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Dividing and Conquering Fashion's Night Out

Amy Adams, Billy Fong, Savannah Christian
December 20, 2012
Event Date:
January 01, 1900

Amy Adams’ Big Time
Traversing the crowd to get to my ringside seat at NorthPark Center’s fashion shows reminded me of moments spent elbowing my way into The Armory for Marc Jacobs’ shows during New York Fashion Week. (Granted, I wasn’t front row there, but the fever pitch was definitely the same.) Color me biased since PaperCity was media sponsor of FNO at NorthPark but, seriously, I can’t imagine a destination with more buzz …. or shoppers wearing leather leggings. “Body-conscious” was this crowd’s mantra, whether interpreted as a Leger-inspired dress or skinny jeans worn with stiletto heels that could elicit altitude sickness. Beyond people watching, there was enough action to fuel a Schwarzenegger flick: Pat Smith made a special appearance at Gregory’s; the Roberto Cavalli Red Carpet Retrospective attracted folks eager to check out Christina Aguilera’s fuchsia feather mini-dress worn to the 2001 VH1 Music Awards; people updated their Facebook photos via snaps taken with Cirque du Soleil models; and stores such as Gucci, Bottega Veneta and Henri Bendel offered cocktails, goodies with purchase, a portion of sales to a charitable cause or a combination of the three. Amongst those looking fabulous: Barbara Daseke, Carmaleta Whiteley, Nancy Nasher, Linda Kim, Beverly Rice, Tracy Ziepprecht, and Shannon Durst.
Billy Fong Says, “Move it or Lose it”
Fashion’s Night Out is a Sixteen Candles back-to-school moment for grown-ups. Like high school, everyone is constantly moving, but instead of traveling from algebra to Spanish, they are rushing from Hermès to Chanel. The reason I wanted to scream Midnight Star’s classic anthem “No Parking on the Dance Floor” was that the crowd was moving too slow. This evening is not for amateurs, dammit! It’s the same frustration I feel whenever I’m in NYC during the holiday season, and am trying to keep on schedule while making my way from Barneys New York on Madison down to Saks Fifth Avenue.
Honestly, it’s always a super swell time, and since it’s all about fashion, you can count on all participants to look glamorous. As my dearest confidante Suzanne Droese pointed out, “Pretty people. Fabulous fashion ... and shopping. It’s glorious, and I scored an amazing Balenciaga clutch!”
With every high school dance, there needs to be a queen and the award for Highland Park Village goes, hands down, to Christen Wilson. She was brilliant and head-turning in a 1940s-inspired Christian Dior dress. I also loved her comment,“If I turn any heads, it better be those shirtless firemen atJimmy Choo.”
Down the street at Forty Five Ten, the consummately chic Brian Bolke exclaimed, “What a great Fashion’s Night Out! Fantastic music with Lucy Wrubel rocking in her insane new Nicholas Kirkwoods, Patrón margaritas, and amazing Mexican food from Mr. Mesero. The AC was cranked, people had a
blast and forgot about what was happening outside. People stayed. And stayed. It was a great night.” In the crowd: Nancy Rogers, Muffin Lemak, Karla McKinley, Niven Morgan,
and Shelby Wagner.
Doubling Down with Savannah Christian
With all due respect for quantum theory, I still haven’t gotten the hang of being in multiple places at once. So with my eye on the clock, I set my sights on two destinations for FNO fun. At Neiman Marcus NorthPark, I joined more than 1,000 revelers with the same idea. DJ Sam Krause kept the energy level high, but the massive amounts of sugar probably helped, too: Goodies from Tart Bakery, Tiff’s Treats, Trailer Cakes, Fuzziwig’s Candy Factory, and Uptown Popcorn flowed as freely as the champagne. The store’s contest — “Guess How Sweet We Are?” — encouraged passerby’s to gauge the amount of candy stuffed into a human-sized jar. (2,299 pieces.) VIPs congregated in the sexily subdued Zodiac Room for the Turtle Creek Recovery Center’s annual fundraising event, Simply Summer … Fashionably Fall, co-chaired by Leigh Bailey, Emily Eisenhauer, and Kim Lewis-Gleason. In the mix: Lee Bailey, Doris Jacobs, Kay Hammond, Jocelyn White, and the impossibly dapper Lawrence Orr.
At Stanley Korshak, I scored an Ultimat Vodka-infused sno-cone and watched Caroline Drinkwater win first prize in the personal styling contest, while noncompetitive types took photos of themselves on the massive iPhone-like contraption inside The Shak. Picture-perfect guests: Andrea Glanzer, Ford Albritton, Claire Wilhite, Maryrose Hester, Jessica George, Jessica Melton, and Tanna Goodwin.
Where The Boys Are
Last year I let a few select single, straight boys in on the big secret … that Fashion’s Night Out was like shooting fish in a barrel — wall-to-wall gorgeous girls accompanied by their gay boyfriends, thus providing the perfect setting for meeting a future fashionista wife. However, there was a new element to this year’s festivities — packs of roving wolves. Hedge funders and lawyers with their ties off and their Kiton shirts slightly unbuttoned traveled in groups of five and seven, drinking bottles of Cristal charged to their black Amex cards and prattling on about sports – really? Well, every year needs to bring a new layer of intrigue. Billy Fong
What are you loving this fall?
“Roberto Cavalli, because I love his big, bold prints with black for an edge.” — Paige Morrell at NorthPark
“Anything peplum!” — Neeley Armstrong at NorthPark
“Cobalt blue. It’s so nice to have a pop of color to brighten up the drab colors of fall.” — Dawn Mellon at Gregory’s
“The unexpected mix of houndstooth paired with a color or maybe even another print.” — Lisa Bhattacharya at Neiman Marcus NorthPark
“Color! I’ll be wearing purple this season whether or not anyone else is.” — Nicole Wright at Neiman Marcus NorthPark
“If I couldn’t ever wear anything else, I would choose Carolina Herrera.” — Yvonne Crum at Highland Park Village
“Simple accessories you can layer on top of each other.” — Stephanie Curtis, designer of LoLo Jewels, at Stanley Korshak