Not long and the marathon month of big four fashion weeks will be upon us. Whether you’re traveling to see Spring 2013 shows for work, or simply to sneak a peek of the stylish comings and goings outside the venues, here are luxury hotels near the action in New York City, London, Milan and Paris.
New York Fashion Week, September 6 to 13, 2012
Mandarin Oriental New York
Not far from the event’s epicenter, Lincoln Center, this hotel offers views of the city and Central Park so astounding, you may have a hard time leaving your room to explore street level.
Trump International Hotel & Tower New York
While Trump might not be synonymous with fashion (although his daughter Ivanka has her own clothing and accessories line), this hotel is also close to Lincoln Center and provides a sky-high vantage point. Here you might run into a money man who’ll consider bankrolling your own fashion brand.
This spot is a subway (or private car) ride away from the tents, but it’s where a lot of post-show, after-hours action happens. You’re apt to see a model, celeb or 10 at the hotel’s Le Bain and Boom Boom Room.
London Fashion Week, September 14 to 18, 2012
Like shiny, new things? This is the newest hotel nearest Somerset House, where the majority of on-schedule shows happen, and it’s set to open in September.
Also just a hop, skip and a jump from Somerset House, this storied property has hosted many famous guests, and continues too. Its sumptuous Edwardian and Art Deco styling is ideal for those with classic tastes.
One Aldwych London
Another hotel in the central London neighbourhood, this hotel’s lobby bar with a 60-deep cocktail list is sure to attract attendees parched between shows.
Milan Fashion Week, September 18 to 24, 2012
Shows take place all over the city, so you might as well pick a property for its fashion pedigree here. Moschino has whimsical covered at its design hotel, with red bed covers that extend out from a headboard shaped like a dress on a clothes hanger.
Armani Hotel Milano
Done up in that polished, posh style Giorgio Armani’s known for, his hotel is sure to see a steady stream of well-heeled guests come fashion week, both to sleep and to do lunch at the upstairs lounge.
Bulgari Hotels & Resorts Milano
Those looking for respite amidst the flashbulbs of street style photographers will be happy hunkering down at this luxury fashion brand’s hotel; it’s within a private park in a quiet residential area.
Paris Fashion Week, September 25 to October 3, 2012
A grand dame (nearly 200 years old), this hotel warrants a stay based on history and elegance alone, but to boot it’s near fashion week’s grand central station, Carrousel du Louvre. For a bird’s eye view of the bustle, the rooftop can’t be beat on a sunny day.
Mandarin Oriental Paris
On rue Saint-Honoré, this recent addition to Paris’ roll call of luxury properties is in close and perhaps dangerous proximity to all the luxury fashion houses’ boutiques.
La Maison Champs Elysées
Although a bit farther from Carrousel du Louvre, this hotel’s Couture Collection of suites designed by Martin Margiela puts it firmly on the fashion map.
Read more on London, New York and Paris:
Insider’s Guide: London Fashion Week
Trip Tips: New York City on a Bicycle Made for Hotel Guests
Destination Dispatches: Stars and a Good Night’s Sleep in Paris