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Dana Avidan-Cohn: My Secret New York

07.05.12

Name: Dana Avidan-Cohn Occupation: Fashion Editor, InStyle What neighbourhood to you live in?: Cobble Hill, Brooklyn

WHAT ARE YOUR TOP FIVE CLOTHING ESSENTIALS THIS SUMMER?

A faded denim shirt dress, 3.1 Phillip Lim sandals, Equipment blouses in bold colors, woven bracelets from sequence, nude frame sunglasses.

MOST TREASURED ITEM IN YOUR CLOSET?

My engagement ring- it’s the only think I never take off.

DESCRIBE YOUR OWN PERSONAL STYLE?

I would say classic, with elements of current trends.

FIVE ITEMS EVERY GIRL NEEDS IN THEIR WARDROBE?

A killer heel, a designer bag, a flattering jean, a boy blazer and a piece of Giles jewelry.

WHAT’S A KEY FASHION TREND ON THE STREETS RIGHT NOW?

Pastels are everywhere right now.

FAVOURITE PLACES TO DINE OUT IN NEW YORK?

I am always going back to these when I want a sure thing: Bond Street (tuna over crispy rice!), Mercer Kitchen, and Del Posto.

FAVOURITE PLACE TO HAVE A DRINK?

Kingswood or Crosby Bar.

BEST BRUNCH SPOT?

Frankie’s 457 in Carroll Gardens (if you can get a table outside).

BEST CAFÉ?

Café Cluny in the West Village.

BEST BEACH TO HANG OUT IN OVER THE SUMMER?

I go to our lake house in Connecticut all summer so I almost never hit the beach.

CURRENT HOT SPOT?

Fedora Bar.

WHERE’S THE BEST PLACE TO SOAK UP SOME CULTURE IN THE CITY?

The Met.

FIRST STOP FOR ANY VISITOR IN THE CITY?

Barney’s.

FAVOURITE BOOKSHOP?

Three Lives.

WHAT IS YOUR PREFERRED NEW YORK NEIGHBOURHOOD?

Greenwich Village, I lived there for 4 years so it always feels like home.

MOST INSPIRING PLACE IN NEW YORK?

There is no way I could pick just one, I draw inspiration from everything I see in the city.

NAME A PARK THAT YOU COULD SPEND YOUR WHOLE DAY IN?

Brooklyn Bridge Park.

WHERE ARE YOUR FAVOURITE LOCAL PLACES TO SHOP?

I really like Curve in Soho since they carry so many little European designers that you don’t see everywhere. I also like Sandro, Bird, and Opening Ceremony.

WHERE DO YOU FEEL EPITOMISES THE ‘BUZZ’ OF THE CITY?

I would say the 42 street subway station, it’s like a variety show down there.

BEST PLACE TO TAKE PHOTOGRAPHS?

The Highline.

SECRET GEM?

A & G merch for all things apartment.