New York, the IFB Conference & Fashion's Night Out

When I landed in rainy New York last week, the only song playing in my head was LCD Soundsystem's "New York I Love You, But You're Bringing Me Down." After all, it was my birthday and my best friend and I were supposed to be basking in the Flushing Meadows sun watching our favorite tennis players at the US Open.  Instead, it was a deluge from the moment I landed until late Wednesday evening. We made the best of it, however, and the day turned into a foodie paradise with lunch at Craft Bar, coffee at Eataly and dinner at Morimoto. The rest of my trip was full of fashion! The Independent Fashion Bloggers Conference on Wednesday was super informative and fun.  It was a full day of networking and panel discussions which featured an impressive roster of bloggers and fashion industry execs, like Leandra Medine from Man Repeller, Erica Chan Coffman and Lauren Kolodny from Honestly WTF, John Jannuzzi from Textbook, Ari Goldberg from StyleCaster and Mr. Mickey from PaperMag.  The highlight was definitely Joe Zee. He mentioned he'll be starting a Tumblr soon that will feature editorial images from his 20 plus years in the industry. You know it will be amazing. I can not wait.

And then there was Fashion's Night Out.  All I can say is this was insanity. I still can't believe the lines. We started at Saks which seemed like a good idea at the time. I knew I wasn't really prepared for this when we reached the cosmetics area and it was like a rave complete with DJ and glow stick bracelets. Never have I seen sales people so aggressively peddling $400 face cream. We ducked into Michael Kors and Cole Haan after that since there weren't any lines at either place yet, but inside...oy vey...Michael Kors was near chaos. We eventually made our way down to Macy's Herald Square and listened to Joss Stone perform outside. After a quick spin through the shoe department, which looked like a tornado had gone through it (it was seriously not shoppable), we plopped ourselves down at the MAC counter for some much needed makeup. No more FNO. Wine please. I think Beth and I had more fun on Friday surveying the carnage after Fashion's Night Out than actually participating in it.

I snapped a few pics along the way (via my iPhone mind you) and while I tweeted some of them, I thought I'd share them here.

 

This 'lady' was tweeting during the IFB Conference. Note her Missoni for Target duds. I was okay with the tweeting robot until I realized her eyes moved.  Then it got a little creepy.

I got stopped by Shanna McKinnon of Denimhunt.  Check out the other denim looks she captured on her IFB recap!

The Missoni for Target pop up shop (which was really a giant store) across from Bryant Park.  This line wrapped around the building and went for nearly three blocks! It was supposed to be open Thursday through Saturday, but they sold out of everything on Thursday. Should I mention they were only open from 6-10pm? Given the melee that was the Tuesday launch, this really isn't all that surprising.

DVF headquarters in the Meatpacking District. The theme to Whitney Port's show, The City, may have been playing in my head.

The DVF window still dressed from Fashion's Night Out.

This store is gorgeous. Plain and simple. I couldn't take photos inside, but watch this video of the All Saints Chicago store.  It looks very similar.

Christian Louboutin!  The talk inside was all about how Fashion's Night Out had cleared them out of a lot of sizes.

Jimmy Choo was still closed when we walked by on Friday and there were people inside cleaning up from the party. There were no shoes out.  What you can't see in this photo, because of the reflection, is there was one lone black pump laying on it's side on the chair.

Marc Jacobs turned this block of the Village into a carnival for Fashion's Night Out. Popcorn anyone?

Hotel Chelsea. I had to include this one.

Happy Birthday to me! Beth and I had a delicious dinner at Morimoto.

Despite the rain early in the trip, New York was fantastic.  I can't wait to go back next year so we can use those US Open tickets.  And I'll make sure I'm better prepared for Fashion's Night Out which might actually just be my Fashion's Night In.