Tuesday, September 22, 2009

casa naranja does mercedes-benz fashion week aka #NYFW

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casa naranja takes on mercedes benz fashion week

| september 18, 2009
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mercedes benz fashion week s/s 10
between the shows, the parties, the after parties and all the
requisite running around involved in the #NYFW aka mercedes benz fashion week, you'd think we'd be totally exhausted by now. but thanks to the great energy and the cheerful, chic and covetable looks coming down the runway,
we're feeling a strong jolt of fashion-fueled energy...just the thing to get us psyched for spring/summer 2010.

mercedes benz fashion week

carolina, oscar, narcisco......
while we ran from show to show, trying to take in as much runway glamor as we could, we made sure not to miss a single one of our favorite latin designers: oscar de la renta, carolina herrera, brian reyes, custo barcelona, narciso rodriguez, carlos miele, rosa chà, argentine designer collections who all gave incredible showings.
we absolutely cannot wait to get our hands on the new collections. click through the gallieries and read the reviews: we're sure you'll agree that this is one of the best seasons the fashion world has seen in quite some time.

american express skybox
between that and the posh american express skybox, where we ran into style experts like andre leon talley and tory burch while taking a sneak peek at some of the shows, NYFW was a total "exito".

american express skybox for fashion week

hautelook lounge
and we simply couldn't have made it through the week without the swag, sips, snacks and soirèes in the utterly fabulous hautelook lounge. (a big fashion week double kiss goes out to its gorgeous proprietress carlota espinosa...)

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Thursday, September 10, 2009

casa naranja's guia to fashion's night out- sept 10 2009- nyc

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fashion’s night out (fno) 2009
map it out!
Picture (Metafile)style.com made an iphone app to help you schedule your plans for fashion's night out.
the official map of fno, created by american express, will highlight the 700 participating retailers throughout the five boroughs.

try your luck!
join in on the fun of the fabulous fashion’s night out in-store sweepstakes! from fashion-show tickets, designer merchandise, hotel stays, and fitness packages to wedding gowns, designer haircuts, and shopping sprees

too many bags: need a lift?
enthusiastic shoppers who are weighed down with their purchases can take advantage of free transportation in various areas of manhattan! courtesy of payless shoesource, gray line new york double-decker buses will provide “the official ride” of fashion’s night out, for something a little more intimate, head down to aveda’s experience center at fifth avenue and west nineteenth street where it will be providing complimentary pedicabs within a fifteen-block radius south of the store.

take a break for a bite!
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when you shop for good, you deserve to treat yourself. during fashion’s night out and fashion week (september 10–18), keep your energy up by taking advantage of exclusive dining offers at great participating nyc restaurants. just mention fashion's night out or fashion week and use your american express card to get a free appetizer or dessert with the purchase of an entrée.

top 10 food events on fashion’s night out

will you be using your amex for this purchase?
register today to receive fashion’s night out retail savings available exclusively to cardmembers at more than 700 participating stores across new york city. cardmembers who register and spend more than $300 in total across two or more stores will receive a $50 credit on their next monthly statement—it’s that easy.

now bring on the shopping!
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the definitive lists courtesy of racked.com
top 10 gimmicks
top 10 freebies
top 10 music
top 10 contests
even though coco rocha and alexa chung might be like, triple-booked for the evening, giuseppe zanotti will be djing at his own store and la perla is giving away $50 lace thongs with purchase, it's these following shops that really have it going on during fashion's night out.

in case you haven't already heard, anna wintour, for some reason or another, will be kicking off the evening from the macy's in queens. this, for obvious reasons, totally does not make our top ten list. now on with the good stuff.

anna sui for target private shopping event 54 crosby st. sept. 9, 7–10 p.m. ms. anna sui and, though we can't name names, we hear a gossip girl or two. first dibs on the collection!

oscar de la renta - the ultimate designer-tuned-singer concert. in celebration of the evening, oscar de la renta will host cocktails in his madison avenue boutique and will be singing a few songs for top clients and friends.

giuseppe zanotti - the ultimate designer-turned-dj party. giuseppe zanotti design is turning fashion’s night out into an evening of music & fashion at the flagship store on madison avenue. you will be intrigued by a side of him that no one really knows: giuseppe zanotti will be the guest deejay of the evening, spinning house music for his customers and friends turning the store into a dance party!

