As Fashion Week struts into town for its annual style spectacle (7–13 Sep, 2017), so do too the flock of leggy lovelies. And while nabbing front-row tickets to Tom Ford might be as likely as cracking Wintour’s icy gaze, you can still get out and about for a taste of all the action. Here’s our perfect day for the fashion crowd…
First thing’s first. To strut it like a stylista you’ll need to look the part, so start with a spot of digit and mane-tenance at dreamy Tenoverten salon. This airy loft is best known for its decadent mani/pedis, with a stagger, non-toxic lacquer collection spanning myriad colours, plus iPads to play on while you primp, and wine n’ cheese to nibble; they also do excellent blow-outs.
Beauty admin ticked off, it’s time to get kitted. First stop: Barneys Downtown. Whether you’re looking for mink pom pom stillies, diamond ear candy or a beaded tulle cocktail number, you’ll find it in this esteemed department dolly racking a curated edit of homegrown and international designers. Labelled up, hail a cab further uptown to Dover Street Market, Rei Kawakubo’s architectural ode to avant-garde design. Flit between seven floors of cutting-edge fashion, with designers such as Prada, Alexander Wang and APC snuggled up next to eye-popping art installations and a dazzling glass elevator.
By now you must have worked up quite an appetite, so back in a cab you hop for lunch at Sugarfish. Kazunori Nozawa’s hyped Cali-import is a fave with the ‘It’ crowd for its buzzy atmosphere, delectable omakase and flip-fresh raw cuts at a fraction of the price of other sushi spots. Go for the ‘Trust Me’ menu featuring the chef’s own selection of palatable tidbits, but prepare to queue.
Replenished, retrace back uptown – ditching shopping bags at The Pen along your way – for an afternoon cultural sojourn at The Met. If you’re in town over the Labor Day weekend, there’s still time to catch the end of Rei Kawakubo / Comme des Garcons’ Art of the In-Between (until 4 Sep, 2017). Alternatively, the retrospective of Rodin opens 15 Sep showcasing up to 50 marbles, bronzes, plasters, and terracottas by the master sculptor.
Once you’ve had your fill of art, take a 10-min saunter downtown to sib The Met Breuer and into the museum’s super-scene Flora Bar where your pre-booked table for dinner awaits. Ignacio Mattos’ succulent small plates are predominantly seafood-driven, but you can still get your steak n’ potato fix, paired perfectly with one of the eateries’ many vinos.
Tenoverten / 2/F / 112 Reade St / Tribeca / +1 212 406 1010 / 10am-10pm Mon-Fri, until 8.30pm Sat-Sun / tenoverten.com
Barneys / 101 7th Ave / Chelsea / +1 646 264 6400 / 10am-7pm Sun-Tue, until 8pm Wed-Sat / barneys.com
Dover Street Market / 160 Lexington Ave / Midtown / +1 646 837 7750 / 11am-7pm Mon-Sat, 12pm-6pm Sun / newyork.doverstreetmarket.com
Sugarfish / 33 E 20th St / Flatiron / +1 347 705 8100 / lunch & dinner daily / sugarfishsushi.com
The Met / 1000 5th Ave / UES / +1 212 731 1498 / 10am-5.30pm Sun-Thu, until 9pm Fri-Sat / metmuseum.org
Flora Bar / The Met Breuer / 945 Madison Ave / UES / +1 646 558 5383 / lunch & dinner Tue-Sun / florabarnyc.com