Natasha Silva-Jelly hangs where the models par-tay in New York for a guide to the fash pack's favourite bars, boutiques and dining hot spots.
Stay in style
Located smack bang in the heart of Manhattan's hip Meatpacking District, this hotel literally straddles the High Line (the famous defunct railway line converted to a public landscaped park). Located steps from Jeffrey (the cool department store brimming with Chanel, Prada et al) the Standard is more like a destination - dine at The Standard Grill, down one in the beer garden or sip a cocktail in the luxe 1940s Top of the Standard bar, which has 360-degree views over the city. The rooms, which have been described as looking like the "Jetsons on a Cruise Ship", have floor-to-ceiling glass giving fab views of the Hudson and city skyline.
Even the coffee is chic
New Yorkers - especially fashionistas - are famed for their coffee addictions. In the Lower East Side the beautiful people head to Lost Weekend NYC, (a cafe-slash-gallery-slash-lifestyle store) for an organic Blue Bottle Coffee. Those who like their latte with a little on the side head to Cafe Cluny, the little local secret hidden away on a cobblestoned West Village street lined with brownstones. With a Parisian feel, there's great art and the waiters all wear Breton stripes. Try an omelet or the signature Cluny burger.
Hang with a view
518 West 27th Street, Chelsea, NYC, www.hotel-americano.com.
There's a buzz right now around the newly-opened Hotel Americano in the art gallery district of Chelsea (Katie Holmes set up home here post-Tom). In summer it's all about brunch on the rooftop (there's panoramic views and a plunge pool) accompanied by jazz. The Americano restaurant serves up a menu of French-Latin fusion and the outdoor patio is also the place to be seen. On the High Line Park connecting Chelsea to the West Village, even the interiors come with major fashion cred - they were designed by the team behind Parisian fashion boutique Collette.
32 Mulberry Street, Chinatown, NYC, lebaronchinatown.com.
There's always a party going on in the city that never sleeps. The current fave of the fashion set is Le Baron in Chinatown, a three-story den of revelry. With two bars over two floors, expect to spot supermodels while rocking out to French, pop and happy house tunes.
1170 Broadway, Chelsea, NYC, thenomadhotel.com.
New Yorkers love to impress and many a power meeting is held at the NoMad (aka North of Madison Square Park) in Chelsea. Think adorable Parisian-style rooms and a killer two-level curated library for that important career tete-a-tete. This turn-of-the-century Beaux-Arts hotel is also home to The NoMad restaurant, which is covered by an enormous glass atrium evoking a grand Parisian hotel.
The high-street fix
No trip to NYC would be complete without a fast fash fix so make a beeline for Uniqlo's flagship store on Fifth Avenue (the biggest in the world) to stock up on the coolest collection of basics in just about every colour of the rainbow (think jeggings for $14 and cashmere cardis for $39). JCrew's downtown store (fit for a first lady, Michelle Obama is a fan) should be your next stop for the preppy look with an edge.
The "it" boutique
33 Howard Street, Soho, NYC, openingceremony.us.
The original Opening Ceremony store in Crosby Street is regarded by some as the best-curated fashion stop in NYC. Founded by friends Carol Lim and Humberto Leon a decade ago as a way to share their love of travel, art and fashion, the duo stock a red hot mix from Rodarte, Acne, Comme des Garcons and Alexander Wang. So much more than a retail destination, Opening Ceremony is now a label, magazine, blog, TV show, showroom and design collaborator - snap up something from the current men's collection by Yoko Ono.
The "it" restaurant
The Beatrice Inn
285 West 12th Street, West Village, NYC, thebeatriceinn.com.
Like everything that's hot right now in NYC, The Beatrice Inn owned by Vanity Fair editor, Graydon Carter, is almost impossible to get into. If you can wrangle yourself a table by booking months in advance, consider this the best spot for people watching and for checking out the amazing outfits of Manhattanites. Hidden away on 12th Street in the West Village with the entrance below street level, expect to see supermodels, movie stars and fashion heavyweights (Anna Wintour kicked off the opening back in September with a private dinner) munching on the upscale steakhouse menu.