As all travels, you start with where you’re staying. Hence my journey through the European fashion weeks for men begins at my hotel in London (which also marked the beginning for the fashion month). Choosing a hotel in London is not an easy task, I’d say rather impossible, especially during fashion week when everything even semi affordable is booked in advance. The bottom line is: you get what you pay for. I’ve stayed in so many hotels in London that despite a great location and nice looking pictures on their website are down right crappy with mould on the walls and what not. As for Mondrian London, it is not the cheapest option out there, but for sure my favorite one so far in London.
My room had a lovely river view over the Thames and was spacious equipped with views over St Paul’s Cathedral, the London Bridge, etc., I literally sat in that window soaking it in for ages. Mondrian London is within walking distance of landmarks such as Tate Modern, Royal Festival Hall, the National and Globe theatres, as well as Borough Market and the London Eye. Despite that I didn’t have time for my visit to Tate Modern this time as my schedule was a bit too hectic.
One thing haunting me through fashion weeks has been Shawn Mendes. I think he’s been stalking me, or then it’s the other way around, but whatever city I was in during fashion weeks for men, he was there. It began here in London where we stayed on the same floor at Mondrian London and the funny part is that the ever so loyal fangirls (and fanboys) outside the hotel thought I was part of his entourage as they asked me if I could take them to his room. I courteously said he was busy at the moment. I might however have knocked on every door on the floor during my nights there, but no luck so far…
The staff was so very helpful and I really felt like I got the 5 star treatment in a hotel known for mixing contemporary design with the history of the building itself. And until my photographer had finished shooting I was starving so those fruits went down pretty fast. Thankfully there are plenty of options where to dine nearby and I treated myself to a nightly visit to Tesco just to get me sweet tooth quota filled as I love those British biscuits.
Here’s a new friend I had with me on the road. It’s a new addition to the Gucci Guilty family and this is truly something else. Born out of a special collaboration between creative director Alessandro Michele and master perfumer Alberto Morillas. Created using a particular blend with a structure that remains unchanged from the first time it is applied to the skin. Leather accord and goldenwood are custom-mixed with natural extract of the Nootka Cypress, selected especially for Gucci Guilty Absolute. The resulting scent features ultra-dry woody notes. I felt more masculine than ever wearing it, haha.
As always I do bring along my own essentials as I don’t trust even 5-star hotels have stuff good enough for me. To add a touch of London I brought along a Molton Brown Body Wash, but for those hot days I also took with me some new products from the Swedish company Recipe for Men which are really worth checking out as they bring the brewery concept into beauty and are all natural. Quite intriguing if you ask me and darn, still feel so masculine while typing this. Of course Rituals is always with me as an essential wherever I go and their body butter is such a night time treat to apply before going to bed.
If you’ve had the unpleasant experience of waking up with me, you’ll know it’s an impossible task to make me utter anything else than a grunt for two hours. If I wake at 8 am, I might be mentally awake at around 10 am, if you’re lucky. This comfy bed made me want to stay in it for quite some time, but my schedule basically forced me up at 7 am every day.
There’s nothing to wake you up like a hot shower though. I know some prefer it cold, but that would just basically give me a heart attack and wouldn’t further the cause of me waking up. I do love rainforest showers and don’t know how people even showered before they were introduced some years ago. As for nudity, this is as far as I go, although my photographer has some way more nude images on his rolls… But that’s for my eyes only, if he doesn’t want to make a quick buck that is. As for Mondrian London? Thumbs up for first class service, amazing rooms and a great location close to basically everything. If I’ll stay here again? Most certainly. Up next are outfit posts as well as a recap of London Fashion Week Men’s, so keep your eyes open.