With New York Fashion Week last week, honourary resident and NYFW hairstylist, Anthony Nader, tells GRAZIA what to do in the city that never sleeps (particularly during Fashion Week).

Ask Anthony Nader about New York City, and his face lights up. For him, it’s his second home – he actually owns an apartment in the West Village – and a place of nonpareil creativity, rich in character and soul. Every Fashion Week, Anthony makes the trek back to the Big Apple (this time, for Tom Ford, Oscar de la Renta and Michael Kors), and with scissors in hand and stars in his eyes, is back home. Here, 48 stylish hours with the man who knows it best – or very, very well, at the least.

DAY #1


BREAKFAST AT CAFE CLUNY ON WEST 4. I just order the omelette, it’s pretty basic but I love it there ‘cause I can read the paper and sip on my latte. Then from there…

I WILL DUCK AROUND THE CORNER TO MY FAVOURITE MAGAZINE STORE, CASA MAGAZINES. Muhammad, who owns the store, is an institution. A lot of the fashion crowd go there. It’s where I buy all my magazines. It’s the smallest store but they have the best magazines on the island of Manhattan.

ON WEST 4TH I LOVE THE A.P.C STORE, then there’s the Acne Store right next to Casa Magazines, and Saturdays NYC. My favourite hangouts are in the West Village.

I’M A WEST VILLAGE BOY. Loud and proud – it’s all about the West Village for me. I’m a creature of habit – a little bit biased, but that’s who I am.


Credit: Instagram, @cafecluny

Credit: Instagram, @cafecluny 



LUNCH TIME I GO TO JACK’S WIFE FREDA OR THE BUTCHER’S DAUGHTER, right near me as well. I like to keep it casual. I’ll take a magazine with me – people that know me know that I love my magazines, so I always carry around a magazine.

THEN I LOVE WALKING AROUND WEST CHELSEA, which is a gallery district. Lots of new buildings are going up there – we’re talking multi-million dollar apartments there now – which is along the High Line that goes up to 34th street. I love walking around the gallery district there.

THAT’S WHERE I GOT THE INSPIRATION FOR MY RAW SALON. It’s kind of a Tribeca loft meets West Chelsea. I love the gallery district. And you just kind of mosey in and out of the art galleries.

MY FAVOURITE STORE IN WEST CHELSEA IS THE COMMES DE GARÇON STORE. That, in itself, is just an incredible sight to see. It’s just so cool; the whole shop is so cool (the interiors, architecture, etc). And the shop assistants are just so cool as well. They’re like walking pieces of art. They are. I’m really jealous that I can’t dress like that.


CDG Installation with five specially made silhouettes in white wadding based on the FW17 show at the CDG Shop 520 W22nd street
CDG Installation with five specially made silhouettes in white wadding based on the FW17 show at the CDG Shop 520 W22nd street

Credit: Instagram, @commedesgarcons


FROM THERE I LOVE WALKING ALONG 9TH AND 10TH AVENUE in West Chelsea. I find that really inspiring.

FOR SUNSET – I GO OVER AND MEET FRIENDS AT THE WHYTE HOTEL IN WILLIAMSBURG. And then I always go to this place called, Walter’s, which is also in Williamsburg. Very local, I go there a lot with my friends that live in Williamsburg and the drinks are really good. Williamsburg is very cool, very real.

THEN AT NIGHT, THE STANDARD HOTEL to meet up with friends, upstairs at the top, especially in the warmer months when the rooftop is open.

HANDY HINT: Always have a Nutella crepe. They’re famed for their crepes on the rooftop. I go there for a Nutella crepe and a catch up with friends. That’s pretty well how I would end my night.


Sunset drinks at the Wythe Hotel
Sunset drinks at the Wythe Hotel

Credit: Instagram, @wythehotel


DAY #2

I LOVE GOING TO JEFFREY’S GROCERY FOR BREAKFAST. It’s really contemporary – simple food, it’s not fussy. But,

I’LL GO TO JACK’S STIR BREW COFFEE for a coffee first, and then I’ll go to Jeffrey’s to have food. And then I’ll mosey on down to Soho…

I’LL GO TO ALEXANDER WANG, Opening Ceremony, Rick Owens – a beautiful store, so beautiful.


A very New York facade; Jeffrey's Grocery
A very New York facade; Jeffrey’s Grocery

Credit: Instagram, @jeffreysgrocery


IF YOU WANT TO CELEB SPOT, GO TO THE MERCER HOTEL. I’ll go to Mercer Kitchen to have lunch – you can guarantee you will always sit next to someone famous. When I was there last, I was sitting next to Mert of Mert and Marcus. After lunch I would go down to Bond Street,

THERE’S A REALLY GREAT CAFÉ THERE CALLED THE SMILE – a lot of celebrities do interviews down there, ‘cause it’s so low key and it’s really dark. It’s very cool. There’s a really cool store next door called Oak NYC, and the architecture in that street alone is just so beautiful, so cool. I love Bond Street.

THEN I FIND MYSELF AT GEMMA, a restaurant at The Bowery and you can definitely count on me having the margarita pizza there, even if it is only 3 o’clock at this stage, and we’ve just finished lunch. I’m an eater. I eat and drink coffees everywhere. I’d head back up to the West Village. I walk and get the subway.


Gemma Restaurant at The Bowery Hotel
Gemma Restaurant at The Bowery Hotel

Credit: Instagram, @boweryhotel


I LOVE BARNES & NOBLE IN TRIBECA and looking at all the magazines and not paying for them!

AND THEN I TEND TO GO PAST CELEBRITIES BUILDINGS, you know, to just have one of them just coincidentally stand out the front while I pass.

