Fashion Week S/S 2011 Recap: Vol. 1

Me and original fly-girl, Stylist June Ambrose

Whew! New York Fashion Week 2010 is halfway done and I’ve survived Fashion’s Night Out 2010, the tents and a few afterparties thus far. I took a small break yesterday to relax, relate and get a recap out my fellow Parlourista fashionistas!

Fashion Night Out 2010:

I began the evening by forgetting my camera battery because I charged it earlier to make sure I didn’t miss any photos, naturally. Ultimately, I had to use my Blackberry phone as a backup to snap pictures at Betsy Johnson‘s in-store party in Soho. Complimentary hair, makeup, eyebrow grooming and nail services were available, as well as a photo shoot with two Betsy-styled mannequins for purchase. The evening’s musical styles came courtesy of DJ Kalkutta (who was quite an adorable miss, dolled up in a cute Betsy Johnson dress).

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And of course, free champagne and cupcakes. After Betsy, I walked down the block to observe the streets and the other stores. The Adidas store was giving free yoga lessons, but I didn’t see any downward dog action at 6:15 as expected, so I bopped down Wooster St. to Chanel.

The Chanel store was one of the more crowded spots that evening boasting a line that snaked midway down the block just to enter the store. Mannequins lined the space, still dolled up from the birthday celebration of Mr. Karl Lagerfeld from the previous evening, and DJ Beverly Bond was on the wheels of steel. Ditching that madness, I walked to a much calmer scene around the block at Kirna Zabete, where I fell in love with a pair of Prova star earrings worn by the shop owner of Zabete, Beth Buccini. Though beautiful, I wasn’t willing to part with $895 for the adornments loveliness so I left after consuming a lovely iced tea cocktail.

Next, I headed up to midtown to meet friends. I hopped into a Volkswagen shuttle service arranged especially for FNO2010, driving shoppers from Soho to Rockefeller center in a variety of 2010 Volkswagen’s. Eager to let my stiletto-heeled feet rest for a little bit, I picked the 2011 Jetta. After a relaxing ride with three fellow FNO2010 participants, I arrived at Banana Republic, where the classic American brand had a display of fantastic vintage New Yorker magazine covers on display, as well as champagne and 25% off any full priced items. Nothing caught my fancy, so I left in search of my other FNO friends and observed the 5th Ave FNO2010 madness.

Walking past stores like H&M and Versace (there were huge crowds entering and leaving those stores), I noticed a lot of people out but not many shopping bags. I made my way to Henri Bendel, where their first floor beauty area was a mob with product offerings at every station. Working my way to the fourth floor, I briefly stopped by the Chanel counter to contemplate purchasing one of the new three Les Khakis De Chanel colors released that day in celebration of FNO2010, including Khaki Vert, Khaki Brun and Khaki Rose.

Then I checked out the Frederic Fekkai interactive Red carpet experience, where $75 got you a glam squad makeover, replete with a Marchesa dress and Christian Louboutin shoes to borrow and wear in a red carpet shot as well as a souvenir photo to take home or email to the world. The best part was the $75 was donated to the NYC AIDS Fund, the official charity of FNO2010. As I was straightening out my meet-up plans outside on 5th Avenue once again, I caught Chris Brown just casually walking down the street with his security and a mob of fans snapping photos of him. C. Breezy decided to cross the street to the Armani store, where he met up with Fabolous (arriving two minutes later with his entourage) and his transportation. Oh, and I also caught the mobile Ken truck, with six models dressed up as packaged Ken dolls—they even had the plastic tube around the waist!.

I attempted to enter Bergdorf Goodman, but it was too crazy with a double line (no thanks), live windows as well as performances. Instead, I decided to check out Louis Vuitton‘s event, a live dance installation with 25 male dancers on the steps doing a routine. Since my vintage Vuitton, which I was carrying for the evening, was showing signs of neglect, I figured the shop would take her in for repairs—wrong.

Oh well.

Off to the Nike store, where marathon trainers had just come back in from their run, rocking cool FNO2010 DriFit shirts. I eventualy worked my way to the Dolce & Gabanna store on Madison, where I just caught Naomi’s big press photo opp: dancing to “Run This Town” outside the store with ten models rocking her exclusive D&G t-shirt. Awesomness. My friend-finding plans changing once again, I headed downtown to grab a bite with them finally and re-energize my worn out body (and aching feet, which were now in Haviana’s).

My Overall Critique of FNO2010…

NYC streets were almost overcrowded with fashionistas and curious public ready to consume. However, Manhattan shops should really offer more discounts (rather than just booze) to encourage more shopping.

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The plaza at Lincoln Center was almost as fun as the fashion shows inside! Observers, independent designers, tourists, and international camera crews were at the fountain plaza area observing the attendees entering and leaving the show. While running to check out Charlotte Ronson‘s show, I caught new designer Shavonne DeAnn doing a guerilla fashion show in the plaza! Just because you don’t have money doesn’t mean you can’t be in the fashion industry. Keep an eye on this one, as three of her looks ended up on New York Magazine’s online coverage of Fashion Week 2010! Oh, and I caught a photo with celeb stylist June Ambrose who liked my Found Objects earrings.

Well, off to more shows, will check in later!

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