From the buzziest new openings to cultural musts, our monthly series reads as a social agenda for cocktail hour and beyond—not forgetting the suggested dress code for each.
With Fashion Month officially underway, we're spotlighting the see-and-be-seen at places in each of the four fashion capitals. Read on for where to go—and what to wear.
NEW YORK FASHION WEEK
THE FREEHAND HOTEL, FLATIRON
23 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10010
From hotter-than-hot design duo Roman and Williams (they’ve done the Ace, the Standard High Line, the Royalton…you get the picture) comes New York’s latest place to be. Nestled in New York's Flatiron area, the multi-venue concept has several bars and restaurants to choose from—including Simon & The Whale, the latest from It-restaurateur Gabriel Stulman.
There's a new "House" in town (sorry, Chiltern). A restaurant since 1867, the Grade II-listed building has been gutted by the team behind the Soho House to create a magnificent 33-room boutique hotel. Think: modern Soho meets traditional Georgian. We're betting this art deco champagne bar (the original from the '20s) will be the new place to grab a well-placed booth during Fashion Week. Bonus: it stays open until the wee hours.
The Fifty House, Via Benvenuto Cellini, 14, 20129 Milano MI, Italy
Meet the new Nobu. Not only will you feast on top grade sushi, the cocktails—courtesy of “Claudio,” the mastermind behind the bar list at Chiltern Firehouse (who only goes by one name)—are sure to be fab. Its grand opening is planned to coincide with the start of Milan Fashion Week, meaning this is where everyone will be.
Since one can only have so many baked potatoes (and caviar) during PFW, the Mediterranean menu filled with fish and healthy vegetables (from the Israeli duo behind London’s celebrated Palomar) has “fashion crowd” written all over it. Don’t forget about the drinks, which are the product of the Experimental Cocktail Club. We like the sound of the Bloody Balagan, a savory mescal-based cocktail.