Diary of a ‘Fashion’s Night Out’ Survivor.

September 11, 2009 • New York Fashion Week Spring '10


After what seemed like ages of anticipation, last night New York's citywide shopping extravaganza, 'Fashion's Night Out' had finally arrived! Following an electric day of runway shows at the Bryant Park tents, a few of us Second City Stylers tottered out into the streets of the Big Apple, our heads still spinning from the day's events. Armed with little more than a local paper and a map, we geared up for a veritable smorgasbord of in-store parties, events, appearances and most of all—shopping!


Our first stop at Coach's Madison avenue flagship immediately revived any fatigue we had with the most delicious mango champagne cocktails. While sipping and surveying the wares, we happened to grab some of the store's last limited edition 'Fashion's Night Out' t-shirts, the official must-have item of the evening. Coach's party included Brooklyn-based illustrator Kiersten Essenpreis (top) and graffiti artist Pesu creating one of a kind designs for any customer who purchased a special Coach 'Fashion's Night Out' canvas tote bag. It was an amazing process to watch!


Across the street a crowd gathered outside Dior to await the arrival of the evening's celebrity guest and Vogue's September cover girl Charlize Theron. We thought about waiting, but there was just too much more to see and do!


We were pulled into DKNY by the 'Fashion's Night Out' logo in the window, which soon became a common appearance just about everywhere we looked. The store provided us with more refreshing cocktails and the snazzy, musical musings of rockjazz pianist Eric Lewis.


Further down Madison we got stopped by this cutie who was handing out post cards from a lifeguard's chair outside Cole Haan and needless to say, we couldn't resist.


Glamour Magazine's cupcake truck was parked outside Barneys—our next stop—when we walked up. The decadent treats were carefully decorated to match the design on the truck. And so sweet, I could only eat half. Once inside Barneys we were assaulted by the constant, "Where did you get that cupcake!" But by the time we redirected, the truck had already gone on its merry way. Later, we saw it again cruising through other neighborhoods on its circuit through town.


Barneys did not disappoint! Inside we witnessed a different activity on just about every floor! Wool and the Gang was hosting a knitting session (top) on the ground floor, right next to Proenza Schouler designers Jack McCullough (middle, left) and Lazaro Hernandez (middle, right). Upstairs we had just missed Manolo Blahnik in the show salon, sadly. But we perked up when I was able to snag a photo op with Alexander Wang!


After that rush, we decided to leave the madness of downtown and head over to the Meatpacking District for a very different vibe. Our first stop was Adam Lippes' boutique Adam where DJ Phresh was spinning tunes and the staff offered special  Havaianas guests could customize, and served cupcakes and POP mini burgers.



The whirlwind evening ended at Tory Burch's boutique block party where DJ Cassidy (above) was rocking out old school dance hits like 'L
ady Marmalade' and La Esquina was serving up BBQ morsels and Coronas. After perusing her newest collection, I was just walking out when who was walking in but Tory Burch herself! Though the crowds threw themselves in the way to catch a glimpse of the designer, I snaked my way through. To punctuate the fun-filled evening, I managed to snap a shot of her posing with her fans before stumbling, slightly dazed, (celebrity spottings AND a 'FNO' shirt!), out into the New York night.

Photo Source: Second City Style
-Alia Rajput

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