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7 February 2013

New York Fashion Week 2013 – Survival Guide For Outsiders

Today is the official start to the Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week for Fall 2013 Collections! Wow, okay, not excited? I can almost hear your “over-it” sighs proceeded by an exaggerated eye rolling. I know, I know, another year, another fashion week. You are fans of fashion, heck, you live for fashion, but you feel like a kid during recess who is left out of an exciting game of kickball. Year after year you read reviews straight from the runways, drool over photos, and watch six-foot tall models from around the globe strut around your city like they own the place. There are fashion events everywhere and you are not invited. I get it. But fashionistas do not give up! Do not throw away the opportunity to be ahead of the trends and to keep up on all the happenings of your favorite designers simply because you feel left out! Seize the opportunities that this year’s fashion week is presenting to us! With more public events plus the ability to now stream runway shows live online, you will have the same perks that Anna Wintour has! Well, almost. Ok, not really. But let’s pretend because this is your ultimate chance to get out your notebooks, jot down your favorite looks and participate in the fashion gossip that is buzzing around on the web, whether it be on a message board or your own fashion blog, as well as talk shop in person with fellow fashionistas at fun and free events.

Fashion Week Kick-Off!

Tonight is the night to schmooze as you sip champagne with industry insiders and celebrities alike. Head over to XL Nightclub for the Official NY Fashion Week Kickoff Party when doors open at 8pm to assure entry and to grab yourself a prime time spot in order to people watch and see which fashion maven you can talk up in order to score an invitation to the upcoming week’s runway shows.

THURSDAY, February 7th — Fashion Week Day One

This year, Lincoln Center expects to see more than 100,000 people in their Damrosch Park during eight days of fashion. Many fashion lovers will camp outside the invitation only shows to simply people watch and spy on what the who’s-who of fashion is wearing. But it’s too cold for that this year. You, my friend have an invitation of your own this time around. Such sites as and, as well as designer’s respective official sites, will offer a live view of their individual runway shows.

From here on out, follow the links we provide for shows that we recommended in order to snag a front row seat to all the fashionable action.

9 a.m. ET — Nicolas K


FRIDAY, February 8th — Fashion Week Day Two

3 p.m. ET – Rebecca Minkoff

In between live streams, head down to Bloomingdale’s in SoHo to shop brand new ready-to-wear collections from noted emerging designers. Designers featured in this one-time showcase include Aristotle Rosario, Daniella Kallmeyer and Sunghee Bang. Pair your hot new clothing with accessories from on the rise jewelers Anna Coroneo, Laura Wass and Leonard Bridges. All designers noted above were the winners selected from Bloomingdale’s B Seen program in January.

6 p.m. ET – Nicole Miller

SATURDAY, February 9th — Fashion Week Day Three

11 a.m. ET – Jill Stuart

The popular Nolita restaurant Ken & Cook will play home to a special event titled “A Night of Art Meets Fashion,” which is hosted by Amy Poliakoff from Bravo’s “Gallery Grils.” This pop-up is a mash-up of stunning pieces by talented artists and designers alike. All artwork, by both established and upcoming artists, will be on sale during a fun cocktail reception starting at 9pm. Also available for purchase will be unique fashion items from Fashion Week designers during a lively fashion show presentation at 11pm. Proceeds will benefit Women’s Cancer Research and the Hurricane Sandy Relief Kitchen.

SUNDAY, February 10th — Fashion Week Day Four

2 p.m. ET – Tracy Reese

4 p.m. ET – Diane von Furstenberg

6 p.m. ET – Vivienne Tam

MONDAY, February 11th — Fashion Week Day Five

10 a.m. ET – Carolina Herrera

2 p.m. ET – Donna Karan

5 p.m. ET – Betsey Johnson

Monday evening in the West Village brings us another fun and fashionable benefit. From 7pm-10pm Ayza Wine and Chocolate Bar (our two favorite things) will celebrate Fashion Week as they host “Sip IN Style,” and evening full of live jazz music, fashion inspired cocktails, and raffles for designer handbags and jewelry, all benefiting the New York City based charity Dress For Success. Simply RSVP to to get your name on the list.

