Before shows start, editors like to pick something up at the new 3.1 PhillipLim store (115 Mercer St.; 212-334-1160) because his clothes are well priced and pretty. Out-of-town showgoers stay down the street at the Mercer Hotel (147 Mercer St.; 212-966-6060), where suites have more square footage than most New York apartments.
Many pick up a quick breakfast (the famous hot chocolate or a bowl of organic fruit and granola) at the City Bakery (3 W. 18th St.; 212-366-1414).
Barneys New York (660 Madison Ave.; 212-826-8900) is still the best place to find new designers. If there’s time, editors stop for chicken soup or seared salmon upstairs at Fred’s at Barneys (212-833-2200).
A better-kept secret is Zero + Maria Cornejo (807 Greenwich St.; 212-620-0460), popular for Cornejo’s artful, softly tailored dresses.
All carb-phobia (via the gnocchi) is abandoned at Da Silvano (260 Sixth Ave.; 212-982-2343), where they sit outside during the fall collections to people-watch.
And as overpublicized as they are, Bungalow 8 (515 W. 27th St.; 212-629-3333) and the SoHo House (29–35 Ninth Ave.; 212-627-9800) are still the last stops for one more drink and, at the latter, a screw-the-diet midnight burger.