Fashion's Night Out brought crowds of shoppers to all five boroughs in Manhattan last evening, as retailers opened doors late night and celebrated fall fashion with designer appearances, live musical performances, trunk shows, street parties, book signings and do-it-yourself sewing circles.
Our first stop was Barney's were we visited Isabel and Ruben Toledo (the former signing copies of her new book and the later illustrating shoppers on the inside cover), chatted with Alabama Chanin's Natalie Chanin as she watched over her 5th floor sewing circle, said hello to Behnaz Sarafpour (busy sketching her fall 2009 collection for a line of shoppers) and breezed by Rogan Gregory (hand-painting Loomstate tee shirts) and Organic's John Patrick (spreading the good word on sustainable wool farming) on the Co-Op floor.
Walking out of a packed Barney's and on to Madison Avenue proved to be even more interesting, as we spotted Sam Shipley and Jeff Halmos riding bikes decorated especially for Fashion's Night Out (and stocked with cans of Pabst Blue Ribbon beers) on their way to visit Vena Cava's Brooklyn block party and take a turn in the dunk tank.
Only two feet in front of Shipley and Halmos on the corner of 60th street we ran into Francisco Costa standing outside of his Calvin Klein store, signing tee shirts while Jamie Burke performed inside. All this before even heading downtown...
Also of note, Rachel Roy and Estelle celebrating the opening of the Rachel Rachel Roy pop-up shop in Soho; Opening Ceremony's trunk show where Voguette were seen scooping up Alexander Wang's fall collection by the armfuls; Rag and Bone's David Neville and Marcus Wainwright toasting friends with Guinness; and the mayhem that was caused by Victoria Beckham, Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen all under the same roof at Bergdorf Goodman.
The rain sprits clearly bow to Anna Wintour as the weather held off until just before 11pm when most revelers stashed away their wallets and focused on the parties at hand. Judging by the number of people out on the streets and walking into the stores, Fashion's Night Out was a great success. The city that never sleeps has rarely looked more alive (or more beautiful).