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Last night, style blog NoGoodForMe threw a party at Lower East Side standby Piano's. It was, all told, an excellent mid-slog pick-me-up for the exhausted Fashion Week attendee. There was a live performance by the Chicago band Speck Mountain, there were signature cocktails, there were more boys than one might expect at a fashion event, but most importantly, there was a bazaar with local vendors, all vending their hearts out. Some observations:
1.) The best part about shopping in a bar: Being able to drink while you browse. The worst part: It's impossible to tell what anything looks like. We kept holding candles to the goods, which seemed unsafe, especially combined with the drinking.
2.) Last night was a surprisingly good night for shoes. L.E.S. boutique Clarabella was there with $80 Devotte sandals and $50 Tashkent flats (although only in larger sizes) and Williamsburg shop Sodafine brought a selection of candy-colored Melissas, figuring people might be inspired by the rain to buy plastic shoes.
3.) With vendors from the Brooklyn Flea and Williamsburg's Artists and Fleas, the scene had a decidedly flea market vibe. Tria, our favorite jewelry booth in the latter market, was there with two display cases full of vintage earrings. They told us they're opening a store at Grand Street between Bedford and Berry come October.
4.) There's another danger of shopping in bars: Beer goggles. We fell hard for the adorable feathered headbands at Charm School, an online shop that also provides pretty things to 'Burg boutique Catbird. We tried one on, looked in the mirror, and saw Blair Waldorf. And then we got home and realized in the sober light of our kitchen that it is actually physically impossible for anyone not on TV, Leighton Meester included, to look like Blair Waldorf, because she is a fictional character.
· RackedWire: Gearing Up for Fashion Week [Racked]
· Clarabella [Official Site]
· Sodafine [Official Site]
· Charm School Design [Official Site]