The best addresses for fashion week of New York, London, Milan and Paris for hotels, restaurants, shops and more
For many, particularly for insiders, ‘September’ and ‘fashion’ are synonymous. In fact the 4 fashion weeks (New York, London, Milan and Paris) that unfold during this month carry journalists, buyers, bloggers and so on around the world or, more exactly, around these cities where fashion shows, presentations and lavish parties occur. More and more not-insiders, socialites or simply fashion fans decide every year to follow directly these events, shifting between all, or some, of the 4 cities. For all of them, insiders or not, The Italian Eye made a short guide for each city with the best and coolest addresses where to make the fashion week experience even more ‘fashionable’.
Here the guides.
The Polo Bar (1 E 55th St – New York, NY 10022 – +1 212-207-8562)
This restaurant by Ralph Lauren opened few months ago. It offers a typical American cuisine and great cocktails inspired to Ralph’s favorites. The old America design style, very typical for the brand, makes the place elegant and cozy.
Creel and Gow (131 East 70th Street New York, NY 10021 – + 1-212-327-4281)
It looks like a wonders cave. In this furniture shop you’ll find Wunderkammer style ornamentals, stuffed animals and grand tour objects. It’s not cheap at all but the things you’ll find are really unique. It is worth a visit just to look.
The NoMad Hotel (1170 Broadway – New York, NY 10001 – +1 212-796-1500)
This new boutique hotel is conveniently located on Brodway. Rooms are cozy and classic and the common parts are richly decorated. The hotel organizes parties such as masquerade balls and its bar is very popular during fashion week.
Madame Geneva (4 Bleecker Street – New York, NY 10012 – + 1 212.254.0350)
The design of this cocktails bar in Noho is inspired to a south-east colonial style lounge. The great selection of gin and the good Asian touched cuisine make this bar the perfect spot to relax after a long day.
Rebelle (220 Bowery – New York, NY 10012 – +1 917 639 3880)
Good downtown restaurant that serves creative American cuisine. Meet, fish and vegetarian dishes. Well decorated industrial location. Good value for money.
The Wolseley (106 Piccadilly – London W1J, 9EB – +44 020 7499 6996)
Decò style tea room in Piccadilly. It’s a all day dining so it’s possible to have breakfast, lunch, brunch, tea time, dinner and so on. The cuisine is English with continental and French plates. The eggs Benedict are the must have of the restaurant. The typical English tea time with delicateness selection is very good. Even if the place is very big you shall make a reservation because it’s always very crowded.
Blakes Hotel (33 Roland Gardens – London SW7 3PF – +44 (0)20 7370 6701)
When, in 1978, the Blakes Hotel opened, it was considered the first luxury boutique hotel of the world. It is inspired to a high end Victorian townhouse with ethnic recalls from the world of the colonies. Few rooms and wonderful service. In spite of the tiny size, the hotel has a good restaurant and a bar very popular even for those not staying in the hotel.
Loulou’s (5 Hertford Street – Mayfair W1J, Londra – +44 020 7408 2100)
Very fashionable member’s only club in Mayfair. You can eat or come just for drink and dance but you always need to be a member or with a member. The place to be.
Sir John Soane’s Museum (13 Lincoln’s Inn Fields – London WC2A 3BP – +44 20 7405 2107)
House Museum of the known neoclassical architect Sir John Soane that designed the house to be his self-celebrative mausoleum. Rooms are still in the original arrangement and the collection includes some projects and architectural models that recreate the urban arrangement of London in the beginnings of 19th century.
David Saxby (60-62 Fulham High St – London SW6 3LQ, – +44 20 7610 6558)
Entering David Saxby shop you are overwhelmed by color and by things. Here you find everything an English gentlemen’s wardrobe needs, from tweed jackets, to shooting outfits, to multicolored waistcoats. Affordable prices for a timeless elegance.
Mildreds (45 Lexington street – Soho, W1F 9AN – +44 20 7494 1634)
Vegetarian cuisine with organic and bio ingredients. Great value for money. The ambience is simple but elegant and the people in are very charming.
Al Fresco (via Savona 50 – 20144, Milano – +39 02 495.33.630)
This restaurant was born from the reconversion of an industrial warehouse in the nowadays-very-fashionable Via Tortona/Savona area. During spring and summer you have dinner in a green courtyard with a masterly lighting. A shelter from urban chaos. Creative cuisine with fish, meat and vegetarian palates.
B-Cafè (via San Maurilio 20 – 20123, Milano – +39 02 89093317)
Industrial furnishing and hipster customs for this bar conveniently located in the ‘5 vie’ design district. You can have only sandwiches or desserts. The ingredients are fresh and the combinations are sought. It’s perfect for a fast lunch, obviously not gluten free, or for happy hour.
Dry (Via Solferino 33 – 20124 Milano – +39 02 6379 3414)
This design cocktail bar is perfect for a drink at night. Cocktails are very good and the Bloody Mary is a must. There is a tiny kitchen that offers only pizzas. It’s always very crowded so you might wait some time for the table. Very popular during fashion week.
Mandarin Oriental Hotel (via Andegari 9 – 20121, Milano – +39 +39 02 8731 8888)
Newly opened, this hotel is very central located, few meters away from the main luxury shopping district of the city. Two restaurant, a bar, a pool and a fantastic spa make this hotel the perfect place to rest between a fashion show and another.
Armani Bookstore (Via Manzoni 31- 20121, Milan – +39 02 72318675)
It is considered one of the most equipped fashion library in the city. However on its shelves you can find not only fashion books but also travel, design and art books. If you are seeking for a book you are not able to find anywhere, go to Armani Bookstore and probably you’ll find it.
Museo Bagatti Valsecchi (Via Gesù, 5 – 20121 Milano – +39 02 7600 6132)
A House Museum that’s a pearl in the heart of Milan. Inside you can admire a fantastic Renaissance Art collection. A cultural al culinary pause because inside the building of the museum there is the great ‘Salumaio di via Montenapoleone’ restaurant. Here our guide of Bagatti Valsecchi Museum.
Loulou’ (90 Boulevard Saint Germain – Paris 5ème – +33 1 46 34 86 64)
Even if apparently this Quartier Latin restaurant looks like a typical French bistrot, the meny of Loulou’ mixes Parisian accents with American plates: salads, hamburgers, New York Style bagels and French meet and fish plates. You must have the Soup d’onion: fantastic! In the week end they offer American brunch.
Club Sandwich is a special night organized in the renowned YoYo club, inside the Palais de Tokyo. Every night has a theme and the effort that all the participants put in the choice of the costume is noteworthy. It’s not easy to get in because of the severe face control at the entrance but it is worth to try.
Chez Julien (1 rue du Pont Louis-Philippe – Paris 4ème – +33 1 42 78 31 64)
French restaurant with French cuisine with fish and meet plates. Soft lightings and lovely atmosphere. Book in advance because it’s always fully booked.
Le Deux Abeilles (189 Rue de l’Université, Paris 7ème – +33 1 45 55 64 04)
Little hidden cafè close to the Tour Eiffel. Here you come to have the one that’s considered by many the best tarte tatin of Paris.
Hotel Amour (8 Rue de Navarin – Paris 9ème – +33 1 48 78 31 80)
Design boutique hotel in the Pigalle area. If in the past this neighborhood was considered the red light district of the city, nowadays it’s a trendy place, full of artists, cafes, and radical chic Parisians. The hotel has also a bar and restaurant where you can have a good, and popular, Sunday brunch.
Words by Federico Sigali