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Here we go again. Even though it seems like just a few months since the last one, (because it was) New York Fashion Week is upon us once again bringing the designers, the models, and the various hangers on to the Lincoln Center and peripheral party venues.
As always, hotels are getting in on the act. Here's what hotel-based activities to look out for:
Besides the designers, the models, the buyers, and the various hangers-on, Fashion Week draws another key tribe to its host city: the fashion bloggers.
In the whirl of excitement of this very special time of year, it is often tough for writers to find a good spot to focus and compose those important blog posts. Not this year; because the Gansevoort Meatpacking NYC, where the neighbors include the stores of Diane von Furstenberg, Stella McCartney, and Tory Burch, is offering a Writer’s Block Rooftop Retreat.
New York Fashion Week, er, excuse us, Mercedes Benz Fashion Week is upon us once again. If you didn't manage to snag a Runway Package from The London NYC (the official sponsor), never fear, plenty of hotels are getting in on the Fashion Week action with promos, packages, partnerships, and parties. Here's a few to get started:
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We've spent a good deal of time
stalking tracking news about New York's new Refinery Hotel. It's piqued our interest for so very long, and at long last we've been able to take a long look at the midtown hotel which was once a hat-making factory.
Though May 14 was when The Refinery welcomed its first guest, it was pretty bare bones--the restaurant wasn't even open. In June, the Parker & Quinn restaurant invited patrons to nosh, and then July 1st, the hotel's much anticipated rooftop space was unveiled to great fanfare.
Now, at three months old, The Refinery, with interiors done by Stonehill + Taylor, is getting a cool rep as more people discover its existence. In fact, the execs (and Tim Gunn) behind Bravo's fashion reality show Project Runway were so impressed with the property, they decided to house their contestants there this season, instead of their mainstay The Atlas, just across the street. Perhaps the staff's chic uniforms, vintage hats and antique millinery tools from the owners' millinery background had a hand in the decision.
Take a look at our photo gallery and read more about The Refinery's stylish features after the jump.
Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, also known by the less brand-y moniker New York Fashion Week, starts next week and The London NYC is kicking things off fashionably by announcing a first-time official sponsorship of the event for both the Fall 2013 and Spring 2014 seasons.
Time flies – it feels like only yesterday we were at London’s May Fair Hotel talking models, cocktails, and cigars. But, as seasons change and new collections hit the runway, The May Fair is due for yet another turn as the official host hotel of London Fashion Week, with the inevitable fashion windows and cocktails to boot (heh).
The illustrations adorning the hotel windows are by the hand of the master himself: Manolo Blahnik. Having designed the entire LFW campaign, Blahnik chose to feature key fashion industry figures in his drawings that have been influential during his career.
And what goes better with Blahnik than cocktails inspired by shoes? Just like last season’s designer cocktails, a special series has been concocted for the occasion: the Mary Jane, the Peep Toe, the Strappy Sandal, the Red Stiletto, the Velvet Mule and the Classic Court. And since we have an admitted weakness for shoes, we plan on sampling them all.
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As quickly as it came, NY Fashion Week is now but a memory, with the final runway shows, VIP hotel events, and Victoria Beckham sightings all coming to an end today. Shortly, the fashion herds will drift east for London Fashion Week, so it's fitting that flame-haired British pop star Florence Welch was on hand to send off NYFW with a bang.
Plenty of parties peppered NYC hotels last night, though we managed to find one in particular that made us feel more Studio 54 than Devil Wears Prada. Over at W Union Square's basement club Lilium, Welch was the feature presentation, decked out in her trademark white, gauze-y nightgown and daisy chain crown, presiding over the crowds not as a singer but as a DJ. And she sure got folks dancing.
The tunes were hip-hop-y, ranging from Justin Timberlake to Drake, but by far the best part of the evening was Welch's infectious cheer. Not only was she frequently seen jumping up and down on the dance floor along with everyone else (good thing there was a backup DJ), she even joined us for a few quick drunken snapshots inside the club's free photobooth.
Oh, and she managed to go the entire evening without setting fire to the hotel. Best NYFW ever!
