Fashion's Night Out- NYC

It's that time of year again... FASHION WEEK in New York City!

This weeklong, gala event takes place every September and every February in the heart of Manhattan, at the Bryant Park tents (albeit, this will be the last showing of designer collections at that location), and the usual fanfair includes top models, celebrities, parties -and everyone's favorite- gift bags!!! Yet, this year is different, because never before has there been such a citywide -even global- send up of fashion.

Sure, fashion designers interact with the public, frequently presenting their collections in New York, London, Milan & Paris... but now they and the industry (read: Anna Wintour), on behalf of VOGUE magazine and the CFDA, have created a mass-retail event called Fashion's Night Out, in which everyday consumers like you and I are invited -no RSVP required- to enjoy extended hours of shop-til-you-drop frivolity. This initiative is seemingly set in place for the fashion industry to help do its part in stimulating a dire economy... and what better way to do that, than to get people to spend money!

If you're looking to revamp your wardrobe or fill in some new Fall '09 pieces, there's no better day than today (Thursday, September 10, 2009), to get your shop on, besides, you may find yourself receiving fashion advice or style tips from you favorite celeb or designer! FNO, the worldwide event, will also take place in Los Angeles, Japan, Paris, London, India, and every other major world capital where VOGUE magazine is in print.

Happy hunting

Time Warner Center @ 7:00pm, special celebrity DJ Paul Sevigny; bar on 2nd floor.
The Shops at Columbus Circle
10 Columbus Circle at 59th Street,
New York, 10019

Barneys New York: Appearances by Narciso Rodriguez, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen and Loomstate custom T-shirts.
Bergdorf Goodman: Zac Posen painting; Victoria Beckham; Peter Som, Cynthia Rowley, Gilles Mendel and Lela Rose cooking; Donna Karan playing "Fashion Rules" with André Leon Talley, and an Isaac Mizrahi talk.
Bloomingdale's: Howie Day performance and numerous other activities.
J.C. Penney: Cindy Crawford appearance.
Lord & Taylor: Patrick McMullen photos, and Lauren Santo Domingo hosting.
Macy's Queens: The official kickoff with Vogue editor in chief Anna Wintour; Macy's chairman, president and chief executive officer Terry Lundgren; Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and Blake Lively.
Macy's Herald Square: Appearances by Jaxx trio, Jill Zarin, Rachel Roy and Michael Kors.
Saks Fifth Avenue: Justin Timberlake, Donna Karan, Carolina Herrera in a magic show; appearances by Chris Benz, Coco Rocha and other designers.

Armani: Rosie O'Donnell reading "Love, Loss and What I Wore." Kerry Washington appearance.
Bally: DJ Brian Atwood.
Calvin Klein: Performance by Jamie Burke, Michelle Monaghan appearance.
Carolina Herrera: Larry Fink photo booth.
Coach: Graffiti artists working on Coach totes.
Cole Haan: Maria Sharapova appearance.
David Yurman: Auctioning a 1975 belt buckle.
Donna Karan: Rock-jazz pianist Eric Lewis.
J.Mendel: Lisa Airan and Julie Macklowe hosting.
Jimmy Choo: Angela Lindvall shoot.
Oscar de la Renta: Oscar de la Renta serenading customers, literally.
Ralph Lauren: Appearances by Liev Schreiber, Blake Lively and Camilla Belle.
Talbots: Lynda Carter singing.

Barnes & Noble: FEED truck and Lauren Bush.
Henri Bendel: Sasha Pivarova and Gucci Westman appearances.
Dior: Charlize Theron signing the September issue of Vogue, 7 to 8 p.m.
Juicy Couture: Surfboards, skateboards and Mexican food.
Manolo Blahnik: Manolo Blahnik appearance.
Roberto Cavalli: Roberto Cavalli appearance.
Van Cleef & Arpels: Opera singer Danielle de Niese will perform selections from her new record, "The Mozart Album."
Versace: Appearances by Ciara, Taylor Momsen and The Misshapes.

