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Fashion’s Night Out: MOSCOW Edition!

привет from Moscow! I’m here all week doing seminars as part of the launch of Fashion Snoops in Russia. Exciting stuff AND I just so happened to be here for Fashion’s Night Out Moscow, which was held Tuesday September 6, 2011.

This is the second time Moscow is participating in the global event which is FNO, and since I’m already familiar with NYC and Paris editions, I couldn’t wait to check out Moscow.

For the event, supermodel Natasha Poly partnered with VOGUE magazine to create 1,500 tote bags with her image on it. The tote bags were sold along with Russian VOGUE for 2,000 Rubles (about $65) with proceeds going to the “Who if not I” charity. Although I would never buy FNO NYC or Paris gear, I felt compelled to be a part of this event because it was my first time in Moscow and in general I applaud the FNO efforts to get people shopping.

First stop was department store TsUM, where I purchased my tote bag and Russian VOGUE at a FNO kiosk. The store drew quite a fashion crowd (as well as a personal appearance of Natasha Poly later in the evening) and congregated on the first floor in the midst of Russian designer clothing and sea of beauty counters and free champagne. The well-heeled elitist crowd mingled and interviews were hosted. I found it kind of ironic, though telling, that the crowd was dressed head-to-toe in international non-Russian designers. Labels like Balenciaga and Chloe offered special gifts with purchase, as a FNO incentive.

Next stop was GUM, the stunning luxury shopping mall in Red Square with illuminated exterior (and intriguing history). All the usual luxury brands were present on the ground level including Louis Vuitton, Etro, Dior and Hermes. There was a FNO kiosk in the middle of the mall, however the limited-edition products and/or gifts seemed to be absent from most retailers with the exception of a special Moschino bag and Etro t-shirt for FNO. The mall environment – while spectacular in general – seemed to draw less foot traffic and even though many designer stores served snacks and drinks, the energy was just not there. However, Louis Vuitton featured a fun board cutout of the illustrated F12 collection which I convinced Julia, my FNO partner in crime, to pose for with me. Photos at FNO in front of logo-clad backdrops are fun but I much prefer props like the LV cutout or the double G’s at Gucci in Paris last year.

Unfortunately I think I was a little more excited about FNO Moscow than the event itself, however I was happy to experience another FNO city. In retrospect, NYC is still the ultimate event. Last year I thought the event was too exclusive in Paris (it was invitation only, and only designer stores on 1 street participated). In comparison, Moscow attracted a similar crowd as Paris, though the atmosphere was less enticing. Being a New Yorker I am a strong believer in the democratization of fashion, which I think should be encouraged in major cities. But then again I remind myself that Anna Wintour of Vogue in NY created FNO and each Vogue editor is responsible for the execution of the event in their city. Of course there’s no place like New York, but when it comes to getting people excited and into stores, market expansion beyond luxury brands goes a long way.

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Musical Muses

I just adore this spread in W Magazine, July edition. Behind The Muses features 8 designers and the musicians who inspire them. This is great because in some cases it’s a bit expected and the musician has the same sort of style as the designer, but for others it’s a deeper appreciation for the artist and their personality, which is ultimately in line with the brand. Definitely worth the short read, in which Deborah Harry talks about the roots of each designer/musician love affair. Note the reason I say affair is because some designers, a-hem Karl, tend to change muses with every season collection.

Diplo & Alexander Wang

Donatella Versace & MIA

Esperanza Spalding & Francisco Costa

Florence Welch & Frida Giannini

George Craig & Christopher Bailey

Janelle Monae & Karl Lagerfeld

Kanye West & Rodarte

Yoko Ono & Proenza Schouler

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So You’re A Prince, And Today’s Your Wedding

While the big news is Kate’s selection of a stunning McQueen wedding gown, her groom Prince William isn’t so bad either. As far as uniforms are concerned, it doesn’t get better than this, with both Prince William and his brother Prince Harry wearing military uniforms. You could read all about their uniforms here or just marvel at those little page boys and dream of marrying into royalty one day.

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Anxiously Awaiting: Mugler by Nicola Formichetti

So today is the day that Nicola Formichetti will show his first collection for Thierry Mugler. I mentioned the topic last week when I talked about the skeleton tattooed model which Formichetti found on Facebook. Anyhow, the much anticipated show later today has been even more hyped based on the fact that images of the collection have been gradually released on the Thierry Mugler website, and the little factoid that Lady Gaga, whom Formichetti styles, is remixing a new never-heard-before track for the show. The title of the Fall 11 show, Anatomy of Change, also seems to add to the allure.

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When Body Surface Triumphs Over Fashion

This week, Cathy Horyn of the New York Times wrote an excellent article that addressed “a feeling that you are on multiple channels and not understanding anything clearly, as a condition of modern life.” The article quotes fashion photographer Daniel Sannwald on many accounts, who claims that fashion has nothing to say right now, and Cathy connects that with our re-visit of sexuality and gender crossovers in fashion editorials and ads.

