Fashion’s Night Out Sweeps 5th Ave
Where else can you discover Michael Kors in a window, modeling dogs, and a drag queen DJing? None other than Fashion’s Night Out NY! Along with kickstarting New York Fashion Week, the global initiative of Fashion’s Night Out swept the nation yesterday evening. Even if you didn’t have money to get your shop on, you could certainly get your drink on as many luxury stores were offering up complimentary champagne along with the opportunity to peruse fall collections. I didn’t actually see to many people do serious spending, but did I encounter shoppers packed like sardines inside Gucci, Louis Vuitton, and other high end retailers.
My first stop off 5th Ave was Bergdorf Goodman, where they were celebrating thirty years of Michael Kors‘ designs. Bergdorf’s fashion director, Linda Fargo presented Kors with a the key to Bergdorfs and a celebratory cake (no carb concern though, because the oversized cake was fake). Besides having Kors in the window, live models graced their additional whimsical window displays. My voyeuristic side favored two displays, one had French maids hanging up tiny clothing and the other lumberjacks attending to a Rapunzel-like character. Inside Bergdorfs the party continued with a draq queen DJ-ing popular tunes. Based on reactions, I think this may have been the first time some of the more elder Bergdorf customers had ever encountered a drag queen in real life.
Then it was on to Louis Vuitton where they had an expert painter on hand to customize their signature monogram bags for one night only. So if you happen to drop a few grand on a purse, you could request something snazzy painted on it. Obviously, I passed. They also offered up little chocolate bites for those (like me) who were getting famished from the night’s spectacle. Although, the evening had really just begun because over at Gucci they were giving patrons a photo op with the newly released Gucci designed Fiat. Then, Tiffany & Co. felt more like Carnival & Co. because they provided customized cookies, lemonade, sparkly lollipops, a photobooth, a live DJ, and more.
However, it was Henri Bendel who took the cake for the night, as the retailer merged into the Lower East Side’s Hester Street Fair. Tons of vendors were on hand serving everything from pastries and jam to gourmet mac & cheese. The fair’s independent artists and jewelry designers actually to fit right in with Bendel’s chic atmosphere and luxe offerings. In the heart of the fair, playful pups could be found modeling the latest in collars & leashes.
And lastly, I swung by Rockerfeller Plaza- an unlikely Fashion’s Night Out destination- but they had live music and a red carpet was laid out with models showing off current trends. It felt like this was the place to grab a drink post shopping.
What did your FNO evening consist of?