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Summer in the Cities: Arabella Greenhill


09-08-2011 | In : Wear in the World
Fairytale beaded fringe scarf - AlexiaAlexia beaded fringe scarf, £40.


Bric’s four wheel carry on case, £155.

Arabella Greenhill, senior fashion editor at Marie Claire and stylist for internet fashion and shopping advice hub Stylist Pick is a longstanding friend of style-passport. She has spent much of her glossy magazine working life attending fashion shows in the world’s four most famous fashion cities: New York, Milan, Paris and London. What better person to talk us through the best packs, tricks and places to go in each destination?Beauty Tip for the summer: Bright toenails are an inexpensive and fun way to finish an outfit.Dressing tip: I look out of the window and, depending on the weather, decide what shoes I need and start there.Fashion tip: Don’t leave home without a scarf. The Alexia scarves are both useful and decorative and really dress up a simple outfit.

Styling Tip: Add a bright splash of colour. Layers are ideal for a British summer.

How do you prepare for a trip away? I have a pedicure, an eyelash tint and I always pack a travel steamer – mine is from Morplan.

What’s the first thing do you do when you arrive at your destination?  As soon as I get to my hotel I have to unpack my bags in the first ten minutes – hang my clothes and organize the room. If I don’t it will never happen and I will live out of my suitcase in chaos for the rest of the trip.

Holdall or Wheelie case? I have a black wheelie case that I put in the hold. I put coloured ribbons onto the handle of it so I can recognize it. I also have a Goyard carry on tote bag filled to the brim, with: iPad loaded with movies, Bose Quiet Comfort headphones, cashmere socks, Smythson travel wallet, Tanya Cashmere blanket, bottle of water, Elizabeth Arden 8-hour cream.

Who are your style icons/ones to watch this summer? Sofia Coppola in New York, Clemency Poesy in Paris and Giovanna Battaglia in Milan, my sister Xanthe for London – she’s very cool. 

What key wardrobe items will never date? A black blazer, Breton stripes, jeans, white shirts and ballet pumps.

What’s your advice on wearing the 70s look well? Don’t overdo it by taking it too literally and wearing it head to toe. Keep it modern and effortless – try a blouse, flares and wedges.

Current/Elliott flares, £112.50, Equipment silk shirt, £235,  ASH platforms, £104.30

What’s your advice on choosing sunglasses? Invest in one classic pair that suits the shape of your face. These might be expensive, but they’re an investment and worth it. For the summer, supplement your style with cheap fun fashion pairs that can travel with you and you don’t mind getting covered in sand and sun cream.

Bikini or one piece? Both, depending on my mood and where I am.

Maxi dress or mini dress? Trousers.

Hunter or converse? I am a big fan of both.

Skinnies or flares? Skinnies look great and are easy to wear. I love flares but you have to find the right height heel to wear with them.

What are your picks from the style-passport site? I love lots of the pieces here. To wear myself I’d say, the black Hush maxi dress, everything from Chinti and Parker, especially the bamboo cashmere sweater. The Panama from Ecua Andino is classic, cool and wide enough to keep off the sun. The Equipment shirts are lovely and elegant – every woman should own a couple of silk shirts. My favourites are the cream and coral. The Alexia scarves add a decorative touch to any outfit and the brown Ray-bans exude effortless chic. I also love any grey t-shirt and sweatshirt.

Where: London.Best place to eat: J Sheekey (fish pie, frozen berries) or for a great Japanese go to Sushi-Say in Willesden.

Best place to drink: Pimms in back garden.

Best place to sleep: At my house in Queens Park.

Best time of year to visit:  All round.

Things to avoid: Oxford Street and Portobello on a Saturday afternoon.

Off the beaten track finds:  Head to East London for great café culture.

teNeues London city journal, £7.99.

Best outfit or fashion item for destination (pictured): Cream silk shirt by Hamilton-Paris, denim skirt by Stella McCartney and shoes by Chloe.

