Fashion Night Out takes over New York. If the size of a crowd is any indication of a successful event, then Fashion Night Out was the motherload of events. Millions of people came out to see their favourite designers, celebrities and fashion biz insiders partake in such things as ping pong tournaments, karaoke, dance parties and merchandise giveaway. Thom Browne even had astronauts roaming Madison Avenue. With so many places to, not enough time and traffic to high heaven, I had to pick and choose events: here’s a recap of my FNO.
?Here’s the sequence of events: First stop, midtown! In all the years I’ve come to New York I’ve never been to Macy’s but the rumour of a Jennifer Lopez appearance and “special guest” lured me there. I didn’t see JLo, but I did get a glimpse of Tommy Hilfiger who was posing with models in an all-American campsite recreated outside the store. Next stop, uptown! We started off at Akris to see the exhibit of Clairborne Swanson Frank, a former assistant to Anna Wintour (apparently Anna had just left). Down the street at Dolce and Gabbana, a huge crowd gathered to watch Naomi Campbell dance a little diddy with a posse of models. While she quickly whipped off after the routine, the remaining models danced in the windows for the rest of the night. As we drove, or rather crawled along Madison Avenue – the street was essentially a parking lot – we spotted Oscar de la Renta ushering guests through his boutique doors. According to tweets, he was doing the merengue with Catherine Zeta Jones and Sarah Jessica Parker.
Further down Madison we pryed our way through the crowd to Barney’s to watch Alexander Wang dance with the crowd on the 8th floor and Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen judge karaoke. Unfortunately Wang was in and out of there in five minutes, so I missed him and couldn’t get a glimpse of the Olsens because of the insane crowd. Next door at Calvin Klein, designer Francisco Costa was chatting up guests while Bryan Adams sang “I Need Somebody” – forgot how much I liked that song! Adams, also an accomplished photographer, showed his exhibit of American Woman portraits – think A-list celebs like Renee Zellweger, Kerry Washington and fashion insiders like Tonne Goodman.
Attempts to get in to Bergdorf’s to see Tom Ford were thwarted as we discovered that the crowd there was unpenitrable. That was easily the evening’s common theme: huge crowds. So off to Soho we went. After forty minutes in traffic we finally arrived at the rag & bone/3.1 Philip Lim party. A hamburger and fry truck was outside while designers Marcus Wainwright and David Neville were chatting up guests. Lady of the hour Halle Berry had already left, but Gucci Westman (who is also David’s wife) was giving makeovers at the back of the store.
Next door at Marc Jacobs there was a huge line to get in and after hours of elbowing my way through crowds, I was ready to call it a night!
While millions of people were party hopping, I hope they all did a little shopping.