So this is what they mean when they say “this is why we can’t have nice things”: Fashion’s Night Out is dunzo, folks, and it’s all your fault. No, I’m just kidding. Kind of. See, Americans have a way of taking a perfectly good, maybe even ingenious idea and blowing it up into a different beast entirely. More often than not, said beast is terrible. Keep reading »
Fashion, music, art — they all routinely mine the world’s bounty of riches for inspiration. But there’s an area where appreciation for someone else’s history and culture becomes straight-up appropriation and that is why allegations of insensitivity are being lobbed against fashion line Paul Frank.
For its Fashion’s Night Out celebration in New York City last week, Paul Frank held a “pow wow,” decked out its employees in neon “war paint” on their faces, and served drinks with names like “Neon Teepee” and “Rain Dance Refresher.” The advertisement depicted the signature Paul Frank monkey wearing a headdress inside a tee pee. As Hollywood Reporter described the actual event:
Glow-in-the-dark war-painted employees in feather headbands and bow and arrows invited guests to be photographed on a mini-runway holding prop tomahawks.
You can see pictures of guests — including the singer Christina Milian — posing with the “props” here.
Oof. Oof, I say!
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As much as we hate that we want to know, we want to know: how did your Fashion’s Night Out turn out? Did you hit any great deals? See anything amazing? Score any free drinks? I skipped the whole thing and went to a TV on the Radio/Broken Social Scene show where I was within spitting distance of Scarlett Johansson (and yes, she is every bit as gorgeous and winsome as you’d hate her to be). So tell us your FNO victories and horror stories in the comments! Keep reading »
Pssst … Have you heard? It’s Fashions Night Out–the third annual retail explosion-a-thon where mega-retailers and indie designers alike stay open late as a sort of a commercial nuit blanche, aimed at encouraging customers to engage with their stores, check out new items and buy, buy, buy. Started by Vogue and the Council of Fashion Designers of America, FNO was meant to help boost the economy after the economic downturn of 2008. Personally, Fashions Night Out makes me want to crawl in a hole and die, but if you’re into it–check out what’s going on in your town simply by Googling. You can also see what’s going on in NYC–the de facto home of FNO on the FNO website. And let us know if you got any great steals or deals in the comments! Keep reading »
“I hope it doesn’t go on. I don’t want it to continue … You know, we’re a nation of shoppers. That’s how people spend their time, shopping online, shopping in stores, acquiring. And I feel like we perpetuate that with Fashion’s Night Out. What are you really celebrating? Not art or great books. You’re celebrating shopping.”
– Cathy Horyn, New York Times fashion critic, provides yet another reason to end Fashion’s Night Out. I happen to think it’s simply a waste of everyone’s time. For more critical quotes from Horyn, including why Alexander Wang is a coward, click here. Keep reading »
Fashion’s Night Out is upon us! And now for a very trying question: Would you rather celebrate the event in New York City or Paris? Interestingly, FNO already happened in Paris, and unfortunately it was no big whoop. We were there and trust us, the NYC lineup sounds like Disneyland on crack compared to what went on in gay Paree. To be in la France, you do get the amazing benefit of being in the fashion capital of the world … but you’d probably get the “real” Fashion’s Night Out experience in New York. Which would you opt for if you got to choose? Keep reading »
and Marc Jacobs
stayed up past their bedtimes last night (well, maybe just Anna) to talk about Fashion’s Night Out
on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.” The best part is when Jimmy asks Anna a bit about FNO, saying, “So the stores stay open and you have, like, sales?” To which Anna responds, “No sales! Full price!” Marc chimes in, “Things are for
sale, they’re not on
sale.” Classic. It’s at the end when Wintour attempts a weird joke about Fallon, Jacobs, and bananas that we get lost. [NBC
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Come September 10, we won’t be painting the town red during Fashion’s Night Out. Rather, we’ll be painting it khaki thanks to Chanel‘s special trio of nail polishes created in honor of the event. Looks like Chanel is positioning itself as the taste maker for nail polish trends (thank you for the gray and jade suggestions, we’re all about them) because these earthy hues are both innovative and excellent for fall. And of course, the perfect FNO souvenir! [Teen Vogue] Keep reading »
Unless you live in New York City, you probably didn’t care much about last September’s Fashion’s Night Out. This year, however, Anna Wintour‘s pet project is going global. From Sept. 7, when the event begins in France, to Sept. 16, when it ends in Greece and Turkey, 16 countries will participate in the shopping extravaganza, with the various countries’ editions of Vogue spearheading the events. Retailers in the United States that are outside NYC can sign up to participate, too. And all of this, from the largest public fashion show, held in NYC on Sept. 7, to whatever crazy stunts retailers dream up, could make it into the CBS special that’s being made about the event, the goal of which is “to celebrate and support the fashion and retail industries with full-price shopping.” [Fashion's Night Out]
UPDATE: Fashion’s Night Out was actually global last year, too, but this year’s event has three additional countries participating. With so much focus on NYC’s festivities (we do live in the Big Apple, after all), we had no idea! Keep reading »
If you missed out last year, then make sure to clear your schedule for the second annual Fashion’s Night Out on September 10th, when stores and retailers will keep their doors open late for customers. Celebrities came out to join in the fun, there were free drinks galore, and the evening was like a giant block party where everyone was invited. And if last year was any indication of the joyousness of 2010, then we’re in for some exciting plans. To get the FNO party started, here’s a first look at the fashion goodies which will be for sale. 2009′s shirts were a simple black city skyline on a white background to benefit the National September 11th Memorial Museum, but this year there are multiple options: besides a ton of shirts for men and women ranging from $20-$30, there’s also a dark heather gray unisex hoodie for $60. Plus, forty percent of the proceeds will go towards helping the NYC AIDS Fund. Make sure to get yours fast, before they sell out. [WWD]
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