Project Runway's New York

Project Runway wouldn't be the same without the backdrop of Manhattan woven throughout each episode. Here, a must-see, must-do guide to the city where designers never sleep!

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    Fashion doesn't stop at sundown. Spend your nights at one of the city's most stylish hotels

    THE EMPIRE HOTEL
    44 West 63rd Street; empirehotelnyc.com

    Take the eye-grabbing neon sign atop The Empire Hotel as an indication of what lies beneath. Instead of retreating early to your room for a full night's rest, you'll want to spend after-hours rubbing shoulders with power players and beautiful people who pack the hotel's rooftop bar once the fashion shows — directly across the street at Lincoln Center — are over.

    ACE HOTEL
    20 West 29th Street; acehotel.com/newyork

    The rooms at the tony Ace Hotel (some available in "loft" style complete with hardwood floors) are the closest you'll get to living in a Manhattan apartment without actually moving here. A magnet for young up-and-comers and their attractive social circles, the hotel manages to outdo itself with an of-the-moment gift shop curated by Opening Ceremony owners Humberto Leon and Carol Lim. Stock up on designer toothbrushes, Proenza Schouler toiletry bags, and gummy candies from France before you leave.

    THE STANDARD
    848 Washington Street; standardhotels.com

    The Standard, true to its name, sets the bar for luxe hospitality. Its leather couches, marble bathtubs, and floor-to-ceiling windows are a favorite of celebrities and fashionistas. Spot them at the rooftop bar, Le Bain, where you can dance through the night in the DJ's lounge, and then take a dip in the oversize hot tub, positioned directly in the center of the club. It's the one place where you'll need your Pierre Hardy wedges and bathing suit at the same time.

    CROSBY STREET HOTEL
    79 Crosby Street; firmdalehotels.com

    If it's good enough for Rachel Zoe, it's good enough for us! When she lands in New York, the super stylist unpacks at the Crosby, where each suite boasts its own unique design. The place is oozing with personality and feels more like your eclectic (but very glam!) artist friend's pad than a hotel.

    MONDRIAN SOHO
    9 Crosby Street; mondriansoho.com

    Home to many a fashion presentation (Ann Taylor's holiday collection has shown here), the Mondrian is an elegant escape from the grittiness of the city. Adorned with whimsical chandeliers, oversize upholstered chairs, and theatrical lighting, it's no wonder the fashion crowd makes its way here every season.

    Cassandra Montoriol Alaux
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