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Pretzels and Daphne Guinness: Live from Barneys' Trunkapalooza

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Right now, on the Co-op floor of Barneys' Madison Avenue flagship, you can buy the goods of some of your favorite designers and even meet them, as part of a huge, hip trunk sale. The event (with free drinks!) is called Trunk-a-Palooza, and of course we're reporting live from the scene, where ten designers are taking orders for Fall 2010.

5:30pm: Alright, we're here and it's already fairly crowded. The biggest crowd is over at the Alexander Wang tent, also there's no Wang to be seen yet.

5:32pm: Nautical fever! So many shoppers here are sporting striped sailor shirts.

5:35pm: We spot the Vena Cava girls talking to fans! Nicely punctual, too.

5:40pm: VPL and Wayne have a section together. They say that traffic to Trunkapalooza was been pretty good earlier, but now with the after-work rush, it's really beginning to pick up.

5:47pm: Again, the most popular section is Alexander Wang. Eager girls are swarming the bags, as Simon Doonan and Daphne Guinness look on.

5:48pm: You will no be surprised to hear that Daphne Guinness is standing on heel-less platform shoes.

5:50pm: Surprisingly buttery pretzels are being served.

5:53pm: There's only one other person checked into Trunkapalooza on foursquare. C'mon, fashion people!

5:55pm: So here's the question: are people buying? We see a lot of browsing and the dressing room is not crowded. There's not even a line.

6:00pm: Rag & Bone actually created some little badges for tonight only. They are cute, like swatches of fabric with random baubles dangling off.

6:10pm: Now I'm over in the 3.1 Phillip Lim area. It's seeing a lot of action, but not nearly as much as Wang or Vena Cava.

6:30pm: Haven't updated as much because we're too busy staring at Guinness and her gravity-defying shoes. Wang bags are still the hottest item, and girls are now taking interest in the clothes.

6:40pm: It's getting busier and busier, but still enough mini champagne to go around. Despite the rain, more after-work shoppers are streaming in. Visit before it closes at 8! We're signing off, to go browse the offerings from Shipley & Halmos, A.L.C., Helmut Lang and Richard Chai's LOVE collection.
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