Holiday Feature

Packing For Mykonos

Packing for a well-deserved holiday can be a stressful hassle. To offer a helping hand, we compiled the perfect fashion luggage for those headed towards the idyllic whitewashed Greek Island.

by Chloé Bauwens

Runway-inspired

While getaway get-ups generally steer away from overt references, designers allow us to go all out this season with Greek-inspired dresses, shoes and jewellery. For her SS17 collection Athens-born British designer Mary Katrantzou, who’s known for her innovative prints and elegant shapes, drew on her roots. Katrantzou had models donned in traditional Greek prints ranging from ancient goddesses to the Cyrillic alphabet. Karl Lagerfeld juggled with the same source of inspiration for Chanel Resort 2018 and presented a collection that had an interesting sense of antiquity, that due to its softness and intricate detailing remained true to Chanel’s timeless and elegant values. It’s not new for designers to look at the past for inspiration, but it is refreshing to see them take such a literal leap on history. Where Katrantzou and Lagerfeld opt for clear-cut imagery, renowned accessories designer Anya Hindmarch presented us for spring/summer 2017 with colourful neoprene coats and mathematical-inspired geometrical shapes. The Greek reference was limited to an amphitheatre-like stage, proving that a Greek backdrop provides the ideal canvas for any fashionable experiment.

Where to go

With tons of trendy bars and restaurants on offer, Mykonos is the rock star of the Greek islands. Whether you want to relax to the sound of the waves at a secret beach or if you feel like lounging in style, this island can cater to all your holiday needs.

Fokos Taverna 
Ready to hang with the locals and experience an authentic Greek day of doing pretty much nothing? Then Fokos Taverna will be right up your alley. Secluded from other tourist facilities on the northern side of Mykonos, Fokos thrives on quiet elegance, good food and an unspoilt beach. 

Scorpios 
'We are what we eat' isn't just a figure of speech for this hip beach club. By offering mainly vegetarian, but overall tasteful Mediterranean food on communal tables, they aim to create a laid-back, calm atmosphere and succeed with flying colours. The view is breathtaking, the interior relaxing and the cocktails dangerously addictive. What else could you possibly need?

Kiki's Tavern

With no sign and no electricity, it's easy to overlook this charming gem, hidden away on the north of the island. Be prepared to start queuing up at twelve sharp, because that's the only way to guarantee yourself a table when the restaurant opens at 12:30. As soon as you are seated, overlooking the blue sea and enjoying a barbeque grilled meal of the day with a glass of wine, you'll quickly relax, forgetting all about the people that came too late and are still waiting in line. Our advice? Let them wait and enjoy your meal.

Spilia
Hidden in a natural cave, you find this romantic seaside restaurant that serves raw and fresh seafood ingredients, right in front of your eyes. While you are welcome all day long, we recommend booking a table for dinner so you can truly enjoy the sunset at this blissful tucked away setting. 

What to read

Exploring Mykonos and all it has to offer is enough to pack your itinerary for days. Still, it might come as a welcome change of pace to relax on the warm golden sand surrounded by the cerulean blue sea, a cocktail and a good read. 

Into the Water by Paula Hawkins

With her highly anticipated second novel, the author of 'The Girl on the Train' brings a new cinematic thriller to life. Set in the town of Beckford, Hawkins tells the story of a river where women go to drown themselves or are drowned. When a single mother turns up dead, she leaves behind a fifteen-year-old daughter, forcing aunt Jules to come back to the town as a legal guardian. 

The Idiot by Elif Batuman
Batuman's first and semi-autobiographical novel scored a direct hit with its quirky coming-of-age narrative. In 'The Idiot', you follow Selin, a daughter of Turkish immigrants, during her first year at Harvard. Thanks to rambling conversations, personal email exchanges with her first love and the daily struggles of her young life, you develop an understanding of Selin's perception of the world and her character. Undoubtedly, you will automatically be reminded of your own adolescent thoughts. 

How To Murder Your Life by Cat Marnell
The fashion and beauty industry isn't all glitter and glamour. In her memoir, Marnell, a former magazine beauty editor, writes about her addiction to alcohol and prescription drugs and how she managed to keep it a secret from the glimmering world she was working in. An honest and bewitching recollection of a gifted writer.

Rich People Problems by Kevin Kwan
In Kwan's third and final part of his best-selling trilogy on three fictional wealthy Asian families, grandmother Su Yi is on her deathbed. Aside from the dramatic family struggles that go along with family members running towards Su Yi's bedside, you get another glamorous, hilarious and voyeuristic look into their extravagant and exuberant lives. In case you haven't read the previous two instalments, you have your reading work cut out for you before the highly-anticipated movie launches. 
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