By Andrew Stone | September 11, 2015 | Food & Drink
These four hot boîtes lure the fabulous and stylish after Fashion Week after-parties.
Great lighting, glam fashionistas, and a sinister door policy help keep a new spot hot, says legendary nightlife hostess Amy Sacco.
As the catwalks spring to life for ready-to-wear designers across the city, international followers of fashion are dedicated to making the entirety of this New York Fashion Week a paparazzi paradise. During last spring’s NYFW, we got whiplash as the upper crust flocked to the VFiles DJ fest at Space Ibiza, Jourdan Dunn’s “Cell for Gratitude” fundraiser at No. 8, Essential Homme’s bash at the Gansevoort rooftop, and the Rodarte afterparty at the Jane. But where exactly does the style set go once the shows conclude and the offcial afterparty has wrapped?
There are some established boîtes that will be appropriately packed, regardless—Le Bain at the Standard, Jimmy at the James New York hotel, Le Baron, Rose Bar at the Gramercy Park Hotel, Electric Room at the Dream Hotel, the Rec Room looking out upon No. 8. “These are all popular now,” says Amy Sacco, the legendary hostess who serves as glam figurehead of No. 8, the ever-sexy celeb-favorite nightspot. “But will they still be by Fashion Week? Who can really say?”
Sacco would know; she’s been reinventing how bold-facers cavort since her early days at Lot 61 and Bungalow 8. “Fashionistas love to flock to the newest spots and be first to brand them as their own,” says Sacco. “Their must-haves are great lighting—to flatter their selfes—other glam fashionistas in attendance, and a sinister door policy... but make sure it never applies to them.”
Keeping those hefty requirements in mind, we give our take on where the Delevingnes of the world will make an appearance during Fashion Week this month. These venues will provide winning service, hopping atmosphere, dangerously delicious cocktails, and pretty, pretty company.
Brought to you by Ian Schrager, the Clocktower is the spot to stay and be seen, and its moody in-house saloon gets gold stars for crafty cocktails and a sexy scene that draws the likes of Chrissy Teigen, Stefano Tonchi, and Rose McGowan. The New York Edition Hotel, 5 Madison Ave., 212- 413-4200
The Lower East Side neighborhood has regularly drawn Lady Gaga, Adriana Lima, and Rihanna to its gritty side streets. Right now we’re loving ECC, the Experimental Cocktail Club—a not-too-precious import speakeasy (thanks, Paris and London) that goes light on the attitude and cares a whole lot about the favor profles of its obsessively considered, ever-changing cocktails. (Thymeladen Campari negronis? Sign us up.) 191 Chrystie St.
With its decoupage, roll-up-your-sleeves décor, haute greasy spoon fare (served late), reasonably priced cocktails, and propensity to lure in stars of stitch, stage, and screen, Forgtmenot, the venue on every pair of fashionable lips last season, still draws them in. Models like Hildie Gifstad and Dani Seitz, cinematographer Ian Vollmer, and a million more dressed-down glamour-pusses are devotees. 138 Division St., 646- 707-3195
Paul Sevigny—the scene-stirrer behind Beatrice Inn—puts a high premium on keeping the vibe light, the music effervescent, and the crowd fantastically stylish (without the snootiness) at the much-loved, maximalist-decorated party hive within the Tribeca Grand Hotel. It’s a real go-to for the best-clad set (think: Public School’s Maxwell Osborne, Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez of Proenza Schouler, photographer Petra Collins, and model Lily Donaldson). Tribeca Grand Hotel, 2 Avenue of the Americas, 212-519-6681
photography by Jessica craig-Martin/trunk archive