Saturday, September 4, 2010

Decisions, Decisions

Fashion’s Night Out is hitting New York City this year on September 10th (6 DAYS AWAY!). With almost a thousand retailers in association with the event started by Anna Wintour, I’m doubtful that I’ll even get to participate in all of the places on my strategic “hit list.” For last year’s festivities, I immediately crossed off any major department store from my list for fear of claustrophobia and waiting on long lines. I hit Greenwich Village’s Bleecker Street for a photo-op at the Marc Jacobs store, met Amy Astley at the Teen Vogue block party, Intermix for some beauty gifts, met The Sartorialist at Ralph Lauren, and of course stopped at Magnolia’s Bakery for their limited Fashion’s Night Out cupcake. Basically it was a great night...

 This year is a whole other story. I hope you find my 15 picks of help; they’re not the necessarily the events with the most celebrity coverage, but where I think time will be spent best.

1. Balenciaga: Dance to the sounds of the new album “The Ghost Who Walks,” sung by Redhead Model/singer Karen Elson. 542 West 22nd Street

2. Opening Ceremony: In keeping with Opening Ceremony’s French theme for the coming months, OC is holding a Parisian flea market in the Ace Hotel manned by designers like Alexander Wang, Proenza Schouler, Rodarte, and Joseph Altuzarra. Afterwards enjoy the iconic and delicious Ladurée macarons for dessert. 20 West 29th Street

3. Helmut Lang: outdoor dance party, D.J.-ed by It Girls Harley Viera-Newton and Cassie Coane. 819 Washington Street

4. Piperlime:  Piperlime, the website that lends itself to the accessories wall on Project Runway is opening their first pop-up store in SoHo. From a chance to shop and get styling advice with Rachel Zoe to taking pictures with the cast of Project Runway, it’s sure to be in Ms. Zoe’s words, a “clusterfuck.” 93 Mercer Street New York, NY 10012

5. Partners and Spade: A very unusual yet ingenious spin to FNO is a “fashion outsiders” party held by Vena Cava's Sophie Buhai and Lisa Mayock. Buy unique pieces designed by a police officer, a toddler, an Oklahoma farmer, plus some prisoners—all people who have no relation to the fashion industry. 40 Great Jones Street

6. Chanel: play Karl Lagerfeld and customize a pair of the iconic Chanel ballet flats and receive complimentary manicures in Les Khakis de Chanel, Chanel’s newest addition to their ever-popular nail polish line, created exclusively for FNO. 139 Spring Street

7. Lord & Taylor: A la the Food Network’s “The Great Food Truck Race” wander around the department store and find street truck favorites including Cupcake Stop, Street Sweets, Treats Truck, and Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream. A dessert scavenger hunt? I’m in. 424 5th Avenue

8. JCrew: Sip on refreshments while mingling with J.Crew’s Design Team to celebrate the new 2010 Fall Collection. And, with a purchase of $150 or more expect an FNO-inspired gift in return. 99 Prince Street

9. Phillip Lim + Rag & Bone: A designer block party chalk full of live performances by My Gold Mask, burgers from BLT Go and artisanal Van Leeuwen ice cream. Shop alongside the designers and pick up stylish looks for fall! 115 Mercer Street

10. Madewell: Alexa Chung’s debut of her collection in association with Madewell will debut during Fashion’s Night Out. 486 Broadway

11. OAK NYC: Party at OAK’s FNO mall while making charm necklaces at the Surface 2 Air kiosk, shredding t-shirts with LNA, and taking advantage of OAK's fashion photo booth. 28 Bond St.

12. What Goes Around Comes Around: Jewelry designer, Pamela Love and Thread Social are hosting a party. See the debut and shop the latest vintage collections for the store. 351 West Broadway

13. Banana Republic: Only at the Banana Republic in Rockefeller Center will you get to meet the New Yorker’s covers editor Françoise Mouly and Banana Republic creative director Simon Kneen while enjoying d’oeuvres all night long. Rockefeller Center New York, NY 10111

14. Ralph Lauren: Hang with Vogue's Andre Leon Talley while listening the sounds of stylish singer, Janelle Monae. 379 West Broadway

15. French Sole: giveaways, music, and shopping in the mini Upper East Side boutique. 976 Lexington Avenue
Where will you be on Fashion's Night Out?
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  1. Nice list! I don't think they've officially announced this but apparently KL himself will be at the Chanel boutique in Soho.

    I'm hitting...
    - Opening
    - Helmut
    - R29/DVF
    - might do a little bike ride thru the Soho/W. Village clusterfck


  2. ugh.
    this is why i want to live in New York!
    things like this.
    sounds like so much fun.


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