SINGAPORE (August 18, 2010)
Agoda, Asia’s global hotel booking site and part of Nasdaq-listed Priceline.com, today releases some hot hotel rates for September, just in time for Fashion Week in the world's most fashion-forward cities.
The first of the 'big four' Spring/Summer 2011 collections begins in New York with Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, happening from September 9-16. Famously, MB Fashion Week has always been held in the center of New York's garment district at Bryant Park. This year, however, the S/S 2011 shows will take place at the Lincoln Center of Performing Arts on New York's Upper West side.
The New York runway schedule showcases upcoming ready-to-wear lines from prominent US designers, many of them born and bred in New York. Highlights for the season include shows for Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein, DKNY, Michael Kors, L.A.M.B. by Gwen Stefani, and the dependably upbeat and unconventional Betsey Johnson show.
The always-fashionable London gets super stylish from September 17-22 this year as the S/S 2011 Collections take place at Somerset House. British design empires like Mulberry, Paul Smith and Burberry Prorsum will unveil their forecasts for the next season, as will popular high street brand, Topman.
'Fashion Fringe at Covent Garden' culminates in a final runway show at London Fashion Week. This initiative was created to uncover bold new British designers in the tradition of Vivienne Westwood and Alexander McQueen. Three finalists will show during London Fashion Week, with the winner decided upon by John Galliano.
Fashion capital of Italy, Milan, celebrates fashion for almost the entire month of September, with events planned from September 8-30. The Spring/Summer 2011 Collections show from September 22-28 in the Centro Sfilate on via Gattamelata in Milan city center.
The most important events of the month are the women's prêt-a-porter collections attended by fashion heavyweights like Vogue editor Anna Wintour, as well as fashion buyers and the international press. Italian designers who show during this time include some of the world's most renowned – Emporio Armani, Gucci, Versace, Fendi Dolce & Gabbana, Prada and Emilio Pucci.
Paris is the last of the 'big four' fashion weeks, the prêt-a-porter shows taking place this year from September 28-October 7 in venues across the city. The Chanel show is always a highlight – staged at the Grand Palais every year it's a large-scale production with elaborate and expensive décor. Other iconic venues include Le Petit Palais, Le Jardin des Tuileries and Le Carrousel du Louvre.
Around a hundred designers show during this time, including the biggest names in fashion: Louis Vuitton, Hermes, Valentino, Dior, Lacroix and Yves Saint Laurent. The daily schedule includes up to ten shows, the higher-profile collections featuring celebrities both on the runway and in the front row.
Fashion Week is a notoriously difficult time to find accommodation, but Agoda has managed to secure the following rates at some of the world's hippest hotels in the world's style capitals.
Bryant Park Hotel, 40 West 40th Street – 4 stars
Special Rate from USD 422 per night.
Soho Grand Hotel, Lower Manhattan – 4 stars
Hot Deal from USD 448 per night.
Dream Hotel, Midtown Manhattan – 4 stars
Hot Deal from USD 362 per night.
Metropolitan Hotel, Mayfair & Marylebone – 5 stars
Agoda rates from USD 404 per night.
51 Buckingham Gate Taj Suites and Residences, Victoria & Westminster – 5 stars
Special Agoda rates from USD 385.
Athenaeum Hotel, Mayfair & Marylebone – 5 stars
Hot Agoda rates from USD 246 per night – minimum stay 3 nights.
Principe di Savoia, Piazza Della Repubblica – 5 stars
Special rates from USD 417 per night.
Town House Galleria, Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II – 5 stars
Agoda rates from USD 508 per night.
Straf Hotel, Via San Raffaele 3, Centro Storico – 4 stars
Agoda rates from USD 430 per night.
Le Burgundy Hotel, 6-8, rue Duphot – 5 stars
Agoda Early Bird Promotion from USD 476 per night – must book at least 30 days in advance. Valid until December 31.
Banke Hotel, 20 rue La Fayette – 4 stars
Agoda rates from USD 518 per night.
Le Six Hotel, 14 Rue Stanislas – 4 stars
Agoda rates from USD 264 per night.
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