A Fashionable Guide To New York

PENNY McCORMICK rounds up the best things to see and the coolest places to stay in NEW YORK this spring …

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What to see:

As New York’s most exclusive social event, an invitation to the Met Gala is coveted in fashion circles. Former Vogue staffer and gala organiser Stephanie Winston Wolkoff (now stylist to Melania Trump), has said of the selection process “No money, no come-y”. This year’s co-chairs are Pharell Williams, Katy Perry and Anna Wintour and the gala officially opens the Costume Institute’s Spring Exhibition: Rei Kawakubo and the Art of the In-between (May 4 – September 4, 1000 Fifth Avenue, New York; www.metmuseum.org). Featuring 120 examples of Kawakubo’s designs for Comme des Garcons, dating from her first Paris runway show in 1981 to her most recent collection, the exhibition is in keeping with Kawakubo’s design ethos of challenging ideas about fashion. Says Kawakubo, “The modes of expression that have always been important to me are fusion, imbalance, elimination, and absence of intent.”

Do visit the Gucci-commissioned mural by illustrator Jayde Fish in the heart of SoHo on Lafayette Street. Complete your fashion fix with a visit to Georgia O’Keefe: Living Modern at Brooklyn Museum where O’Keefe’s wardrobe rather than her flower paintings are the focus, with photographs by Leibovitz, Cecil Beaton and Andy Warhol (200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn; www.brooklynmuseum.org, from May 3 – July 23). For film fans Adrian: Hollywood and Beyond will appeal with designs from legendary costumer Gilbert Adrian whose clients included Katherine Hepburn, Joan Crawford and Greta Garbo (Fashion Institute of Technology; www.fitnyc.edu).

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Where to stay:

The Ludlow Hotel belongs to hotelier Sean Macpherson whose portfolio of soigné addresses includes The Bowery and The Jane. It’s a cathedral of cool with an industrial vibe; the lobby décor being defined as “Trustafarian meets Miss Havisham”. Rooms, though small, offer amazing views. (180 Ludlow Street, New York 10002; www.ludlowhotel.com). Do book Beauty & Essex for brunch or dinner. Its quirky oneoff pieces and art complement a tasty menu (146 Essex Street, New York 10002; www.beautyandessex.com).

Roger Smith Hotel is pitch perfect for midtown shopping putting you within bagel-throw of Fifth Avenue boutiques and the Rockefeller Center (501 Lexington Avenue, New York 10017, www.rogersmith.com). New England décor, an in-house art gallery and rooftop bar are some of the creative touches. Pick up Booth Moore’s Where Stylist’s Shop (Regan Arts) for insider help, though drugstore shopping is my favourite activity. Stock up on Marc Jacobs Beauty, Courtney Somer’s Lake & Skye oil blends and Dr Dennis Gross’s Alpha Beta Glow Pads.

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Wear where:

Cocktails at Beauty & Essex

Take outfit inspiration from New-Yorker Michael Kors and his laid-back cool SS17 collection.

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What to read:

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Beauty editor, and enfant terrible Cat Marnell charts her drug addiction and career as a columnist in How To Murder Your Life (Ebury Press).

PENNY McCORMICK

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