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 »