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THE NY LIST An Insider’s Guide to NYFW

Meet our New York columnist, The Coveteur editorial director, Laurel Pantin. Here, her fashion-week hotspots.

With fashion month kicking off this week, many in the industry are en route to New York to begin the four-week carnival of runway shows, parties and more. Between frantically checking the weather (can it really be that cold?) to scheduling appointments, one can’t forget to reserve just a little bit of time to check out the latest goings on in the city where no one sleeps and nothing ever stops – as cliché as that idea is, it’s actually true. Here are the buzziest labels, bars, and restaurants to check out.

WHERE TO EAT
Restaurateur Keith McNally’s newest NYC spot Augustine (augustineny.com) is housed in the just-opened Beekman Hotel. The fare is classic McNally: French brasserie with a New-York touch (evidenced in the steakhouse-style burger). Book a table as soon as possible – only the most well-connected will be able to score a spot.

You’ve likely seen the super-pink interior of Pietro Nolita’s Italian spot all over your social feeds, but Instagram trap this is not. The food is surprisingly fantastic and as healthy as Italian classics get. (pietronolita.com)

A visit to Sugarfish (and subsequent snap) seems almost mandatory when in LA, but the beyond-trendy sushi joint just opened up a second location in New York’s Flatiron District (sugarfishsushi.com). Expect this to be the lunch spot.

Pietro Nolita
Nozawa-style sushi at Sugarfish

WHERE TO DRINK
The Blond, the newly opened bar at the 11 Howard hotel (11howard.com), is likely to be the scene of many a late night get down during NYFW. A perennial favourite of industry insiders, The Blond only gets better during fashion week.

The Bar Room at The Beekman (thompsonhotels.com/hotels/the-beekman) is the most beautiful space to have a drink or a quiet moment between shows. The setting is New York at its most show-stopping, making this a must-visit while in town.

For those late, late nights, count on heading to China Chalet (chinachalet.com). Dim sum parlour by day, party den by night, it’s a classic ‘only in New York’ scenario. It’s also a ‘what happens there stays there’ kind of place, meaning that even the most private fashion types throw down once inside.

The Beekman

LABELS TO KNOW
Helmed by a former designer for Donna Karan, Bonnie Young’s third collection for her namesake label, BY. Bonnie Young, is among the most eagerly awaited of the week. Her last collection was inspired by the American South (and Beyonce’s Lemonade) and featured soft, voluminous shapes, subtle florals and paper-bag-cuff details that the fashion set can’t get enough of.

Virgil Abloh’s Off-White debuted in 2015 with a menswear collection, and has since exploded into one of the most-sought after labels for both men and women. The aesthetic is street-luxury, featuring loads of denim, shirting and pyjama-inspired pieces. Abloh perfectly treads the line between streetwear and high fashion, and counts some of the most stylish people in the industry as fans.

Khaite’s creative director Catherine Holstein set out to make luxurious, minimalist basics that work perfectly together as a capsule wardrobe. While cashmere is at the core of the line, it’s the denim pieces that we have our eye on.

While mostly known for her knitwear, Ryan Roche broke out into tailored pieces with her last collection – all in her signature tones of easy white, creamy beige and pale pink. Roche’s line is luxury at its very best – think head-to-toe cashmere against bare skin on chilly nights.

A former designer for Dries van Noten, Sander Lak made his New York debut with Sies Marjan last February, and it was an instant hit. His look is a weird blend of eclectic traveller with a dose of 1990s skater girl, all done in pastel brights, that somehow totally works. Expect to see his pieces on the most photographed editors this season.

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