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Gorge on a fashion feast of the East

Bangkok International Fashion Fair Shopping tour, Hong Kong Silk Street, Hanoi

Because you’re worth it dahhhhling – fashion is the feel good fun for all ages. Get high on high heels, go low with cleavage and dress to impress on these amazing fashion-themed Asian holidays for all budgets and styles.

There are thousands of shops in Hong Kong, but where do you start? Luckily you can sort the fake from the Fendi on a Hong Kong Island half day tour, which includes a ride in a sampan through the Aberdeen fishing village, before embarking on your shopping adventure at Stanley Market. Pick up some bargains and visit a prestigious jewellery factory where artisans craft exquisite pieces using gold and gems. We recommend you stay in the trendy district of Tsim Sha Tsui at The Luxe Manor Hong Kong. Why? For a start, you can refresh your feet in the marble bathroom and rain shower, slip into your new threads and then sip an oh-so-chic cocktail at the Aspasia restaurant and bar, with its collection of contemporary artworks and a feast of 50 recipes and August’s theme Venetian menu.

Bell bottoms, puffy shirts, and fluoro leggings – are these worthy of Designer or Dumpster? Find out current and future trends at the Bangkok International Fashion Fair from 13-16 August 2009. There will be over 1200 booths full of domestic and international fashion specialists – from designers to suppliers – and this year’s theme is ‘Full Stop.Fashion.’ You’ll be able to punctuate your style by learning more about the skill that went into your dress. Stay at the stylish Dream Hotel Bangkok, and enjoy an Avatar spa before drifting off on your 300-thread count Egyptian bed linen while ethereal lighting floats under the bed, as if you’re sleeping on a cloud. Just heavenly.

Want an Oscar gown without remortgaging the home? Take a picture to a Hanoi tailor and get measured up for your own Oscar de la Renta or Versace masterpiece. Choose your fabric, talk with the skilled tailor, have some fittings, and a couple of days later you’ll have a dress or suit ready for the red carpet. Maybe a few dresses – why not, it’s so cheap! A renowned area for tailoring is ‘Hang Gai’ or ‘Silk Street’, with blocks full of silk, embroidery and seamstresses – a sight of colours, patterns and all the passion of this exotic area. After the hustle and bustle of fashion frenzy, retreat back to the Elegance 4 Hotel Hanoi.

Pink pigtails, striped stockings, safety-pinned nostrils and purple lipstick – and that’s just the guys. See the extremes of fashion and buy some for yourself in Tokyo’s trendy shopping district of Shibuya, including the Shibuya 109 mall. For more traditional Japanese fashion, check out the Ome Kimono Museum, which displays exquisite royal and period kimonos best appreciated with a close up viewing to see the complexity and craftsmanship – and understand why they can cost up to $60,000. Pamper yourself on the ladies floor of the Shibuya Excel Tokyu Hotel, which includes accessories case, hand mirror, nightshirt, face lotion, and milk lotion.

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