“Every year the women of New York leave the past behind and look forward to the future… This is called Fashion Week.” – Carrie Bradshaw (Sex in the City)
The whirlwind of runway shows and street style moments known as Fashion Week is descending on New York City, and with it, swarms of editors, buyers, influencers, and boldfaced names from around the world who are excited to see designers’ Spring 2020 ready-to-wear collections. This New York Fashion Week will be shorter than previous ones, thanks to a decision by new CFDA chairman, Tom Ford, after complaints from media, buyers, and other key voices that the event had become too long and overly crowded. Instead of the previous Thursday-to-Thursday run, the new schedule will start on Friday, Sept. 6 through Wednesday, Sept. 11, with most shows being held at Spring Studios in Manhattan’s TriBeCa neighborhood. We checked in with buyers from our partner boutiques to find out which shows they’re looking forward to seeing, and which New York Fashion Week hot spots are lighting up their radar.
Clear your schedule for these shows
While most shows are invite-only, many of them live stream online, so you can see the action right as (or soon after) it happens. Buyers from some of Italy’s best-loved boutiques are most enthusiastic to see the clean lines and expert tailoring at Tom Ford’s show, which takes place at 8 p.m. on Sept. 9, as well as the beautiful draping and bold proportions set to strut the runway at Zimmermann’s show at noon that same day. They’re also eagerly anticipating artisanal craftsmanship at Ulla Johnson’s show on Sept. 7. Additionally, STAND coats and BY FAR are high on their must-see list.
Sleep (or not) at these hotels
Manhattan is full of amazing hotels, but a few stand out among fashion insiders for their trendy ambiance and opportunities for stylespotting. Among those, the Greenwich Hotel in TriBeCa was noted as a favorite among the buyers we surveyed. In addition to its proximity to Spring Studios, the Greenwich also has top-notch amenities, including a private lounge and underground spa. For digs in an edgier area, the PUBLIC Hotel on the Lower East Side is renowned for its skyline views, rooftop bars and complementary wellness classes. Buyers also enjoy the quirky vibe at the High Line Hotel in Chelsea, which is located in a renovated historic red brick building dating from 1865.
Sip, snack, and be seen at these restaurants and bars
It’s been said that it would take approximately 22 years to try every restaurant in New York, so figuring out the best places to try over the course of five or six days can be a challenge. During Fashion Week, our buyers share that some of New York’s best dressed enjoy breakfast or brunch at Bubby’s, Friend of a Farmer, Cookshop, and Sadelle’s. For lunch, dine on great Italian food at one of St. Ambroeus’s locations throughout the city, get Franco-American fare at Cafe Cluny, or share small plates with friends at Buvette. At dinnertime, Fashion Week attendees who want to see and be seen head to Bar Pitti, Pastis, the Waverly Inn, or Chumley’s. And if you’re meeting for cocktails between events, consider The Standard, JIMMY at The James, and the Rose Bar for stellar drinks and an even better scene.
Party at these New York Fashion Week hot spots
When it’s time to pop bottles with models and dance your cares away, The Garret offers craft cocktails and great music with a speakeasy vibe. Hint: It’s above a Five Guys hamburger joint. Our insiders also suggest Le Bain at The Standard or Employees Only, but they suggest arriving relatively early to avoid long lines. And for Miami-inspired decor and drinks, check out the Broken Shaker.
Remember to unwind
After a busy week of attending fashion shows, dining, drinking, and dancing at various New York Fashion Week hot spots, you’ll want to indulge in some serious self-care and relaxation. If your legs are still willing to cooperate, consider a calming walk on the High Line. For a serious refresher, though, help your skin recover at Heyday Facial Spa, and then head to AIRE Ancient Baths for full body massages, soothing baths, and other luxurious treatments.
Keep in mind that even if you’re not on the list for the major designer shows during Fashion Week, there are still numerous public events, like the Supermodel Flea Market at 11 Howard in Soho. Also, WWD will be hosting its annual Style Dimension series of events (just make sure to RSVP). And remember that if you’re in New York during Fashion Week, street style photographers will be everywhere, so plan your looks accordingly. It’s never too late to browse Italist’s eye-catching designer fashion, shoes, and accessories to help you ascend to the style-star level you deserve!
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By: Nafeesa Saboor
Nafeesa is the founder and editor of Shoes N Booze, a blog that pairs shoes with cocktails and provides shoe and cocktail-related tips, trend information and reviews. Her writing has also been published in The Source Magazine, xoJane, Sisters from AARP and other publications.