Another Shopbop wish list from their “Fashion Insider” series has popped up, and this time it’s with Leandra Medine, the mastermind behind the desexifying fashion revolution, The Man Repeller. Coining terms like “Yeshiva Chic” and “Birth Control Glasses,” we really had no choice but to become absolutely addicted to the 21-year-old’s hilarious take on the latest trends. For those of us wanting to expand our anti-guy-arousing wardrobe, check out her wish list here, which includes gems like the See by Chloe Quilted Cape, the Jenni Kayne Leather T-Shirt, and the LNA Open Elbow Long Dress.
While you’re bopping about town on Fashion’s Night Out, stimulating the economy and whatnot with your cab fares and fancy purchases, designers and friends including ROGAN, OAK, The Smile, and Archetype Showroom will be trying to lure you to their neck of the woods. Together with other local favorites, the group’s pooling their talents to present the first annual Black Carnival on Fashion’s Night Out from 6PM-11PM. Bond Street between Bowery & Lafayette will be roped off in street-fair fashion—funnel cakes replaced by luxe sushi, street meat by high fashion—to celebrate the dark (and humorous) side of fashion with black tents, live music, local cocktails, and unchecked revelry. No man is an island, and neither are retail brands, which is why these Noho favorites have joined forces. Our favorite destinations in the nabe after the jump.
• ROGAN: The Bowery mainstay will be hosting a Blackout photo session in which revelers can have their photo taken in the style of the FW10 ROGAN blackout video. They will be showcasing their ROGAN vs LOVE special collaboration with precious lockets available only on Fashion’s Night Out.
• OAK: Carnival attendees will receive a special discounted price on the coveted OAK French Military Jacket. It will be available for purchase for $90 (regularly $154). How come? They’ll be hosting fun decorative booths in which you can customize the jacket with biker and punk-inspired patches to create a unique, one‐of‐a‐kind piece. They’ll also be doling out temporary tattoos.
• The Smile: A favorite of the downtown set (and the site of every party below 14th Street lately, it seems), the resto will be offering delicious bites prepared by Executive Chef Melia Marden.
• Factory by Erik Hart: With any Factory By Erik Hart purchase, receive a limited edition signed copy of Erik Hart’s Zine. They’ll also be filming. You. In your very own art film.
• LNA: Another downtown fave, you’ll be able to create your own shredded tee, tank, or legging with LNA designers and founders Lauren Alexander and April Leight.
• Kai Aakmann: Participate in Kai Aakmann’s “Style Intersection” and personally style male and female models. A winning prize of a $500 gift certificate is up for grabs.
• Surface to Air: Create your own charm necklace, choosing from various chains, charms, and pendants. Here’s a tip: get your hands on the customizable (and ever‐popular) Surface to Air 2 and 3‐finger rings, marking them with your initials.
• Hester Street Fair: The Big Social, the team behind the Hester Street Fair, will be curating the food at the Black Carnival. Vendors include: Luke’s Lobster Nijiya Melt Bakery Sigmund Pretzels Macaroon Parlor
• BONDST: The famed restaurant will have sushi chefs making hand‐rolls on demand and frying up spicy crispy shrimp.
• CHRISTINEATS: Confectioner Christine will be on hand with special caramels and Prohibition Truffles for the adults.
• Vita Coco: Delicious, refreshing, and hydrating – a healthy option to keep you going all night.
My favorite Patti Smith quotation is a recent one—from an excellent New York profile, by Vanessa Grigoriadis, pegged to the release of Smith’s memoir of her and Robert Mapplethorpe’s rollicking early days in NYC, Just Kids— “Everyone has a creative impulse, and has the right to create, and should…the people are making their own art, taking their own photographs, making their own songs, and I think that’s a beautiful thing. But a pure artist is a different animal.” In the age of blogs and stunt memoirs, McGinley imitators and Terry Richardson aspirers, these are words to be taken to heart. One has to wonder if Ms. Smith could point to anyone in the fashion world as a pure artist. It’s doubtful, though something tells me Alexander McQueen would have come as close as anyone. During her set at LnA’s afterparty at
Before this fete, I had no idea what
Definitely falling in the “good” column was their party. These California girls can throw a jam. The vodka was Belvedere, the music sublime (They were deciding between Patti Smith and The Kills to play their party. Tough call.) and, as you’ll see from the photos, the place was full of beautiful folks (including Metric’s Emily Haines, who performed later, after I left) looking to actually get down, and not just cruise the room for Jared Leto, who was there, apparently.
If there’s an “art” to throwing a party, it’s down there on the list, somewhere near “tattoo,” and “making a great scrabble word,” but let’s hand it to LnA. If this wasn’t a step towards le Salon, they’re on the right track to the Salon des Refusés.
I knew there was no way Fashion Week would let Haiti steal all the attention.
“Crab cakes and football that’s what we do!” Also, bronzer.
If I was a bunny, or a mink, or a senator’s daughter, and I knew my skin was going to be used for clothing, I would want it to be for this.
Alison Lewis and her friend, Muña, standing in front of a piece of art done by….
This guy! (the one on the right, pointing at his artwork)
You think this photo is of the beautiful pair in the foreground, but it’s really all about the guy behind them in the sunglasses. I like it that his drink is brightly colored and looks like something a child would order.
Speaking of kids, here’s a tip for you youngsters: Don’t Smoke. Unless you want to look super fucking cool and have beautiful girls come hang out with you next to the DJ Booth.
Models + Rock and Roll = Party.
Houndstooth + Ass = Another Party
Patti Smith, singing “Gloria”
My new hero, someone who wasn’t too cool to sing along with Patti Smith (JK! My hero is and always will be Mark Paul Gosselaar)
Not everyone had a good time, even though they were wearing a hat, which I’m told is fun.
Blackbook’s Ben Barna and girlfriend.
“Cannon to left of them, Cannon in front of them…” Fuck, yeah.
She kept asking me to re-take shot, as if my angle or timing had something to do with her being the cutest girl since Nick Jonas.
Teen Vogue’s Hayley Phelan, lookin mischievous.
And these guys.
Two reactions to a joke involving Alexander McQueen, the Pope and Bill Clinton walking into a bar in Haiti.