Mix Fashion Week’s Most Stylish Sips

02/06/2014 at 01:03 PM ET

Fashion Week Cocktails
Courtesy The London Bar

As Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week kicks off Thursday in N.Y.C., celebs and designers will pour into the tents at Lincoln Center to fete the latest fashions — but beyond the clothes, it’s all about the cocktails.

Whether the beau monde are hitting the afterparties to toast a successful show or heading back to their hotels to order martinis from room service, stylish sips are a fashion “do.”

To celebrate the week of couture, stir up a glamorous cocktail worthy of a standing ovation. Just for Fashion Week, mixologist Jean Carlos Parra of the classically chic The London Bar at The London NYC has created a runway-inspired menu, including the Red Carpet (pictured above), a simple but sophisticated mix of raspberries and vodka perfect for post-catwalk celebrations.

NYLO New York City‘s trendy new LOCL Bar is also paying homage to the style set with fashion icon-inspired cocktails named after the likes of designer Diane von Furstenberg and actress/shoenista Sarah Jessica Parker.

All three drinks are easy to make at home — even if you’re sipping them in your decidedly not-runway-ready PJs. We won’t tell!

Red Carpet Cocktail
Makes 1

10 raspberries
2 oz. blood orange puree
1 oz. lime juice
1 oz. agave nectar
3 oz. vodka
5-10 drops Thai chili pepper-infused oil, optional

In a cocktail shaker, muddle approximately ten raspberries. Add blood orange puree, lime juice, agave nectar and vodka and shake vigorously. Strain into a chilled martini glass. For those who want a spicy drink, top with Thai chili pepper-infused oil.

SJP Martini
Makes 1

1½ oz. strawberry vodka
½ oz. lemon juice
½ oz. lime juice
1 oz. strawberry simple syrup (recipe below)
½ oz. elderflower liqueur (recommended: St. Germain)
Fresh strawberry, for garnish

In a cocktail shaker with ice, add all ingredients. Shake well and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with a fresh strawberry, if desired.

Strawberry Simple Syrup
1 lb. strawberries, sliced
1 cup sugar
2 cups water

In a small saucepan, mix all ingredients. Heat until sugar has dissolved, strain into a small pitcher and let cool. Extra syrup can be stored in an airtight container.

DVF Old Fashioned
Makes 1

1 tbsp. muddled black cherries
1½ oz. bourbon
1 oz. sweet vermouth (recommended: Carpano Antica)
3 dashes bitters
Black cherry, for garnish

To a mixing glass, add first three ingredients and stir, don’t shake. In a rocks glass, add bitters and ice, then pour in the stirred cocktail. Garnish with a black cherry, if desired.

—Brooke Showell

FILED UNDER: Cocktails , Food , Recipes

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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