rag & bone
guys, this is for you: rag & bone will turn their christopher street store into an

irish pub, complete with free beer, a sawdust floor, and a live irish band. we might just end up calling it a night here. 100 christopher street.

adam lippes
not content to party until 11pm, adam's meatpacking store will stay open until 1am with free cocktails. he'll also have special edition personalized t-shirts for sale, and in case you've missed them thus far—the havaianas customizing crew! all proceeds from the sale of the havaianas will go to the 9/11 fund. 678 hudson street.

even though all area h&ms will stay open late, it's the herald square store that'll celebrate the most. surrender yourself to their stylist and then pose for their "celebrity photographer." your photo will then be projected onto their big billboard overlooking the meatpacking district. 1328 broadway.

kirna zabete
it's kirna's 10th anniversary, so they'll be celebrating double-time by bringing in narciso rodriguez, jack mccollough and lazaro hernandez of proenza schouler, thakoon panichgul, jason wu, and peter som to debut their exclusive items for kirna. want to snap up a wu sketch or a proenza schouler tote bag? this is the place to do it. 96 greene street.

juicy couture
with anna at macy's, it's only proper that
hamish bowles be at juicy, right? he'll be at their fifth avenue flagship to read from the works of noel coward as shoppers lounge in a "gentleman’s club, reminiscent of founder gela nash-taylor’s eccentric english manor (featured in vogue’s september issue)." 650 fifth avenue.

actually hosting two large events at different stores, chanel will cater to both the rich and the poor. at 139 spring street, they'll debut the jade nail polish with free mini-manicures and a dj set by alexa chung. meanwhile at 15 east 57th street, for the first time ever, chanel will have a create-your-own-handbag studio. "choose your favorite lambskin color, lining, hardware, and chain—and be among the first in the united states to own a customized, monogrammed chanel classic bag." oh yes, and there will be champagne of course.

bergdorf goodman
if this doesn't get you to bg, then nothing will: andre leon talley hosting a fashion game show with "teams led by donna karan, linda fargo, and robert verdi." also, annie leibovitz will be around, padma lakshmi will host a cook-off with cynthia rowley and peter som, zac posen will be selling his paintings, alexander wang will drop in and isaac mizrahi will hold a talk. this is some crazy shiz right here; make sure to jot down the exact times for the event you most want to see. 754 fifth avenue.

alice + olivia
right alongside the fashion week tents in bryant park, the alice + olivia boutique will become a photo studio, with auditions to be a model in the alice + olivia presentation the following week. hopefuls won't be left to their own devices either; they'll get pro hairstyling, makeup and wardrobe styling before stepping in front of the camera. here's something for the resume. 80 west 40th street

opening ceremony
in the spirit of chinatown, oc will take their celebration to the streets, with special-edition items sold out of the backs of vintage automobiles (example: a thai truck sporting band of outsiders gear). in addition, you'll able to meet and greet with the designers behind rodarte, band of outsiders, proenza schoulder, fendi, and of course alexander wang. munch on food from neighborhood restaurants and enjoy dj sets by "friends" of opening ceremony. 35 howard street.

as expected, barneys will be killing it during fashion's night out, hosting such famous faces as the mary kate & ashley olsen bartending, isabel toledo, alexander wang for runway lessons, juan carlos obando teaching salsa and more. oh yea, and they'll be teaching knitting and hosting a fashion green market curated by vogue editor tonne goodman. there's too much to list here; click above for all the details. 660 madison avenue.

foley + corinna
burn the velvet rope! foley + corinna invite you to cross the line and mix it up. deejay, drinks, dress-up, and dancing. dance while you shop; shop while you dance. photos will be taken while your booty’s shakin’. shimmerin’ and quakin’ while dana foley + anna corinna will be makin’ you up! brought to you by stylecaster!

spanish retail giant mango will be opening the doors to their soho flagship boutique for fashion’s night out with cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and a dj creating the perfect atmosphere for a night of shopping. stop off in their beauty corner for a makeup application, then browse the fall 2009 collection with the team of mango stylists on hand to assist customers in putting together a complete look. rock your head-to-toe makeover and dance along to the dj’s tunes at this fantastic event to support new york’s retail market. three grand prizes will be raffled off to lucky mango patrons, although everyone is lucky when they’re wearing the mango name.

