Like so many of the fashions that first rose to popularity in the 90’s, the slip dress — that slinky, sexy and oh-so-very nonchalant staple — has made quite the comeback. Designers like Michael Kors, Jason Wu, Donna Karan, Donatella Versace and Maiyet have reclaimed the slip’s casual, lingerie-inspired allure and cool girl credibility in their recent collections and breathed new life into the look. At its peak, slip dresses could be seen on everyone from Kate Moss to Princess Diana. Carolyn Bessette wore a long Narciso Rodriguez slip when she married John F. Kennedy Jr in 1996. Carrie Bradshaw dared to bare in her signature “Naked Dress” on her first date with Mr. Big during the first season of HBO’s Sex And The City. And in her role as Cher Horowitz, the iconic heroine of 1995’s Clueless, Alicia Silverstone donned a short white Calvin Klein number that was jokingly (but fittingly) compared to underwear. Since then the racy style has been a constant on the runways, particularly as of late. For Fall 2013 Marc Jacobs and Hedi Slimane, arguably two of the most influential names in the game, made slip dresses a staple of their collections, and the trend shows no signs of wavering for Fall 2014. The clingy dress can be worn for day or night, and it’s the perfect piece to experiment with due to its simplicity and timeless appeal. Just to make sure you don’t miss out on one of the hottest trends of the season, we’ve compiled a list of our favorites, from Jason Wu’s inky black crushed velvet version to 3.1 Phillip Lim’s vibrant violet number or DKNY’s über-short black faux leather iteration. Whichever dress strikes your fancy, they’re the perfect way to slip into something new for Fall.

– Daniella DiRienzo
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The Park has a little bit of everything, information pills
with multiple spaces where you can eat and socialize. Their “spaces” include the Atrium, nurse
which is a glass-enclosed room with spots in the sun. This spot is ideal for cocktail parties or special events, but could definitely be used as an intimate setting. The Main Room has a glass door that leads to a spacious garden, creating an organic infusion ambiance unlike any dining room in New York City. The Garden, which is a 4,000 square foot space with Japanese Maple Trees and vines of Wisteria create an urban park feel, right in the midst of a bustling city. On the opposite side of the spectrum, The Red Room is a lounge that doubles as an Asian speakeasy. With a sultry vibe, the Red Room is decorated with lush silk table cloths that create a warm, sexy atmosphere. Lastly, in the summertime, The Patio is one of the best spots The Park has to offer. Although it is enclosed in the winter and heated for full time use, in the summer you can bask in the warmth and enjoy the sun.

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When late night rolls around, all the cocktail areas are first come, first served. The Penthouse and Red Room are open to the public and the Park is open till late at night, ensuring a fun night out.

The menu options are diverse, with brunch, lunch and dinner to be served. The brunch includes classics like yogurt parfaits, oatmeal, waffles and any style eggs. For a more diverse experience, try the ham and cheese waffles and potato pancakes, with brown sugar apple sauce. For lunch, there’s the assortment of burgers and pizzas, from delicious choices like pesto and ricotta pizza, to a turkey burger with arugula, mozzarella and pepperoncini relish. The sandwich options are to die for: avocado hummus on whole wheat, or a skirt steak sandwich with caramelized onions. Dinner doesn’t stray much from the lunch menu, however there are some amazing starters to try out. There’s the baked artichoke dip with olive oil crackers, spiced chicken skewers with mustard seeds and crunchy chick peas, and grilled flatbread with Mediterranean salads. And that’s just only naming a few. The Park is a great place to satisfy any craving you may have, as well as any ambiance you may wish.

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-Amanda DelGaudio