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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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