London Fashion’s Night Out Recap continued
(London) After posting and re-reading my first recap of London FNO 2012, I wasn’t quite satisfied with my own coverage of the night. I did manage to do a bit more and explore a lot more than I posted before so this follow up bubbled up from inside me and here we are. I’ve added plenty of detail and more photos to elaborate from the first post.
To continue and elaborate on the events at Roland Mouret, let me tell you how my experience there started. My friend Kristi and I were walking down from Oxford street down to the Christian Louboutin store on Mount street and on the way we passed by this shop that looked more like someone’s house. There was a pleasant bouncer type of man beckoning us in and we couldn’t resist peeking in to see what the commotion was about. We entered the house timidly and were instantly offered chilled Veuve Clicquot and we knew that although we couldn’t remotely afford any of the clothes inside, we were still welcome. We browsed around and asked the models who were showing off the gorgeous “La Baba” dress on sale that night to take their photos and chatted with some of the other guests who were genuinely nice and engaging. We were thrilled to find that the pattern of the dress was on sale that night for only £30! This was such a pleasant surprise because patterns are what designers guard the most; they are their secret sauce recipes.
The pattern for “La Baba” dress
The balloons and photo-wall drew us into the Lanvin shop and unfortunately the latexy smell of the balloons was the first thing we noticed in the store instead of perfume or bubbly. Moet flowed steadily and early bird visitors received cute Lanvin notebooks in a pretty takeaway shopping bag. There was a photographer with a Polaroid camera taking keepsake photos of everyone in front of the wall and the staff were warm, friendly and even provided us a sofa to sit on and rest our tired feet from walking around in heels all over town. The hospitality and simply being surrounded by the beautiful clothes made this stop well worth it.
Old Bond Street
The street was packed pavement to pavement with fashionable people and there was very high energy in the air! It seemed like a proper shopping community as the shoppers walked in front of Cartier, Tiffany’s, YSL, etc.
Walking down the street, we passed the stage where AlunaGeorge were performing. They are a band that was just featured on the recent copy of the ASOS magazine and they had been on my radar. In fact, I had just listened to them for the first time on Spotify earlier that day! What a pleasant surprise and even more to see their good stage presence. They were a great addition and hugely added to the atmosphere.
The Michael Kors store was quite inviting as well and we felt like poking our noses in there to have some fun. This is where I spotted this lovely lady, tried on fur coats and posed in front of the mirror.
Kristi modeling a big furry MK coat!
Us playing at Michael Kors
I had to end the night by walking past ACNE Studios on Dover Street which had been serving vodka cocktails all night and had a DJ on the decks. The party was over by the time I got there but I love this shop so much that ending my fashion pilgrimage here seemed appropriate.
In the end of the night, it seemed like the most fun we had was at the stores we hadn’t originally planned to visit. It goes to show that Fashion’s Night Out is always an surprisingly awesome adventure.
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