The Empire (Hotel) Strikes Back: Meet The NYC Fashionista’s Home Away From Home

14 Sep

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When it comes to navigating New York Fashion Week, you always need a centralized location to kick back, relax and toss back a cocktail or two in between all the shows and parties. And since it’s official move from Bryant Park to Lincoln Center no other establishment can compete with the Empire Hotel’s  elite fashion cache. Located just across the street from the tents, this luxe establishment may look familiar thanks in part to its role on Gossip Girl as Chuck Bass’ official place of residence.

Sure, its gilded gold and black modern decor is like bees to honey for the many foreign tourists that flock here, but for designers, stylists and the fashion folk who love them, this is THE place to be for offsite shows, upscale snacks, free wifi access (hey, some people actually had to WORK during fashion week) and gorgeous views of the city via its sleek rooftop bar — the perfect place to gab and gossip about who wore what and which shows proved to be a tragedy or triumph.

Host to this year’s Allure Lounge and Charlotte Ronson after-party, you can be sure the Empire will continue to be an Upper West Side mainstay for the likes of Rachel Zoe, Nina Garcia and the rest of us who were forced to hoof it uptown over the past week in our painfully chic heels and an unlimited Metro card.

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