Sunday, September 12, 2010
Fashion's Night Out: A Review
Here are my photos from Fashion's Night Out. I had the best time! I went with two friends and felt like I was at a fashion block party at 57th Street and 5th Avenue in Manhattan. A few things really stuck out for me:
1) I have never seen so many Chanel bags in one location in my life as I did waiting in line to get into Bergdorf Goodman.
2) It was truly New Yorkers at this event, all dressed up and there to celebrate fashion.
3) People were so polite! Outside of Bergdorf Goodman, it was packed, to get in the store, to join the line to get in the store and in some instances inside the store itself. People--remember, we're talking about fashion-mad New Yorkers, many in sky-high heels standing in super long lines or in tight spaces--were very polite. I heard plenty of "please" and "thank you" and "excuse me" amid all the chaos. Unbelievable! Who said New Yorkers don't have manners?
Once inside Bergdorf, I talked to salespeople for Chanel, Laura Mercier (makeup), Guerlain (perfume), and Paul, the man presiding over much of the 5th floor shoe department. The verdict regarding sales? No one was buying. It was about the event, the party. And what a party! Sarah Jessica Parker was there. So too was Victoria Beckham, former Spice Girl ("Posh Spice") and wife of English soccer star David Beckham. Did I see these fashion luminaries? No I did not. Too crowded and their appearances were only 30 minutes each. No matter, it was fun to just be in the store, checking out the people, checking out the clothes.
As for the pictures, they are: the street at 57th Street and 5th Avenue; people outside of Bergdorf Goodman; the amazing store windows, featuring live mannequins (note the Marie Antoinette-like tableau) and a singer, with her song blasting out onto 5th Avenue. That's me on the escalator inside the store. And the shoe is a Nicholas Kirkwood that I am now deeply in love with.
The picture of the man in a blue smock with a camera around his neck and walking a bicycle is the legendary Bill Cunningham, the 81-year-old New York Times photographer. I was thrilled to see him coming up the street, slowly, slowly, taking in all the fashion, just like me. I love this man. His joyful photos and wonderful Boston accent as he narrates his weekly "On the Street" videos are part of what inspired me to start my blog. His love of fashion is completely addictive and contagious. There is a documentary film about him called Bill Cunningham New York that is coming out soon. I can't wait to see it.