So, part way through London Fashion Week, I did a runner…
I had been invited to spend a few days in Istanbul, and it was an offer too good to be refused. I left LFW in the capable hands of the lovely Asta and headed off to Turkey. Istanbul is a city that I have breezed through on several work trips, but never had the opportunity to fully explore. Besides the fact that it straddles two continents; the history, architecture and culture has always fascinated me. Team that with the fact that I had just completed a research project on this very city and you had the recipe for a very excited person indeed.
We stayed at the incredibly lovely House Hotel Galatasaray, a stunning 1890’s townhouse that had recently been converted into a luxe hotel by the Autoban team. I’m a huge fan of their aesthetic so couldn’t wait to see what they had created. The hotel was a beautiful marriage of original features (lots of sumptuous moulding and traditional tiles) with a very polished, modern edge. They have managed to create something that is comfortable and functional, yet incredibly elegant. I wanted to move in permanently!
The Galatasaray area, within Beyoglu, is a great place to be based too, with streets full of amazing vintage and antique stores, cool cafes and outstanding restaurants- not to forget the incredible desserts at SakaryaTatlicisi that would send a diabetic into shock from twenty paces. Its also a short walk downhill to the fabulous Istanbul Modern (amazing Hussein Chalayan and Dice Kayek exhibitions) and the unbelievebly OTT Dolmabahce Palace.