TUESDAY, February 12th — Fashion Week Day Six

10 a.m. ET – Badgley Mischka

11 a.m. ET – Vera Wang

3 p.m. ET – Dennis Basso

6:30 p.m. ET – Oscar de la Renta

WEDNESDAY, February 13th — Fashion Week Day Seven

10 a.m. ET – Michael Kors

11 a.m. ET – Nanette Lepore

1 p.m. ET – Rachel Zoe

2 p.m. ET – J. Mendel

6 p.m. ET – Anna Sui

THURSDAY, February 14th — Fashion Week Day Eight

Happy Valentine’s Day! Unfortunately neither Ralph Lauren nor Calvin Klein wish to be our valentine and in turn are not offering live streams of their runway shows. That’s fine. We’ll just have to stalk to trades for reviews of this one.

So until the next go-round of live streams and fashionable events, Bye Bye Bye Fashion Week! It’s been fun!

By Caitlin Colford

Posted by Caitlin Colford at 12:00 AM
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7 September 2012

In case you missed all the fun (and free drinks) last night at Fashion’s Night Out, here are some pics from some of the Upper East Side stores who opened their doors to all of us. First off, it felt like the number of stores celebrating the event has diminished from last year.

Then, there were the private parties, some of which we get. Yes, I was not dressed for a Chanel party, but J Crew? Wasn’t democracy and affordability the whole idea behind the brand?

Where were the crowds? At Bergdorf Goodman,  Michael Kors and New York and Co. 
What was the most fun appearance? The Great Dane at Georg Jensen.
A big surprise? Running literally into Donna Karan at her event.

DONNA KARAN at Fashion’s Night Out 2012
DONNA KARAN at Fashion's Night Out 2012

BERGDORF GOODMAN Fashion’s Night Out 2012
BERGDORF GOODMAN Fashion's Night Out 2012

SCHUTZ Fashion’s Night Out 2012
SCHUTZ Fashion's Night Out 2012

MICHAEL KORS Fashion’s Night Out 2012
MICHAEL KORS Fashion's Night Out 2012

GEORG JENG Fashion’s Night Out 2012
GEORG JENG Fashion's Night Out 2012

GEORG JENSES Fashion’s Night Out 2012
GEORG JENSES Fashion's Night Out 2012

ALICE AND OLIVIA Fashion’s Night Out 2012

Posted by Mirela Gluck at 12:00 AM
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6 September 2012

2012 Fashion's Night Out: A Simple Guide to NYC's Best Events

It’s that time of the year again! The Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week is back and bigger than ever. For the forth year in a row, on Thursday, September 5th, from 6PM – 11PM, Fashion’s Night Out (FNO) will act as the kick off to a week of runway shows, as well as several other events set to take place throughout the week that are geared toward fashion industry insiders. There is a sense of anticipation wafting through Manhattan this week and heightened style everywhere you look, not to mention anxiety ridden fashion industry employees, decorated with high fashion apparel, buzzing about the island in order to assure all runs smoothly.

Few debate the use of New York Fashion Week, but FNO continues to get mixed reviews. While the now global event proves fun for shoppers, namely the young crowd, FNO as a whole seems to become a burden for retailers. There are no real numbers to back up its efficiency in terms of increasing sales, but we all know Ms. Wintour benefits from her brainchild after launching FNO back in 2009, as we have recently learned about her Ambassadorship dreams.

Regardless of the negative reviews, or questions of purpose, we consumers and forever lovers of all things fashion, will celebrate Thursday’s Fashion Night Out as our one day to bask in the industry that makes us squeal with glee and gladly accept the free drinks, gifts with purchase, limited edition products, fun events, and celebrity appearances. is an uber informative and organized website, not to mention The Stylish City’s recommended source of information and inspiration. This official website will help to make you make an efficient decision on how to spend your evening, customized by what (or who) you want to see. Your choice of venue should certainly be made with care in order to get the most of FNO, which is made for you, the consumer!

Although FNO events are scattered throughout the city, there are two major hubs, holding numerous destinations: SoHo and the Upper East Side. Apart from the locations, the many events seem to fall into one of the following categories: Celebrity and designer appearances, free drinks, music, contests. quirky attractions, and spa-like services that include everything from makeovers to massages. Numerous shops and boutiques are also offering a free gift with a minimum purchase, so be sure to check in order to get the best bang for your buck!

