NEW YORK, Sep 12, 2009 / FW/ — With 50 designers making appearances that included Carolina Herrera, Christian Siriano, Elie Tahari, Bobbi Brown and William Rast’s Trace Ayala and Justin Timberlake at Saks Fifth Avenue flagship store, the retailer celebrated Fashion’s Night Out Thursday.
Customers were able to shop the latest looks for fall while enjoying over 7,000 cosmetic giveaways, mini-makeovers and expert styling advice while mingling with fashion’s top designers, models and editors.
In just two hours, the store completely sold out of the evening’s must-have item – Fashion’s Night Out t-shirts that benefit National September 11 Memorial & Museum at the World Trade Center.
Saks Fifth Avenue transformed its New York flagship into the evening’s hottest spot which included:
- Trace Ayala and Justin Timberlake celebrated their William Rast pop up shop with a tremendous crowd while tennis darling Melanie Oudin and VOGUE’s Anna Wintour stopped by to congratulate them.
- Donna Karan inaugurated her new shop on the second floor after spending time one-on-one consultations with over 50 clients who had made appointments to meet with her in the newly re-launched Fifth Avenue Club.
- Magician Mark Mitton made Carolina Herrera mysteriously appear in her new shop on the third floor.
- Customers lined up to receive a sketch from Peter Som with a purchase of a Fashion’s Night Out t-shirt.
- Chris Benz challenged Tim Morehouse, Silver Medalist in fencing to a fencing duel on Wii.
- Tinsley Mortimer stopped in for a quick makeup touchup at the DIOR counter in between FNO parties.
- Shoshanna and Kay Unger enjoyed ballroom dancing lessons with customers in the evening department.
- Vogue’s Filipa Fino and Elissa Santisi tried on shoes with models Julia Stegner and Caroline Trentini. Shoe designer Giuseppe Zanotti showed them that his boots were made for walking.
- Josie Natori shared her new fragrance.
- Bobbi Brown gave make-overs and beauty tips for fall to Vogue’s Sarah Brown and model Coco Rocha.
- Aerin Lauder consulted with customers on her top beauty picks.
- Frederic Fekkai gave hair styling advice.
Other notable guests included:
David Yurman, Elie Tahari, Christian Siriano, Geren Lockhart of Geren Ford, Abbe Held of Kooba, Carlos Falchi, Christian Cota, Camilla Skovgaard, the face of Lancome, Daria Werbowy, Faraone Menella designers, Amedeo Scognamiglio and Roberto Faraone Menella, Kenneth Jay Lane, Young Fabulous and Broke designer, Heidi Cornell, and Jessica Joffe.
Meanwhile, Michael Kors and Debra Messing introduced Very Hollywood Michael Kors, the newest fragrance for women at Macy’s Herald Square.
Many gathered in excitement at Macy’s Herald Square, during Fashion’s Night Out which is a global initiative to promote retail, restore consumer confidence and celebrate fashion, to celebrate the launch of the Very Hollywood Michael Kors fragrance.
Very Hollywood Michael Kors is a chic floral, I would describe as fresh, playful, flirty and scrumptious yet sophisticated. Developed by perfumers Pascal Gaurin and Laurent Le Guernec, the fragrance notes feature mandarin, iced bergamot, wet jasmine, raspberry, ylang-ylang, gardenia, orris, creamy amber, soft white moss and vetiver. The raspberry allows the fragrance to linger longer than usual leaving a lasting effect. The fragrance comes in a glass bottle made to resemble old- fashioned flashbulbs in a ‘pretty in pink’ diamond hue.
Michael Kors appeared in his usual uniform, a black blazer, black t-shirt, black pants and let’s not forget the black loafers. He definitely knew how to let his counterpart shine as Debra Messing glided along the red carpet, channeling Audrey Hepburn in a very classic look. Debra, who looked like she took a sip from the fountain of youth, looked flawless in a one shoulder grey and white herring bone belted pencil dress, most likely designed by Kors himself.
Kors started designing at the tender age of 19 and studied fashion design at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. He is notorious for classic, chic and luxurious garments. Much like his designs, Very Hollywood Michael Kors leaves a lasting impression on anyone it comes in contact with.