New York Spring ’19 Bridal Week Editor’s Diary

Our little black book of favorite haunts across New York city

Between shows, appointments, meetings and deadlines, it’s hard to find the time to truly experience New York during Bridal fashion week… but somehow, we always find a way. We share some of our most loved places, the ones we dream of and keep coming back to, along with our newest discoveries across this city that never sleeps.

See

Danh Vo’s ‘Take My Breath Away’ exhibition, Guggenheim Museum

A beautiful array of worn down classical sculpture, deconstructed chandeliers and curious found objects addressing themes of religion and politics, personal to the artist’s life. Beautifully curated and displayed against the stark white minimalism of the Guggenheim, the contrast of the old and the new left us inspired and with a deeper level of creative thinking. If not for the art, go for the sheer beauty of the architecture alone, a masterpiece in itself by Frank Lloyd Wright.

 

The New York Public Library

Sweeping ceilings, marble columns, candelit chandeliers and a regal grand entrance. As soon as we stepped into the Public Library we were lost for words, inspired and in the moment. It was a visual feast for the eyes as we curiously strolled down hallways, up grand staircases and through reading rooms exploring the building, taking it all in before making our way to the Edna Barnes Salomon Room where Reem Acra sent flower adorned brides down the runway.

Sleep

Public Hotel

Locals and traveller’s alike flock to Public Hotel as the place to be, a newly opened hotel in the Lower East Side by none other than Studio 54 founder, Ian Schrager. A modern hotel in the freshest sense, the hotel boasts shared workspaces, underground art spaces, communal lounge come bar areas and sweeping rooftop views. Staff and guest’s are young, cool and eager to chat, share their knowledge of where to go, eat and shop while in town, a refreshing approach from the more stale traditional hotels New York has become synonymous for. Rooms define sophisticated living with quality design and attention to detail with all the comforts of home. We warn you now, you won’t want to leave.

Eat

The Polo Bar

As we stumbled across Ralph Lauren’s The Polo Bar between appointments, seeking out a cocktail to get us through the night, we were not expecting the magic that ensued. A cozy, sophisticated bar and restaurant with a distinct English gentlemen’s club air to it; dark woods lined the walls, a fireplace roaring in the corner, leather booths, classic oil paintings and equestrian decor dotted the rooms. There was a buzz in the air as we mulled over the cocktail list, conversations flowing, glasses tinging and excitement as trays of oysters and caviar began to arrive. Waiters and bar staff donned in classic white Polo Ralph Lauren shirts and tartan ties were on point with their service, knowing our names from check in and eager to share the house’s best of the best. We wouldn’t expect anything less from Mr. Ralph Lauren.

 

Peasant

A delicious Italian restaurant with all the charms of a traditional osteria. White washed walls, long rustic tables, a blazing woodfire oven and the smell of hanging smoked meats fill the air. A mouth watering menu of simple, classic Italian dishes made with the best flavours and produce around, paired with an extensive wine list. We struggled to decide o what to order, but when we did, we ate until we could fit no more.

Shop

The Apartment by The Line

Stepping into The Line, you can’t be quite certain if you’re in the right place, or somehow wound up in the apartment of a discerning New Yorken woman with impeccable taste. A light filled space in the heart of Soho, The Apartment by The Line is THE place to shop in the intimate setting of a home. A carefully considered canvas for a life well-lived, The Line is curated in such a way it gives new meaning and relevance to each piece through the context of the The Apartment. A loungeroom dotted in all the homely comforts; books and original artworks line the walls, glass ware and home accessories scattered about, all sitting pretty and inviting you to come in, stay a while. As you wander through the kitchen through to the bedroom, exploring the selection of decor, furniture, fashion, accessories, beauty products and books, it’s hard to ascertain what’s for sale and what’s there purely for aesthetic purposes. Don’t be mistaken, every piece you see, feel, touch is yours for the taking. And you’ll want everything. A wardrobe filled with Isabel Marant, Altuzarra, Calvin Klein, Matteau and Proenza to name a few, Taschen books and covetable La Labo products, Repossi jewels, Loewe bags and those want-them need-them Baserange intimates. Why not make yourself at home?

 

The Alchemist’s Kitchen

An all-in-one botanical wellness hub on the Lower East Side, The Alchemist’s Kitchen has you covered for all your herbal remedies, folk medicinals, botanical beauty products, holistic healings and other worldly curiosities. Bringing together science, ancient healing practices, sustainability and artisanship, The Alchemist’s Kitchen stocks a plethora of magical potions for that little pick-me-up. Think Wild Witch Hazels or Digestive Powders for detoxing, Aphrodisiac Love Tonics to open up the heart, Lavender Face Mists and Sage Sticks to cleanse the soul or Dream Elixirs for a better night’s sleep. Particularly handy while travelling, stock up your cabinet while in town as these things are hard to come by.

Do

Aire Ancient Baths

An escape from the hustle and bustle and fast-paced rhythm of downtown, Aire Ancient Baths is an oasis of tranquility to balance body and mind. Steeped in history and inspired by Ancient Roman bathhouses, the building is converted into a temple of spa baths and relaxation rooms to unwind after a long day of shopping and sightseeing. You can’t help but feel the romance as you step into the water, with flickering candles lighting up darkly lit rooms and an aroma of orange blossoms fill the air. With a range of thermal spas, saunas, massages and relaxation rituals to choose from, you’ll leave feeling completely zen and ready for bed.

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