Fashion's Night Out  

Earlier this year, Vogue editor, Anna Wintour was sought out by NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg to help turn the declining retail sales back around. So she assembled the editors-in-chief of the international editions of Vogue and some Condé Nast execs and the result??? The world's first ever Fashion's Night Out which will be held today in 13 countries.
The first evening of New York Fashion Week, Fashion's Night Out will encompass festivities galore— from inventive window displays to model and celebrity appearances. Stores worldwide will stay open late, champagne may flow, and hors d'oeuvres may be passed. Rumors of musical performances, downtown barbecues, shoe capsules, limited-edition rings, and sweepstakes abound. Apparently there will be makeovers, brow bars, and haircut stations at sundry spots, too.
Anna Wintour, who doesn’t do much actual shopping herself, “I get a few key pieces each season and wear them a lot,” gave her input on this highly anticipated event.

Anna Wintour, American Vogue
When I first mentioned Fashion’s Night Out to my friend Vera Wang, a fashion designer here in New York, she gave me a quick double take. While her business, like everyone else’s, was having to ride out the recession — Vera always jokes that she has this knack for opening a store just before some new global cataclysm hits — it had never crossed her mind, not once, to stop shopping. “Anna,” she said, laughing, “I did shop, I do shop, and I will continue to shop!” For Vera, hitting the stores is about more than an act of acquisition. It’s one of self-invention and self-empowerment, no matter how small and inexpensive her purchase might be. It's Vera’s attitude that I’ll keep in mind when I do the rounds on September 10.

I’m going from Macy’s in Queens to Manhattan, where I’ll drop by Ralph Lauren, the Oscar de la Renta store — Oscar promises to sing! — then Intermix to see Sienna Miller, and on to Barneys, Bergdorf Goodman, Dior, Saks Fifth Avenue (where there will be a William Rast pop-up shop), and Sean John, finishing up at the Meatpacking block party hosted by Theory and Diane von Furstenberg.

What am I looking to buy? Something in red, some new boots, and some kind of savage fur (that’s American Vogue shorthand, so you know, for a rough, shaggy stole or collar of some kind).

It’s not a lot, but isn’t that the whole point of shopping these days (and probably should always have been)?
You don’t need much, just whatever you’ll love and that will really mean something to you.

Source: Times UK

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