It's the only thing many of us are really thinking about right now: vacation! Take your inspiration from these five fashion designers as they share their dream destinations, plus tell us their favorite things to see and do once there. Time to get booking!
Dream Destination: Los Angeles
Why? I love the saccharine colors and the sense of relentless optimism and endless opportunity you get there. It is the antithesis of my hometown of London in that sense, and everything really does seem possible. The eclectic mix of people and personalities fascinates me; I find it one of the best places in the world to people watch, and it feels like everyone could be either a fallen starlet or the next big thing, a closet millionaire or creative dynamo. I enjoy the mid-century modern architecture, the rooftop infinity pools and the fact half my name is writ large on a hill! It's the dynamic of faded glory and nouveau riche sitting cheek by jowl all under a sun-kissed canopy.
What to do: On my next trip there I want to visit Ojai and sample the hippie magic that pervades the town; the idea of a boho craft movement that put Ojal on the map appeals, plus the incredible mountains and lack of chain stores. When I meet people from there they describe it as heaven, and who wouldn't want a slice of that?!
Dream Destination: Marrakech
Why? I've been several times now and fall in love with it a little more with each visit. Marrakech has an energy unlike anywhere else I've ever been, and I can spend hours wandering around the souks in the Medina looking for a great pair of leather slippers or piece of vintage jewellery. I also love haggling with the shopkeepers to get the best possible deal—it's all part of the fun!
What to do: In the evenings I try and head to the Jemaa el Fna and sit in one of the cafes that fringe it to watch the sunset. At night the whole square becomes one big open-air food market selling all of the local delicacies. I'm quite adventurous with food and here it's fantastic, though some of the dishes are not for the faint-hearted!
I like to stay at Riad El Fenn, in the Medina by the Bab El Ksour gate—it has a real family atmosphere that eludes so many hotels, and the vibe is so laid-back you can easily forget there's anyone around at all, so it's the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of the city after a day in the souks. I also love the Ksar Char-Bagh hotel in the Palmeraie, which also has its own hammam, which makes for an unforgettable experience.
Of course, every time I visit Marrakech I have to spend a morning at Jardin Majorelle, which was Yves Saint Laurent's Marrakech home. The gardens are beautiful, and there's a really cute cafe where you can sit and admire the stunning blue house. After Yves Saint Laurent died in 2008 his ashes were scattered here, so it is a very special place."
Dream Destination: Iceland
Why? It's incredible. Seriously, one of the most beautiful places I've been. The air is so fresh, the landscape breathtaking, and the food delicious! Locals are super-friendly and with a good sat nav it's pretty straightforward to navigate—it was my first time driving outside the U.K. and I managed OK!
What to do: The Blue Lagoon is a must, and I stayed at the Blue Lagoon Clinic Hotel [also known as the Silica Hotel] at the start of my recent trip. It has its own private lagoon and special skin treatments available on request—it's too good! You also have complimentary access to the main lagoon, which is a short walk through the beautiful mossy lava landscape. The main lagoon is huge, but somewhat less relaxing than the private one. Still, a must-visit spot.
My boyfriend and I spent a few days driving in the west of the country, staying in amazing camping pods; it was so much fun and we saw the Northern Lights! We spent one day driving off-road through mountains—super scary but with immense scenery—as well as visiting some typical tourist spots: the Thingvellir National Park, Geysir spring, and Gullfoss Iceland waterfall. In fact, there are so many natural hot springs around that you need your swimsuit at all times!
Dream Destination: Los Angeles
Why? No doubt about it. I love it: sun, drinks, beach, and the feeling that you are in a Hollywood film and that any minute you too will be a film star like Montgomery Clift. I used to live there and wish that I had stayed!
Dream Destination: Miami
Why? The weather is always fantastic and I try to go as often as possible as my best friend from my hometown of Odessa, Ukraine, lives there. I absolutely love the ocean and the idea of being in my swimsuit all day.
What to do: Miami is perfect for doing sports outdoors—I enjoy going for long walks and jogging along the seafront. I always finish off this routine with a healthy fresh pressed juice from Miami Juice. It's an amazing city for shopping, too—incredibly cool and international. Some of my favourite stores are the Alchemist, Oxygene, and The Webster. And then of course the food scene is great, too: I especially love Coya, Zuma, Makoto, and Casa Tua.