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Sunday, September 12, 2010

Fashion's Night Out

I have been dreaming of the day when I would be in New York City for Fashion Week. Now that I live here, I've been absorbing as much of it as I possibly can. I've noticed an amazing change in the air since Labor Day. The city was smoldering, hot and consumed with tourists prior to September 6th. Most New Yorkers leave the city for their summer home located at a nearby beach for a majority of the sweltering months. Fashion Week and the ever-so-slight chill in the night air tend to draw them all back. The city buzzes with a renewed energy as it welcomes fashionistas from across the globe while simultaneously lulling just a touch from general tourists who return home to send their children off to school.

Last week was a L-O-N-G week at work. We are in the midst of producing three major catalogues. Two of which are translated into 12 different languages. The merchandise in each book is simply stunning and I never tire of looking at it, but there is so much information still to learn and retain.

On another note, My Hero and I have been like two ships passing in the night. We see each other either at 4:00 AM as he's getting ready for work some days or at 11:00 PM when he returns. We are both worn out, but not frazzled. We just love being in NYC.

By Friday morning, neither of us were sure we would have enough energy to enjoy Fashion's Night Out that evening. We decided we would catch up with one another when we got off work. We didn't want to miss out on the festivities.

Throughout the day, a co-worker, Zoro, and I planned our attack. It was simple. Stay in Mid-town. We got off work around 8:30 and headed out to the street. We were shocked! Our office is located on Madison Ave. which is usually dead by this time of night. It was far from it! Everyone was dressed to impress and hustling from one store party to another.

Our first stop was Tiffany & Co. Mark Ronson was DJing the event. The launch of yellow diamonds launched Friday evening in the store as well. The store windows featured yellow diamond merchandise, the outside of the building had a yellow glow and, in lieu of a red carpet in front of the building, there was a yellow carpet ushering in potential customers. The main windows in the upper perimeter of the building reflected a gorgeous kaleidoscope of yellow diamonds which just happened to bounce off of the Louis Vuitton building...HA! HA! I am sure LV had some choice words for Tiffany & Co. management the next day! HA!

The 4th floor was dressed to feature the launch of the newest Tiffany & Co. handbag collection. The designers of the collections, Richard Lambertson and John Truex, were on hand to meet the buyers and tell them about the fabulous product.

(Satin bracelet bags in jars - just like little treats for your wrist!)
(Laurelton natural lizard bag - My favorite!!! It's is so buttery I just want to
lick it every time I see it. It's a mere $4,800.)

We moved back out to the street after playing in Tiffany and enjoying a snack of lemonade (yellow to sip on in honor of yellow diamonds) and cookies resembling the new bags. The whole evening was full of eye-candy. We came across the real-life Ken doll truck. My Hero wasn't in there so I didn't make a purchase. WINK! The selection was limited to Movie Date, Surf Date, Gallery Date, Formal Date, Tennis Date and Picnic Date.

We continued to move up 5th Avenue towards Elizabeth Arden where models were adorned in red and posing with onlookers.

On our way to Tommy Hilfiger, Zoro spotted a gathering crowd on the street. As we got closer we caught a glimpse of KARL LAGERFELD entering Fendi! We nearly fell out! He truly is so regal. He is most known as the Head Designer and creative director for Chanel. I couldn't get a picture of him though. The crowd was just too much.

After a quick venture in Tommy Hilfiger, the house beats of Versace beckoned us inside. The live models on pedestals were stunning, the people were beautiful, the clothes were nothing short of perfection. Zoro picked out a pair of shoes that would look lovely wrapped up under the Christmas tree.

She also picked out a gorgeous purple suede bag she was drooling over.

Here's a good shot of the crowd inside Versace alone. All of the stores were packed, but Versace had an exceptionally good DJ calling the wild and fabulous inside!

We both spotted a wall of shoes just past the DJ that we had to get a picture beside. The structure of the entire store is simply stunning. This is a place you must visit when you come to the city even if you aren't into fashion. The architecture on each floor is fabulous. There is a lot of empty space, but sometimes less is more with luxury brands.

Following our long stay in Fendi, we continued to move toward Rockefeller Center. I was nearly about to pass out from hunger, so I made a lot of carbless and hungry models hungry by scarfing down a pretzel from a street vendor. IT WAS SO GOOD! On our way, we spotted Mr. Jay Manuel from America's Next Top Model. I was stunned. His hair is really silver. Amazing.
He was prancing too quickly to snap a shot.

We then spotted Isaac Mizrahi coming out of a store as we were waiting for a glimpse of the Kardashian sisters to come out. We decided we were tired and they weren't worth the wait. It was time to circle back around and head back to our starting point.

The windows of Prada caught our eyes on our way back. Unfortunately, the store was closing so we couldn't go in, but the windows were definitely dressed to impress.

Our last stop before heading home for the evening was back at Tiffany. My Hero had caught up with Zoro and I by this time so we captured a New York moment. What a fabulous night! Can't wait for next year.

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