Let me start by saying, I wish this event was at least two days or more (And preferably prior to Fashion Week) because there is no way to hit more than three places in one night but we attempted to anyway.
We (Dave, Zia, Kim, our new photog friend, Brittany and I) foolishly thought we would be able to do this (Kim and I even had a charity event to attend that same night). Anyway, Dave, Zia and I started off at Movado (they started at 5pm while everyone else started at either 6pm or 8pm), stayed for a while, drank champagne, grabbed our giftbag and then headed to Gucci. We arrived to find a concert-length line (we should have skipped Movado); the first 200 people or so got the official Fashion Night Out t-shirt for free. Needless to say, we didn’t get the shirt, there were still about 20 people ahead of us when they ran out but we went in anyway to enjoy a few cocktails and drool over the accessories. We left 10 minutes later and headed to Bergdorf Goodman where most of the action was. On our way in, Zac Posen was rushing out the door (wearing a tiara) after painting one-of-a-kind dresses and we headed into the madness that awaited us. In the middle of a very large crowd (mob) were designers, Badgley Mischka signing fashion night out t-shirts.
With the help of heels, a long reach and a damn good camera, I got these photos and the video following
Of course they were only signing t-shirts purchased at Bergdorf so we attempted to do just that, with no luck. After several minutes, we decided to try to head to the 7th floor where Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen were guest bartenders but it seemed the madness found it’s way there too and we gave up and decided to try another store. To our surprise, on our way down via the escalators, i turned around to say something to my crew and who do I see riding on the escalator directly behind them? The queen of Vogue herself, Madame Anna Wintour
After excitedly taking a few photos (because she was actually smiling and waving to us), we remained in awe for a few more minutes then proceeded to escape the crowd. It was here we separated – Kim, Zia and I headed to the charity event which was attended by Housewives of NYC’s Alex McCord and Ugly Betty’s Ana Ortiz and Mark Indelicato. We then hit up BCBG where we received a free BCBG t-shirt and enjoyed drinks (although by this point water was all we wanted), then flew down to the meatpacking district for the finsl hour of Fashion Night Out. Dave and Brittany attempted to run into Pharrell at his store (no luck – too crowded).
Again all, I’m a little behind in posting the events I’ve attended because it’s getting to the point where it’s two or three and on some days, four events in one night. So, with that said, please note that the following event was not tonight but it was started on the night in question and just finished now.
Dave and I, displeased with our singledom (as we are every day) made a conscious decision that every event is a chance to possibly meet our perfect mate (or at least perfect for right now). So off we go to the one and only event we have tonight (thank goodness because we are exhausted). Tonight it is to the grand opening of Ilori (the name Ilori orginated as an African name. It is most often used for a girl and means special treasure) and to view the Sunglasses Collection by Badgley Mischka inspired by the Little Black dress.
Ilori, under the embrella of Luxottica, “a global leader in eyewear, with nearly 6,200 optical and sun retail stores in North America, Asia-Pacific, UK, China and South Africa and a strong brand portfolio that includes Oakley, Ray-Ban, license brands Bvlgari, Burberry, Chanel, Dolce & Gabbana, Donna Karan, Prada, Versace and Polo Ralph Lauren, and key house brands: Vogue, Persol, Arnette and REVO.”
Dave and I walk in, check our coats, grab a glass of champagne and proceed to try on a few pairs of these beautiful eye wear collections. Dave and I got there pretty early, so we got to play dress up with the sunglasses. Dave fell in love with multiple brands whereas I fell for a pair of purple aviators from Blinde.
Between the two of us, Dave and I totally
The atmosphere was very relaxed, even the servers made me smile and laugh a little and not just because they were cute. The crowd was very receptive to each other which is always a good thing
We talked to one of the sales managers who walked Dave and I through the various lines. I must note that this Badgley Mischka line of eye wear are named after some very famous women. Although for trademark purposes, the sunglasses cannot be called “The Marilyn Monroe” for example, they are however inspired by these women who were THE women at that time. I saw the Josephine, Marilyn, Dorothy, Elizabeth, Greta, etc. You get the idea.
Here’s a closeup of the information of the Marilyn
and a photo of the Josephine
I also got a chance to get acquainted with a very exciting line called Sama, a very exotic line of eyewear by designer, Sheila Vance. Mark Badgley and James Mischka and Sama came together in 2006 to create this line of eyewear that we’re celebrating at this event
Here are some of the gorgeous sunglasses from Sama
I was also introduced to the line by Loree Rodkin, a jewelry designer who does a lot of medieval inpired jewelry
and has continued the inspiration into her eyewear.
All in all, we had a good time, on the way out I noticed this in the window
On to the next thousand events.