For the Love of Fashion…
Sarah Ivens, Founding Editor-in-Chief of the US version of OK! Magazine and Jaunt Magazine Contributor Extraordinaire, heads back to her (not so) old stomping grounds of NYC to fill our readers in on the latest treats.
New York’s Fifth Avenue has just been voted the No 1 shopping destination in the world and it’s gar-mental fervour explodes across the whole city twice a year when it celebrates fashion week; when the good, the bad, the ugly and the just plain crazy descend on the angry, concrete streets of Manhattan to fight the throngs, predict the future and hunt for bargains.
If you are a fashionista who’d rather spend your hard-earned dollars on handbags than hotel rooms during this busy time in the city (but you still desire life to be beautiful) head to the recently opened The Fashion Hotel in Chelsea. Not only is the lobby constantly filled with free, delicious Crumbs cupcakes (Katie Holmes favourites!) but the garment theme plays a major role. The furniture and art displays are assembled from over-sized cotton wheels and needles and the staff are dressed sharply to match the service. The Fashion Hotel is perfectly situated for the world’s largest (and scariest) department store, Macy’s, which is a mere five minute strut up 7th Avenue.
If you fancy something a bit more local and low-key and are all clothed-out, make your way past the Flat Iron to 19th and Broadway (a five minute strut in the opposite direction) for a visit to Fishs Eddy. A treasure trove of quirkly ceramics and cutlery, this hidden away oasis of kitchen cool is the perfect place to style-up your own house or buy a fabulous gift for a forward-thinking friend. Their latest design features beautiful illustrations of same-sex wedding couples celebrating their big day. The cups are selling out so fast I had to pick up a few right there and then – and you will too if you have a gay wedding to attend in the next year!
Once rested back at the hotel and looking for fuel for the fashion ahead, cross the street to new burger joint BGR at 27th and 7th – opposite the Fashion Institute. The hip crowd gathers here for small talk (guessing the waist size of the models they’ve just met) and large patties and portions of crispy fries. If you want more beef, stay inside the hotel for a trip to RARE. Although only just opened, its quickly becoming one of New York’s coolest steakhouses, with a ‘Who cares if I miss the first show in the morning?’ kind of wine list. If you must stick to salads, at least make it amazing by going to Dishes – the media crowd’s lunchtime secret – near the bustling tents of Bryant Park at 44th and 5th. This should keep you going till you return, laden down with bags, to the cupcake display at the hotel.
Prices at the four-star Fashion Hotel start from $233 per night.