Report by: Jazmin Johnson
Celebrating it’s fourth year, Fashions Night Out is a global initiative, with 18 countries participating this year, and sponsored by Vogue and the CFDA. Just as Vogue suffered from quiet whispers that it had lost its touch” Ms. Wintour instated the first Fashion’s Night Out in New York City in 2009. The 4,500 events scheduled here in the States support an array local restaurants and businesses by storming the streets with on-going foot traffic. In New York, stores stay open until 11pm and come to life with celebrity appearances, beauty treatments, champagne and snacks. Braid bars, tarot card reading and chocolate samples are everywhere from Barney’s to Bendels, and the occasion brings out editors, musicians and fashion lovers alike. It’s truly a unique experience, from whichever city you experience the night.
This year, the city was abuzz with free manis, pedis, cupcakes, and cocktails. We popped into the new Patricia Field flagship store to check out their trunk show. The store recently moved a few doors down to the designers’ former bi-level 4,000 square foot apartment on 306 Bowery Street and it was well, VERY Patricia Field.
I’ll elaborate. For starters, it was hot- in both the literal and figurative sense of the word as the store was packed. Guests at Pat Field did not shy away from outrageous prints, bright colored lipstick, or eccentric hair. And why would they with the sea of spiked bras and feather boa trimmed dresses lining the racks? We were immediately greeted by a myriad of fashionistas bumping elbows and mingling with celebrity designers, such as Laquan Smith who showed off his collection. Other featured designers were in the mix too, such as pop painter Scooter Laforge.
Right: Myself posed with Celebrity Designer Laquan Smith. Left: Special limited edition Fashions Night Out T-shirts and Hats.
JOHNLERY, M.Y.O.B. and Luxurious Poverty accessories were also featured in the trunk show. From what we could tell, Neon Hitch and Dai Burger who both performed last night, were big fans of the M.Y.O.B.’s bold statement earrings.
Above: Accessory's designer JOHNLERY showcases his studded hat collection during NYC's Fashion's Night Out.
Shifting from Soho over to meatpacking, the vibe was a lot less chaotic and more glamorous. Model & DJ, Solange Knowles threw around her official DJ tunes at The Diane Von Furstenburg store, accompanied by a line of anxious on-lookers and fans which wrapped around the block. Creating quite a buzz was also popular shopping boutique Jeffrey New York. Closing classicly early, we missed Jeffrey's FNO event by merely a few moments. Just before we ended the night we ran into QVC and Maybelline's outdoor pop-up events which were apart of The Meatpacking Districts fashions night out block party. Then just as we approached a crowd of flashing lights and camera's, we looked up and there stood Supermodel and Maybelline face Jessica White posing with fans.
All in all, we had a blast in NYC- what did you guys get into?