In the article, Nicola Formichetti, new creative director for Thierry Mugler (and Lady Gaga stylist), called Rick Genest, a guy he found on Facebook and is tattooed as a skeleton, his muse. “Rico,” as he is known, will be modeling in Formichetti’s first collection for Thierry Mugler on January 19th.


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DIOR HOMME: The Time I Had Some Time Alone

Dior Homme just released a video to highlight the Spring 11 collection. Kris Van Assche worked with photographer Willy Vanderperre on the 55-second short in which model Victor Nylander tosses and turns while sleeping on a homeless-like mat.. and wearing a Dior Homme suit no less. The film has a gritty sort of quality, shot in black and white with that old school crunchiness of a record player in the background as well as playground sounds, skateboarding and deep breathing. And from the likes of the tossing and turning, it was a pretty sweet dream. Select stills from the film will be used for print ads.

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Gilt-y Gifts

It’s no secret that I’ve long been a devout Gilt Groupe member (read: addict). And while I had the old school experience of real-life American mall shopping on Black Friday, Gilt launched their very own Holiday Shop last week – a collaboration of sorts with Marie Claire editor Nina Garcia.

For 4 weeks, Gilt’s Holiday Shop will feature a new sale each week, which is “themed” according to the December issue of Marie Claire. The current sale features Color, and sales to follow include Cozy, Natural and Retro. Here’s a glimpse.

Ok so the Color theme is quite obvious.. you scroll down the page where green turns to blue, turns to orange, yellow, red, etc. You could search by product category – say scarves, hats, or leather – or by size. The selection is vast and covers mens, women’s, kids and home gifts from various price ranges, though you can’t narrow it down to those departments. (You could however do that on the more extensive Gilt-only part of the site which also allows you to shop by personality, for her/him etc. and by price.)

The thing that is missing here for me is that aside from a banner at the top of the screen, I see no connection between Marie Claire and Gilt’s themes. They are apparently the same, but I don’t have Marie Claire in front of me and even on their website, I only found 1 article about the Nina + Gilt feature.

Gilt is surely at the forefront of flash sales and the team-up with Nina Garcia has potential and value with a curated perspective. However I need to see a greater magazine tie-in here, which is something that’s also been lacking in Gilt’s shop-by-trend sales. I would love to see a pretty picture or trend collage that entices shoppers not only from a have-to-have-it product standpoint, but from a broader perspective that combines online shopping by product and the beauty of magazine editorials.

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Karl Behind the Lens

Two weekends ago I went to Karl Lagerfeld’s newest museum exhibit at Paris’ Maison Européenne de la Photographie which chronicles his career in photography. Yes dear Karl has practically tried his hand and extended his influence to everything from short film making to photography to endorsing Diet Coke, never mind his iconic designer status at the biggest luxury houses. But believe me when I say that this is one exhibit you don’t want to miss.

The exhibit is titled Parcours de travail (Work history) and features over 300 photographs taken from the Kaiser’s first photography stint back in 1987 to present. The exhibit starts out with photographs of Versailles followed by New York City buildings and fire escapes along with some landscapes – interesting enough but where’s the fashion? And then.. voila! Rows upon rows of photo spreads from black-and-white images to Polaroid transfers and campaigns shot for Fendi and Chanel strike viewers in a way that you can’t help but be amazed by the sheer depth of great moments and famous faces Karl has captured. If you thought photography was just another one of Karl’s hobbies, think again. The man’s greatness extends well beyond the realm of design and into capturing the spirit of a moment, person or place.

Parcours de travial
runs at Paris’ Maison Européenne de la Photographie until October 31st.

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Happy Fashion’s Night Out, NY!

Count ’em – 1,000 retailers participating in this year’s Fashion’s Night Out event in NYC! Ah-mazing to say the least, and not a bad kick-off earlier this week with the biggest public fashion show ever. Oh Anna, how you continue to outdo yourself! Anyway, here’s a list of some fabulous NYC events tonight to get this party started right.. wish I was there!

1. BARNEYS because Simon Doonan has EVERYONE here.. Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen and Proenza Shouler’s Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCollough will judge a karaoke contest. Singing not your thing? Try ping pong with the guys from Rag & Bone or Shipley & Halmos. Or get a glamour shot of Daphne Guinness in Comme des Garçons fragrances.

2. BLOOMIES with plenty of personal appearances from Michael Kors, Lela Rose, Kay Unger, Carmen Marc Valvo and Milly. They also have ping pong (perhaps the industry’s newest obsession after cats).

3. BERGDORF GOODMAN for another karaoke party hosted by Patrick McMullan with expected attendees including Nicole Richie, Nicholas Kirkwood, Cynthia Rowley and Norma Kamali. Oh and Victoria Beckham is doing some sort of meet-and-greet too. As if that’s not enough, Bergdorf’s is THE dog-lover destination and there will be a dog fashion show with designers Reem Acra, James Mischka and Thakoon strutting down the runway with their pets.

