After I booked my flight for some friends' wedding that took place in New York this past weekend, I was thrilled to learn that my trip would coincide with one of the biggest nights in fashion. To kick off New York Fashion Week, Vogue teamed up with countless retailers, celebs, and designers to host the first ever Fashion's Night Out - a shopping extravaganza spanning across the world, set to to boost the economy and "make shopping fun again." From 6 to 11pm, stores hosted rockin' spending parties with cocktails, DJ's, and celebrities doing random cool things - Mary Kate and Ashley bartending at Bergdorfs, Oscar de la Renta singing, Philip Lim hosting a trunk show out of an actual van in Soho. No matter how swiftly you moved, there was simply no way to hit it all. I set out with my two partners in crime, Nicole and Rachel, promptly at 6pm - the start of the night’s festivities. We didn’t know what to expect, but assumed it would be a night filled with long lines, uncooperative weather, and unmanageable crowds. But in true New York fashion, it was guaranteed to be memorable...
6:05 PM - I start heading towards our next stop of choice, Bergdorfs, and tell the girls to meet me there. As I approach, a small crowd starts to form around one of the window displays. Ah yes - it's Zac Posen in a $400,000 tiara on loan (exclusive detail I overheard from someone from Zac's camp upon joining the crowd) sweatily painting a blank white garment on a posing model. I stood there for maybe 30 minutes, enthralled with his swift and impressive work. There's a reason he's a legend!
6:40 PM - I grab my first glass of wine of the night, and make my way up the 7 floors to the fine china section where Padma Lakshimi is hosting a cook-off, and then back down to the 5th floor where Alexander Wang and Anna Wintour are posing for a photo op. At this point, the chaos is surprisingly controlled to the point where I almost felt like I was just out for a normal Saturday evening of shopping with my pal Anna Wintour.
6:50 PM - The crowds at Bergdorfs have significantly thickened, as the lines start to form for Mary Kate and Ashley's one-time-only bartending gig, so I decide it's time to make my exit and meet up with the girls. It's starting to sprinkle, so we need to choose our next stop fast. Lucky for us, Henri Bendel is calling our names, so we duck in for a sneak peak at MAC's new Style Black collection. I fall in love with and purchase Baby Goth Girl nail polish and Greasepaint Stick.
7:00 PM - Next stop, flapper party at Juicy Couture. And a party it was. Cocktail waiters in handlebar mustaches, full on 20's clad women and men doing the Charleston, Vogue editor-at-large Hamish Bowles performing Noel Crawford, and a pink champagne bar amongst the track suits. Juicy co-founder Gela Nash-Taylor was dressed to the nines - please tell me you read the article in the September issue of Vogue about her English countryside home.