They’ll take Manhattan — literally. There are so many foreign designers here this week that the studios of Europe must be as empty as the sample closets of every fashion public relations firm in town. And where the Fashion Flock gather, there are bound to be luncheons, dinners, launch events, collection openings, parties, after parties and after-after parties. The centerpiece is, of course, the Costume Institute gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art tonight in honor of the Paul Poiret exhibit. But, face it, that’s just an excuse to come to New York. WWD caught up with visiting designers and their planned Gotham shenanigans while testing their knowledge of the Big Apple.

Valentino


Landed: May 5 on his private jet.

Home away from home: His apartment on East 70th Street.

Eats out at: The Four Seasons and Bar Pitti.

Well-Met companions: Daphne Guinness and Jennifer Garner.

Possible excursion: The Tom Ford store as it's a stone's throw from his apartment.

Have you heard about the Second Avenue subway?: No.

What do you know about A-Rod?: Mr. Valentino has not heard of A-Rod.

Karl Lagerfeld

Home away from home: The Mercer Hotel.

Diversions: "I will go to the Met ball for the Poiret show and Anna Wintour's party. There's not enough time for this short trip to visit many places. I will only go to the Pace/MacGill Gallery."

Well-Met companion: Lady Amanda Harlech.

Eats out at: Omen and Matsuri.

Getting around town in: "I hate limos and I love minibuses."

What do you know about A-Rod?: "I don't know B-rod! P.S.: I was told this word has a double meaning…but English is not my first language."

Paolo Melim Andersson, Chloé

Landed: May 3, on Air France.

Home away from home: The Bowery Hotel.

Diversions: "It changes on every visit. There are a few stores in SoHo that I try not to miss, such as Tsubi. There's also a store on Prince Street that sells [the Australian skater brand] Perks and Mini, which I love. I'll be looking to buy some Alden shoes and a hippy perfume oil called Rain that I love. It smells like a mixture of melon and wet tarmac."

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