The Chic escape:
Use this hotel as your base to mop up the buzzing gallery scene of New York’s Chelsea, as creative a hub now as it was in the ’70s for artistic rebels Patti Smith and Robert Mapplethorpe. This cross-cultural hotel features Japanese-style rooms and Mexican architecture, and is fashionably close to the High Line. hotel-americano.com
The Modern Muse:
With a penchant for dramatic black gowns and crimson lipstick, this US actress delivers a masterclass in edgy night-time elegance. Play your own wild card in a sultry lace dress and sleek leather sandals.
The actress favors figure-hugging pieces with a little danger in classic black, as seen at the Met Ball, 2012credits
Words: Jo Craven; Natalie Rigg. Photograph: Getty Images