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A stylish guide to Fashion Week

Fashion writer, Sophie Bew, takes a look at the hip hangouts, must-visit shops and places to see and be seen during Fashion Week around the globe


BY SOPHIE BEW
Sophie Bew is deputy editor of AnOther Magazine and writes about fashion, culture and art for Wallpaper* and Harper’s Bazaar Art.

Luxury fashion is big business (the industry directly contributed £29.7billion to the UK GDP in 2016 alone) and the pinnacle of the style calendar is Fashion Week. While fashion's elite descend on the most stylish cities for the twice-yearly style extravaganza every spring and autumn, our in-the-know fashion editor, Sophie Bew, uncovers the places that raise the style stakes – all just a stone’s throw from Mandarin Oriental.

NEW YORK

New York Fashion Week kicks off the biannual womenswear ceremony, and with young labels such as Eckhaus Latta and Vaquera diversifying the roster with their avant-garde approaches and jubilantly inclusive casting, Fashion Week in New York has never been more progressive.

Wine and dine

For a post-show aperitif head to Honey’s, the brewery where Bushwick-meets-Williamsburg, which offers its own meads, and is headed up by sought-after mixologist and fashion-week-favourite, Arley Marks. For of-the-minute food, head to Shabu Shabu Macoron on the Lower East Side where chef Mako Okano leads an all-female kitchen proffering the only shabu-shabu (Japanese hot pot) tasting menu in the city. Treat yourself to a nightcap overlooking Central Park at The Aviary – just a five-minute cab ride from the city’s famous Garment District.

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Showcasing much hyped artists such as Arthur Jaffa, Gavin Brown gallery is a must-visit for polishing up your dinner party art chat. Or find delicate and mindfully made jewellery at Wwake, in Greenpoint – not only does it use mostly recycled precious metals and conflict-free diamonds, but the pieces are minimal and chic, too.

LONDON

London, formerly an eclectic member of the fashion month ring, is now fully fledged in the Fashion Week establishment, hosting key brands such as JW Anderson, Christopher Kane and Burberry.

Wine and dine

Show-goers will sup martinis at the super central The Delaunay, and then devour the city’s very best fish, chips and oysters at J Sheekey near Covent Garden. Escape the crowds with a glass of Champagne at the recently reopened bar at the world-famous, Harvey Nichols, just across the road from Mandarin Oriental, London in glamourous Knightsbridge.

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Drop by the Victoria Beckham store on Dover Street, a three-storey Georgian townhouse renovated by architect Farshid Moussavi, the vast concrete doors of which belie a cool, calm and contemporary art-filled modernist interior. On nearby Mount Street, at Simone Rocha – another London Fashion Week stalwart – pick up her ubiquitous crystal-peppered earrings or satin slides.

MILAN

The home of gloss and glamour, Milan brims with rich and colourful wares – whether those of homegrown fashion brands such as Versace, Gucci, Prada, or the crème de la crème of the design world (once a year the city hosts the internationally renowned Salone del Mobile festival).

Wine and dine

To rub shoulders with fashion’s finest, sip on negronis at Mandarin Bar & Bistrot or dine at Bice – try the traditional boiled meat and cassoeula with cabbage and polenta. You can often spot Valentino Garavani at the adjacent table in this tiny trattoria.

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Fondazione Prada, in the northern stretch of the city, is a feast of cultural nourishment. Between its ever-evolving cinema schedule, constantly evolving exhibitions, and the new wing, the Torre (tower), there’s plenty to take in – not least the views from the sixth-floor restaurant decorated with plates by conceptual artists. Stop by 10 Corso Como – the city’s temple to fashion owned by editrix Carla Sozzani – for an expert curation of contemporary brands, from Comme des Garçons to Maison Martin Margiela – this September sees her extend the retail space to New York, too.

PARIS

Paris Fashion Week has guests shooting all over the city, between bohemian La Marais and the bourgeois boulevards, in order to take in the finest of the French capital – be that Chanel, Chloé, Saint Laurent or Givenchy.

Wine and dine

It helps then to know a spot in every corner of town and one favourite is the top of Gare de l’Est. Through a semi-hidden door of the train station you’ll find your way to the plant-laden Le Perchoir terrace bar. For dinner, be sure to reserve a table at Basque chef Iñaki Aizpitarte’s Le Dauphin, a stark, marbled Rem Koolhaas-designed space flowing with natural wines and à la carte tapas-style dishes – the low key sibling of (and next door neighbour to) the long-waitlisted Le Chateaubriand.

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For a culture fix, the trailblazing Palais de Tokyo offers the perfect combination of works by both emerging and established artists. Over on the Bastille-side, stop by Merci – snap its ubiquitous red mini in the courtyard, and pick-up soft, soothing linens in a plethora of colours for the fashion crowd’s favourite homewares. Closer to home, Mandarin Oriental, Paris is surrounded by the extraordinary boutiques of rue Saint-Honoré.

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