By  on December 29, 2009

As 2009 draws to a close, designers, retailers — and many others — have taken flight to escape the daily grind. However grateful they might be to get away from their showrooms and bask in seaside sunshine or ski in the mountain air, most admitted they’ll still be thinking about work, at least some of the time. And with any luck, they’ll bring back some new ideas.

Vera Wang

Destination: Sandy Lane in Barbados.

Most looking forward to: Playing golf, swimming, exercising and lying by the pool or on the beach.

Favorite place for people watching: “Lunch by the beach. It makes me want to design resort clothing within a modern context. Much of it looks extremely predictable and traditional.”

Suitcase essentials: Gold Prada handmade lace-up sandals and fisherman gold net market bag. Coated elastic hair bands, tons of T-shirts and a wardrobe of short shorts.

The Takeaway: “It’s been a rough year but we have a lot going on, so I’m going to need the rest.”

Jason Wu

Destination: Las Vegas.

Most looking forward to: “I am excited to see Cirque du Soleil’s ‘O’ and ‘Zumanity.’ They’ve been on my must-see list for a while. And of course, a few hours at the blackjack tables.”

Favorite place for people watching: “I am constantly people watching. Tokyo in particular has the most incredible youth culture. I am always inspired by that when I go.”

Suitcase essentials: iPhone, laptop and at least one Moleskine notebook.

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