New York for Style Setters

As Fashion Week swaggers into town for its bi-annual style spectacle (7–13 Sep, 2017), so do too the flock of leggy lovelies. And while nabbing FROW 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 stilies, 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 LA-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 for a 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.

Shop, sip and sup like a stylista with the LUXE New York guide...

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Liv Berry

Liv left behind the lanes, arcades, and wide-open plains of Melbourne for the concrete jungle of Hong Kong, joining the team at LUXE after a stint at Swire Hotels. 

  • Liv LOVES... Escaping the city, sailing the seas of the Gulf of Gokova, unspoiled beaches in southern Sri Lanka
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