Cruise Fashion Shows Predict the Hottest Travel Attractions of 2016

Sophie Miura

Luxury fashion houses are known for wielding influence to predict new season styles, but it turns out their power for forecasting trends isn't limited to the runway. In recent years, high-end brands have traded their home cities for far-flung exotic destinations to show off their new collections. Last year, Dior took up residence at Palais Bulles in Théoule-sur-Mer, France, giving the style set serious wanderlust (not to mention fashion envy). According to The New York Times, the next round of resort shows will lift the bar even higher and showcase some of the most stunning travel attractions in the world. Keep scrolling to explore the hottest destinations of 2016, according to luxury fashion brands. 

Nicolas Ghesquière, creative director at Louis Vuitton, announced over the weekend that the 2017 cruise fashion show would take place at the stunning Niterói Contemporary Art Museum in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The modernist UFO-like structure consists of a distinct saucer-shaped exterior and vibrant red entry path. The museum is perched on a cliff overlooking the ocean, making it one of Rio's most popular attractions.

The Dior Cruise show will be held at Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire, England. The stately Baroque structure has been described as the British Versailles, with sprawling gardens, opulent interior décor and one of the world's largest hedge mazes. 

Karl Lagerfeld loves to travel abroad. In the past, he's held the Chanel shows in Seoul, Salzburg, Dubai, and Dallas. Next stop: Havana, Cuba. Ever since U.S. travel sanctions were lifted, Cuba's colorful capital has been top-of-mind for tourists. The Cruise 2017 collection will be shown on May 3 in a secret venue that's yet to be revealed.

Milanese fashion house Gucci will show its new-season wares in one of London's most iconic buildings: Westminster Abbey. This will be the first-ever fashion show to be held in the 926-year-old church, which has hosted historical events like Prince William and Dutchess Catherine's wedding. 

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