After her whirlwind eight days at NYFW, we caught up with Olivia von Christierson, luxury ready-to-wear buying manager at Net-a-Porter, on where she found time to eat, drink and shop during her rare minutes of downtime.
From after-dark glamour in the Bowery, to racks of Philo-era Celine in the Lower East Side, to the best pizza in Brooklyn, these are her most stylish spots to know in New York City…
If you’re in the Lower East Side, make the pilgrimage to Desert Vintage – don’t expect ripped band t-shirts though, it’s more Chanel and YSL; it all costs a small fortune but it’s got a hallowed atmosphere.
Ina is also a wonderful curated consignment store and of course there’s the Real Real flagship in SoHo. For gorgeous tableware and homeware, there’s Il Buco Vita, the boutique from the Il Buco restaurant family.
Then, I always like to stop in at the Row if I’m uptown, it’s simply the chicest store in NYC and, quite apart from the clothes, gives amazing interior inspiration.
The new spot to know is the Nines. Italian brand the Attico held their fashion week party here and it was a scene all week long. It ticks all the boxes: cosy red banquettes, classic cocktails and low lighting – the invitation to dress up is even in the name itself!
Another spot with fashion credentials is Dr Clark, a Japanese restaurant in Chinatown, where the waiters all wear uniforms by Bode. For something more low-key, there’s amazing Mexican food at Atla in SoHo; Buvette in the West Village is an oldie but remains a very goodie.
If I was less busy, I’d love to eat in at legendary lox and bagel institution Russ & Daughters Cafe which is just two minutes from the hotel’s front door, but the reality is that breakfast is usually an açai smoothie on-the-go from Dr Smood in SoHo…
I’m so lucky to stay at the Ludlow with work, its Lower East Side location can’t be beaten – you’re right by some of the city’s best shopping, bars and restaurants. The hotel’s own bistro, Dirty French, is always buzzing but never more so than during fashion week. There’s a great bar, too, and a conservatory for cocktails and catch-ups.
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