Fun Fashion’s Night Out in Meatpacking!
QVC Pop Up in Meatpacking
FNO QVC 2012
Like thousands of other great fashionistas, I spent my Fashion’s Night Out 2011 cursing the shops of the Meatpacking District in search of free drinks and couture. It’s like one big free party where the guests of honor are the clothes. I started out the evening with a mixed drink at Hugo Boss. There, I got the urge to take a picture of myself in the mirror to show off both my outfit and the store as a whole. I kept doing this at every single store throughout the night.
My next stop was Matthew Williamson (pictured left) where the colors were vibrant as always. Due to some rambunctious fashion lovers last year, the House of Matthew Williamson had a strict two drink maximum. With lines around the block, Alexander McQueen was harder to get into than Will and Kate’s Royal Wedding. So I headed over to Diane von Furstenberg which had crowds of its own and some really awesome dresses. After stopping by Catherine Malandrino and Scoop, I hopped around some more and finished the evening with a mojito at Carlos Mieli. FNO is always a good time.
On Fashion’s Night Out, celebrities make appearances everywhere. I was secretly hoping to see a Kardashian. The girls from the new cast of America’s Next Top Model All Stars took over the Express store in SoHo.
The crazy shoes of FNO! Everyone was taking pictures of this girl’s shoes.
The streets of Meatpacking were transformed into a couture-driven Disney World. Can’t wait until next year.
I’ve never been a morning person, but the allure of a Lord & Taylor breakfast shopping spree with Lucky Magazine is enough to get any socialite out of bed before noon. This morning, I began New York Fashion Week with a “Fashion’s Morning In” so to speak at the Lord & Taylor on 424 Fifth Ave. Before the store had even opened its doors to the public, the fashion elite and I were on the second floor drinking coffee and eating pastries discussing shopping strategies with Suze Yalof Schwartz, Lord & Taylor’s Fashion Editor at Large previously the Executive Fashion Editor at Large of Glamour Magazine.
Suze has some great suggestions as to what is in for fall including 3 key fall trends: Shine (sparkles and sequins), Colorblocking, and Bright Colored Jeans. All of which are available this season at Lord & Taylor. For those of you who have trouble getting dressed in the early hours of the morning, she suggests you stock up on dresses to pair with a great bag and a great pair of shoes. That way it is less to think about in the morning. Great advice considering that the earlier I have to wake up, the less fashionable I appear. Many thanks to Lucky Magazine and Lord & Taylor for the invite. I couldn’t think of a better way to begin my Fashion Week.
Early this morning over coffee, Suze Yalof Schwartz taught us how to do the perfect skinny pose, a technique taught to her by supermodel Cindy Crawford. It’s quite simple really. You turn your body all the way to the side then turn your front foot toward the camera and your body three quarters of the way to the front so all of your face, but only half of your body is in view of the camera. Don’t Suze and I look skinny?
Disclaimer: Aspiring Socialite was gifted a $200 Lord & Taylor gift card at this event.
Twas the night before Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week
And all thought the city
Not a Chihuahua was stirring
Because everyone looked pretty
The Prada bags were hung in the showroom with care
In hopes that something Chanel soon would be there
Anna Wintour in Louboutin heels
And I in Tory Burch flats
Had just settled down for a much-needed nap
For socialites, every week is Fashion Week and every night is Fashion’s Night Out. During the official Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, however, you have to celebrate a little bit harder. On this very rainy eve of New York Fashion Week it is time we all took in one last breath and a long nap in preparation for all of the elegantly overwhelming shows, parties, previews, and appearances to come.
Tomorrow night Sept. 8th (6-11 pm) I will be cruising around the Meatpacking District rain or shine in celebration of Fashion’s Night Out. I can’t think of a better way to begin Fashion Week than with extended shopping hours everywhere complete with free champagne and hors d’oeuveres to compliment the already wonderful shopping experience. Who knows what surpirizes this monumental week has in store for us. Our old childhood friend, Barbie, will even be making an appearance. Seeing that none of us can be in two places at once, all shows will be streaming on YouTube. Get ready to be as busy as Rachel Zoe.
Join me as I relax to the musical stylings of Glee:
Fashion is power! It has a profound power over me. For my first ever Fashion’s Night Out as a New Yorker, I sipped champagne and organic cocktails at the beautiful Catherine Malandrino store in the world-famous Meatpacking District. The clothes looked even more amazing on this special night and the store came alive with the sounds of a DJ spinning the hot tunes of today and decades past. It was a good thing we got there early because by 8:30 p.m. there was a line out the door.
Not only did I get a free bag to commemorate my experience, I also had my hair done compliments of Blow, the New York blow dry bar. After having a ball at the House of Catherine Malandrino, I made my way over to the Apple store to celebrate fashion through a photo shoot powered by Mac technology. It was a night worthy of socialite status. Anyone who has ever dreamed of fashion and all it stands for could feel the magic in the air. I must admit, however, that I did commit a fashion faux pas when I took off my heels in the middle of the store because my feet needed a break. But, like I always say, a socialite never compromises or explains herself. So whatever. I have already begun to count down the days until Fashion’s Night Out 2011!