Little Black Book: Robert Verdi’s Fashion Week Haunts

Leah Bourne
Little Black Book: Robert Verdi’s Fashion Week Haunts
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It is hard to be miss Robert Verdi in the front row at New York fashion week—sunglasses on his head, smile on his face. This celebrity stylist/TV Personality/interior decorator/social media guru (seriously what doesn’t he do) has been a fashion week regular for 15 years. “It is a exciting personal hallmark,” Verdi shared with us. “I feel like I have been able to survive Egypt. So many people I started with have completely disappeared. It’s like that Tom Cruise movie The Firm. Where did they go?”
Verdi shared with us that he ends up going to around 25 fashion week shows during the week, a pretty aggressive schedule, though apparently quite edited compared to when he was starting out. “My very first fashion week I couldn’t get enough—it was like meth, fashion crack. If I heard fashion show, I needed to see it—all of the emerging unknown designers, absolutely the big billion dollar designers. Not so much any more. I went to the Betty Ford Treatment Center with Lindsay Lohan and I’m much healthier about it. Once it became a job it was harder, less interesting, and more routine—like having sex with the same person over and over again.”
Verdi feels even stronger about avoiding the New York Fashion Week party scene. “At one point I became sort of famous, and I had car and driver, and would go to every party,” Verdi shared. “Now I would rather go to a freckled face girl with braces bat mitzvah than go to a fashion week party for someone I don’t know.”
Still, after all of these years, Verdi’s first fashion week show has stuck with him. “It was Todd Oldham, and I basically had orgasm,” Verdi shared. “I was delirious. It was the height of supermodels and they were all in it. It was this oversized checkerboard inspired collection, and it was all over the magazines later, and very exciting. Fashion loves the chase, and everyone wants to be there when there is a shift. That’s what’s exciting.”
Luckily there are still shows that Verdi finds exciting. “The Blonds show is really a cultural happening—artists, fashion people, drag queens, editors—that I love seeing,” he shared. “And I love going to see the big American designers like Michael Kors.”
Given Verdi’s fashion week veteran status, we could think of no one better to ask to share their favorite New York Fashion Week haunts. Between classic Italian boîtes and New York City’s best shopping, Verdi’s picks aren’t to be missed.

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Longtime celebrity stylist and fashion expert Robert Verdi is a fashion week veteran (15 years in the business and going strong). Here, he shares his favorite haunts to eat, shop, and relax during the week.

Ace Hotel: "I like the Ace Hotel lobby a lot," Verdi shared with us. "It is a great place to relax when you are running from subway to subway." Editor's note: It is a great place to unwind in-between shows because you can take advantage of the free wi-fi and the hotel's Stumptown coffee. 20 West 29th Street; acehotel.com

Bergdorf Goodman: "Shop every floor," Verdi advises "and then have lunch in the very fashionable cafe" which was designed by fashion's favorite interior designer Kelly Wearstler. 754 Fifth Avenue; bergdorfgoodman.com

Da Silvano: A fashion insider's favorite for decades (including Vogue editor Anna Wintour) Verdi is a regular at this Tuscan favorite. The restaurant's buffalo milk mozzarella is probably the best in the city. 260 6th Avenue; dasilvano.com

Novitá: "One of my favorite restaurants," Verdi told us. This Gramercy Park eatery specializes in updated versions of classic dishes from Italy’s Piedmont region. Order the Branzino and you won't be sorry. 102 East 22nd Street; novitanyc.com

Giorgione: "I'm a just a Giorgione kind of guy," Verdi shared with us. This celebrity favorite (Lenny Kravitz is a huge fan) boasts Italian dishes like fried artichokes and grilled octopus. 307 Spring Street; giorgionenyc.com.

ABC Kitchen: "You can't go wrong here," Verdi told us. Menu items include chile-herbed black sea bass and one of the best ice-cream sundaes in New York. 35 East 18th Street; abckitchennyc.com

Barneys New York: "When you are all dressed up, waste an outfit and wear it Barneys and let them know you are looking for something new," Verdi joked about one of the best fashion emporiums in the city. 660 Madison Avenue; barneys.com

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