If your inner paparazzo is ready and waiting to shine, opt for venues that feature celebrity appearances. Kim Kardashian is set to make an exclusive appearance at Lord and Taylor, 424 5th Avenue, in honor of her fragrance True Reflection, while Diane von Furstenberg, Solange Knowles, and Girls co-star Allison Williams will be on hand at DVF Meatpacking, 874 Washington Street, as MAC provides complimentary make-overs and fortunetellers determine your fashion future.

For some more fun, quirky events, combined with celebrity appearances do not miss Kate Upton and Nikki Reed judging a karaoke contest at Michael Kors’ Upper East Side location, 667 Madison Avenue, and the Olsen Twins doing the very same at Barneys, Madison and 61st Street. Down in SoHo a heated game of Pictionary will be in full swing as Brad Goreski and Kate Spade’s president, Deborah Lloyd, face off with there best doodles while we play along and sip on milkshakes – Kate Spade, 454 Broome Street.

Apart from DVF’s MAC set up, many other venues will be offering free make-overs that are sure to draw some of the biggest crowds. In honor of their 111th anniversary, Bergdorf Goodman, 754 Fifth Avenue, will feature on hand professionals in the area of brow, last and nails, while Maybelline parks their Mobile Color Studio in Times Square, Broadway at 41st/42nd, and Union Square, Union Square West at 14th/15th, and invites you to pop in for daytime touch-ups and mini-manicures. Free goodies will be distributed at Matt Bernson, 20 Harrison Street, to the first 100 customers, in addition to their endless complimentary cocktails from Given Liqueur, fashion manicures by NailEZEE and a braid bar by Joico.

Tired yet? Tough! Head to Scoop NY’s Meatpacking District Block Party, 875 Washington Street, and grab yourself a complimentary cocktail from Tequila Avion as you shop and groove to Brooklyn-based band St. Lucia and DJ Mick Boogie. Still haven’t had your fill? Opt for one last round of karaoke (arguably the most popular attraction this year) to end your fashion forward evening at Opening Ceremony, 20 West 29th Street, as you harmonize with your closest friends in their noraebang, a Korean karaoke room in the Ace Hotel.

Just think, all of this is just the kick off to the Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week, leaving New Yorkers no time for a fashion hang over. But, come next Thursday, September 13th, you’ll be left with a full 51 weeks to recover, allowing you to be fresh as a daisy and ready for another round of fashion mania.

By Caitlin Colford

Posted by Caitlin Colford at 01:42 AM
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30 June 2012

Even though NYC is a major tourist destination, many locals find themselves eager to skip town and explore the rest of the world instead of hanging out in the city. There’s no shame in that, of course — the world is a place to be seen! With that said, though, it’s easy to forget — or ignore the fact that — the big apple is a culture mecca loaded with enough hotspots, events and must-sees to keep you busy year round.

Summer, naturally, is an ideal time to get out and do things in the city with best friends, lovers, family members or even by yourself. We’ve rounded up a list of our favorite, Manhattan-based summer 2012 activities that are all absolutely free.

New York Philharmonic Concerts in The Parks

Gorgeous music amidst the greenery? It doesn’t get any more perfect than that. Haul yourself out of your abode and take advantage of the New York Philharmonic’s 47th season of Concerts in the Park. The Philharmonic will perform in Manhattan at Central Park on Friday, July 13 and Monday, July 16 at 8 p.m.

New York Philharmonic Concerts in The Parks
River to River Festival

The River to River Festival is an annual event that boasts over 25 indoor and outdoor productions throughout Lower Manhattan and Governor’s Island. From theater to dance to visual art to film and music, there’s a little something for everyone. One of this summer’s most anticipated and talked about events for the River to River Festival is composer Julian Wachner’s “Inverted Sky,” a kite show that takes place in Rockefeller Park on July 2. Events, locations and times vary, so check the events schedule.

