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Ready, set, FNO: September 6th marks the fourth annual Fashion’s Night out, the no holds barred evening of shopping that kicks off the spring shows during New York Fashion Week. The definitive guide to the action, www.fashionsnightout.com goes live today, detailing the goings-on near you—whether that means Manhattan or one of the more than 500 participating U.S. and international cities.
In NYC, boutiques will celebrate with extended hours, the better to lap up snacks, drinks, and celebrity sightings. Alexa Chung will spin at Moschino; Solange Knowles, at DVF. MAC’s Soho store may have the event to beat, with a live performance by Azealia Banks. Some stores will even debut new products: Balenciaga will unveil the Pumpkin collection, an accessories collaboration with Vogue creative director Grace Coddington featuring her beloved cat, Pumpkin; Chloé will release its new Alice bag. Over at Stella McCartney, you can even design your own handbag.
If Fashion’s Night Out alone won’t get you out of the house, maybe Bergdorf Goodman’s 111th birthday will—the retailer is taking advantage of the timing to celebrate its centennial-plus, with guests including Rachel Zoe and Thakoon Panichgul. At Saks, the focus is on designers, with appearances from Max and Lubov Azria, Oscar de la Renta (who will launch his new fragrance), Suno’s Erin Beatty and Max Osterweis (who have collaborated with Minx to create special nail designs) and Kimberly Ovitz (who’s teamed up with Rihanna’s tattoo artist, Josh Lord, to create custom body art for partygoers), among others.
The streets will teem; will the registers ring? That remains to be seen, though the outlook is hopeful. But those who prefer to avoid the crowds can splurge in comfort, too: Again this year, there’ll be plenty of deals accessible right from their apartments, with special offers and savings online.
“It was huge for me,” says Kimberly Ovitz of her first time showing in New York last month. “It was that moment that I’ve been working up to my entire life. I felt like I finally had arrived.” The Los Angeles-based designer pulled the whole thing off at the last minute, snagging stylist Britt Bardo, who pulled all-nighters hammering spikes into the models’ vertiginous heels while Ovitz herself was busy spray-painting bales of hay electric silver. The latter coordinated with one standout piece, a lust-worthy draped metallic leather jacket (pictured at left), a venture into somewhat uncharted territory for the designer. “I don’t usually rock metallics,” she explains. “But I made it so that anyone can wear it.” Another Spring standout was a floor-length caftan dress emblazoned with a horse graphic, a more overt expression of her perennial equestrian motif. You only have to look to the street style blogs to see what girls love from Fall. More than one photog snapped Lauren Santo Domingo in Ovitz’ ribbed knit minidress. The up-and-comer is now strategically eyeing her future, which she coolly hints may include menswear and a jewelry collaboration. (Possibly with Pamela Love, who showed on the same day as Ovitz at Milk Studios?) Nevertheless, the Angelena will definitely be back in the Big Apple come February. She says, “The results far exceeded my expectations.”
When you’re ready, you’re ready. As recently as two months ago, Kimberly Ovitz was certain she wasn’t going to show at New York fashion week. But then the L.A.-based designer realized that her Spring 2010 collection—her third—was coming together in a particularly satisfying way. And then, as if to ratify that feeling, she found out that MAC & Milk was offering her a spot on its roster. “It was sort of like, OK, I guess it’s time,” Ovitz says with a laugh. “Very last-minute, but I’m crossing my fingers that we can get everything done by the 16th.” That, of course, is the date of Ovitz’s first-ever fashion week presentation, for which preparations will now have to come together at speed. But Ovitz is ahead of the game in one respect—she’s already shot her lookbook with lensman Hugh Lippe. “We shot half in studio, and half on location at a ranch, and I really feel like Hugh brought the collection to life,” Ovitz notes. “He got what I was trying to capture.” Though she’s a bit coy about what, precisely, Lippe “got,” Ovitz is willing to preview some new elements in the line. “This season is a lot more fluid, with more wrapped silhouettes,” she reveals. “And I’m adding color for the first time, but I don’t want to talk about that yet.” When you’re not ready, you’re just not ready.
Los Angeles native Kimberly Ovitz is stuck in her hometown for the summer. She’s actually scrambling to complete her Spring 2010 collection, so it’s not quite accurate to say that Ovitz is taking a staycation—but, summer being summer, Ovitz does have leisure on her weekend agenda. In the meantime, however, she has a few cheap and cheerful ideas for summer fun, SoCal-style.
1. Shop the Santa Monica Flea
“I’m a big fan of the Santa Monica Flea Market. It goes up the last Sunday of every month at a location near the Santa Monica Airport, and there’s a lot of old anything—old clothes, old jewelry, old furniture, you name it. I’ve made some great finds there over the years: a rocking chair, cool antique daybeds, some ancient Japanese tables that were shockingly affordable. I love browsing for furniture—design is a big influence—and so I also try to make time for the stores on Abbot Kinney, in Venice, as well. And Venice is great for biking, too.”
Santa Monica Outdoor Antique and Collectible Market, Airport Avenue and Bundy Drive, Santa Monica, Calif.; $5 admission, free parking.