Fashion Lifestyle Travel

More hats, more style – so suitable for luxury hotels, and travelling round Italy in a red Ferrari

Original Christmas art by Susan Macartny-Snape for Mandarin Oriental London Hyde Park

Original Christmas art by Susan Macartny-Snape for Mandarin Oriental London Hyde Park

More hats, say a gal’s must-have carnival hat – or, for travelling, a Hokianga Hat, collapsible, washable, made in New Zealand on the isthmus between the Manukau Harbour on the Tasman Sea and the Pacific.  Yes, there are other luxury travel hats.

Carnival hat for Copacabana Palace, Rio de Janeiro

Flying out of Paro after a blissful trip to Bhutan, another passenger on Druk Air said ‘like your hat’.  It was King of Hats, Alex Tilley (he is actually king of travel gear, not only in Canada but worldwide).

And the Hokianga shares space in the Rimowa case with my all-purpose The Rockies running, touring cap.  Sometimes it is good to pretend to be Canadian.

Hats are mandatory during Itaipu Dam tour, Iguazu Falls, Brazil

Hart hat at Itaipu Binantional dam - one leg in Brazil, girl, and one in Paraguay

And then from time to time a hard-hat is needed – say when visiting the Itaipu Binational  dam blocking the Paraná river, bordering Brazil and Paraguay.  Every time a luxury hotel is about to open, I get there first, be in the Yas Hotel in Abu Dhabi (now Viceroy) or the lovely Jumeirah Frankfurt or, most recently, Belgraves London, opening in three weeks’ time.  Hard-hat times.

Style is not only on – or in – one’s head but in the understanding, so to speak. Style is shoes, be they Jimmy Choo, Louboutin or Manolo, or even, when magnificently displayed, Kurt Geiger.

Paper napkin, Bonum vinum laetificat cor hominis (Good wine gladdens a person's heart)

Paper napkin, Bonum vinum laetificat cor hominis (Good wine gladdens a person's heart)

And it is simple things, like paper bands around napkins (which must be real linen, beautifully ironed).

And travel, be in the bike of the moment or the car forever, particularly if it is red and gorgeous and starts with an F – and if, like my favourite cuisine, it is Italian.

More style tomorrow, what can it be?

Red Travel - led by President/CEO Andrea Levy, centre - is accoladed by American Academy of Hospitality Sciences during ILTM 2011

Red Travel - led by President/CEO Andrea Levy, centre - is accoladed by American Academy of Hospitality Sciences during ILTM 2011