Holiday packing tip:  Pack an umbrella and an oyster card.

What I bought: I tend to shop less for myself in London and more when I travel.

I listen to: BBC6 and Adam and Joe podcasts.

I watch: A lot of films on aeroplanes when I am travelling, but recently went to the cinema to see SennaMy favourite cinema in London would have to be the Lexi on Chamberlayne Road.

Where: Paris, the most stylish city in the world. The Parisian women are always so perfectly turned out and look so cool.

Best place to eat: Cafe Ruc (Ruc Cheeseburger).

Best place to drink: Hotel Costes Bar for people watching and the bar at the Raphael.

Best place to sleep: Park Hyatt- the beds are so comfortable.

Best time of year to visit: Spring time.

Things to avoid:  Versailles in summer.

Off the beaten track finds:  The art, fashion and photography bookshop L7.

Best outfit or fashion item for destination (pictured): stripe top by Chinti and Parker, cropped jeans by J Brand, leopard print heels by Kurt Geiger, sunglasses by Ray-Ban.

Holiday packing tip: Street map of Paris, ballet flats and red lipstick.


teNeues city guide to Paris, £8.95

What I bought: I always try and visit Colette and if I have time a quick trip to my favourite French labels such as Vanessa Bruno, Isabel Marant, American Vintage, Maje and Carven. I always seem to come home with great books though.

What I listened to/read/learnt: I always pick up a copy of Paris Vogue. I try and visit an exhibiton while I am there. I went to the Yves Saint Laurent exhibition last year at the Petit Palais. It was amazing and so inspiring.

Where: New York  (Arabella lived there for three years in the early nineties).

Best place to eat:  I love New York for the Japanese and Mexican food.  I have endless favourites, and they change all the time, although Matsuri at the Maritime Hotel serves up amazing Japanese food.

Best place to drink:  The roof of Soho House.

Best place to sleep: At my sister’s apartment in Chelsea.

Best time of year to visit: Spring and Autumn.

City Journals New York - teNeues

teNeues New York city journal, £7.99

Things to avoid: Times Square anytime and Soho on a Saturday afternoon.

Off the beaten track finds:  I love wandering around Lower East Side and if I have time, Brooklyn. My sister and I have a tradition of going to Soho Nails on West Broadway for a pedicure.

Best outfit or fashion item for destination (pictured): scarf by Alexia, cashmere bamboo sweater by Chinti and Parker, jeans by J Brand, heels by Louboutin.

Holiday packing tip: Pack a credit card and sunglasses.



Prada sunglasses, £195.

What I bought: I always find something in Barneys and J Crew.

What I listened to/read/learnt: I went to the Alexander McQueen Exhibition last time I was there. I also like to see what’s on at the International Center of Photography on 6th Avenue. I tend to watch trash American TV when I am there with my sister. She loves The Real Housewives of New YorkI also watched the mini series of Mildred Pierce with Kate Winslet, which was amazing.

Where: Milan.

Best place to eat:  The food at Alla Collina Pistoiese is simply delicious and one of the few restaurants open on a Sunday night.

Best place to drink: Hotel Principe Di Savoia is the best place to for celeb spotting.

Best place to sleep: Hotel Principe Di Savoia.

Best time of year to visit: Spring.

Things to avoid: Driving, to avoid getting stuck in the complicated one-way system.

Off the beaten track finds:  Peck deli has been in Milan since 1883. There you’ll find the absolute best parmesan, olive oils and wine.

Best outfit or fashion item for destination: Top and trousers by Zara, shoes by Prada, red nail varnish.


Nail polish by Cetuem, £10, sandal by A Piedi, £45.

Holiday packing tip: Flat sandals. The cobbled streets are a nightmare with heels.

What I bought: Pumpkin ravioli from Peck.

What I listened to/read/learnt: I always bring movies and box sets downloaded onto my iPad to watch in the hotel.


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