Luxury Hotels

Seoul – Paris – Tel Aviv

Last time Girlahead was in Seoul she was continually reminded that the Korean capital could well be called the fashion capital of Asia. Conrad Seoul Hotel, next to the Han River, is integral with a four-floor underground shopping mall organised by the US giant, Taubman (as well as all the trendy stores, the complex has nine CGV movie theatres, screen nonstop from 7am-11pm). But back to fashion. From the hotel’s lobby a spiral staircase leads up through the five-floor open atrium, a perfect theatre for teenage fashionistas who parade nonstop, taking selfies. We recommend the 144sq m Conrad Suite #3506, looking across the river to Namsan Hill – and, of course, watch the ‘fashion plate youngsters’ patrolling the hotel’s spacious public areas. The British Fashion Council BFC, by the way, considers the Korean fashion scene so important that it has announced  its first-ever London Fashion Week ambassador in South Korea. The title is held by Yun-Kee Jeong, stylist, creative director and president of talent and communications agency InTrend, and his new role is to help raise the profile of UK fashion in his home market.


In Europe, Paris Fashion Week going ahead, initially virtually, with some live events, featuring Chanel and Louis Vuitton, at least, to follow ‘shortly’ (how long is short??). The digital shows run 28 September to 6 October.


Today, Israel’s Ministry of Tourism IMOT hosts a webinar at 1pm New York time to show off newest renovations at Tel Aviv   Museum of the Jewish People, which is coming to the end of a $100 million enhancement. Museum CEO Dan Tadmor will showcase a sneak peek of the new three-floor Core Exhibition, a journey through Jewish culture and history, showcasing the great minds of the Jewish people and the contributions they have, and continue to make, to society. The new exhibition will triple the museums gallery space to 66,000 square feet. The story begins on the third floor, which presents Jewish culture and the contribution Jews have made to global civilization in the past and in modern times. The second floor follows the timeline of Jewish history, from Biblical times to the present. The exhibit ends on the ground floor, where visitors will be taken through the key tenets of Jewish life: Bible, Shabbat, Covenant and Prayer. Here guests learn about the foundational concepts of Jewish faith and the values shared by Jews and Christians alike.


Today, too, is the day – wherever you are – to listen to Anthony Mallows talking about building complexes in the years to come, developments that indeed have museums, as well as luxury hotels and entertainment centres and outdoor space, masses of it. Tomorrow’s luxury is space, and authentic nature. Anthony Mallows is President/CEO of might global mega-planner WATG and you can hear him on MARY GOSTELOW GIRLAHEAD POSTCARD, via (or send your email to and he will alert you with direct click-through to future podcasts, one every week, one inspirational leader after another).