Design + Architecture

Fashion Hotels

by Mark Ellwood

FASHION WEEK HANGOUTS

Mere mortals might not be able to wrangle a front-row seat at the shows, but you can find yourself sharing elevators with the fashion editors if you know where to stay. For us, an insider gave up the details in her private black book. Milan: "Everyone who is young and hot hangs out at the Principe di Savoia," says our stitch snitch. "The old-school set—the Anna Wintour types—hang out at the Four Seasons." During the Paris shows, the crowd at the Westminster Hotel is "a bit more insider, a lot of models and agents. The Hôtel Costes gets a mix of fashion people—though some are only buyers [sniff]. During couture, it's obviously the Ritz." And London? "There's usually not a great confab, but it will be packed this season, since Marc Jacobs is showing here in conjunction with the opening of his first London store. One Aldwych is chic as hell and very close to where you pick up the Eurostar to Paris." In New York, even though the runways shows are held in Bryant Park, the fashionista demigods are all farther downtown, at SoHo's Mercer: "That's where you'll find people like [French Vogue editor] Carine Roitfeld. If you're fabulous, you have a car and driver, so getting to and from Bryant Park is not difficult."

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