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Teen Vogue Block Party: Free Essie Manicures And Poor Selling Vans

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Last year, the Teen Vogue block party was one of our favorite events of Fashion's Night Out. There was a runway show, live music, a crafts tent, makeovers and tons of food giveaways. It was over-the-top and everyone in the crowd seemed to love it, despite the fact that most of us were well outside of Teen Vogue's demographic. This year, however, seemed a bit anti-climactic. No runway show, no food giveaways, no makeovers and no crafts. But people were still having fun.

The big lure was that attendees could get free manicures courtesy of Essie. The line was long, with waits of over an hour, but the styles were cute—and supposedly designed by Teen Vogue staffers. The editors' creativity extended to designs they created for special-edition FNO Vans, as well. The shoes came in three adorable designs: pink, purple, and white with graffiti. Only one hundred pairs were made of each style and they were selling for between $62.25 and $76.13 per pair. But, since this was Fashion's Night out, where ironically, people don't actually tend to do that much shopping, the Vans were not selling well. So Teen Vogue reps started shilling heavily for them. One even told us the money was "going to charity"—but she had no idea which one.

There were free non-alcoholic mixed drinks, courtesy of Arizona Iced Tea—who were also giving out free temporary tattoos. But the highlight for many of the fans was that Sky Ferreira was scheduled to perform late in the evening. We'd moved on by then, however, as there just wasn't that much to do.
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