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The Perfect Backdrop

By Sofia Celeste 10 August 2017

MILAN, ITALY – Milan is great in the fall when the fashion season sprinkles its magic dust on this grey metropolis. In August, however, this city is a ghost town. With geopolitics and the decreasing spending power of the euro cramping people’s style, our favourite influencers are dispersed all over the world discovering new destinations and the perfect backdrop to pump your Instagram post to the top.

Here are some spots to consider:

Lotusland, Montecito, CA

One of the most celebrated botanical gardens in the world, Lotusland hosted this summer’s Avant Garden Gala and looks from the Valentino 2017 fall collection were scattered about the hydrangeas and the lilypad laden ponds. Lotusland embodies a mix of European landscaping with dry, desert elements. Rest your back against any of the burnt red or washed pink, vine-lined walls and strike a pose.

Giardino dei Tarocchi, Grosseto, Italy

If Gaudi’ and Botero’s artistic worlds had a baby together, this is what it would look like. The mosaic wonderland dubbed the “Giardino dei Tarocchi,” Italian for Tarot Garden abounds with rounded sculptures of women and fantastical creatures adorned with vibrant tiles. Sometimes referred to as an esoteric tarot, the garden was created by the French artist Niki de Saint Phalle in the middle of southern Tuscany. The park was opened to the public in 1998. Kick up your heels and have fun. Any picture you take here will loudly pop with colour.

Kennebunkport, Maine

Made famous by the presidential Bush family, Kennebunkport definitely has a conservative air about it. But Kennebunkport has its fair share of swanky boutiques and bars that will get you enjoying the nautical fashions and the Nantucket-red pants. The lazy sail boats, the charming New England cottages and the orange, hay coloured sunsets will create the perfect background for your summer brag book. 

 

 

Centro, Cartagena, Colombia

Heading to South America? Cartagena’s Centro neighbourhood has well-preserved colonial architecture that has you dreaming of 19th century Caribbean nights. The touristic highlights will beckon you to pose before a pastel- coloured wall with a Wayuu pom pom bag in your hand and a panama hat on your head in no time.

Riad El Fenn, Marrakech, Morocco

The late Yves Saint Laurent and his love for Northern Africa rendered Moroccan architecture germane in the fashion world. That lives on today, in a time in which many old riads, or Moroccan homes built around a courtyard, have been turned into boutique hotels. Riad El Fenn, for example, was revived by Richard Branson's sister Vanessa and is one such structure that has combined old Marrakech glamour with modern jet set comforts.

High Line, New York

Hot town, summer in the city. Take the stairs up to this linear park/urban walkway at golden hour with the red brick buildings at your back, the New York skyline hovering over your head and an assured European sense of fashion with every step and you have an Instagram post par excellence.

Kilauea Volcano, Hilo, Hawaii

Get in there Moana and restore the heart of Tafiti! Known as the star of the Big Island’s Volcanoes National Park, Kilauea Volcano remains active, bursting with orange lava and steam daily. With all that glowing heat at your head, one is bound to have a fashionable revelation.

Enjoy!

    

 



Sofia Celeste
FAIRPLAY Editor-in-Chief

When she is not hunting down the latest in tech and fashion, Sofia Celeste is scouting artisan talent for her online magazine bacoluxury.com. Born in the US and raised on the Pacific Island of Guam, she went on to write for Dow Jones Newswires and the Wall Street Journal. Her work is now regularly published in top fashion publications NOWFASHION and WWD.

MILAN, ITALY – Milan is great in the fall when the fashion season sprinkles its magic dust on this grey metropolis. In August, however, this city is a ghost town. With geopolitics and the decreasing spending power of the euro cramping people’s style, our favourite influencers are dispersed all over the world discovering new destinations and the perfect backdrop to pump your Instagram post to the top.

Here are some spots to consider:

Lotusland, Montecito, CA

One of the most celebrated botanical gardens in the world, Lotusland hosted this summer’s Avant Garden Gala and looks from the Valentino 2017 fall collection were scattered about the hydrangeas and the lilypad laden ponds. Lotusland embodies a mix of European landscaping with dry, desert elements. Rest your back against any of the burnt red or washed pink, vine-lined walls and strike a pose.

Giardino dei Tarocchi, Grosseto, Italy

If Gaudi’ and Botero’s artistic worlds had a baby together, this is what it would look like. The mosaic wonderland dubbed the “Giardino dei Tarocchi,” Italian for Tarot Garden abounds with rounded sculptures of women and fantastical creatures adorned with vibrant tiles. Sometimes referred to as an esoteric tarot, the garden was created by the French artist Niki de Saint Phalle in the middle of southern Tuscany. The park was opened to the public in 1998. Kick up your heels and have fun. Any picture you take here will loudly pop with colour.

Kennebunkport, Maine

Made famous by the presidential Bush family, Kennebunkport definitely has a conservative air about it. But Kennebunkport has its fair share of swanky boutiques and bars that will get you enjoying the nautical fashions and the Nantucket-red pants. The lazy sail boats, the charming New England cottages and the orange, hay coloured sunsets will create the perfect background for your summer brag book. 

 

 

Centro, Cartagena, Colombia

Heading to South America? Cartagena’s Centro neighbourhood has well-preserved colonial architecture that has you dreaming of 19th century Caribbean nights. The touristic highlights will beckon you to pose before a pastel- coloured wall with a Wayuu pom pom bag in your hand and a panama hat on your head in no time.

Riad El Fenn, Marrakech, Morocco

The late Yves Saint Laurent and his love for Northern Africa rendered Moroccan architecture germane in the fashion world. That lives on today, in a time in which many old riads, or Moroccan homes built around a courtyard, have been turned into boutique hotels. Riad El Fenn, for example, was revived by Richard Branson's sister Vanessa and is one such structure that has combined old Marrakech glamour with modern jet set comforts.

High Line, New York

Hot town, summer in the city. Take the stairs up to this linear park/urban walkway at golden hour with the red brick buildings at your back, the New York skyline hovering over your head and an assured European sense of fashion with every step and you have an Instagram post par excellence.

Kilauea Volcano, Hilo, Hawaii

Get in there Moana and restore the heart of Tafiti! Known as the star of the Big Island’s Volcanoes National Park, Kilauea Volcano remains active, bursting with orange lava and steam daily. With all that glowing heat at your head, one is bound to have a fashionable revelation.

Enjoy!

    

 



Sofia Celeste
FAIRPLAY Editor-in-Chief

When she is not hunting down the latest in tech and fashion, Sofia Celeste is scouting artisan talent for her online magazine bacoluxury.com. Born in the US and raised on the Pacific Island of Guam, she went on to write for Dow Jones Newswires and the Wall Street Journal. Her work is now regularly published in top fashion publications NOWFASHION and WWD.

 

Photo: Vogue

 

Photo: Vogue

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