4. WHAT GOES AROUND COMES AROUND to get chummy with designers from Gilded Age, Thread Social and Pamela Love. 351 West Broadway .

5. OPENING CEREMONY IN THE ACE HOTEL because they’re setting up a French flea market in the lobby! AND, Alexander Wang, the Rodarte sisters and Joseph Altuzarra will all be there. 20 West 29th Street.

6. BALENCIAGA in Chelsea with Nicolas Ghesquière and a photography exhibit of Cindy Sherman’s Untitled (Balenciaga) Series. Karen Elson will also be signing copies her debut album. 542 West 22 Street bt 10th and 11th Aves.

7. HELMUT LANG with a block party. Mark the Cobrasnake will be there (hey wait, shouldn’t he be in LA for THEIR FNO).. anyway, this is your hipster destination of the night. 819 Washington Street.

8. MONCLER because they’re celebrating the opening of their first U.S. store on FNO! 90 Prince Street.

9. ELIZABETH & JAMES pop up Shop co-hosted by Fab and PopSugar. First time all Elizabeth & James lines (ladies, men’s, jewelry, shoes, Textile denim) will be sold in 1 space. 632 Hudson Street. In case you don’t make it there tonight, the pop-up runs Sept. 10-16 and there’s a party on Sunday from 2-4 p.m.

**BONUS – if you’re in the MPD, do the Foursquare Scavenger Hunt and check into stores for a chance to win a $5,000 shopping spree and a stay at The Standard. To be entered just include the store’s twitter alias and the hashtag #FNOmeat wherever you check in to be entered.

For more info and ALL event listings, consult the Fashion’s Night Out website.

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Fashion’s Night Out: Paris Edition

I just got back from 4 hours of Fashion’s Night Out in Paris. The verdict? Très chic, but not nearly the extravaganza that is FNO New York.

For starters, FNO Paris is held in only 1 neighborhood, the Triangle d’or in the 8th arrondissment which consists of Avenue Montaigne, Rue François 1er, Avenue George V and Avenue Franklin-Roosevelt. If you’re familiar with Paris, you know that this area is where all the luxury flagships are. 60 stores in total participated in the event and of course I plotted out a plan of attack before heading out with my fellow colleagues Laura and Marcos.

1st Stop: Gucci.

Featuring photo shoots with leather G’s as props, most people posed as what I like to refer to as “yearbook” style portraits.

Laura, Marcos and I mixed it up a bit and “fought” with intertwined G’s. They took 2 pics before I think they were scared of what we would do next.. A video screen allowed you to view the photos and print them out. Apparently they’ll also show up on Gucci’s facebook page.

Take 1.

Take 2.

Not to be outdone by French Vogue’s fashion director Emmanuelle Alt who styled looks from Gucci’s F10/11 collection in a live photo shoot.

Styled look #1, a maxi dress, bag and necklace. Really?

The crowd.

On our way out, Laura spotted one of the guys from Daft Punk.. photo op!

2nd Stop: Jil Sander

Jil Sander featured what seemed like all of the new Jil Sander Navy collection for Spring 11 from Parisian blogger Garance Doré. It was a nice opportunity to get up close and personal with the new collection, though most visitors seemed more interested in the champers and macaroons.

3rd Stop: Dior

CrowdED line for champagne.

3D shades.

The showing of Dior’s Fall 10 couture show behind 3D specs.

The images don’t do it justice.. 3D couture Dior runway, simply amazing.

4th & Final Stop: Manoush

Not quite sure if it’s fair to count this one, as we waited on line for quite a while until calling it a night without making it inside. Anyway, Manoush (indeed the ONLY worthwhile non-luxury stop on the list), amplified its circus theme with balloons and clowns.

All in all it was definitely a fun night with copious amounts of champagne at every store and some great events (the 3D couture show at Dior was my favorite). I’d have to say that my big problem with FNO Paris is that it had a very exclusive feel to it, versus NY where the whole point is that everyone is invited. You needed actual INVITES from EACH STORE to enter! I must have missed the memo on that one, but we made it in almost all stores on my list (minus Louis Vuitton which was apparently closed by the time we got there and Marni which insisted on a Marni invite for entry). The other negative which is rather obvious is that limiting FNO Paris to only 1 neighborhood (with 98% luxury flagships) is kind of missing the point of some great (and well known) contemporary French labels. I would have loved to seen events in Le Marais with labels like The Kooples, Isabel Marant, A.P.C., etc.

And of course the entire point is to get people into the stores with buzz-worthy events, which most of the above had. To me the crowds were also bearable without being excessive. The mesh of fashion people and luxury shoppers was kind of something else – with some of the luxe camp gawking at the younger fashion set (i.e. our tug o’ war photo shoot with the Gucci G’s). On the grander scheme of things, NY’s Fashion Night Out is certainly unrivaled by its countless events across several neighborhoods, and I could only hope that in the future Paris’ FNO develops into a more inclusive event with a wider market (and neighborhood) reach. That alone may just do the trick to get the younger fashion set to balance their pocketbooks and champagne at the same time.

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