You don’t need to get on a plane to experience some of the best food and fashion from around the world.
There’s a feeling of wanderlust in the air this year – but you don’t need a long-haul flight to experience the best fashion, food, music and design the world has to offer. Your next adventure starts at QVB, home to some of the finest brands and flavours from around the globe.
Your style adventure begins with the QVB itself, inspired by and built in the Romanesque Revival tradition, complete with sweeping rounded arches. The eastern and western façades of the building are adorned with classical statues which are carved from pristine Sicilian marble.
There’s a timelessness to this architecture, which is reflected in Italian style more broadly. In fashion terms, the meticulously cut blazers, razor-sharp pencil skirts and sleek pairs of loafers that you’ll find on the streets of Rome or Milan effortlessly transcend trends and seasons.
NEW YORK STYLE
No matter what your sartorial leanings, New York is the place you can embrace a complete look. Depending on which pocket of the city you find yourself, the styles here run the full gamut. From the perfectly polished luxury of the Upper East Side to the edgy cool of downtown, and the artsy epicentre that is Brooklyn, this is the place where fashion dreams are made.
From the grittier, edgier Le Marais area with its small boutiques and flea market finds, to the impressive Galeries Lafayette and its assortment of high-end designer stores, there’s something for all tastes. For pared-back Parisian flair, think less is more, with crisp white shirts and tailored blazers, cigarette pants and a classic heel. Incorporate designer bags or statement jewellery to add a little French flare.
Individuality is the name of the game in Japan’s capital, especially among the youth-focused subcultures. These style obsessives are completely committed to their look – whether that’s head-to-toe Victorian Goth or cute and kawaii in pastels, ruffles and teddy-bear handbag charms. Of course, you don’t need to go over the top to add a little Tokyo style to your own wardrobe. A brightly coloured print or a pair of hard-to-find sneakers will do it.
No other style centre has nailed the art of the mix quite like the Brits. They appreciate quality and tradition, and their heritage fashion brands are some of the oldest and finest in the world. But they equally adore the shock of the new and have consistently been ahead of the curve since the Swinging ’60s. The result is a true melting-pot of style that reflects the dynamic mix seen on the city’s streets.
Speaking of English traditions, the ritual of high tea dates back centuries and is far, far more than a between-meals snack. Whether you prefer a mid-morning ‘elevenses’ or traditional afternoon tea, you’ll find the finest service at The Tea Room. Perch under the glittering chandeliers, sip tea from Royal Albert fine china and enjoy the exclusive selection of patisserie.
For fast, fresh fare that’s full of flavours, Japanese food is always a good idea. Yama's diverse menu boasts traditional Japanese delicacies including Bento Boxes and Zaru Soba and contemporary Australian-Japanese fusion dishes such as the Green-tea Battered Barramundi. Yama Japanese Cafe & Restaurant specialises in this melting pot of Japanese flavours - you’ll feel completely nourished.
For a slice of Paris here in Sydney, try Reign Champagne Bar – their bottomless brunch is given a lift when you’re drinking Mumm with their oh-so-light chicken liver parfait. If that’s not your thing, their all-day menu includes a fabulous lobster sandwich among other treats, and their version of High Tea is something to experience – it’s a High Cheese (and there is always time for some fabulous fromage!) With 150 different types of bubbles here, and an all-day menu, there’s bound to be a reason to stop in…
A trip to Italy is always a good idea, and Cicchetti Wine Bar can take you there in a flash, with their authentic Italian desserts and world-class pastry chefs delivering the bruschetta this side of Rome.