THERE’S A REALLY, REALLY GREAT RAG & BONE STORE IN TRIBECA NOW AS WELL, and I love to check out the J. Crew store there as well. It’s more boutique, individual pieces. I really, really, really love Tribeca.

IF I’M HOME BEFORE 3:55PM, I ALWAYS GO TO BIG GAY ICE CREAM, which is on the corner in the West Village. I get the Salty Pimp, which is a salty caramel soft serve, and literally at 3:55pm because at 4 o’clock, I’m watching the Ellen show! I’ll always have a Salty Pimp while watching Ellen.

I’LL GO TO THE GYM AT EQUINOX, right near me, and then catching up with friends…

I LOVE THE SPOTTED PIG. I get pizza again! Cause I’m just so thin, aren’t I? If I’m with friends and they’re out of towners, we would venture to The Maritime Hotel, in Chelsea, which has really good drinks. I don’t have a favourite drink, they’re all really good. Then I’m in bed by midnight and it’s a new day.


Soft-serve pride at Big Gay Ice Cream
Soft-serve pride at Big Gay Ice Cream

Credit: Instagram, @biggayicecream


By Chrisanthi Kaliviotis for grazia.com.au



As seen on primped.com.au

Now that New York Fashion Week is officially wrapped, we thought we’d ask hairstylist and owner of Raw Salon in Sydney, Anthony Nader, for his pick of the best shows. From windswept styles to braids, these are the looks we’ll all be sporting in the summer months. Get excited!



What I adored about this windswept look was that it’s just so achievable. It doesn’t intimidate. This hair shape is soft and feminine, and it works on a daily basis without too much effort.


1. Blast dry 80% of your freshly washed hair before applying a volume spray all over. Shake through hair to evenly distribute product.

2. Sweep over your deep side part and smooth the surface with your fingers.

3. Blast the rest of your hair dry by lifting out the root area with your fingers and over directing your dryer to ensure volume.

4. Now complete, gather the sides up from the front hairline and ears and bundle into a messy bun just below the crown area.

ANTHONY’S HANDY HINT – Don’t be precious about the loose free flowing tendrils that fall around your face as this is what makes your runway look current and not dated.


Moncler Gamme Rouge SS13

This may look like any other braid but upon closer inspection it’s so much more – it radiates a beautiful polished sheen unlike the other braids I’ve seen that are unkept and look like straw, and I just love the simplicity of this clean hair shape.


1. No need to wash your mane here, girls. Just grab your moisture cream and work that through damp hair and comb through evenly.

2. Place in your haphazard center part line and comb your strands clean and low, down towards your nape area and secure the base.

3. Ensure you comb your ends so they’re free of knots. Then, braid to the ends with tension, keeping each section clean (that’s the key here).

4. Secure the ends of the tail now and your good to go.

ANTHONY’S HANDY HINT – Don’t worry too much about sticking down your hair strands flat on your head as you want it to look relaxed and more natural.



There’s nothing more stunning than hair that looks and feels soft and healthy, and all the girls on the naturally-inspired runway stole the show for embodying “natural”. There’s not a lot of fuss going on here either, which I love, and hair isn’t over loaded with five different tubs to get this look, ’cause who has time right?


1. Wash your hair with the shampoo and conditioner that your hairstylist has recommended for your hair type.

2. Towel dry really well and spray a UV protecting leave-in conditioner all over, before combing through evenly.

3. Divide your hair into four even sections. Start at the bottom at the back and take medium sized sections and smooth over with your hairdryer and a medium sized radial brush.

4. Do this technique all the way up to the crown area and now do the same in the front. If you’re after a little more sheen, spritz some shine spray onto your midlenghts and ends.

ANTHONY’S HANDY TIP – Don’t spray your shine spray within 30cm of the area you want to target as you don’t want your roots looking oily. Remember less is more.



Donna Karen showed us this past week that you can combat the strong military look while also oozing femininity, which is a drawcard for my clients in the salon.

It’s a stronger hair shape at the front, but with the pop of colour on the lip and the hair flowing down around your shoulders, it creates a sense of yin and yang, and looks beautifully polished as well.


1. You can skip washing your hair here, going straight into creating your side part. Divide the back section away from ear to ear, and clip for now.

2. Starting just above your ear, swipe a thin layer of soft hold gel on the first couple of inches from the roots and using the thin teeth of your comb, direct each section tight to the head and behid the ear.

3. Keep doing this all the way up your head on both sides, keeping your sections tight and leaving out the mid lengths and ends.

4. Once smooth and groomed at the top, brush your mid lengths and ends and, if need be, smooth over with a styling iron for that sleek, straight finish.

ANTHONY’S HANDY TIP – Make sure you really over direct your part line this season as that’s what’s going to set you apart from the crowd. This part line is a statement and worn with confidence… remember that.



I can’t tell you how much I adore big, wavy hair and Diane is the queen for big hair inspiration for me. There was an ’80s throwback with pretty florals and gorgeous colours that just didn’t seem real, and the hair…well let fill you in on how to get instant va va voom.


1. Wash your mane with a volumizing shampoo and conditioner and then towel dry really well. Blast dry 80% all over.

2. Squeeze out a tennis ball size of medium hold foam into your palms and scrunch that in, making sure you get the roots.

3. Divide hair into four and take in your desired side part and start blow-drying the back sections with a large radial brush. The way to get loads of body is by lifting up each section high.

4. Grab your hot tongs (approx 1 inch in diameter) and curl your hair from roots to ends all over, ensuring you wind the front section away from your face to get that beautiful flick.

5. Once cooled down you can brush out your curls and sculpt your side part smooth before placing in your floral side comb embellishment.

ANTHONY’S HANDY HINT – To make your big bodied waves last, clip each coil after you tong and then once your hair has cooled right down you can then take the pins out and brush out and style.