BEST CUSTOM CASUAL SHOES
Tod’s (650 Madison Ave.) Tod’s My Gommino program allows customers to choose stitching, buckles, insole, exotic leather and initials embroidery options.
BEST SHOPPING EXPERIENCE
10 Corso Como (1 Fulton St.) Equipped with an in-store garden and cafe, this Italian store combines culture with commerce and promotes a slow, relaxing shopping mood.
BEST EVENINGWEAR SELECTION
Elizabeth Kennedy (Bergdorf Goodman, 754 Fifth Ave.) After a decade of designing for Donna Karan and Isaac Mizrahi, the design talent handcrafts gowns worn by Molly Sims and Mariah Carey.
BEST PRE-OWNED TIMEPIECES
Watches of Switzerland (60 Greene St.) In addition to pre-owned pieces from Rolex, Cartier and Chopard, the new store features a library and events space.
BEST ROLEX SELECTION
Wempe Rolex Boutique (665 Fifth Ave.) The century-old company is the best place to hunt for new Rolex models, from Sky-Dwellers to Datejusts.
BEST HANDBAG FINDS
Rebag (390 W. Broadway) The designer resale store boasts coveted brands such as Louis Vuitton, Chanel and Gucci that are authenticated by the professionals and occasionally revamped by professional artists.
BEST CASUAL BLING
Stephanie Gottlieb Fine Jewelry (by appointment only) These everyday fine jewelry pieces are delicate and sophisticated with modern twists on classic designs.
BEST JEWELRY SELECTION
Wempe (700 Fifth Ave.) Wempe’s showroom features glimmering pieces, each with something extra special, such as the Ashoka collection inspired by the Manhattan skyline.
BEST ON-DEMAND MAKEUP
GlamSquad More than 1,000 beauty professionals are part of the GlamSquad, bringing on-demand hair, makeup and nail services anywhere in the city, even offering wedding and bachelorette packages.
BEST CUSTOM MAKEUP
SheSpoke (130 Thompson St.) Specialists customize the perfect shade, finish, dimension and pigment intensity for personalized lipstick options.
BEST BALINESE HAIR TREATMENT
Rob Peetoom Salon (101 N. 10th St., Brooklyn) The recipient of World Master and Global Salon Business awards, Peetoom masters custom hair treatments and trains apprentices all over the world.
Takamichi Beauty Room (125 E. 17th St.) Offering bespoke haircuts and a suite of Takamichi Saeki’s handpicked beauty and wellness products, this Appvelvet-designed jewel box beauty studio breaks the norm with lush dark interiors and eccentric art.
BEST LUXURY FACIAL
Valmont (37 E. 64th St.) Only available at the Hôtel Plaza Athénée in the U.S., Valmont facial products use water from Swiss glaciers collected at an altitude of more than 1.2 miles, creating skincare enriched by nature.
The Dominick Hotel Spa (246 Spring St.) Escape to the hammam at the Dominick Hotel Spa and enjoy the Turkish baths along with indoor and outdoor relaxation lounges, saunas, facials and more.
BEST BLACK-TIE BEAUTY PREP
Joanna Vargas Skin Care (501 Fifth Ave., Floor 3) Vargas’ new salon—complete with an upgraded RevitaLight bed—is the best place to get her Supernova facial that includes liquid exfoliation, microcurrent contours, collagen mask and cryotherapy.
BEST HAIR REMOVAL
European Wax Center’s Unlimited Pass (71 Broadway) Everything from Brazilians to facial hair removal is available as often as needed with this pass; one payment covers the service for the entire year.
BEST SPRAY TAN
GLOW Custom Airbrush Tanning (1432 Second Ave.) Tans from GLOW are tailor-made for each customer with options such as the GLOW&GO for a fast bronze, and the tanning can come to you via a mobile tanning service.
The Bossavy Institute (30 E. 60th St., 22nd Floor) NanoColor Infusion eyebrow restoration is but one of Dominique Bossavy’s light-handed services.
STRONGEST STYLE STATEMENT
Noir at Bergdorf Goodman (754 Fifth Ave.) Black is the new black at Bergdorf Goodman with the Noir exhibit. The luxury retailer has gathered together some of the brightest names in fashion to showcase their darkest couture. Masquerade masks and spider hair clips set the mood as inky-colored walls envelop a space highlighting a selection of women’s attire and accessories, featuring evening gowns from Saint Laurent and sensual fragrances from Tom Ford. Crystal Oscar de la Renta bags sparkle like a night sky, flaming leather Prada heels are sure to set an evening ablaze, and airy ostrich-feather Valentino blouses channel the exotic. Timeless, seductive and strong, the Noir collection is an elegant testament to fashion in the absence of light.