River to River Festival
Metropolitan Opera’s Five Borough Recital Series

One of NYC’s most treasured summer traditions is the Met’s Summer Recital Series, free to the public. This year’s series includes six performances that’ll take place in parks across all five of the city’s boroughs. It all kicks off with the Wednesday, July 25 concert in Central Park at 8 p.m., which features soprano Danielle de Niese, bass-baritone John Del Carlo and tenor Dimitri Pittas. The second Manhattan performance will take place at Jackie Robinson Park on Tuesday, August 7 at 7 p.m.

Metropolitan Opera's Five Borough Recital Series
Oval Lawn Series and Mad. Sq. Kids at Madison Square Park

Celebrate the 10th anniversary of The Madison’s Square Park Conservancy’s free outdoor concerts this year by attending at least one of them. Great for both children and adults, this year’s series includes jazz, blue grass and soul performances featuring acclaimed artists. The Oval Lawn Series events take place every Wednesday evening now through August 8 (times vary) and the Mad. Sq. Kids series occur Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 10:30 a.m. through August 9.

Oval Lawn Series and Mad. Sq. Kids at Madison Square Park
Weekend Walks

The Department of Transportation has joined forces with various community ensembles to host a variety of family-friendly activities that include everything from music performances to arts/crafts, classes to youth programming and beyond. The goal is to promote healthy, safe and fun recreation for families. This year, 18 community groups have planned their respective weekends that’ll take place now through October. Visit NYC.Gov or call 311 for more information.

Weekend Walks
NYC Parks Summer Movie Series

Pop some popcorn, a partner and saunter over to one of your local parks to partake in an outdoor viewing of film favorites. The Summer Movie Series will host events in various boroughs. Manhattan viewings include:

- The Wizard of Oz: July 2,  5 p.m. @ Bryant Park

- On The Waterfront: July 9, 5 p.m. @ Bryant Park

- Hoodwinked Too: July 11, 8 p.m. @ Alfred E. Smith Park

- Cinema Paradiso: July 11, 8:30 p.m. @ Pier I in Riverside Park South

- Kung Fu Panda 2: July 13, 8:30 p.m. @ Pier 46

- Persepolis: July 13, 8:30 p.m. @ Pier I in Riverside Park South

- Roman Holiday: July 16, 5 p.m. @ Bryant Park

NYC Parks Summer Movie Series
- Flying Scotsman: July 18, 8:30 p.m. @ Pier I in Riverside Park South

- The Muppets (2011): July 20, 8 p.m. @ Bellevue South Park

- Superman, The Movie: July 20, 8:30 p.m. @ Pier 46

- The Maltese Falcon: July 23, 5 p.m. @ Bryant Park

- Quicksilver: July 25, 8:30 p.m. @ Pier I in Riverside Park South

- Hop: July 25, 8 p.m. @ J. Hood Wright Park

- Hugo: July 27, 8:30 p.m. @ Pier 46

- Rebel Without A Cause: July 30, 5 p.m. @ Bryant Park

- Amelie: August 1, 8:30 p.m. @ Pier I in Riverside Park South

- Puss in Boots: August 3, 8:30 p.m. @ Pier 46

- The Adventures of Robinhood: August 6, 5 p.m. @ Bryant Park

- The Smurfs: August 8, 8 p.m. @ Hamilton Fish Recreation Center

- Pee Wee’s Big Adventure: August 8, 8:30 p.m. @ Pier I in Riverside Park South

- Dolphin Tale: August 10, 8 p.m. @ Bellevue South Park

- Rango: August 10, 8:30 p.m. @ Pier 46

- All About Even: August 13, 5 p.m. @ Bryant Park

- Triplets of Bellville: August 15, 8 p.m. @ Pier I in Riverside Park South

- Back to the Future: August 17, 8:30 p.m. @ Pier 46

- Hoodwinked Too: August 18, 8 p.m. @ J. Hood Wright Park

- Raiders of the Lost Ark: August 20, 5 p.m. @ Bryant Park

- The Smurfs: August 24, 8:30 p.m. @ Pier 46

- Jules and Jim: September 6, 8:30 p.m. @ Low Memorial Library, Columbia University

By Wendy Rose Gould

Posted by Wendy Rose Gould at 10:27 AM
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