nymag.com guide to the top twenty freebies and deals on fashion's flashiest night.

bumble and bumble.
kick off your night with a glass of champagne and a free styling session at bumble and bumble. rising stylists will be re-creating styles from the fall runway by request, so anything from a glam oscar de la renta pompadour to zac posen’s teased french twist is fair game. but are they capable of pulling off dior’s wild, couture-worthy frizz?
savings: $150, the starting price of an updo at bumble & bumble.

725 fifth ave., at 56th st. (212-826-2600)
more than 100 retailers are selling the fashion's night out t-shirt tonight at vogue’s “suggested retail price” of $35 — gucci is the only one giving them away for free to all who attend. we’re betting supplies will run out quick, so stop off early (and sample a few gucci chocolates while you’re there).
savings: $35, the retail price of an official fashion’s night out t-shirt .

131 spring st., nr. greene st. (212-925-9300)
enter burberry's drawing to win a classic trench. brit model lily donaldson d.j.'s, and champagne and canapés will be served. sure, it's a long shot, but a $1,300 jacket would definitely curb our pouting over the approaching chilly, rainy weather.
(potential) savings: $1,295, the price of a classic trench at burberry.

bergdorf goodman
754 fifth ave., nr. 57th st. (212-753-7300)
on your way in, ogle zac posen painting one-of-a-kind creations in the front window alongside the exhibit "extreme beauty in vogue," a selection of provocative photographs curated by phyllis posnick (the exhibit was on display at milan's palazzo della ragione earlier this year). inside, it only gets better. andré leon talley hosts a fashion rules game show (teams led by donna karan, linda fargo, and robert verdi face off); mary-kate and ashley olsen tend bar; and isaac mizrahi performs a cabaret act (likely after a strong cocktail mixed by mk).
savings: $55, the price of posnick's extreme beauty in vogue book, out in october.

juicy couture
650 fifth ave., at 52nd st. (212-796-3360)
vogue editor-at-large hamish bowles — a man who has been known to let loose with some show tunes now and then — is singing noel howard classics at juicy couture. afterwards, snap a few photos in the juicy couture gentleman’s salon, a spot reminiscent of gela nash-taylor’s english manor featured in vogue’s september issue (except, you know, shrunken down to new york size). skateboarding, tuxedo-clad waiters dispel any english stuffiness.
savings: varying cocktail cash.

saks fifth avenue
611 fifth ave., at 50th st. (212-753-4000)
fulfill your latent celebrity fantasy and strut down the red carpet, which leads the way to the store's fifth avenue entrance. donna karan, carolina herrera, peter som, and other design idols will be mingling with shoppers. but the real deals are found in the beauty section, where there will be more than 7,000 cosmetics giveaways from estée lauder, frederic fekkai, laura mercier, and tom ford. you can also take advantage of complimentary brow-shaping services, while guys receive free clean-ups at john allan's men's salon.
savings: $40, for brow shaping and beauty swag.

giorgio armani
760 madison ave., at 66th st. (212-988-9191)
catch a reading by nora ephron and rosie o’donnell of love, loss, and what i wore, an off broadway play written by ephron sisters nora and delia. the show runs september 21 through december 13, and rosie o’donnell is part of the first leg of the rotating cast.
savings: $82.50, the price of a ticket to love, loss, and what i wore, opening at the westside theatre on september 21.

barneys new york
660 madison ave., at 61st st. (212-826-8900)
you may already be a couple cocktails in, so it's time to mingle with greatness while you’re still feeling sharp: guests include isabel toledo, narciso rodriguez, thom browne, alexander wang, and more. hone your signature walk with wang, who will be hosting runway-strutting lessons, or take a knitting lesson with wool and the gang if you’re feeling crafty. and swing by the sue devitt beauty counter — the first 50 visitors get a free eye intensifier pencil.
savings: $171, the price of a scarf-knitting kit by wool and the gang ($149) and a sue devitt eye intensifier pencil ($22).

