Natty News: Fashion's Night Out
Well kids - Fashion's Night Out is back, and word on the street is that it's going to be bigger than ever. With, what seams like, every retailer in town throwing some kind of shindig in an effort to get shoppers in the door - I am inclined to believe the hype. SO, to help you navigate the maddening amount of options on the roster, here's a short list of highlights that should be worth prancing around town in platforms for.
Who: HELMUT LANG
What: Block party featuring East Village’s Death & Co.’s signature cocktails, and a dumpling truck from Rickshaw Dumpling Company parked outside their store. DJs Harley Viera-Newton and Cassie Coane. Games and giveaways.
Where: 819 Washington Street, New York (212-242-3240).
Who: PHILIP CRANGI
What: 25 percent off.
What: the 1940s French vinyl on the record player, Le Pain Quotidien snacks, goodie bags, and special gifts with purchase. Wenlan (from Twinkle) giving style tips.
Where: 275 Mott Street, between Houston and Prince Streets (212-965-5462); 5-10 p.m.
Who: TORY BURCH
What: A burger barbeque by Shake Shack PLUS free totebags with any purchase $100 or over.
Where: 38-40 Little West 12th Street.
Who: OPENING CEREMONY
What: French flea market in the lobby of The Ace Hotel just north of Madison Square Park. OC celebrates the debut of their store there this year by asking their favorite designers, like Alexander Wang, Band of Outsiders, Rodarte, Keds and more to create products for their Parisian-themed flea market. It's here you'll find those one-night-only Momofuku cookies, too.
Where: The Ace Hotel 1190-1192 West 29th Street.
What: In addition to the pre-launch of YSL's lipstick collection Rouge Pur Couture, and the Sephora-exclusive shade N°20 Rouge Flamme, the store will have Yves Saint Laurent makeup artists giving makeovers. The best part however may be the contest. Stop in and enter to win one of three pairs of YSL Tribute Too Red suede shoes.
Where: 1500 Broadway at 44th Street, Times Square.
What: Throughout the night, Ken will travel around the city in a mobile truck you can track and follow via Facebook, Twitter and foursquare, ultimately arriving at a fab location in the Meatpacking District. Come take your photo with one of several “real” Kens dressed for ultimate dream dates… because plastic boyfriends are forever!
Where: Multiple locations. Follow @OfficialKen to track them down.
Who: HENRI BENDEL
What: For $25, you can get an astrological reading from Susan Miller and for $75, a Frederic Fekkai blow-out followed by dressing up in a Marchesa gown and House of Lavande jewels for a posing consultation and picture with Olivia Palermo. Don't worry; proceeds go to charity.
Where: 712 5th Avenue at 56th Street. More info here.
What: Play ping-pong doubles against Rag & Bone, Shipley & Halmos, and Rogan design duos; have your karaoke skills judged by Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen and Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCollough of Proenza Schouler; and rub elbows with Daphne Guinness and the Rodarte designers.
Where: 660 Madison Avenue, at 61st Street (212-826-8900); 6-11 p.m.
For more info and a full list of participants, check out the FNO WEBSITE.