Cunard Cruise Line Announces Fashion Week Cruise Across The Atlantic Along With Cruises Celebrating Big Bands and British Cuisine As A Part Of Its Sailing Calendar In 2016
by Heather Cassell
Cunard Cruise Line, the British luxury cruise line, is bringing back fashion and style to cruising with its first-ever Transatlantic Fashion Week along with Big Band Balls and British cuisine in 2016.
The cruise line announced its five unique cruising experiences celebrating British cuisine, fashion, and big band balls last week.
British fashion icons Dame Zandra Rhodes CBE headlines the style at sea during the seven-night inaugural Transatlantic Fashion Week cruise that will arrive in one of the style capitals of the world, New York, for opening day of New York’s Fashion Week 2016.
“I’m extremely excited to be joining Cunard on board Queen Mary 2 for the very first Transatlantic Fashion Week, 2016,” says Dame Zandra, a pioneering British designer who has dressed some the world’s most iconic stars and musicians, including Freddie Mercury and Jackie Onassis, in an October 23 news release from the cruise line. “For me, it offers the opportunity to share my knowledge and wonderful experiences from throughout my career in fashion, and give guests a taste of what my collection has to offer.”
Guests will get an exclusive look at Dame Zandra’s collections during a fashion show as they cruise across the Atlantic. Dame Zandra will unveil her designs as emerging faces from Storm Models take to the catwalk during the voyage.
Guests will also be treated to the newest up and coming designs from the hottest designers coming out of The Royal College of Art, one of the world’s number one postgraduate fashion programs, will also take their collections to the catwalk at sea as they cross the Atlantic.
Dame Zandra will be joined by Fern Mallis, the creator of New York Fashion Week; Colin McDowell, a fashion historian and commentator; and Gail Sackloff OBE, a consultant to the International Fashion Industry.
Fern is the award-winning fashion thought leader and also the creator and host of the premiere lecture series Fashion Icons with Fern Mallis at the 92nd Street Y in New York. Fern’s most recent interview was with iconic fashion model Cindy Crawford, who published a memoir, Becoming By Cindy Crawford: By Cindy Crawford with Katherine O’ Leary, but she has interviewed nearly every leading designer who has changed the way the world looks at style and thinks about what they wear from Victoria Beckham to Donna Karan to Calvin Klein to Vera Wang to Oscar de la Renta and so many more.
It’s no wonder she’s called by many “The Godmother of Fashion.”
Colin is a fashion thought leader with more than 40 years experience commenting and writing about fashion and style as the author of 23 books, including most recently Fashion Today and the The Anatomy of Fashion: Why We Dress the Way We Do, as well as for the London Sunday Times and all of Britain’s leading publications.
In 2004, he founded Fashion Fringe, an initiative to support and mentor young designers in London that has influenced and been adopted as the way to train young people across the globe.
Gail is America’s British connection to fashion and taste. She has brought the best British designers – such as Jimmy Choo – to Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman, Marshall Field’s and Saks Fifth Avenue.
Her style goes beyond what we wear to what we see and taste. She’s helped Prince Charles launch his Duchy Originals organic foods in the US and exhibit The Prince of Wales’ original watercolors at Saks Fifth Avenue.
Gail was also a director on The British Fashion Council and chair of the International Committee on the British Fashion Council.
The Queen Mary 2 departs Southampton, England on September 1 and arrives in New York on September 8, 2016.
Foodies will delight aboard the British Isles Culinary Discovery with celebrity chefs and wine experts such as Jilly Goolden, English wine critic, and Charles Sichel, export director of Maison Sichel wines.
Guests will be able to enjoy regional delicacies from around the British Isles through a range of tailored shore-side excursions, hosted on board events, and specially curated menus.
The Queen Elizabeth departs Southampton on June 23 for a 12 day adventure through the British Isles stopping at nine ports in Guernsey, Northern Ireland, Orkney Islands, Scotland, and the United Kingdom before returning to Southampton on July 5, 2016.
Guests can dance off the great food and fit into their fashionable attire for one of three Big Band Ball Cruises across the Atlantic / Westbound Crossing or through the Burges or the Caribbean aboard three Cunard Queen ships.
Created especially for dance and music lovers around the world to enjoy, Cunard plans to delight guests with music from Glenn Miller, Count Basie and Duke Ellington with the cruise line’s biggest orchestras of the year in November 2016.
The Big Band Cruises set sail starting with the Caribbean Highlights aboard the Queen Victoria, November 15 – 19; with the Bruges Short Break aboard the Queen Elizabeth November 19 – 22; and with the Atlantic / Westbound Crossing aboard the Queen Mary 2, November 19 – 26.
“These special event voyages will heighten the Cunard ocean travel experience in a uniquely vibrant and memorable way, immersing our guests into the worlds of fashion, high style, the best of British culture, world class cuisine, and the Big Band music and dance experience – all hallmarks of Cunard’s storied legacy,” says Richard Meadows, president of Cunard North America.
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