226 elizabeth st., at prince st. (212-431-5533)
nolita is a prime neighborhood to indulge a free dinner on fashion's night out (or several, depending on how you feel about gorging while surrounded by models). swing by unis for thai food from former nolita favorite lovely day (which was shuttered by a fire last october). d.j. johnny mischeff from the jane hotel spins.
savings: $15, cost of a typical meal at lovely day.

tory burch
257 elizabeth st., nr. prince st.; (212-334-3000)
across the street, la esquina is barbecuing (paired with champagne — because it's fashion week, and champagne goes with everything).
savings: $10, cost of two steak tacos at la esquina.

le labo
233 elizabeth st., nr. prince st. (212-219-2230)
browse the sweet-smelling wares at this nolita perfumerie and receive a five-milliliter bottle of one of the scents from le labo's collection, ranging from rose to the so-hot-right-now patchouli.
savings: $17, the price of a five-milliliter "discovery-size" bottle.

110 wooster st., nr. prince st. (212-219-0683)
"detox bar" sounds like kind of an oxymoron to us, but korres is serving up cocktails based on the beauty brand's natural ingredients: wild rose, thyme, honey, and pomegranate. makeup artists will offer complimentary touch-ups, and all visitors receive a gift bag full of korres cosmetic, bath, and skin-care best-sellers.
savings: $12, the price of a korres mini gift set.

99 greene st., nr. spring st. (212-941-4200)
pick up a gift bag full of samples from eve lom, nuxe, and space.nk laughter fragrance. plus, complimentary face masks and mini-facials, if you're ready to call it a night at this point.
savings: $20 in beauty swag.

139 spring st., at wooster st. (212-334-0055)
belly up to the nail bar for a free manicure in jade, chanel's new limited-edition polish (the same pale, pistachio-green hue that we lusted after on the runway). if you run into buzz-killing lines, head over to tracy reese (641 hudson st., nr. gansevoort; 212-807-0505), where sally hansen manicurists will be offering complimentary nail services. (they're also serving drinks like the "frocktail" and the "plentini," which we're betting are pink.)
savings: $25, the price of a chanel polish manicure at wei lang spa nearby.

opening ceremony
35 howard st., nr. broadway (212-219-2688)
join the opening ceremony block party, where jack mccollough, lazaro hernandez, kate and laura mulleavy, delfina delettrez fendi, alexander wang, and scott sternberg will be selling custom-made wares out of the back of befitting custom cars, like a vw minibus (proenza schouler) and black van (wang). check out the thai tie truck nearby from band of outsiders, which will be selling clip-on bow ties and neckties and dishing out thai-inspired desserts from momofuku pastry chef christina tosi.
savings: $10, the price of a thai iced tea parfait at momofuku ssäm bar.

c.o. bigelow
414 sixth ave., nr. 9th st.; (212-473-7324)
stop by c.o. bigelow for a free tube of mentha lip shine, a glossy balm scented with peppermint oil. the spot is also serving free sodas from a vintage soda fountain.
savings: $7.50, the price of mentha lip shine.

203 grand st., nr. driggs ave. (718-388-1655)
bird is teaming up with lisa mayock and sophie buhai of vena cava to host a block party at the williamsburg shop. the festivities include specialty cocktails, pizza, disco d.j.'s, and carnival games. (as an added bonus, sam shipley and jeff halmos of shipley & halmos will finish the last leg of their beer-fueled fashion's night out bike trek here.) mayock and buhai will be creating limited-edition t-shirt-style dresses from archival fabrics salvaged from their past ten seasons, priced at $100 a pop.
savings: $80, off the regular price of a vena cava t-shirt dress ($180).

anna sui for target pop-up
54 crosby st., nr. spring st. (no phone)
get first dibs on the gossip girl–inspired anna sui for target collection in this three-day pop-up shop. consider it your chance to scoop up the affordable blair and serena dresses (prices range from $19.99 to $149) before they inevitably sell out.
savings: $400 or more, off the price of an anna sui collection dress.

pure yoga
203 e. 86th st., nr. third ave. (212-360-1888)
scope out trunk shows for various athletic brands and pick up a free unlimited, weeklong yoga pass. take a break from the gym to practice at any (or all) of pure's twenty different yoga classes.
savings: $170, the price of a weeklong trial pass.