________________________________________________________ Summer may be on its last legs, but there’s plenty to look forward to. Fall fashion, for example (boots and berets and belts, oh my!), and a flurry of September runway shows. Once upon a time, label lovers jetted to Paris, Tokyo, or Milan to admire the latest fashions sashaying down the catwalk. These days, you can stay closer to home with a cluster of shows Stateside. And with the glam fashion vibe, a humble hotel won’t do—check out (and into) one of these stylish stays, hand-picked for PageDaily by boutique hotel experts Mr & Mrs Smith.
Fashion Show Mercedes Benz NY Fashion Week
Where New York
When September 9–16, 2010
Welcome to the big leagues, with heavy hitters like Ralph Lauren, Marc Jacobs, and Calvin Klein, along with edgy collections from Charlotte Ronson and L.A.M.B.
Fashionable Hotel The Mercer, New York
If you haven’t blown your budget on cocktails and clutch bags, book the Mercer’s Loft Suite, a penthouse-style room with wood-burning fireplaces and quirky furnishings. This 6-story, red-brick, Romanesque-revival building sits majestically on a corner in Soho, the perfect vantage for people watching and restaurant hopping.
Rates Double rooms from $495
Dress code The vibe here is fashion focused. Think 3.1 Phillip Lim dresses and Tim Hamilton tailoring.
Fashion Show Haute.lanta Fashion Week
When September 15–19, 2010
Atlanta’s fashion week turns 4 this September. To celebrate its birthday, an array of international designers has been recruited. Expect sleek urban attire courtesy of Anand Vaswani and Pamfa Clothing.
Fashionable Hotel Stonehurst Place, Atlanta
This boutique B&B is adorned with lashings of toffee-colored wood, Warhol artwork, and wood-burning fireplaces. The beds are bliss-inducing, as is the innkeeper’s baking: expect to wake to the aroma of pecan streusel and banana nut bread.
Rates Double rooms from $159
Dress code Christopher Kane gingham for your Scarlett O’Hara pilgrimage; Kenzo cravats and 3-pieces for wannabe Rhett Butlers.
Fashion Show DC Fashion Week
Where Washington, D.C.
When September 20–26, 2010
Fashion week in D.C. is an eclectic affair, attracting designers from Belgium, Brazil, Iran, London, and Liberia, as well as the crème de la crème of local talent.
Fashionable Hotel St Regis, Washington, D.C.
This stately politician-pleaser sits just a skip away from the White House and is worth a visit for the lobby alone—all opulent ceilings and floor-to-ceiling arched windows dressed in gauzy violet linen. Nab one of the stately John Jacob Astor Suites, each equipped with its own perfect-for-preening powder room.
Rates Double rooms from $845
Dress code When in Rome…or in this case, D.C., do as the Obamas: first ladies in Narciso Rodriguez, Azzedine Alaia, or Jason Wu; Mr. Presidents in timeless Versace.
Fashion Show Boston Fashion Week
When September 24–October 1, 2010
Boston Fashion Week is a 15-year veteran on the sartorial scene. Look out for Launch, a collection that showcases fresh-off-the-block talent.
Fashionable Hotel XV Beacon, Boston
Behind the hotel’s beautiful Beaux Arts façade lurk original cage elevators, art deco furnishings, and Louis XV-inspired furniture. A brass-buttoned bellboy greets guests at the door, and the impeccable service continues throughout. Bag a studio or suite with all the mod conveniences, including whirlpool bath tubs.
Rates Double rooms from $295
Dress code No one’s judged for jeans, but decor alone demands a demure elegance. We knew we just had to have that Zac Posen cocktail dress.
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Mr & Mrs Smith, Travel Contributing Editor
James Lohan and Tamara Heber-Percy are the husband-and-wife founders of Mr & Mrs Smith, the world’s leading boutique hotel collection and booking service. Founded in 2003, the collection now includes more than 650 hand-picked hotels throughout the globe, reviewed online at www.mrandmrssmith.com and in their bestselling series of coffee-table . . . Read more of their travel secrets