· The Bowery Hotel: Usually, Sean MacPherson's little slice of the East Village has its terraces packed with pretty young things during Fashion Week, and although many parties will still grace its bars, the only actual show being held here is a presentation by Corpus, who we know as having done a recent collaboration with Urban Outfitters.
· The Plaza: It is almost impossible to stage any kind of huge, city-wide event without paying The Plaza respects. Throughout the week, we've got Luca Luca showing in the empty Palm Court, Monique Lhuillier in the Oak Room, and Douglas Hannant in what might just be the lobby. Luckily, this isn't exactly a popular hotel for fashion week guests, so heading to a show here is still a novelty.
· The Jane: This is the surprising newcomer to the scene, hosting Cynthia Rowley in the ballroom. Is the ballroom even complete? Will the SRO tenants stand outside the doors protesting? Will Cynthia Rowley's collection be hotel-themed? Oh, the suspense.
Other notables this week include the general big names in town: the ever-classy Carlyle, with smaller lines Catalin Botazatu Couture and Barbara Tfank; The Waldorf-Astoria bringing in Vocce Couture, Almond Tree and Christina Nitopi Menswear; trendy Soho House with Mulberry in its library; the venerable Tribeca Grand with Form and Frank Tell; the Morgans has Koi Suwannagate's show; the good old Bryant Park Hotel has Natorious by Natori and Amanda Pearl; and The Hotel on Rivington rounds out the bunch with Don the Verb.
It's a crazy week full of ultra-glam shows, and the hotels may get the small bites, but at least they get a piece of the fashion cake.
[Bowery Hotel terrace photo: The Bowery Hotel]