Fashion and Marbella are two words that fit together very well in the minds of many people. But often less so for the residents who are there all year round who watch the tourists and escorts in Marbella come and go (pun intended).
Certainly Marbella and Puerto Banus are filled with clothes shops and boutiques. In fact, the streets around the marina of Puerto Banus accommodate more designer shops than most major cities. To name just a small selection; Fendi, Louis Vuitton, Salvatore Ferragamo, Chloe, YSL, Chanel and aven Tom Ford all have their own boutiques there, and presumably do enough business to make it worthwhile staying there. Rodeo Drive on the Mediterranean.
|Always a good combination|
And there are also lots of small boutiques around the place, though the nature of these has changed dramatically in the past few years since the 2008 banking crisis changed things so much in the Marbella housing market. Before then, the small stores were mainly high end and very chic, offering designers not available anywhere else locally. Now, they are mainly selling cheap flashy party dresses for girls who want to look sexy in the nightclubs without spending too much cash. Flash but no cash; it could almost have been Marbella´s slogan at times over the past few years!
But that is where the problem comes in, fashion-wise. Whatever the weather or season, the tourists (especially the females) arrive ready to party and bring their best bandage dresses, flouncy miniskirts, high heels and little else. The locals, on the other hand, are cold at eighteen degrees and are safely wrapped up and stylish in jeans or leggings, boots and warm coats. Which produces an interesting mix of styles in somewhere like La Sala, where the locals and tourists mix.
It produces an even more schizophrenic reaction in the Marbella escorts who live in the town all year rather than travelling in just for the summer season. Do they dress elegantly and warmly like the local they are, or ignore the weather and dress as they would in the summer to compete with the tourists? Indecision is fatal, as you end up with girls wearing revealing dresses and warm tights – rarely a good look!