A&E Ultimate Fashion Week City Guide

Eliza Scarborough   |   05 - 02 - 2018

Be Fashion Week ready with A&E ultimate city guide showcasing the best places to eat, sleep and shop in each of the fashion capitals.

 

NEW YORK

 

THE WALKER HOTEL

 

LE COUCOU

 

TOM FORD

 

EAT

Dishes at Le Coucou match the superbly opulent and lush interior, think pink quenelles with lobster sauce and foie gras.

DRINK

The Rose Bar serves as the perfect escape for the fashion set in search of a cocktail. The intimate setting features high, wood ceilings, plush, velvet seating and bold artwork.

SLEEP

One of Greenwich Village’s finest, the Walker Hotel is as authentic and old-style as your New York experience can be. The key here is that bohemian is the new minimal, and clean lines have been supplanted by eclectic vibes.

THE BOUTIQUE

Love, Adorned is one of the coolest stores, from the Guatemalan textiles to the crystal chandeliers hanging from the ceilings. This store is your one-stop shop for jewellery, accessories, and home décor.

THE SHOW

As many designers moved to show in Paris, one very important American designer, Tom Ford, did just the opposite, returning to New York making a grand entrance, and this season his show will undoubtedly cause a similar stir.

THE LABEL

Everyone was obsessed over the Mansur Gavriel bucket bag, with it going on to gain cult status, and now the CFDA-winner designer is moving into clothes.

 

MILAN

CARLO E CAMILLA

 

BAR LUCE

 

ATTICO

 

EAT

Carlo e Camilla is a defunct 1930s sawmill which has been transformed into an industrial-style restaurant designed for communal dining by Michelin-starred chef Carlo Cracco and art director Tanja Solci.

DRINK

The pastel-heavy colour palette of Bar Luce will make you feel like you’re in a Wes Anderson film, which is not surprising since he designed it.

SLEEP

A short hop from the Duomo, with a coveted entrance onto the Via dell Spiga, the five-star Baglioni in the perfect fashion week base.

THE BOUTIQUE

Founded by Carla Sozzani, sister of the late, great Franca, 10 Corso Como remains Italy’s hippest store, offering up refined fashion, literature, and art.

THE SHOW

Held at their hub, nothing is more eccentric than Gucci, where Alessandro Michele visits different, disparate fashion eras to create a psychedelic parade of glitter, haberdashery, and influences.

THE LABEL

Dreamt up in the back of a cab by two street style aficionados, Attico focuses on classic robes and slip dresses made in sumptuous materials and richly embroidered to create feminine, decadent pieces.

 

LONDON

CASA CRUZ

 

HALPERN

 

SKETCH

 

EAT

Casa Cruz’s prettily presented ceviche and steak are as Instagram-worthy as the oh-so-trendy copper walls of the dining room and model-like waiters.

DRINK

Having hosted everyone from Kate Moss to Kendall Jenner in powder pink inimitable style by David Shrigley, Sketch has seen over a decade’s worth of fashion weeks, and is the perfect pitstop.

SLEEP

The most indulgent of them all, Claridge’s. One of London’s most glamorous and longest-established hotels and a home-from-home for visiting royalty, heads of state and celebrities, offering excellent hospitality and luxurious bedrooms.

THE BOUTIQUE

Comme des Garçons’ Dover Street Market is the Tate Modern in boutique form, with directional labels from Alaïa to Céline.

THE SHOW

The widespread nature of the instant positive reaction to Michael Halpern’s first glittering ’70s disco-inspired collection last season can only indicate what a hot ticket this show will be during fashion week.

THE LABEL

Reawaken your slumbering inner princess, and take her raving in Molly Goddard’s neon tulle confections.

 

PARIS

HÔTEL COSTES

 

MERCI

 

LEMAIRE

 

EAT

Not only is Ferdi an old-school glamorous brasserie next to the Jardin des Tuileries, it serves Paris’s best cheese-burgers making it the perfect post Chanel meal. 

DRINK

It’s hard not to love Hôtel Costes. Come for the people watching in the courtyard and stay drinking into the night, it’s not unlikely that you will run into Rihanna or Kendall Jenner.

SLEEP

Opulent doesn’t begin to describe the Shangri-La Paris, housed in a fairy-tale building once owned by Napoleon Bonaparte’s great nephew.

THE BOUTIQUE

No trip to Paris is complete without a visit to Merci on the edge of the Marais where they change the installations in the store by season. Enter via a courtyard and wander around this three-storey warehouse space.

THE SHOW

The self-taught Simon Porte of Jacquemus has meteorically risen thanks to his achingly cool style, and his front row will be filled with all our favourite French girls.

THE LABEL

For those who love the understated elegance of Hermès, Lemaire does insouciant slip dresses like no other. French designer Christophe Lemaire brings his luxurious touch to wardrobe staples.

 

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