New York Fashion Week 2012

By Fabiana Santana

New York is never short on style. Especially when Fashion Week descends on Gotham City. And while the action inside the tent is always buzzworthy, it’s what goes on around the tents that’s the real fun.

New York Fashion Week 2012 Empire Hotel NYCEmpire Hotel
Once again, the Empire Hotel, located right in the heart of all the action on the Upper West Side, has transformed itself into the Fashion Hotel. Indulge in couture cocktails all week like their signature Fashion Week cocktail, “Don’t Feed the Models.” Also on offer is a new spicy tequila drink called “Fashion Ink by Ami James.” Yes, that Ami James. As in Miami Ink and NY Ink. He’s in town celebrating his new clothing line (being showcased at the Empire Hotel) and creating  “permanent accessories” for celebrities and guests at an exclusive pop-up tattoo parlor located at the Empire. The exclusive event, presented in partnership with Macao and POM, kicks off Thursday, February 9.

Celebrating Beauty Art Fashion @ Lazzoni
It’s not Fashion Week without a make over. Visit Lazzoni for a Pop-Up Art Event from celebrity makeup artists D’angelo Thompson and Juliet Silva Yee. The night celebrates seven fashion photographers and illustrators and is totally free. Thursday, Feb. 9 from 7 to 10 p.m. Get your tickets here.

Fashion Plate Prix Fixe at Bar Boulud and Boulud Sud
Chef Daniel Boulud brings the best of food and fashion together at his Lincoln Center restaurants. The best part? It’s all under $25. The specially created “Fashion Plate” prix fixe menus are available from February 9 to 16. Just steps from the Fashion Week tents, dine on Boulud Sud’s Mediterranean cuisine with dishes such as Turkish Walnut Salad with Pomegranate and Green Olives followed by Pan Seared Skate Meunière with Sundried Tomato and Niçoise Olives. For French bistro fare, escape to Bar Boulud between shows to savor our Homemade Fettuccine with Berkshire Pork Ragu, Roasted Tomato and Calabrian Chili. Before returning to the runways, indulge in our pastry chef’s Chocolate Hazelnut Cake with Praline, Bittersweet Chocolate Mousse and Coffee Ice Cream. Three courses, $24.07.

Boulud Sud
20 W. 64th Street (between Broadway & Central Park West), NYC
212.595.1313 | Reserve

Bar Boulud
1900 Broadway at 64th St., NYC
212.595.0303 | Reserve

Check out the Fashion Week Schedule to find out who’s showing when and where.

Empire Hotel Fashion Week Cocktail Recipes

Avant-garde-tini Cocktail RecipeAvant-garde-tini Cocktail Recipe

2 oz Don Q Coconut Rum
1 oz Pineapple Juice
.75 oz Lemon Juice
.75 oz Turbinado Syrup
Maraschino Cherry and Lemon Peel Garnish

Fashion Ink Cocktail RecipeFashion Ink by Ami James Cocktail Recipe

2 oz Herradura Tequila infused with Jalapeno
.75 oz Cointreau
.5 oz fresh Lime Juice
.5 oz Simple Syrup

Make it Work Cocktail RecipeMake it Work Cocktail Recipe

1.5 oz Bombay Sapphire Gin
.75 oz Lime Juice
.5 oz Simple Syrup
.75 oz Crème de Mure
Topped with Prosecco
Garnish with 6-8 Blueberries

Thanks, It’s Vintage Cocktail Recipe

Thanks, It’s Vintage Cocktail Recipe

2 oz Templeton Rye Whiskey
1 oz Sweet Vermouth
.25 oz Pomegranate Molasses
2 Dashes Cherry Bitters
Bourbon Soaked Apple Slices

Don’t Feed The Models Cocktail Recipe

Don’t Feed The Models Cocktail Recipe

2 oz Crop Organic Cucumber Vodka
.75 oz Fresh Lime
.75 oz Simple Syrup
.5 oz Cucumber Juice
Fresh Mint

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