Nothing really shocks us anymore about New York Fashion Week, the semi-annual event when models, celebrities, editors and wanabes descend in droves to revel in their fabulousness and take advantage of endless open bars. However, an incident at the Hotel Americano did catch our attention, though mainly because of its ridiculousness.
On Thursday night, according to the NY Post, the internationally renowned fashion designer Kenneth Cole was celebrating at the hotel with his crew after finishing up a runway show at a nearby Chelsea venue. Suddenly, a male employee slipped and fell into the hotel's 4ft-deep plunge pool. Major faux pas! But it was Kenneth Cole to the rescue, as he did some quick thinking and "extended his hand, got [the employee] out, and then they hugged." Aw.
This is one of those rare instances when it's actually a good thing that rooftop "pools" (and we use that term loosely) in Manhattan tend to run on the small side. If Cole's employee had tumbled into the larger pool deck at Gansevoort Park, for example, things might not have gone as smoothly.
You know it’s Fashion Week when you walk into a hotel and someone saunters through the lobby wearing a yellow and black skin-tight onesie with a fur cape and nobody bats an eye. That's what greeted us when we arrived at The May Fair Hotel earlier this week.
Located mid-way between Piccadilly and Berkeley Square, this is the fifth year The May Fair is the official host hotel of London Fashion Week. Like last year, the hotel has unveiled its fashion windows, but also added a few new things in the mix as mentioned last week, ranging from a designer cocktail collection to a brand new Cigar Room.
We wrap up our New York Fashion Week coverage (before moving on to London) by telling you what’s going on the next few night at locals hotels for those of us without access to those swanky private parties. These events are open to the public for the remainder of the show week.
When:Sept. 10, 9pm-midnight Tumbler’s most popular fashion blog “We The Urban” is hosting a party tonight at this too-hip to be square Lower East Side hotel.
When:Sept. 12th, 8pm-2am The hotel’s Above Allen indoor-outdoor terrace lounge with a retractable glass roof is normally reserved for hotel guests and members, but on this night Roxy Cottontail and Butch Diva will have a party with Cole Haan called #dontgohome.
When: Sept. 12, 8pm The Ace is feting The Rookie, an online magazine created for teenage girls by fashion blogger Tavi Gevinson with a school-dance-themed party, readings by the magazine’s contributors, and live music. The event is open to the public but to attend you must R.S.V.P. on the hotel’s blog.
Dream New York
When: Nightly Go to the trendy hotel’s Ava penthouse lounge where makeup artist Ramy hosts a nightly “beauty therapy bar”. Try products and even have your eyebrows shaped for free! Throughout the month of September, the bar is serving up a “model cocktails” created by mixologists at Liquid Lab. On the menu? The Kate Moss Cosmo and Bündchen Brisk.
If you can't bear the fact that NY Fashion Week is drawing to a close, then how about distracting yourself with some couture-inspired nosh over at The Strand? The fashion-loving hotel (framed, vintage Vogue prints hang on the wall)—which we also know is a fish-loving hotel too—has created a prix fixe Fashion Week 2012 dinner menu, and there's still plenty of time to enjoy it.
Each item on the menu (a choice of two appetizers, two entrees, two desserts) celebrates a different designer's individual collection, so for example, the butternut squash risotto is paired with the Hermes Fall 2012 collection.
No clue as to how they decided which designer went with which menu item, but it's kind of fun to put a name (Valentino, Christopher Kane, Dolce & Gabbana) to the dish. Oh, and the food itself? Really, really yummy.
Today mark's the beginning of New York's Fashion Week, which means parties, celebrities, and a big block of access to some of the city's beloved hotels. But some properties have rolled out a few packages (still available as of press time)that combine a hotel stay as well as tickets to a fashion show or two, and retail discounts.
Naturally these are limited-time only deals, and with the great weather, we can't guarantee these won't be snatched up soon. Tomorrow we'll tell you where you might be able to hang with the well-heeled if you miss out this time around.
Gild Hall-A Thompson Hotel
"Lights, Camera, Fashionista Package"
The Deal for $299:
*Welcome cocktail for two upon arrival, and room amenity
*Two tickets to an A-list Fashion Week designer after-party on 9/11
*$20 gift card to the budgetnista’s fashion emporium Century 21. Book online using code GHFNO. Valid through September 13th, 2012.