fashionweek_flickr_art-comments-resize.jpgIf you’ve always dreamed of attending New York City’s Fashion Week (September 10-17) to clink champagne glasses, channel Joan Rivers, and strut the runways – or just gawk at the models up close – two new hotel deals give you a swank place to stay along with access to the glamour usually reserved for those of the bob, sunglasses, and withering presence. 

St Giles Hotel – The Court, a spacious contemporary property in Murray Hill, is offering a “Suite, Fashion, Spirits” package which includes a suite with walk-in closets (don’t be bound by your usual four kimonos), VIP access to in-house hotspot LexBar, complimentary drinks for two, priority access to a personal celeb stylist, plus two tickets to Style 360 Metropolitan Pavilion fashion shows. A secondary concurrent exhibition to the main event at the Mercedes-Benz Tents, designers include Gudnitz Couture, Walter, Project Runway alum Malan Breton, Rajvi Mohan, Sachika and bobi/Boys Meets Girl/Caravan. Book using code FASHION ($399/night, single or double occupancy, two-night minimum).


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For access to the headliner shows at the Tents, The Willow Club has you covered – provided you’ve got the bucks. A first-of-its-kind private membership club in NYC, an initiation fee of $28,000 gets you access and a bank of points to spend on super high-end and usually inaccessible or cost-prohibitive events and lifestyle experiences. For fashion week that means tickets to the main shows: Buckler, Betsy Johnson, DKNY, Narcisco Rodriguez, Vera Wang, Michael Kors, and more. Other times of the year, you can take out a private yacht, cruise the streets in luxe hot rods, score top-notch Broadway tickets or premier seats at any area sporting event, catch a show from its reserved suite at Madison Square Garden, or indulge in any of New York’s acclaimed cultural institutions for free. Its participating NYC hotels are luxe class – The Mansfield, Shoreham, and Franklin – with reciprocity benefits/exchange stays around the world. Fill out the form here for complete membership info.


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Already in or heading to NYC? Although not even the Salahi’s could slither their way into the tents, it’s still fun to soak up the buzz surrounding them, especially since the move to Lincoln Center after 17 years in Bryant Park affords the spectacle a prime, Diller Scofidio + Renfro-renovated stage. Tip: celebrities use a back entrance. Check out Out magazine’s guide to a day at the tents here.

And everybody is invited to Fashion’s Night Out on September 10. It’s all about harnessing capitalism with a citywide late-night shopping party featuring free drinks, DJs, celebs, and events at over 1,200 boutiques in the five boroughs.

For general trip-planning info, check out our New York City Travel Guide. For gay-specific destinations on the web or your iPhone, the Out City Guide: NYC has you covered.

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