Fashion and Travel

Rose City may best be known for its lush natural surroundings and eco-centric personality, but that doesn’t mean fashion-forward visitors should stow their credit cards for a rainy day (although, this is the Pacific Northwest we’re talking about, so I suppose you could do so). Along with our friends at Lucky Magazine, we’ve found all the best places to shop (and sleep) in Portland, no matter what your personal style. From hipsters to socialites, we’ve got you covered on the chicest boutiques both to rest your head and shop ’til you drop.

If your style is avant-garde…

Shop: The underground scene in Portland is alive and well. Having grown up from its days of grunge and grit, the avant-garde Portlander is now a sophisticated (but still off-beat) animal. Machus, for example, features unisex staples for those daring enough to sport the androgynous look. Ensembles are completed by Solestruck’s sky-high platforms, which are often embellished with spikes or sparkles.

Hotel Monaco Portland

Hotel Monaco Portland

Stay: If  you’re style exudes the artistic quirk and over-the-top charm of the avant-garde, you’ll fit right in at the Hotel Monaco Portland. Set in a historic 1912 building, this top-notch downtown locale has a bevy of (off-beat) freebies for guests to enjoy, including an evening cocktail hour where guests can actually paint their dream ensemble for free with brushes, canvases, and easels that the hotel sets up in the lobby. Hotel Monaco also showcases local art, has bright, whimsical decor, and even loans out the house goldfish for the lonely traveler. Shopping for him (or her) will most likely prove more difficult.
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When New York Fashion Week kicks off tomorrow, the city will be teeming with fashionistas from around the globe. Not that it isn’t already, of course, but even more models, designers, and socialites will be packing the streets, restaurants, and front-row seats of New York City. While designers show off their Spring 2013 collections, fashion-lovers will be rockin’ their Fall 2012 duds in all the hottest spots around town — and you may just be one of them! We’re sure a fashionista like you already has a good feel for what’s hot and what’s not, but trust us — we’ve got some insider info — and we know just where you’ll want to be spending your time this NYFW. Whether you’re looking to fit in a spa treatment or party the night away with the coolest kids in town, our ten tips on hotel hot spots for NYFW will keep you stylin’.

1. Best Hotel for Celebrity Sightings: The Carlyle, A Rosewood Hotel

Hang outside the Carlyle entrance this NYFW and you're (almost) guaranteed a celeb sighting.

Hang outside the Carlyle's entrance this NYFW and you're (almost) guaranteed a celeb sighting.

The Carlyle is a favorite of Victoria Beckham’s when in town for Fashion Week festivities, and in happier times (at least happier for him), Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes hosted a tea party for Suri at the hotel. But even though The Carlyle is a known celebrity hangout and paps may be waiting outside, the staff will never whisper a peep on which famous guests may be staying in the rooms (employees follow a strict discretion policy). After all, the hotel has been the secret host to artists, presidents, and local and international celebrities since 1930: Even JFK and Marilyn Monroe trusted their trysts to its strict security. So if you want a chance of spotting some of the most private of celebs (LiLo — if she’s even invited to any NYFW fetes — will probably be staying somewhere much more flashy, like The Standard), book a room or casually hang in the lobby of The Carlyle — you’ve got good odds for catching a glimpse of a famous face.

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The whimsical English design at the Crosby Street Hotel is a good fit for celebrity stylist Rachel Zoe, who checked in this week.

The Crosby Street Hotel has whimsical, English-influenced style.

Fashionistas heading to New York City for a shopping spree, take note: Oyster.com has paired up with Lucky Magazine to tell you not only where to stay on your next trip, but where to shop. We’ve selected chic New York City hotels to suit every style, and paired them up with some of Lucky’s favorite boutiques.

Where to go if you wear…

Eclectic boutique finds

Stay: Crosby Street Hotel, SoHo
If your closet is full of funky, colorful, one-of-a-kind finds, you’ll likely dig the Crosby Street Hotel’s whimsical English style. This U.K. import is sophisticated yet comfortable.

Shop: Babel Fair
Lucky Says…
Every six weeks, Kiang embarks on a global pilgrimage and brings back treasures like Peruvian oil vials, Spanish-print pants, Korean denimwear. 260 Elizabeth St., 646-360-3685, babelfair.com

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The super-chic Jen Ford, Fashion News and Features Director at shopping bible Lucky, packed her bags and hopped across the pond to find the most fabulous shops some of London‘s neighborhoods have to offer. (After, of course, she spilled her fave NYC hotels to us.) Ford explored two very different areas: Mayfair, “a borough of fancy boutiques and High Street finds,” as well as the up-and-coming Shoreditch ‘hood near London’s East End. But what would a proper shopping trip to London be without having a proper place to rest your head? Not a lot whole lot. So we teamed up with the editors at luckymag.com to find six chic spots to wind down after a whirlwind day of perusing London’s best stores.

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Miami Fashion Week kicks off this Wednesday, and while other cities like New York and Milan focus on the coming sesason’s ready-to-wear, Miami’s Fashion Week celebrates swimwear. (And really, are you surprised?) And if you’re flying South to check out the latest ready-to-swim styles, you’ll need to pack a few that you already own. But don’t worry, it doesn’t have to be skimpy. We’ve picked out the best hotels to, errr, suit your style. [Ed. note: We couldn't help ourselves with that one, it was just too easy.] Check out the best hotels (for every style) for Miami Fashion Week!

