fashions night out 2013
A few months ago my close friend and PR superbabe Zoe Vaughan-Davies suggested we go on a trip to Manchester. Like all wine-fuelled decisions, it took us quite some time to remember we wished to do so. Then – THEN! – Vogue decided to move the UK branch of Fashion’s Night Out from London to Manchester. It was fate.

Last Thursday, Zoe, Julia from Stylonylon, Amy from Fashion Bite (BABES) and I hopped on a super-slick Virgin train and spent a speedy two hours chatting blogs, boys, and babies (!) in their gorgeous first class cabin.

In no time at all we arrived at the creme de la creme of Mancunian hotels: The Lowry Hotel. Checking in alongside a three-dimensional whos-who of the fashion industry (Voguers, designers, et al), we took a few minutes to freshen up, take advantage of our room’s complimentary REN goodies, and head downstairs for a ladies lunch in The River Bar.

Opting for fresh comfort food, I chose to refuel with a split club sandwich and chicken caesar salad before heading to the spa for a hot stone massage.

To clarify, this is not a normal day in my life.

Swapping four layers of clothes for a fluffy white robe is one of the greatest things one can do in their life, and a task I relished in at The Lowry. Once settled into the private treatment room, it took no time at all to be pulled and pummelled into slumber. An hour later I woke up refreshed, serene, and smelling like spa heaven. It was a dream.

Rushing back upstairs for a quick change before the first event, I was greeted by a team of Bobbi Brown make-up artists who were there to surprise us with smokey eye makeovers. Though the clock was ticking, these women speed-created the most va va voom smokey eyes I had seen in ages. Subsequently, I fell in lust with their new smokey eye kajal pencils which, by smoke standards, are a dream.

A quick trot across the Trinity Bridge and it was time to head to Fashion’s Night Out’s official launch party at Hugo Boss. After a short stretch of drinking cocktails, avoiding sushi and mingling with the likes of Henry Holland and Alexandra Shulman, it was already time to head for dinner at Manchester House. The review says it all (click!), but…GO.

Enamoured by Manchester House, we managed to spend a good chunk of our evening gushing over Pinot Grigio and emerged to find we had missed a fair chunk of our loosely planned activities. On a cuisine high, we popped into a few of the stores before enjoying a surprise concert from Jessie Rose at St Ann’s Church, catching the final few Fashion’s Night Out Instagrams on The Avenue, popping in at Australasia and dancing to reggae mashups with new friends at an unknown bar.

The morning after consisted of the perfect in-room recovery breakfast in bed, a morning of work in bed, and a post-shower nap in bed (#greatbed). The only thing that made leaving The Lowry bearable was the promise of Virgin’s first-class comfort once again.

What an unlikely and wonderful night.

fashions night out 2013
fashions night out 2013
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Fashions Night Out

Guest post by Elle Delfine

Since I have been working roughly 18 hour days this week, Fashion’s Night Out London was a no-go! Thankfully, my stylish U.S. counterpart (and love of my life) Elle Delfine decided she’d check out the fashion happenings in Indiana to see how Fashion’s Night Out worked outside of the fashion capitals.

Enjoy!
Lela 

The highly anticipated Fashion’s Night Out kickoff of New York Fashion Week was an event celebrated worldwide. As anyone can imagine, I was ecstatic and had the date set in my planner for weeks. Living in Indiana has its fashion downs, but this event had created quite the buzz. The Fashion Mall at Keystone is literally the only Hoosier mall one would visit to find something “high fashion“. As soon as I arrived (just a few minutes early) at the Saks Fifth Avenue entrance, I could feel the hum of excitement. Saks Fifth Avenue was definitely the place to be Thursday night. They had a DJ set up and “Sakstinis” being served by an adorable bartender. I believe the “Sakstini” was a cosmopolitan mix.

Makeovers were being given to every woman in the room who wanted one (me included, thanks Kelly!). The photobooth was even set upstairs with funny hats, boas, and sunglasses as props. However, my favorite makeup spot was Sephora, which was doing mini makeovers. I was given a fabulous bold eye and of course had to purchase the shadows to copy the look at home.

Fashions Night Out

I walked the length of the mall to Nordstrom where the fashion shows were taking place to get a quick scope of the area. I gathered my “Swag Bag” full of coupons and goodies and surveyed the area. While it was extremely beautiful, I was not impressed. I had expected a lot more, however, I acknowledge that this event – for Midwest tastes – was not for the rich and fabulous. It was the for the average women with the thought in mind that those less fortunate would like to attend as well. The area also held an abundance of food sampling; delicious food from Maggiano’s Little Italy to Chik-fil-A.

Most of the stores inside the Fashion Mall were having amazing sales for Fashion’s Night Out. For example, Caché was giving 20% off regular priced merchandise of $100 or more, if one shopped at Nine West there was a 10% off of the entire purchase, and White House Black Market was giving 20% off the entire store.

Sephora set up a station for people to try their airbrush makeup (so awesome!), and MAC were doing free demonstrations. Also, there were plenty of giveaways.

Four different fashion shows took place that night: Fall Fashion Forecast, Red Carpet Ready, Jeans 4 EveryBODY, and Runway to Real Life. These fashion shows were not meant to show off the runway wear of the most fabulous and outrageous designers, but to show the women of Indiana how to dress “Indy Ready” but still keep their wardrobes looking current. The models appeared to be associates of particular stores, which was neat because it kept the shows very relatable.

Shelvin Mack was there signing autographs. For those who do not follow college basketball, Shelvin was a graduating senior of the Butler University Bulldogs who signed on with the Wizards.

I cannot wait until next year. After their first year, there will be better planning since there will now be expectations in place, and they can improve from the Fashion’s Night Out premiere “test run”. People will know what they want from it. Events such as these will surely help the retailers in not only the Fashion Mall, but any mall in Indy. That is what is most important.

And, also, people realizing they can love fashion without overspending their budget.

Fashions Night Out

Fashions Night Out 2011
It’s official, September 8, 2011 is going to be the third birthday of a very important event – Fashion’s Night Out. As you would expect, we don’t have a lot of details just yet, just some vague ‘quotes’ to the likeness of “next year’s event will once again expose shoppers to new stores and products through events and promotions.”

Vogue.com has been blogging about the news:

While details on what to expect are still emerging, one thing is for sure: After putting together the largest public fashion show in New York City history last September, there is no telling what you can expect this year. We can promise, however, that across the globe, from Brooklyn to Berlin, it will be a night to remember—and all in support of all aspects of the fashion industry.

Hooray!

Fashions Night Out Mary Kate Olsen Ashley Olsen Jack McCollough Lazaro Hernandez Proenza Schouler Liya Kebede
Two days after London Town’s Vogue’s Fashion’s Night Out, New York blows us away with a practical celebrity and designer buffet. Yes, your eyes are seeing Mary Kate Olsen, Ashley Olsen, Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez of Proenza Schouler AND Liya Kebede hanging out at Barneys. See more of the unreal fashion and merriment below. View Post

Natalia Vodianova at Fashions Night Out
Vogue’s Fashion’s Night Out was incredible. Though I got to my chosen area of attack very late, I got to see Natalia Vodianova (who resembles walking art and wore a dress by David Koma) – lady of the night – before she stopped at Juicy Couture and the parties for Stella McCartney, Burberry, Armani and before hosting the Naked Heart cocktail party. See some of my night by Blackberry below. View Post