clear the head and get inspiration, and what a beautiful view! At the V&A, there is always something on that I’m dying to see, they really support the British fashion, design and art industries and have such a breadth of exhibitions that there’s something for everyone throughout the year.

Over the last few years the South Bank has developed into a cultural hub of arts and entertainment. Here you can catch the most cutting edge performance art while the British Film Institute supports independent cinema through its year-round film festivals. Somerset House is a grand building overlooking the river. It is now home to The British Fashion Council and many wonderful creative exhibitions, including London Fashion Weekend which is open during every fashion week in the city.

Yvan Benbanaste's top shops

At Orlebar Brown, there are my favourite swim shorts as worn by by James Bond in Skyfall. Winners of the Walpole Awards for Excellence 2012 for the 'Best Emerging British Luxury Brand,' they have the best range of colours, fabrics and cuts. Exquisite. I love Turnbull and Asser's pyjamas as they are so fresh and light, made of 100% 2-fold cotton and the shirts are ready-to-wear, classically tailored and enduring for my busy schedule. I like New and Lingwood for their fun, colourful paisley silk handkerchiefs and socks.

Walton Street Stationery Company's immense creativity and design is trusted by so many designers, including Vera Wang and Kate Spade. I rely on Taylor of Old Bond Street's luxury grooming products for a clean shave, expertise and exotic blend of colognes.

Tory Burch's best restaurants

The Wolseley is a Mayfair café that serves a classic English breakfast complete with baked beans and black pudding. Veeraswamy is an opulent Indian restaurant, the oldest in the UK, that serves beautifully-prepared Indian dishes. Their kulfi (pistachio ice cream) is divine. Morelli’s Gelato at Harrod’s is a classic ice cream parlour that has been in business since 1907. Try the rose and white chocolate flavour.

At Pitt Cue, the barbecue is good. Very, very good. They don't take reservations, so arrive early. Try the bizarre but wonderful drink called the Pickle Back. At J. Sheekey, seafood is the speciality; this restaurant is minutes from the West End’s Theatre district. Drop in for fresh oysters before or after seeing a play.