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Closet fashionista Mayor Michael Bloomberg and fashion superstars of New York (and the World) gathered late this morning to discuss the much anticipated Fashion's Night Out festivities taking place on Friday, September 10. Mayor Bloomberg kicked off the conference by qualifying his fellow stagemates with the proclamation, "If they say boot cut pants are back in style, then boot cut pants are back in style, if they say capes are in vogue, then capes are in vogue, if they say a simple navy suit is the epitomy of sophistication, we don't argue with that." Preach! The Mayor then welcomed the new home of Fashion Week, Lincoln Center, as the "nexus between visual arts and performing arts, what it looks like and how your wear it" and and gave deserved props to the Garment Center workers, calling them the "best and the brightest".
The mayor, cracking wise and committing a couple adorable fashion faux pas, was flanked on all sides by the big names: Anna Wintour (making a strong statement by mixing patterns with a tie dye top and a circle print batik skirt, topped off with a glittery yellow statement necklace), Marc Jacobs, Prabal Gurung (which Mayor Bloomberg pronounced Prooo-bell Gaaar-ang; cue the hushed silence that came over the crowd, especially after he mispronounced Prabal's name about five times), Carolina Herrera, Donna Karan, Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCollough of Proenza Schouler, Mark Badgley and James Mischka, Zac Posen, Vera Wang (who kept giggling and chatting with Zac Posen the whole time), Mary Kate Olsen (sans Ashley), Thakoon Panichgul, Tommy Hilfiger, Tracy Reese, Kenneth Cole and Tory Burch. Lisa Mayock of Vena Cava (freshly changed from this morning's Bloomie's launch) was chilling in the audience.
After the success of last year's inaugural Fashion's Night Out, this year's event will be even bigger. There are 1000 retailers already signed on (compared to 800 last year). Plus, this year's FNO will introduce the largest public fashion show in New York City history, Fashion's Night Out: The Show, which will take place at Lincoln Center on September 7. One hundred and fifty "top models" (we're not sure who they will be, but Liya Kibede and Raquel Zimmerman are on the flyer) will show off fall trends hand-picked by Anna Wintour and her Vogue experts. Tickets to this spectacular will start at $25 (proceeds will benefit the NYC AIDS Fund, so it's for a good cause) and will be available at the Lincoln Center Box Office on August 19. The massive show will seat 1500, but to those reluctant to shell out $25 and/or trek up to Lincoln Center to buy tickets, the show will be simultaneously broadcast on CBS.com.
In further FNO self-love, on September 14, an hour-long behind-the-scenes, making-of documentary about Fashion's Night Out will air on CBS. The press conference today was a bit of a teaser as the official schedule is not out yet, but patience, dears—the full schedule of events, appearances, deals, musical guests and parties will be released on August 16 and available on www.nyc.gov. In the meantime, we can console ourselves with knowing about the Piperlime Rachel Zoe pop-up and the Bryanboy Bergdorf competition. Plus, we can't wait to see Mayor Bloomberg sporting some boot cut pants come September.
· Rachel Zoe to Help Piperlime Launch a Fashion Week Shop in Soho [Racked]
· Get Judged by Bryanboy at Bergdorf Goodman for Fashion's Night Out [Racked]
· Fashion's Night Out [Official Site]