The Big Apple gets ready to light up the catwalk as designers and models from across the globe descend upon the city that never sleeps. Jetsetters and fashionistas planning to attend the international mecca of style are sure to find themselves in a whirlwind of champagne parties, cool clubs, exquisite dinners, and rubbing shoulders with the world’s hottest trendsetters. Along with glamping it up in style, you are sure to get plenty of inspiration to help you splurge on 5th avenue. In between bagging front row tickets for shows that are sure to be splashed across Vogue, we give you an inside glimpse into the best places to see and be seen.
Where to Sleep
Despite being named the city that never sleeps, New York has no shortage of places to stay. Whether you dream of waking up to frosted Central Park views or if you prefer to sip cocktails and listen to all night jazz in Soho, the streets are lined with exquisite suites boasting plump pillows and butler service.
If you are craving old world luxury then you can’t go wrong with a classic like the Ritz Carlton, we are talking a downtown display of linen, marble, and glass, park views from rooms perched above the tree line, horse drawn carriage rides, and white gloves.
If you are seeking something a little hipper then The Bowery captures the beauty of the lower east side with floor to ceiling windows, old tapestries, marble baths, and whiskey in tumblers.
Down in the trendy area of Tribeca you will find The Roxy with its arty vibes, organic coffee shop, and impeccable jazz cellar bar. The Roxy is sure to be swinging come fashion week as it boasts some of the best parties and you even get a pet goldfish for your stay.
Where to Dine
Dining out during fashion week is the perfect way to show off your style and grab a sneak peek at what people are wearing. If you are looking to dine and decompress after a heady day of shows, or if you are looking to crack the champagne and linger with friends until the dawn – these hot spots are sure to satisfy more than just hunger.
Le Coucou made quite a splash during the September fashion week and it shows no signs of slowing down. Refined French finesse meets elegant décor and tables brimming with models and superstars. With celebrity chef Daniel Rose at the helm you can be assured of greatness. Pair the raw bay scallops and clementine with a bottle of delicate white, or go gourmand with a velvet vintage red and the canard with figs.
Fashion week wouldn’t be the same without the celebrity entourage and for those looking to share a cocktail with Gigi Hadid or talk politics with De Niro, then book early to get through the doors of Nobu. This is De Niro’s own backed restaurant and the flagship fancy of Chef Nobuyuki Matsuhisa. Expect a fabulous fusion of Japanese delights blended beautifully with the flair of South America. Be sure to order a bottle of the three-hundred-dollar sake for an authentic high society experience.
Where to Splurge
After seeing the catwalk graced with Alexander Wang creations you are sure to be tempted to splurge on the latest seasonal styles. New York knows no shortage when it comes to high fashion boutiques and personal shopping. Every celeb in town is sure to hit The Hat House on Thompson Street. Aurelia Donaldson whispers the secret in our ear that What Goes Around Comes Around is the place to find vintage designer accessories on Broadway, and of course Cartier on 5th Avenue and Tiffany’s is the ultimate glitzy New York experience.
Thakoon Panichgul opened his first store after the fall fashion week with a new ethos of see now, buy now – that the world seemed to adore. The airy concrete space and direct to consumer approach doesn’t reduce the worthiness of this standalone store, and has served it make it even more coveted by the young and the beautiful.
Where to be Seen
The best place to showcase your fashion choices is on the dazzling New York party scene and you can be sure that this shimmers to life to brighten the brisk February air. The Champagne Bar at the Plaza never fails to pull a Harpers Bazar inspired crowd and can be resplendent in its Gatsby vibes, especially when visited by the English royal family. If you want to see more celebrities during NYFW then Jay Z’s bar The Spotted Pig is often the place to find the likes of Jude law and Courtney Love.
Sixty Soho holds one of the best rooftop bars for crushing a cup or two, and is always frequented by the LA elite when they swing into town. The views of the Hudson and the Empire State Building are sure to make you feel like you own New York.