Virginie Mouzat, fashion critic at Paris’ Le Figaro: First things first: “Go to the Mercer for a tea. You see everyone. It’s like reading a magazine; you get all of the information about what’s going on in an instant.” Likes: “What I love about New York is the energy in the street. It’s a jolt. It’s also modernity, which is a change from old Europe.” Dislikes: “I don’t like Midtown. And I hate all of the air-conditioning.” Most looking forward to in New York:“American fashion is very product-oriented. It’s efficient and buyable.” Philip Utz, editor at large, Numéro magazine:First things first: “Having dinner at the Empire Diner or at Il Cantinori.”Fashion shows attending: Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein, Donna Karan and Tommy Hilfiger, among others.New York fashion highlights: “I don’t think it’s a great moment in New York fashion, but I do love how Ralph Lauren takes on the pure English look. It takes someone outside Europe to really understand the European continental chic.” Most looking forward to in New York: “Dressing up in the beautiful women’s clothes from the various photo shoots, slipping on the beautiful heels and belts from John Galliano and Dior and going out on the town.” Nicole Picart, executive fashion editor, Madame Figaro:First things first: “Taking a walk down Fifth Avenue and seeing the latest art exhibits.”Shopping spots: “The three “Bs” — Bergdorf’s, Barneys and Bloomingdale’s.” Fashion shows attending: Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein, Donna Karan, Zac Posen and others.New York fashion highlights: “I really enjoy Calvin Klein and Ralph Lauren for their rigor and how their ideas materialize, I hope it will continue. Michael Kors also has a very accurate and rigorous style. France gave him a bit more frivolity.”Typically New York: The delis.Daniela Fedi, who writes for the Milan daily Il Giornale: Take on New York fashion: “I adore Ralph Lauren, and his recovery of the American tradition. I also love Donna Karan and I used to like Calvin Klein — now we’ll have to see what happens. I appreciate how Americans are concrete and the way they turned sports clothes chic: They paved the way. I also go to Anna Sui, and Michael Kors, I love that New York welcomes all kinds of designers.” Dislikes: “I don’t like how Americans don’t tolerate smokers, and that you can’t even smoke when you’re outside, waiting for a show. They are very rigid in general, and there is not much flexibility with invitations, for example.”Likes: “But, I love, love New York — going to museums, the Guggenheim and the Metropolitan are the best. There is the added stress of sending pieces by 2 p.m., but we are always under pressure, New York, Paris, Milan… At Bryant Park, a few seasons ago, my bag was open and I found a squirrel in it. How delightful! I loved it.” Favorite watering hole: “I always make a point of having a drink at the bar at Grand Central Terminal, which I find beautiful and fascinating.” Laura Asnaghi, who writes for the Milan daily La Repubblica: Take on New York shows: “I go regularly, as it is important for us to have a complete vision of the shows in Milan, Paris and New York. We pay special attention to Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein and Donna Karan, but I’m also interested in Zac Posen, Betsey Johnson and Marc Jacobs. I like the fact that American fashion is centered on product and techniques. Paris is more glamour and theatrical, but in the U.S., the shows are more focused on the product like in Italy.Likes: “In New York, I love to go to the Lower East Side and see the trends, see what young people are doing. I love going to museums. I also write about trends and news, so I pay special attention to new restaurants, hotels and so on. It’s all very friendly, and you can eat when you want.” Why she comes: “There is an increasing attention to the New York shows, as many of our readers are women who travel or in any case are interested in fashion. There are many synergies and cultural exchanges between Italy and the U.S. and we keep this in mind.”Jess Cartner-Morley, fashion editor of The Guardian in London:Favorite U.S. designers: “Like all the British editors, I love Marc Jacobs and Narciso Rodriguez; I am also excited about seeing Zac Posen, Proenza Schouler and Esteban Cortazar this season.”Take on American fashion: “To me, the main difference between American and European style is that Americans tend to be very polished. Europeans tend to think a little bit of sleaze, a little bit of seediness is a good thing.”First things first: “A pedicure. They are in a different class to the pedicures in London.”Pet peeve: “The one thing that freaks me out at New York Fashion Week in February is all the American editors in skirts and bare legs. How do they do that? It scares me.”Savory souvenirs: “It used to be Krispy Kreme doughnuts and peanut butter M&Ms, but now you can get both in London, so I have more room for clothes.”Shopping stops: “Jeffrey, Barneys, Dean & Deluca.”

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