NYFW (It’s Back!), Two New Hotels, and Jewelry That Dresses You

NYFW (It’s Back!), two new hotels and jewelry to suit you

Created with Van Cleef & Arpels

Published on: September 29, 2022

Written by: Ali Pew

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Photo courtesy of Ulla Johnson

New York Fashion Week handled its big return in a truly beautiful way. While it’s nearly impossible to make September in the city anything but beautiful, designers are making a point of sharing the spotlight with some of NYC’s iconic landmarks for the Spring 2023 shows. Meanwhile, I spent my time away from shows perfecting my carry-on packing strategy (some select Van Cleef & Arpels pieces helped my cause). And other style-minded people opened two new hotels that more than justify a visit – fashion week or not.

Five days of fashion, one carry-on

When it comes to packing light, I let my trusted uniform of crisp black and white and slightly oversized silhouettes mixed with slim pieces do all the heavy lifting. But this time I added a new element to the formula: the multifaceted pieces from Van Cleef & Arpel’s new Perlée collection are delicate yet tough, ladylike yet cool, perfect for making a streamlined look feel special, and so easy to take from day to day. night (you know, one outfit a day versus two). I love how the sapphire ring sits on the finger and how the pavé diamond earrings are a modern take on vintage cameos.



  1. Van Cleef & Arpels

    Van Cleef & Arpels
    earrings
    Van Cleef & Arpels, $3,850

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  2. Perlée diamonds pavé earrings

    Van Cleef & Arpels
    earrings
    Van Cleef & Arpels, $30,400

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  3. Perlée couleurs ring

    Van Cleef & Arpels
    ring
    Van Cleef & Arpels, $7,350

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  4. ring

    Van Cleef & Arpels
    ring
    Van Cleef & Arpels, $8,800

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  5. Tove wrap shirt goop, $400

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    beat shirt
    goop, $400

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  6. St.  Agni pants goop, $541

    St. Agni
    pants
    goop, $541

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  7. G. Label Evelyn Leather Top goop, $795

    G. Label
    Evelyn leather top
    goop, $795

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  8. G. Label Arlo straight leather skirt goop, $945

    G. Label
    Arlo straight leather skirt
    goop, $945

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  9. St.  Agni knit shirt goop, $257

    St. Agni
    knit shirt
    goop, $257

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  10. G. Etiket Schnell High Cuff Cardigan, $595

    G. Label
    Schnell cardigan with high cuff
    goop, $595

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  11. Loewe clutch Net-a-Porter, $1,350

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  12. Aeyde Rosa Nappa Leather Flats goop, $295

    Ayede
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    goop, $275

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The shows must go on

The vibes of both the shows and the fashion were happy; there were elements of surprise everywhere you looked.

At Altuzarra, preppy sportswear was tailored for a boxy fit and paired exclusively with flats or sneakers.

The Ulla Johnson presentation was held in the Brooklyn Museum’s Beaux-Arts Court, where models weaved through a beautiful floral installation by Emily Thompson. Fittingly, the collection was all about saturated spring hues and swishy romantic silhouettes.

Tory Burch’s nod to the ’90s was inspired by her memories of New York when she first moved there, set against the backdrop of the Hudson River at sunset and a soundtrack of “Tonight, Tonight” by the Smashing Pumpkins. There was a lot of play with fabrics, layered knits and jerseys to create a sort of wrapped look.

The Khaite show was less about the clothes and more about the women wearing them – in a good way. The most memorable pieces for me were the sculptural evening gowns with hand-applied crystals and a strapless gown with bubble hem.

Gabriela Hearst cast friends and activists on her show and had them go to a live performance by the Resistance Revival Chorus (it’s made up of women from diverse musical backgrounds and addresses the music industry’s history of marginalizing women). The collection was full of classic Gabriela Hearst silhouettes, updated with gold and rose-gold accents and even gold foil that felt like armor.

Two great new options for a home base

NYC is a magnet for travelers, which means fresh hotel concepts pop up fairly regularly. These two do a particularly good job of embracing the vibrancy of the city – in two very different ways.

Pendry Manhattan West

The Pendry is luxurious (it’s part of the Montage Hotels group) but in a way that feels young, relaxed and homey. Sitting just above the High Line and steps from the newly built Hudson Yards, it’s super convenient if you spend most of your time in Midtown and downtown. Gachot Studios worked its magic on an accessible design using the kind of furniture you can imagine buying for your own home. The gym is equipped for Pilates and yoga—it even has Peloton bikes—and the lobby bar made me think of the secret Upper East Side bars that only the coolest people know about. At Zou Zou’s restaurant, chef Madeline Sperling creates amazing dips, crispy latkes and incredible Moroccan fried chicken to share.

  • Pendry Manhattan West
    Pendry Manhattan West
    Pendry Manhattan West

  • Pendry Manhattan West
    Pendry Manhattan West
    Pendry Manhattan West

    The Ritz-Carlton
    New York, NoMad

    Like any Ritz-Carlton, everything here is top-notch – from the view (north to the Empire State Building and south all the way to One World Trade) to José Andrés’ restaurant, Zaytinya (a mix of Turkish, Greek and Lebanese cuisine served in an open, white -oak-with-hints-of-blue-space). And while I rarely get facials – I usually opt for massages – when I saw that this was an Augustinus Bader spa…this is the facial! I got the Facial Treatment Method from Nathalia. She revitalized my face, even made some of my dark spots and broken capillaries less visible and also gave a great lymphatic massage. She used quite a few things we sell in the goop store (Cream Cleansing Gel, The serum, The Rich Creamand The eye cream), all of which are now part of my daily routine.

  • The Ritz-Carlton
    The Ritz-Carlton
    The Ritz-Carlton

  • The Ritz-Carlton
    The Ritz-Carlton
    The Ritz-Carlton

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