You know the drill. It’s finally December, we’ve just gotten out of a pandemic-induced travel slump and countries are slowly easing restrictions. And while it’s tempting to pack your itineraries with all things festive and Christmas-like, here at Vogue Singapore, we’re all about a holistic approach. So what exactly is there to do for those looking for some variety during their end-of-year getaways? From elaborate fashion exhibitions to fun pop-ups, we’ve rounded up the best happenings to check out, from Paris to Tokyo.
Gucci Valigeria: Paris, France
What better way to pay homage to travel than with a dedicated boutique? Count on Italian luxury maison Gucci to make an artful nod to its luggage atelier roots. Cue: Gucci Valigeria. Located at the majestic 229 Rue Saint-Honoré, the dual-floor complex takes inspiration from traveling during the Belle Époque and features ornate details such as spiral columns, lion heads and tartan carpets. For those looking to add to cart, the brand’s travel offerings range from suitcase and trunks to totes and vanity cases, all of which fall under the Gucci Savoy collection. If you’re not already travelling in style, this one-stop-shop will guarantee that you do from here on out.
The Gucci Valigeria boutique is now a permanent fixture. Learn more.
‘Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams’: Tokyo, Japan
PSA Dior fans: for the latest installation of the exhibition ‘Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams’, the French maison has set up roots in Tokyo, Japan. Unveiled at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Tokyo, the exhibition displays a spectacular scenographic narrative conceptualised by architect Shohei Shigematsu and curated by Florence Müller. It also contains works by renowned photographer Yuriko Takagi. Guests can expect a one-of-a-kind journey that takes them through never-before-seen archival documents and designs from Marc Bohan, John Galliano, Raf Simons and more—all of which unveil Dior’s long standing relationship with Japan.
‘Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams’ runs from 21 December to 28 May. Learn more.
The Gianni Versace Retrospective: Groningen, Netherlands
Amsterdam might be at the top of most people’s lists when visiting the Netherlands, but the city of Groningen boasts its own special treasures. If you’re looking for a change of scenery, head down to the lauded Groninger Museum for a retrospective on Italian fashion legend, Gianni Versace. The designer made waves for his ornate designs and over-the-top visions on the runway. With a smorgasbord of items on display from outfits and fabrics to sketches and interior decor, the exhibition proves to be an intimate one and guests will privy to many original pieces from Versace’s private collections.
‘Gianni Versace: Retrospective’ runs from 2 December to 7 May. Learn more.
The Dolce&Gabbana pop-up: London, United Kingdom
There’s nothing that spells Christmas like a shopping spree in London’s Covent Garden. Home to a myriad of luxury stores, this year sees Italian maison Dolce&Gabbana revealing an exclusive pop-up and holiday market that brings its Sicilian roots to the forefront. Apart from the usual ready-to-wear and accessories options (some of which will sport a one-of-a-kind London design) guests will also be able to choose from an array of food and beverages as well as products from quintessential Italian hallmarks like Fiasconaro and Baci Perugina.
The Dolce&Gabbana pop-up runs till 15 January. Learn more.