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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.
New York Fashion Week brings all sorts of interesting people into town and the city takes on a frenetic, well-dressed energy. If you think you may need a little help getting your glam on, the Trump SoHo is setting up a free pop-up beauty bar open to the public on September 6th the day of Fashion's Night Out.
From 5-8 pm, The Spa at Trump SoHo will host a makeshift beauty section on the 7th floor next to its chic poolside Bar d’Eau. Gals (and guys, too!) can prep for a night on the town with complimentary makeover treatments . As they get pampered while sipping on free prosecco and nibbling on small bites, they can also do a bit of shopping and purchase the makeup and skincare products on hand by Kate Somerville, SpaRitual and more, as well as items sold at the Trump’s spa.
Here’s what’s for free on the Beauty Bar menu:
*Hair touch ups: blow dry, flat iron, curling iron, up-do (no wash)
*Makeup touch ups
*Nail polish change
We say if you’re in the area, this is something to jump on! It certainly beats trying to do a frantic, free makeup application at Sephora, right? What, you’ve never done that?
It's that time of the year again! SighFashion Week, when Manhattan's nicer hotels book up their event spaces with runway shows, after parties and viewing appointments while travelers book up the rooms, hoping to catch a glimpse of the fashion set heading to them.
We're preparing for a deluge of Fashion Week hotel package announcements here at HotelChatter, but The Plaza is leading the way. The "Fall Fashion Week Package" is a pricey affair in Plaza style; a three-night minimum is required, from $865 per night. For that you receive:
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Deals: you want 'em, and surprisingly, everyone has 'em. Take a look at some of the latest hotel deals going around the internet today from booking sites, social media sites, flash sale sites and more. Don't forget to scroll down to see the HotelChatter-approved deal either. Who knows? You might just find what you're looking for. (But don't forget to tell us about your stay!)
Looking for Labor Day Hotel Deals? We'll have another round-up of these tomorrow!
· Fashionable Hotel Stays for Less During Fashion Night Out: Once again, fashion week is descending on New York City and if you plan on being in the Big Apple for the annual Fashion Night Out (September 6th) consider booking your hotel through NYC and Company, the city's official tourism organization. That's because NYC & Co. has partnered with several hotels for special deals like 30% off a Studio King room at 6 Columbus (above) with complimentary WiFi, welcome fruit amenity and 2pm check-out.
Or you can splurge for a stay at the Hotel Plaza Athenee and get a deluxe guestroom, with one-way transfer to fashion tents, a Valmont 50-minute facial for two, personal shopping services at Bloomingdale's and continental breakfast for two. (Total cost $1,175 including gratuity for breakfast and the facial.)
While you can scope out these deals online here, most of them cannot be redeemed online. Instead call the hotel and reference the promo code found on the NYC & Co. website. The deals are good from now through September 6. Work it!
The May Fair entrance. Fewer models, more cars.
London Fashion week isn’t even over but official LFW hotel May Fair Hotel has already moved on – it announced today it’s going to be the starting point for the Dodge Ball Winter Rally (which ends in Verbier, darling) on March 1.
And while you may think that knowledge is of no use to anyone but petrolheads and Top Gear fans (ugh), you’re kind of wrong, because it means the hotel will be the place to do some sweet car spotting – the wheels will be
parking gridding outside the hotel before the race begins at 9am.
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New York Fashion Week officially kicked off yesterday, and for the next week, New York is a sloppy mess of runway events, underpaid models, and too many cocktail parties than we care to count. On the plus side, hotels always get a good piece of the action—here's a look at five hotel events this week worth your while.
Since October, Andaz 5th Avenue has been asking a rotating series of local artists to paint murals that represent their "view" of New York. Starting on Sunday, Claw Money—or Gold, as she is also known—will superimpose her own bright, raw graffiti style onto the doors of the bar downstairs.
So if you see a girl in six-inch heels with a can of spray paint, just play along. Photos from the exhibit are being sold in the bar for $5 apiece, proceeds go to charity.