This was my first Fashion’s Night Out and let me tell you it was everything I expected it to be and more! It was hard to figure out where to begin. There were events planned all over the city. 5th Avenue, Midtown, SoHo and the Meat Packing District were all planning parties and attracting crowds. Since I was staying on the upper East Side I figured I’d walk through 5th Ave and down to Midtown, exploring as I went along. Perhaps stopping along the way. That afternoon as I strolled through I watched the store windows being created, and live models sporting clothing in the storefronts. I walked in awe past the line for Target’s Missoni-collection pop-up store – no lie it wrapped a whole city block!
And from there I ended up outside Macy’s. Perfectly, but accidentally timed, I caught Ms. J, from America’s Next Top Model, Tommy Hilfiger and Mayor Bloomberg outside Macy’s. Unsure what to do after these red-carpet entrances I began moving through to a new store front, just as Joss Stone started performing in Herald Square. She sang three songs, with the last one being flash mobbed by Hilfiger models in his latest collection. So cool!
Since I was outside Macy’s I figured I might as well go in and check out the scene. I caught a glimpse of Bobbi Brown explaining her products to a camera crew – so cool. There were also a number of live models wearing the latest fall fashions. It was so fun to see this creative and unique way of showcasing the looks on real people while still making them a kind-of permanent fashion fixture in the store.
After Macy’s a quick caffeine break I jumped the 6 down to SoHo and got off into what can only be described as insanity. There were people everywhere. Each store attempted to outdo another with their fixings, treats, free food, displays, whatever… For instance Kate Spade had karaoke on a stage, with a mini dance floor in front, perfect for visitors to dance and sing along. The streets overflowed with people. The police couldn’t contain the masses of bodies flowing through the cars paths. Just maneuvering the sidewalk was a work of art. Whoa!
Next year I need a better plan of attack for where I will go, when and with whom. But for the first time it was an amazing, exciting and overwhelming experience.
To be honest I had a totally different outfit in mind for this night. But in the end, I opted for an old favorite – this maxi dress – and my trusty wedge heels. An arm party of bracelets including this adorable customized charm bracelet from UniqueNecks was the perfect set of accessories to finish off the look. The bracelet is so delicate and yet bold and fun. I love it and imagine wearing it to so many other functions and with a multitude of outfits. Angi, the designer, can work miracles with beads and some wire.
Tip: Sometimes the old classics are just as great, if not better, than a new outfit.
Charm Bracelet: c/o UniqueNecks
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