Every year we’re faced with a Fashion’s Night Out choice: try to hit as many fab spots as possible, or select one or two and settle in for the night. At this year's annual ode to all things fashion and retail, we opted for the former. But could we really hit 14 FNO events in one night? We didn't come close, but we sure had fun...
Christian Louboutin’s Horatio Street boutique
First stop is Christian Louboutin on Horatio Street. There’s an ongoing argument about whether Fashion’s Night Out accomplishes its original goal, to get people into stores and shopping vs. merely looking while enjoying the free Champagne. But make no mistake: women are here to buy. Salespeople wearing floral head wreaths—“It’s a gypsy theme,” one explains—hustle back and forth from the stockroom as women try on Louboutin’s sky-high styles. Sitting on the shelf behind the register are two of the three limited-edition items Louboutin has designed especially for FNO: the peep-toe Highness Dragon pump and a matching iPad case, both in chic black velvet and splashed with a lush dragon embroidery. Where’s the third? “It’s at our men’s store, one block over,” says a PR person.
Okay, so we have a quick minute to check out Louboutin’s just-opened men’s shoe store on Washington, yes? The store debuted exactly six days ago, so there is indeed a line out the door to check out the new space. In a combination that marries nicely, it’s a bit industrial, a bit Moroccan, and a bit like a glam tattoo parlor. And here we find the third item Louboutin designed for FNO, the slipper-style Henri Flat.