NYFW Diaries, part one

It’s been said there are too many fashion weeks. Paris, Milan, London and New York show the spring/summer and fall/winter collections twice a year. There are also haute couture shows (spring/summer, fall/winter), and resort presentations. And these are the main fashion capitals; we haven’t mentioned secondary ones in Australia, Brazil, Germany, etc.

The separate days scheduled for men’s shows are a bonus. Who wouldn’t want to see good looking guys in great looking clothes? So, with that kind of motivation, the rsvp’s were sent for NYFW: Men’s.

ny skyline

I arrived in the afternoon of the first day of shows, so I missed the morning presentations at New York Men’s Day. I wanted to see David Hart and Descendant of Thieves, but it wasn’t possible.

Heading off to the Hotel Henri (hotelhenrinyc.com), I was able to check in early and drop off my bags. A true boutique hotel, its prime location – the Flatiron building, Union Square Park and food emporium, Eataly, are steps away – made it very appealing.

hotel henri room

With a few sips of water to rehydrate, I trekked up to midtown had lunch with a friend at Calle Dao (calledao.com), a little gem that featured Cuban Chinese cuisine. After some chit-chat and carb loading, I went back to the hotel, unpacked and… took a nap.


When I woke, I got ready for dinner at Empire Diner (empire-diner.com) in West Chelsea. While waiting for my friend to arrive, I sipped on a refreshing High Line Honey cocktail while the breeze wafted through the open windows. We both ordered different things, but I couldn’t help taking forkfuls of her Mac & Cheese (so creamy!). Finishing the meal with the S’Mores Torte and a glass of Muscato was a good idea.

empire diner new york

Instead of going out to opening day/night parties, I went back to the hotel to rest. The next day was going to be a busy one.

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Steven Carver
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