With Fashion Month 2018 fast approaching, there’s no better destination than London or New York to get yourself reacquainted with the world of style. As the fashion capitals prepare for the arrival of the world’s best-dressed, we’ve prepared complete city guides covering where to stay, where to eat, and what to do when you’re not runway-side.
New York Fashion Week
8 – 16 February 2018
Where to Stay
Contrasting the modern flair of Fashion Week with its old-world glamour, The Beekman is one of our top picks for a city visit. Housed in a historic 9-storey building in the stylish neighbourhood of Lower Manhattan, the intricately designed atrium, age-oaked floors, and impressive art collection captivate guests on arrival. A welcome refuge from the chaos, the rooms and suites exude elegance and sophistication with their vintage furnishings, Carrara marble-tiled bathrooms, and custom leather-lined headboards.
The Greenwich Hotel
For something a little closer to the action, The Greenwich Hotel brings country-style luxury to Tribeca. Each room is an eclectic blend of Tibetan rugs, English settees and Moroccan tiles, providing a cool alternative to the sleek sophistication found on the runways.
Where to Eat
After witnessing the newest trends on the catwalk head to Tetsu, the sister of three Michelin-starred Masa, for Japanese comfort food in a relaxed industrial setting; stop by Temple Court (located in the Beekman hotel) for a menu of light dishes by esteemed chef Tom Colicchio; for something truly representative of the city, Public Kitchen serves an eclectic mix of dishes, depicting the cultural melting pot that is New York.
What to Do
When you’ve had enough of the catwalk, head to The Museum at FIT for the Norell: Dean of American Fashion exhibition (9 February – 14 April). One of America’s greatest and most influential fashion designers, the exhibition is an in-depth study of Norman Norell’s 60-year career. Also showing at FIT is The Body: Fashion and Physique (now – 5 May), which explores the complex history of the ‘perfect’ body.
London Fashion Week
16 – 20 February 2018
Where to Stay
London boasts a myriad of luxury hotels but few can really compare to the style and sophistication of The Berkeley. Styled by some of the world’s most brilliant interior designers, no two rooms are the same and have been skillfully tailored to combine luxurious comfort with all the needs of the modern traveller.
While just as sophisticated, The Connaught redefines luxury in its effortless blend of old and new. The luxurious rooms and elegant suites are well-appointed and promise a relaxing haven post runway show madness.
Where to Eat
For a bite to eat, stop by Michelin-starred The Clove Club. Serving modern British cuisine and the best seasonal produce, this dining destination goes hand in hand with the city’s innovative style. Alternatively, MNKY HSE, hidden behind a subtle London townhouse exterior, boasts a new breed of dining. Serving up Latin American dishes, this is a hot spot for Fashion Week stars. For those who want to stay right in the hub of all the action, head to Somerset House eatery Spring for an innovative, unique and wholesome menu.
What to Do
Take time out from the shows and head to Kensington Palace and explore the fashion legacy and influence of Princess Diana at Diana: Her Fashion Story (until early 2019). From high-end to high-low British fashion, the collection showcases some of the People’s Princess’ most iconic garments.
Alternatively, pay a visit to the Victoria and Albert Museum to see Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion (until 18 February) and learn how ‘The Master’ of haute couture both revolutionised the female silhouette and paved the way for modern fashion.
Words by Fiona Alwin