FROM THE EDITOR- IN- CHIEF
September in New York must be my favorite month! We’ve just finished publishing weekly issues of Hamptons magazine, and I and many of our readers return to New York City to rediscover it once again. If you’ve not yet been to The Grill and The Pool, the already iconic new restaurants from Major Food Group, you’re missing out. The former Four Seasons spaces have been transformed with a breathtaking raw vegetable bar—the Instagram-worthy feature in a room with incredible blooms and a menu that nails the perfect lunch salad and steak dinner for two. The place retains the old-world luxury New Yorkers love so much.
It doesn’t get cooler than visionary hotelier Ian Schrager. In this issue, we talk with him about everything from his new book, Studio 54, to his opening the Public hotel on Chrystie Street and teaming with Jean-georges Vongerichten on its restaurants and bars—public Kitchen, Bowery Garden, Louis, and Diego. But while we’re swooning in Nolita, let’s not forget Brooklyn. We take you on a guided tour of all that’s new and noteworthy in that borough, including Soho House, the 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge, and that mecca of foodies, Dekalb Market Hall—all perfect fall destinations.
But the best thing about September in New York is the big fashion moments. We’ll give you the scoop on Raf Simons taking the helm at Calvin Klein; take a first look at the Webster, a multibrand superstore with Miami roots; toast Dior’s 70th anniversary; show you how to keep it cozy and chic on a trip to Aspen; and unveil new Madison Avenue flagships from Tom Ford, Stella Mccartney, and Balenciaga. In the meantime, the just-launched Gucci home collection wows us with color and prints, while the brand debuts a new fragrance and continues its collaborative art project, Gucci 4 Rooms.
As Fashion Week begins, so much is happening in our city: Be sure to see Rodin at the Met and Pina Bausch at BAM, check out Blank Out at The Armory, explore the Public Theater’s 50th-anniversary season, and book that popup dinner on Governors Island while you still can!
left to right and top to bottom: With Gotham’s publisher Lynn Scotti, celebrating cover star Noah Syndergaard; talking to my mate Brian Mcgrory about his new business venture, BMG Hospitality Consulting; toasting model Elettra Weidmann on her recent Hamptons magazine cover; with 'aniel Boulud and 'avid Lauren at FIT’S annual gala honoring Terry Lundgren; with Ian Schrager poolside at the Miami Beach Edition.
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