Post Paciotti, attracted by the pulsating music, I headed to Dolce & Gabbana where most of the guests were hovering around a case of bold rings and sipping on champagne. I found similar situations at Max Mara and Dennis Basso, and as I made my way down Madison Avenue, I was surprised at how little action was taking place inside the boutiques. Once I hit 61st Street, that all changed. Barneys New York was packed with people shuffling between floors. I managed to get a drink and some hors d’oeuvres (which is always nice), and spotted Vogue’s Alexandra Kotur and a stack of Isabel Toledo books waiting to be signed.
Things picked up even more on Fifth Avenue where big crowds gathered around a Martin + Oso pop-up shop set-up on the street in front of the Apple Store where cashmeres were on sale for $79, along with plenty of denim. Suddenly, I was getting excited and feeling this whole evening was starting to turn into a fun fashion street fair. Then I crossed the street to get to Bergdorf Goodman, and the crowd was wrapped around the corner. After nearly an hour of waiting in line, enduring pushing and shoving, and claustrophobia panics, I packed it in and opted to stroll around the street instead.
Although I spent a good three hours walking around the city from one Fashion Night Out event to the other, I have to say that despite the crowds I didn’t really see all that much shopping going on. It seems that people were more focused on getting a Victoria Beckham autographed shirt or pushing and shoving to get to meet Donna Karan than to actually buy anything. Hopefully I’m wrong, but I certainly am curious as to the sale numbers – especially given the time, effort, and money that it took to plan this massive event.