As we look forward to New York Fashion Week, it’s time to start considering the bevy of industry related events happening around town. This season, we’re particularly excited about Fashion’s Night Out, an event organized by Vogue, CFDA and various city capitals to help celebrate fashion as well as to promote retail and consumer confidence around the world. The New York event’s roster of participating venues offers a range of prestigious and cutting-egde designers and companies, so dress to the nines and prepare to hit the town for a night of non-stop shopping.
Cesare Paciotti and Simon Collins will unveil their special shoe design collaboration at the former’s boutique (833 Madison Avenue). There’s a screening of David McIntyre’s A Personal Analog Alternative for ZooZoom at Shelly Steffee (34 Gansevoort Street). Go hang out with Steven Alan at his Tribca boutique along with Amanda and Lucia from Coup de Coeur (103 Franklin Street) or pop by the Comptoir des Cotonniers shop (155 Spring Street) for a glass of bubbly and a peak at the a/w ’09 collection. Things are definitely going to be busy in Soho, where Karen Millen (114 Prince Street) will open its doors for a sneak-peak at the spring/summer ’10 collection, Mango (561 Broadway) will have a DJ on duty to create an excited shopping atmosphere and Foley + Corinna (114 Stanton Street) keep things shaking. And, of course, help Kirna Zabete ring in its 10th anniversary with exclusive items by the likes of Proenza Schouler, Narciso Rodriguez and Thakoon (96 Green Street).
For some serious designer stars, be sure to time your visit at Bergdorf Goodman (5th Avenue and 58th Street) where the likes of Zac Posen, Padma Lakshmi, Isaac Mizrahi, Badgley Mischka and many other big names will be appearing for speaking engagements and parties—and while you’re poking around the midtown hotspots, don’t forget to hit retail castle Barneys. For an arty spin, don’t miss Costume National’s collaborative event with artist Shinique Smith, who will display an eye-popping array of visual delights throughout the Soho store (160 Mercer Street). For some added swank, the W Hotels chain will debuting an exclusive accessories collections at the W Hotels Store (541 Lexington Avenue) and don’t forget to pop by Coach for a look at the autumn/winter ’09 collection and place your advance order.
Celebrities have also gotten on board with the event. Ashley Olsen twins is on board with New York magazine’s party and supermodel Karolina Kurkova hosts the launch of The Observer Playground Magazine at DKNY (819 Madison Avenue). Amanda Lepore will help launch an exclusive fragrance at Michel Angelo’s Wonderland Beauty Parlor (418 West 13th Street). Even the music world has gotten on board, with All American Reject’s Tyson Ritter and Cobra Starship’s Gabe Soporta and others co-hosting an event at Caravan (2 Great Jones Street).