Official PSA for Fashion’s Night Out.
Three years ago, if someone were to tell you that Anna Wintour would be participating in a fundraiser by signing tacky t-shirts at a Macy’s in Queens, you probably would’ve thought to yourself, “That’ll happen when hell freezes over and/or Melissa Joan Hart wins an Oscar.” Well, prepare to read it and weep kids! On September 10th, the unthinkable occurred with the Vogue and CFDA-sponsored event, “Fashion’s Night Out.” Spanning across the globe, Fashion’s Night Out was a one-night event in which fashion designers and bigwigs whored themselves out to the masses in order to promote spending and raise money for Fashion Week. 700 NYC retailers participated in the event by keeping their doors open till 11 PM and offering up everything from live entertainment (Third Eye Blind performed at Nine West) to Twilight Zone moments (Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen “bartended” at Bergdorf’s). Created out of necessity and desperation, Fashion’s Night Out comes at a difficult moment in the world of high fashion. With record-high foreclosures and unemployment rates sweeping the country, fashion designers and retailers have the unenviable task of making $2000 mink stoles relevant again.
“The event came at a good time, with the economy and everything, people need to feel good. They need to go out and drink and have fun.”, Beta Bajrami, a sales associate at Barneys, commented. Admittedly, Fashion’s Night Out drew huge crowds, especially at mainstays like Bergdorf Goodman’s and Barneys New York where designers like Narcisco Rodriguez and Zac Posen made themselves available for photo-ops. Park Avenue grandmas weren’t the only ones who came out to get a piece of the action. Downtown hipster clothing haunts like Oak and Opening Ceremony were at capacity, boasting guests like Alexander Wang and Rodarte.
“It was a huge success and I think next year will be even bigger.”, sales associate Paul Rodriguez said confidently. However, assuming there’s a turn-around in the economy, will this be fashion’s first and last night out? If people’s spending power resumes, the fashion world may very well retreat back to its reclusive couture shell. Regardless of Fashion’s Night Out’s future, September 10th will nevertheless be a night that’s etched into a fashion fanatic’s mind forever. “I’ve been able to see some of my favorite designers in the flesh.”, customer Fabianne Meyer gushed. “With having no real access to the fashion world, that’s a pretty remarkable thing.”
And here’s some grainy visuals of said event, courtesy of my Kodak Supersaver! Get into it.
An overeager Topshop customer gets her make-up done in the store by a ~professional.~
A crowd lines up down the block to get into Opening Ceremony AKA Studio 54?
Feeding into everyone’s narcissism, Barneys hired a professional photographer to take glam shots of random customers. These girls have model potential!
Fellow Lang alum Sammy Greenspan holds down the fort on FNO at her East Village place of employment, Owl’s Lab.
What are these people doing?!
Oh, just taking pics of Narcisco Rodriguez. HAAAAAIIII.