If you wear a stylish monokini, stay at the W South Beach

Credit: iStock Photo; The Pool at the W South Beach

Credit: iStock Photo (woman); The Pool at the W South Beach

The upscale W South Beach has a sleek, modern vibe that attracts a beautiful crowd more focused on lounging in the sun than partying or forced family fun. Dense palms, colorful cushions set along the grass, and sexy wood-latticed cabanas (that cost extra, of course) surround the pool. There’s no club-minded DJ, but rather ambient spa sounds and mellow, remixed classic rock floating through the speakers. But the large, meticulously-designed rooms, with white ceramic floors with a wood-grain finish, metal-studded doors, and rock-and-roll photography, the W rooms rival the best in South Beach, especially given every room’s ocean-angled terrace.

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The fashion set loves to travel, in case you didn’t know. Twice a year, editors, buyers and influencers traverse the globe (starting in New York and capping it off in Paris) eye-balling the latest looks from each city’s top designers for Fashion Week. But sometimes hotels can fall short in terms of their chicness. Thankfully, a handful of our favorite ready-to-wear designers (and a couturier, too) stepped up to the proverbial challenge and took their dressing skills to the next level by dressing entire hotel rooms (and in some cases, the entire darn thing). Check out our favorite fashion designers-turned-hotel decorators, and then tell us: Which is your fave fashionable hotel?

THE HOTEL: Tortuga Bay; Dominican Republic
THE DESIGNER: Oscar de la Renta

Two-Bedroom Suite at Tortuga Bay; Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Two-Bedroom Suite at Tortuga Bay; Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

What de la Renta is Known For: This Dominican-born designer has an affinity for ladylike looks — he dressed Jackie O back in the 1960s — and manifests it through the use of sumptuous textures, intricate detailing, and luxe fabrics. Today, his designs are spotted from the runway, on the red carpet, and on royalty.

What Tortuga Bay is Known For: The immaculate, 15-room hotel offers amazing service (including preferential treatment at Punta Cana Airport), an on-site nature reserve, several superb restaurants, and a world-class golf course. Need anything? Snap your fingers — a personal “Villa Manager” is available between 7 a.m. and 11 p.m. But the designer’s touch really resonates most in the villas themselves: Spacious and airy, each one of them features a hardwood, four-poster bed that exudes glamour. A final nod to his Caribbean heritage — coral bathroom floors — add an extra splash of color and island vibe.

Check out more fashionable spots after the jump!

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New York Fashion Week may be coming to a close, but don’t fret — London Fashion Week has arrived. And with hot U.K. labels like Stella McCartney, Temperley London, and Burberry Prorsum showing this season, we know that the catwalk will be just as innovative across the pond as it was here in New York. Plus, tons of celebs, models, and designers will be out and about in their finest fashions. (Duh.) They’ll be hitting up the hottest restaurants, bars, and clubs in the city — so get ahead of the curve and check out the see-and-be-seen spots in London for the fashion elite.

THE HOTEL: Langham Hotel London; Marylebone

THE HOT SPOT: Afternoon Tea

Restaurant at the Langham Hotel London; London, England

Restaurant at the Langham Hotel London; London, England

WHY IT’S HOT: One thing London has that New York doesn’t? Afternoon tea. The Langham Hotel, a 5-pearl spot that oozes exclusivity (which the front-row crowd loves), has a great West End location in Marylebone that’s within walking distance of numerous designer shops (should you have forgotten that must-wear LBD). But the Langham’s Palm Court is noted as the birthplace of the afternoon tea tradition, dating back to the hotel’s opening in 1865. Fashionistas can enjoy sipping on tea selected by their sommelier and nibble on dainty finger foods before heading off to the next show — without popping your pants button.

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Credit: Justin Campbell/startraksphoto.com; Credit: Jayme Oak/startraksphoto.com; Credit: Freddy Baez/startraksphoto.com

Credit: Justin Campbell/startraksphoto.com; Jayme Oak/startraksphoto.com; Freddy Baez/startraksphoto.com

With New York Fashion Week now in full swing, we’ve seen plenty of celebs out and about in the city — but few actually give up the hotel name in which they’re staying. But we were able to track down a few of our favorite stars’ past haunts and found out out which luxury hotels in New York City have been their homes away home. Check out where stars have stayed for NYFW after the jump!

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Credit: Courtesy of Jenny Kang

 

Jenny Kang is the practically the poster child for New York street style — she is the Fashion Editor for New York Magazine, after all. The Chicago native, who has described her style as “preppy sportswear with punches of fun,” knows how to pick out ideal spots to cool her heels between shows. We asked Kang to dish on her favorite hotels, and of course, her favorite designers. Right now she’s loving Proenza Schouler, Miu Miu and Givenchy, but is most looking forward to the Marc Jacobs show this NYFW. “The way he presents his collection is always innovative, almost like fashion theater,” says Kang. Check out her favorite New York City hotels (hint: there’s one she really loves) for New York Fashion Week after the jump.

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Credit: Courtesy of (the super-chic) Jen Ford


Jen Ford
is a serious player in the fashion game, having helmed up Lucky Magazine‘s Fashion News and Features department as its director for about seven years now. Twice a year, Ford packs her bags and spends a month traversing the globe to check out the next season’s latest looks. So there’s no doubt that she not only knows how to pack a mean suitcase, but also knows what to look for when it comes to hotels. Before she jumps across the pond to London Fashion Week, though, she stays local to her home base, NYC, checking out about a dozen shows daily for a week. (She’s most looking forward to the Derek Lam and Preen shows — they make her “weak in the knees.”) We grilled her to find out where the fashion elite dine, drink and sleep during the beast that is New York Fashion Week. Check out Ford’s favorite hotels after the jump, then tell us: Where would you want to stay for NYC Fashion Week?

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