Anna Sui: Anna Sui appearance.
Betsy Johnson: Makeovers.
Elie Tahari: Alexa Ray Joel performs.
Intermix: Prince Street, Sienna and Savannah Miller appearance.
Kirna Zabête: Appearances by Thakoon, Jason Wu and Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCullough of Proenza Schouler.
Longchamp: Lily Cole hosting, Lykke Li performing.
Philosophy di Alberta Ferretti: Alberta Ferretti appearance.
Rachel Roy: Estelle performance.

Narciso Rodriguez in a Winnebago, Tyson Beckford appearance.
Topshop: Appearances by Karen Elson and Tabitha Simmons and DJs.
Vera Wang: Vera Wang doing makeovers.

Cynthia Rowley: Balloons and a scavenger hunt.
Marc by Marc Jacobs: Candid photos in the window.
Polo Ralph Lauren: Nacho Figueras appearance.
Teen Vogue fashion show at Bleecker Street: Taylor Momsen's band.
Tommy Hilfiger: Tommy Hilfiger appearance.
Thom Browne: Thom Browne appearance.

Diane von Furstenberg: Events on the Highline with Diane von Furstenberg.
Jeffrey New York: Appearances by Hugh Jackman and Sean Avery, 10:30 p.m.
Matthew Williamson: Matthew Williamson will do personal design consultation.
Stella McCartney: Kate Hudson appearance.
Tory Burch: Barbecue and street party.

Aveda: Van Leeuwen ice cream.
Kate Spade: Tango on the street.

A neighborhood block party.

* list of retail events provided by WWD (Women's Wear Daily).

TV Chanel

by- Avon Dorsey

Okay, sooo, we LOVE Tyra... and we love her hit television show The Tyra Banks Show (congratulations on another Emmy Award, hunny)!!!

(Tyra Banks with her 2 Emmy Awards for Outstanding Informative Talk Show, 2008 & 2009)

But, we especially love her other show, America's Next Top Model, and we're feeling the newest cycle of would-be divas! Not only has Tyra opened the door for hundreds of girl-next-door beauties who dream of a chance at becoming a real fashion model, but this time around, she's giving the 'little' girls a chance too (i.e. girls that are 5'7" and shorter). The fashion industry has become notorious for its rigid standards on model size and beauty, and for the most part, female models have to be at least 5'9" or taller, to get a foot in the door (not even counting their looks). Tyra recognizes this as a hindrance to someone's full potential being realized, so she did what she always does, she created an opportunity where there may not have been one -and on a grand scale, to boot!

And speaking of consolation prizes, the viewers of ANTM were in for another surprise when a new panel of judges was revealed at the end of the show; the challenge -last night- was to see which contestant took the best 'grown-up' version of their baby picture, and with the judges following suit, each was seated -hidden- behind a large poster of their own baby picture (until Tyra introduced them), and the first judge she revealed was Chanel Iman!!! YAY...

In relation to the show, Chanel Iman is not a 'little' girl by any means, she's perhaps one of the biggest models of this decade -and Tyra's little sister!
We here at STYLE 101: loves Chanel to pieces!!! Not only does her full name encompass the very essence of fashion: "Chanel" & "Iman" (HELLO!), but she has also become a sort of role model for ANTM's young generation of viewers.

For the past 4-5 years, we've watched Chanel grow up in front of the camera -fashion camera, that is. She's even appeared on the cover of VOGUE magazine, and has been a guest on Tyra's eponymous daytime talk show.

(Chanel Iman @ top with Alek Wek & Tyra, @ bottom with other legendary Black Supermodels celebrating the VOGUE Italia 'Black Issue' on the Tyra Banks Show, 2008)

We figure that Tyra gave Chanel one of the famous "ty-over" pep talks about life after modeling, which is very important in the fashion business, and it seems that Chanel has taken the advice well. Maybe this television appearance will lead to more high-visibility for the ingénue?!
(Chanel Iman on the covers of Harper's Bazaar -Dubai, and Page Six magazines; and featured in a V magazine editorial)

Back in March, Chanel helped to revive MTV's House of Style, as a premier host, but only time will tell what's next for this beauty... until then, we will continue to tune-in to America's next top Supermodel, no matter what station she's on... so don't you change that TV Chanel! lol

P.S.- here's a look at Chanel along with Sessilee Lopez, Jourdan Dunn & Arlenis Sosa having a blast (posing) for the latest issue of i-D Magazine: