In this, part 2 of the series on Mykonos and Greek food, fashion and design, here’s a look at some of the exciting creativity going on in the design world here. And if you missed, part 1 on Greek food, click here.
Most interesting of all is the aesthetic that permeates all aspects of design, one inspired by nature in its motifs, coloration and organic materials.
In exterior and interior design it embraces fine light woods (raw finish preferred), stone, glass and water, be it of the sea or man made pools.
In fashion, we’re talking about natural fibers – cotton, silk and wool. It may or may not be your aesthetic, but one can’t help but be impressed by the innovation, and refreshing change from the all too ubiquitous man made materials we see today.
In fashion, there are two currents. One, very minimalist as in simple lines– sometime assymetrical, unisex, pure black (for men) and earth tones for women, not unlike what we saw in Berlin and Milan. Then there are the printed palazzo pants, long flowing dresses, and caftans in all lengths, many loose and gauzy, some highly ornamented. My favorite designer was Penny Vomra of Rien of Athens and Mykonos. Here I’m sporting one of her bathing suits.
Much in evidence was Boho Chic, both in the clothes and shoes with their crafty touches, from colorful pompons to textile fringes, crocheting and beading. Shoes here and in Italy and Spain were mostly rhinestone encrusted sandals, designer sneakers, sequined espadrilles and blingy Birkenstocks –yes, you read right — with copper and silver straps. (Ballerina flats and stilettos were hardly to be found anywhere in my European travels).
If Mykonos is in your plans, a few tips….download free app Mykonos by Lifethink. It’s a directory of hot spots with descriptions and maps. Most comfortable beach experience is to rent sunbeds which comes with a towel and umbrella for the day at the organized beach clubs where lounge music will keep you snapping your fingers as you sunbathe.
There are 20 different beaches to choose from, most with beach clubs and a restaurant. The jet set club is Namos. A recent story has it that a Saudi Arabian prince came and had his feet washed with Cristal champagne. The bill? 200K Euros.
If you want to be where all the action is, in town, and enjoy the famed Mykonos breezes and view but in a tranquil place, Mykonos Theoxenia is the place to be. It has private parking too which is a major plus. Besides the other resorts mentioned above there are two newly opened options — Kensho that’s hotel as art with very high end design.
Then there’s Anax Resort & Spa that was inspired by Cycladic architecture and marine motifs.
You’ll need to rent a car for the day. Driving is challenging, so be prepared. Don’t miss going out for the day on a boat. You can rent with Magic International Yachting . They offer a choice of 80 options, all quality (Ferretti, Rivas, Pershing, and others), and well priced if you book direct. Go by boat to Delos to see the archaeological ruins of the Delian League, the sculptures in the local museum and have a swim enroute. Refreshments and snacks are included ,and they’ll cater lunch if you want as well. And above all, go to Mykonos in the off season, as in season it’s very crowded. That means in May, early June, September or October (still time this year!).