NYC in SeptemberNew York City - Empire State of Mind
There’s nothing like New York—any time of year—but September might be its finest month. The weather cools, the fashion elite descend on Lincoln Center, and the moneyed shake the sand out of their shoes to reclaim the Upper West Side, Gossip Girl-style.
At Galavante, we can’t think of a better place to call home. So welcome to the first annual New York September issue. From Yigal Azrouel’s new uptown opening featured on The Goods to New York’s best steak dinners on Cooling Your Jets, we’re in an Empire State of Mind. Hold all your calls, cancel your meetings, and go Ferris Bueller for a day off. You deserve one last ditch day, so make this one count. Hit the New York catwalk with us, for the skinny on where the fashionistas hang when they’re not ruling the runway, and for the best list of the most stylish stays. And don’t forget those Yankees, who rarely let New Yorkers down during September playoff season. A true Ferris Bueller’s day off wouldn’t be complete without a ballgame and five-star restaurant in the same day. At Jean-Georges' Nougatine, you don’t even have to be Abe Froman to get in to the $35 prix-fixe lunch.
Don’t have a seat next to Anna Wintour at the runway this year? You won’t need one. We’ll give you an hour-by-hour, day-into-night guide on where to go and what to do for this year’s Fashion's Night Out. A September day in New York is a degustation, where your morning is the aperitivo and evening ends with some very sweet dolce. As for after dessert––well, that’s all up to you.
9:00am – Perk up at Keith McNally’s famous French boîte Balthazar, where the fashion crowd convenes for orange brioche and the first caffeine drip of the day, custom-roasted by Stumptown Coffee. 80 Spring St.
11:00am – Polka your dot at Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama’s exhibition at the Whitney Museum, sponsored by Louis Vuitton. 945 Madison Ave.
1:00pm – Accessorize at Louis Vuitton, where design director Marc Jacobs once again collaborates with Japanese contemporary artist Takashi Murakami to create over-the-top accoutrements. 1 57th St.
3:00pm – Check out all the sartorial street fashion in and around Lincoln Center and catch the catwalk struts streaming live on your iPad. 10 Lincoln Center Plaza
5:00pm – Slip into something more (or less) comfortable at Bergdorf Goodman Shoe Salon, where Narciso Rodriguez and Vera Wang unveil their Fall 2012 collection. 754 5th Ave.
6:00–10:00pm – Dress to the nines (or tens) and hob your knob at these Galavante-favorite boutiques:
- Scoop – The annual block party features live music, cocktails by Tequila Avión, and plenty of free samples from BeautyBar.com. 861 Washington St.
- QVC – Nicole Richie and Oscar-winner Jennifer Hudson will be on hand to debut the songstress’s first line of clothing for the shopping network. 14th St. & Ninth Ave.
- Ted Baker London – The British are coming, this time with fish and chips, queenly cocktails, and toffee pudding, while British DJ Kieran Taylor spins away. 595 Fifth Ave.
- Swarovski – Instagram your way to a $500 gift card (with #SwarovskiFNO) while downing champagne, courtesy of the store.
- Dior – Get your cover shot taken by Vogue photographer Arthur Elgort, while receiving cosmetic advice from celebrity makeup artist Ricky Wilson.
11:00pm – Find out why Raoul’s steak frites and martinis remain legendary. 180 Prince St.
(Photos: Balthazar Restaurant and Yayoi Kusama Installation at Louis Vuitton, courtesy of Saba McCoy; Lincoln Center, courtesy of Mark Bussell; Whitney Museum of American Art, Architect: Marcel Beuer and Hamilton Smith (1963-1966), courtesy of Jerry L. Thompson, N.Y.)