Sure, most of the cities on our list host their very own Fashion Week events. But where better than Paris to view firsthand the latest trends and rub elbows with celebrities like Madonna or Gwyneth Paltrow?
Full to bursting with elite supermodels, every designer who matters and parties galore, Paris Fashion Week is a drool-worthy vacation destination for any true fashionista. This event isn't for the faint of heart or constitution. Be prepared for days full of runway shows, parties, dinners and even concerts -- provided you're able to snag entry. Do your best to score tickets in advance via a well-connected friend or by selling your soul to the Versace family, if you're really desperate.
Those of you who make the trek, but can't get your French-manicured fingers on a Fashion Week pass need not smear your mascara with unnecessary tears. Paris is also home to deluxe shopping of all labels and styles, although the high-end designer boutiques aren't clustered together. A visit to the Champs-Elysées is certainly in order, but be sure to bring along a map and shopping guide if you want to find your way to all your favorite designers' storefronts. Don't forget to purchase a beret while you're there. It just wouldn't be a trip to Paris without one.