The Fashion Cities’ Hotspots
As Fashion Week kicks off in NYC, we check out the haute new hangouts and fash pack favorites getting serious stiletto traffic in New York,
London, Milan and Paris
This Fashion Week, all eyes are on Sean MacPherson’s soon-to-open Marlton Hotel, Euro club import, VIP Room, Red Farm’s carnivorously-inclined pop up, Red Farm Steak and Paul’s Baby Grand, the Tribeca Grand’s newest ground floor lounge from Paul Sevigny. But fashion blogger Jenn Camp, Who What Wear contributor and founder of Le Fashion says there are other up-and-comers to check out this season. “I’ve always been a fan of Opening Ceremony, and they do a fun pop-up shop, called OC BTW (which stands for “By The Water”) for Fashion Week in the Hudson River Park. For lunch on the go, I’ll grab a quick bite at The Smile’s newest location in Milk Studios, the epicenter of fashion photography in New York. I’m so glad they opened an outpost there because it’s so far west where the lunch options are few and far between."
After a sunny summer, London is blooming with new restaurants, bars and boutiques, so we asked Kirsty Hathaway, founder of Just Opened London, for her picks. “Next to Somerset House, The Delaunay attracts magazine editors and PRs year round for breakfast, but come LFW, this place fills up for lunch, drinks and dinner too. The newest addition to ever-trendy Hackney’s bar scene, Sager + Wilde serves rare wines by the glass in a converted industrial space. Cool Mayfair speakeasy, Mr Foggs is worth the visit for the decor alone — though the Absinthe Aperitif will certainly pick the night up. Also in Mayfair, The Arts Club is the members bar that’s always full to the brim of fashion’s elite. Once-seedy Kings Cross is London’s neighborhood on the up and Simmons Bar, with its spinning skull head disco ball, is as kitsch as it is fun. In Fitzrovia, Reason & Mankind is a unique 20s-inspired speakeasy (mezcal margaritas are served in syringes with a side of sherbert) and one of the capital’s best-kept secrets."
Milan’s style set is a reliable bunch. Far from the frenetic nightlife scenes in New York and London, this fashion capital’s most popular after-hours joints are a timeless, curated mix of hotel bars, chic trattorias and late night garden cafes. Newer additions include art-infused eatery, Pisacco (check out the secret garden) and part tasting kitchen, part burger joint, Al Mercato, but for Milanese fashion writer Antonio Cerro of M is for Mode, the city’s hotspots are also the classics: “An afternoon in the garden of the Bulgari Hotel is very special, and I’ll always go back to Bar Brera in the historic center. For a late dinner, Giacomo Bistrot and Bice are favorites, but for brunch, California Bakery in Porta Ticinese is my go-to. I love this area for the hip boutiques like Frip and Frav — good alternatives to all the upscale stores along Via Montenapoleone. If you want to go dancing, Magazzini Genarali is always packed, but Plastic is the club during Fashion Week.”
The trend-averse City of Light has added some bright young things to its effortlessly chic standard bearers. From the creators of the always-buzzy Experimental Cocktail Club comes The Fish Club, a speakeasy-cum-Peruvian-inspired fish restaurant. Set inside the Palais de Tokyo, Monsieur Bleu with its dandy-meets-Deco interiors and postcard-worthy Eiffel Tower views has become a haute-spot for late dinners of nouveau brasserie fare that turn into raucous dance parties (DJs spin till 2 am). The folks behind fashion stalwart Le Baron have done it again with Nüba, a boho beachy rooftop club at La Cite de la Mode et du Design. Think sunset drinks over the foosball table, bento-box style dinners on deck chairs and all-night dance parties. Its neighbor? Wanderlust, a club-cinema-art-fashion space from the team behind Silencio, the toughest door in the Paris. Recover in the morning over market fresh fare and strong coffee at the café of the new Marais concept shop The Broken Arm, the perfect place to score duds from up-and-comers like Jacquemus along with books and sweet kicks.
New York: Balthazar
Balthazar has long been the go-to for the fashion-minded set: In the heart of model-packed SoHo, it’s directly across the street from Marc Jacobs’ corporate office and a notorious favorite of Victoria Beckham’s after her eponymous brand’s NYFW runway shows.
New York: Top of the Standard
Now considered ancient in fashion years, the five-year old Top of the Standard (née the Boom Boom Room) has remained an exclusive hangout for fashion’s elite since its inception. The Roman and Williams-designed space kicked off Fashion Week SS14 with its own anniversary party, citing a dress code that mimicked its opulent interiors: “black, gold, and sparkle.”
London: The Wolseley
Styled like a grand Viennese café with a quadruple-height ceiling, towering black pillars, dramatic arches and chandeliers, The Wolesley is a top spot for decadent all-day dining. Waistcoated staff shimmy across marble floors delivering classic brasserie fare (eggs benedict, wiener schnitzel, steak tartare), three-tiered afternoon teas and lashings of champagne.
Arguably the city’s prettiest department store, Liberty is housed in a timber-framed Tudor revival building on Regent Street. Creaky staircases lead to artfully designed rooms stocked with upscale brands, cutting-edge labels and a curated selection of vintage designer threads.
Milan: 10 Corso Como
Opened in 1990 by Carla Sozzani, sister of Vogue Italia’s editor-in-chief Franca Sozzani, 10 Corso Como houses hotel rooms, high-end boutiques, galleries and intimate cafes and bars in a secret garden setting. A firm favorite with the fashion set throughout the year, the Garden Café stays open for cocktails until 1 a.m.
Milan: Hotel Principe di Savoia
The low-lit bar inside this gilded grande dame attracts fashion’s bright young things during Milan Fashion Week. Though some traditionalists are still recovering from the 2009 revamp by architect Thierry Despont, the rest of the city’s fashion crowd claim their corners during the post-show crush.
If you only visit one shop in Paris, it should be Rue St.-Honoré’s Colette. The store that launched a thousand concept shops has spent well over a decade curating the best of fashion and design, championing labels like A.P.C, launching collabs with Comme de Garcons and Margiela and pop-ups like BAPE.
Paris: Café de Flore
Former hangout of Picasso and Sartre, this Saint-Germain café is the perfect place to sip a Sancerre and watch the parade of leggy models and bobo babes pass by. Though it does host its share of tourists, it manages to retain its fashion cred — there’s a sandwich named after café regular Sonia Rykiel and Karl Lagerfeld often pops in for une café
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