Fashion Fusion: 11 restaurants created by the world's top fashion designers
Now you might think that eating at a luxury fashion designer’s restaurant is going to set you back the same $$$ as a flight to Europe ($999* for under 30’s & students rn until April 4, 2018).
However, there are a few eateries on this list that will give you a little taste of the high life for no more than the cost of a cup of tea (when in London of course). But if you do have a bit of a taste for the finer things in life, literally, you won’t want to miss dining at the following luxury eateries dreamt up by the global fashion industry’s finest designers and brands.
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1. Dolce & Gabbana’s Gold, Milan
Many a celebrity have been spotted at Stefano Gabbana and Domenico Dolce’s Gold restaurant including Justin Bieber and Kylie Minogue. Touting a traditional Sicilian menu and sparkling pale gold interior, this restaurant is a highlight for any celebrity (or pleb) stay in Milan.
2. Virgil Abloh’s Honey’s, Chicago
The American designer and creative director, on all of the cool kids' lips, is Virgil Abloh. The creator of luxury label Off-White and former art-director to Kanye West/Jay-Z is a partner in Chicago restaurant Honey, of which the restaurant’s chic modern interior design is of course his doing.
3. Burberry’s Thomas’s Cafe, London
Taking its name from the brand’s founder Thomas Burberry, this chic cafe serves up all the classic British fare from fish ‘n’ chips to crumpets and of course English Breakfast Tea.
4. Comme des Garçons & Dover Street Market’s Rose Bakery, London
Located at the top of trendy Comme des Garçons owned Dover Street Market boutique in Haymarket, Rose Bakery is a yummy respite from all of that tiring shopping.
5. Ralph Lauren’s Ralph’s Coffee, New York
Perched just above Ralph Lauren’s flagship store in New York is the designer’s cute vintage bistro inspired cafe where you can get a warm ol’ cup of joe!
6. Giorgio Armani’s Emporio Armani Caffe, Dubai
There are several Armani owned restaurants and bars and each year the list continues to grow. Emporio Armani Caffe in Dubai offers up contemporary Italian dishes as an homage to Giorgio’s heritage.
7. Hiroshi Fujiwara’s Chicken Kitchen, Tokyo
This pop-up restaurant comes from the designer (and producer/musician) Hiroshi Fujiwara who’s Fragment brand is a streetwear hypebeast’s dream (he’s collaborated with brands such as Nike, Starbucks and Louis Vuitton). Chicken Kitchen references the popular Beef Kitchen in Tokyo mixed with a hint of nostalgia from Fujiwara’s countryside upbringing.
8. Gucci’s 1921 Gucci, Shanghai
On the fourth level of Shanghai luxury mall IAPM sits 1921 Gucci, the brand’s first foray into the food and beverage industry. The only way into this exclusive restaurant is naturally through the Gucci store’s private elevator.
9. Christian Dior’s Cafe Dior, Seoul
Like an extension of the Christian Dior store, the cafe sits atop of the quirky building designed by architect Christian de Portzamparc and features French pastries and macarons by chef Pierre Hermé.
10. Prada’s Bar Luce, Milan
Hollywood director Wes Anderson was enlisted as a collaborator for revered Italian design house, Prada, and its first food space. This resulted in the quirky interior of Bar Luce, complete with pinball machines.
11. Versace’s Vanitas, Gold Coast
Was there ever a better match than the glitz and glamour represented by the late Gianni Versace, and the glitterati and gold metre maids of Australia’s magical Gold Coast? Vanitas at Palazzo Versace is a nod to this perfect pairing offering up glamour and celebrity with contemporary dining.
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