C California Style

Valentino runway finale. PHOTO: BFA.
The new Whitney Museum opens this May. PHOTO: Tim Schenck.
Greenwich Village’s Claudette. PHOTO: Brian Park.
Creative directors Pierpaolo Piccioli and Maria Grazia Chiuri. PHOTO: BFA.
Valentino’s creative directors Pierpaolo Piccioli and Maria Grazia Chiuri (top left) look on as the show unfolds. PHOTO: BFA.
PHOTO: Greg Kessler for Valentino.
PHOTO: Dan lecca for Valentino.
PHOTO: Greg Kessler for Valentino.

I Heart New York

by C California Style

With its first U.S. runway show (and celebratory bash) at the former Whitney Museum of American Art, Valentino unveils a special all-white couture collection dedicated to Manhattan.

Taking over the former Whitney Museum of American Art, Valentino’s creative directors, Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli, presented their first-ever runway show in New York, and it was achromatic haute couture to boot. Titled “Sala Bianca 945” and an homage to Valentino Garavani’s legendary 1968 White Collection, the parade featured 47 meticulous confections ranging from cashmere capes to ivory tulle gowns before a 500-person audience including socialites, celebs and fashion designers (i.e. Peter Dundas, Prabal Gurung, Katie Holmes, Emma Roberts and Mr. Garavani himself).

A feast for the senses, the night included a Fornasetti exhibition complete with a room of cardboard-cutout hands strung from the ceiling to “touch” passersby. And postshow, the lower level of the museum was transformed for a soulful performance by British band Skunk Anansie.

In honor of the David Chipperfield-designed, 20,000-square-foot Fifth Avenue flagship opening last summer, Valentino also released a capsule collection of all-white ready-to-wear and accessories marked with red hearts à la “I Heart New York” logo, which sold out in just two hours. valentino.com.


CHECKING IN

The Plaza Hotel’s ever-glamorous Palm Court has been renovated, with the welcome addition of a bar in the center of the room, and a reimagined menu by chef Geoffrey Zakarian. The Palm Court serves breakfast, beloved afternoon tea, and now cocktails and small bites. 768 Fifth Ave. at Central Park South, 212-759-3000; theplazany.com.


STAY A gem of the Upper East Side, the refined 74-room hotel The Lowell (28 E. 63rd St., 212-838-1400; lowellhotel.com) is confirmed to welcome a new Michael S. Smith-designed restaurant later this year in the former Post House space. Warm weather brings The Mark’s (25 E. 77th St., 212-744-4300; themarkhotel.com) new bespoke pedicabs, available to guests—stops include shopping or a picnic in the park. DINE New fave is Claudette (24 Fifth Ave., 212-868-2424; claudettenyc.com), a cozy little French restaurant in Greenwich Village. Mainstays: Eataly (200 Fifth Ave., 212-229-2560; eataly.com), Cipriani on Fifth, Le Bilboquet in its new location on 60th Street and, of course, BG Restaurant at Bergdorf Goodman. PLAY The High Line (thehighline.org) has been extended (in addition to the new 60-room High Line Hotel) and is worth the scenic stroll. In May, the new Whitney Museum of American Art (99 Gansevoort St., 212-570-3600; whitney.org) opens in the Meatpacking District. 

Written and edited by Jenny Murray.