If you've never experienced New York Fashion Week for yourself, let us tell you, it is unlike any other—not least because New York City is a one of a kind place. There are many reasons behind its seemingly electrifying change in atmosphere, one of the most compelling being the number of fashionable people that it attracts and celeb-filled events it plays host to. Still, there are times when we just need to take a break and get away from the show grounds and after-parties, if only to carve time to grab a bite to eat (yes, sometimes there's no time to even do that) or catch up on some emails in a coffee shop.
Just in time for the first official day of the fashion-fueled week, we've come up with an editors-approved list of places to stay, new and favorite hot spots at which to eat and drink, and venues to find something to do when you find yourself with an hour or a few to spare in between shows. We focused on the three most NYFW-focused neighborhoods: Chelsea, the West Village, and Tribeca/West SoHo. Should you find yourself new to town this or any other NYFW—or any time really—proceed to our picks ahead. No RSVP necessary.
Show venue(s): Skylight Modern, Pier 59, Art Beam
Where to Stay
The High Line Hotel: You would be hard-pressed to find a more majestic-looking hotel in the city. Situated on grounds that once housed a 17th-century orchard and an actual cathedral, this historic hotel boasts an Instagram-ready Gothic-style exterior, a spacious outdoor area, and the most quaintly decorated rooms. If you're lucky, a fashion show will take place in the Refectory Room so you can get blown away by the high ceilings, stained glass windows, and impressive chandeliers. Added bonus: The hotel offers complimentary and impossibly chic Shinola bikes for rent that you can use to arrive at a fashion show in style. How is that for a street style photographer magnet?
Hotel Americano: The fashion crowd flocks to this hotel for post-show drinks, stellar Latin-French cuisine, and a sick rooftop view. Cut your commute by playing house in one of the 56 modern chic rooms. May we suggest one with a Japanese-style soaking tub? Your feet will thank you after the long days.