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Seven tastemakers, three nights, one destination, discover the goings-ons behind-the-scenes on set in Istanbul with Harrods for Destination Party.

Adam Gallagher (I Am Galla), Patricia Otegwu (Patricia Bright), Zanita Whittington (, Melissa Koh (, Vanessa Hong (The Haute Pursuit), Meric Kucuk ( and Fashion Director Anya Ziourova, join Harrods in Istanbul for an experiential shoot to kick-start party season.

The Location
Tastemakers were invited by Harrods to stay for three nights in the stunning surroundings of the Four Seasons Hotel at the Bosphorus. Enjoying spa treatments, poolside relaxation, private dinners, boat rides and rooftop cocktails at the Four Seasons Sultanahmet, there couldn’t have been a more perfect destination.

“I’m glad that Harrods picked Turkey as the location for this event, I really enjoy Istanbul and it’s a really lovely thing to be a tourist in your own city. The Four Seasons is a beautiful place – it is an amazing welcome to Istanbul. It’s an honour to be part of Destination Party together with all the other influencers from across the globe.” - Meric Kucuk

Meric talks day to night style here

The Party
The tastemakers and their guests were invited to an exclusive party hosted by Harrods at Soho House Istanbul. Dining, dancing, sipping cocktails all snapped in action by photographers Chad + Paul, it was the ultimate global gathering, celebrating all things party across the world.

“If I’m among friends, with good music and drinks, I’ll have a good time. It’s fun to be able to unwind and let my hair down.” - Patricia Bright

The Cars
Whether whisking them off to the party or touring them around the stunning sights of Istanbul, a fleet of Porsche Macans were on hand to transport each tastemaker around the city.

The Fashion
Celebrating their individual styles, each tastemaker was invited to style their own looks from day to night. From Saint Laurent to Jenny Packham, Christopher Kane to Victoria Beckham, Gianvito Rossi to Giuseppe Zanotti, the mix of brands and aesthetics brings a truly eclectic edge to the overall shots of each of the tastemakers.

“It’s all about having a conversation about what we are wearing and how we style it.” - Zanita Whittington

The Beauty
No shoot would be complete without the beauty element and this came courtesy of TOM FORD Beauty. For day and night, each tastemaker showcased their own beauty looks with the luxurious range of products. Favourites included TOM FORD Lip Colour in Flamingo for Patricia’s day shoot, TOM FORD Lip Colour Matte in Black Dahlia for Vanessa’s divine party look, plus a simple nude lip for Zanita’s day and night look in TOM FORD Lip Colour First Time was a big hit. Both Patricia and Vanessa confessed to being major fans of TOM FORD Black Orchid fragrance

“I’ve been wearing TOM FORD Black Orchid for the last 10 years. I really like scents that are a bit more unisex, that have a musk to them and a little bit of mystery.” - Vanessa Hong

Discover Vanessa's take on style here

In-Room Treats
Adding a touch of that luxury Harrods experience to each tastemakers’ rooms, scented candles came courtesy of Diptyque, while yummy truffles were served up by one of our favourite confectioners, Charbonnel et Walker.

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