Fashion's Night Out Coverage: Night Riders

Charlize Theron, Isaac Mizrahi, Oscar de la Renta and Diane von Furstenberg celebrated Fashion’s Night Out Thursday.

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Rosie O'Donnell at Armani.

Photo By Kyle Ericksen

“We’re the party bus. We’re like a bachelorette party.”
— Bonnie Morrison at Alexander McQueen

“They gave me a shirt to wear tonight and the price tag was four digits so I’m taking it home, putting it back in the bag and never wearing it again. It’s too much pressure.”
— Rosie O’Donnell at Armani

“It’s great that this is happening at the same time in all these cities around the world. But the weather here in Paris is wonderful!”
— Jean Paul Gaultier

“I think my secret sales weapons are my Scottish accent, flirting and alcohol — alcohol is always involved.”
— Jonathan Saunders at Browns in London

“It’s going to be mental. I did all my shopping yesterday, though — I’m going to be working tonight, I don’t think I’ll have time for shopping.”
— Daisy Lowe, model

“I’m a black belt shopper and I’ve been known to shop in the craziest of circumstances. I’m going on three stops [tonight] so I might have to put on a wig and sneak away to buy something.”
— Michael Kors

“There’s so much partying I don’t know how much business we’ll do. But it’s about building excitement…and celebrating.”
— Diane von Furstenberg


“I know I should probably be in my design room getting my collection finished, but I would so much rather be doing this, helping people with what’s in store now. It’s like a dream come true for me — really, it is,” said Donna Karan, after helping customers sort through the newest items at the Saks Fifth Avenue flagship. “I was just here at Saks looking for some things from my own line that I wanted to buy and they were sold out. I have to start making sure I order things for myself.”

“This is good for the city,” Justin Timberlake said from the relative calm of the SFA bridal salon where he met with reporters as an excited throng gathered just outside the door. “I don’t know why I always go for a sports analogy, but this is a win-win — although I hate to say that.” In keeping with his chosen motif, Timberlake was asked which night was better for the city, Fashion’s Night Out or Wednesday, when Derek Jeter tied Lou Gehrig’s Yankees hit record. “In the age when so many of them get help, he’s the golden child, the ambassador of clean baseball,” Timberlake said.

“Today is my 24th wedding anniversary, but I had to be a part of this,” said Bobbi Brown. “The whole city is buzzing with this. Anna did a great job. The store’s so crowded I can barely see my new counter.” After her early-evening appearance, she planned to “trade my 5-inch wedges for my Prada loafers and have dinner with my husband.”

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“I’ve heard Calvin Klein leather bomber jackets are flying off the shelves at Macy’s, accessories are doing great at Bendel’s…and so [people] are buying,” said Anna Wintour. Asked if she has found anything on her “to-buy” list yet, she said: “I’m way behind schedule.” Anything catch her eye at Macy’s? “I saw some great red pieces when I was here this morning to check out our [pop-up] boutique.”

Terry Lundgren, Macy’s chairman and chief executive officer, on doing FNO next year: “We don’t know. I just want to get through tonight. It’s definitely a logistical challenge. Not a logistical nightmare. But it really took a lot of work. We’re selling a lot of T-shirts, so we know people are here for Fashion’s Night Out.” Later, Lundgren said, “We sold out more than half of the inventory and already raised over $200,000 for the 9-11 Memorial Fund.”

On Macy’s second floor, a crowd had gathered to see Rachel Rachel Roy models taking turns on the makeshift runway. Lundgren arrived with Rachel Roy. “I just wanted to tell you quickly what Fashion’s Night Out is all about,” he said. “it’s a night to bring everyone together to try to get this economy moving again. We are one of the largest employers in New York — fashion, that is.”

“I feel very lucky that Macy’s came at the right time,” said Roy. “As a designer of very expensive clothing, it’s a breath of fresh air. It’s fresh ideas and price points people can afford. I don’t compromise on materials because the units are so high.”

After the Macy’s appearance, the designer said she was planning on going to her pop-up store in SoHo for Rachel Rachel Roy where a graffiti artist would be tagging and teaching others how to tag. The artist would also be tagging T-shirts. “Estelle is hosting it with me,” Roy said. “She won’t be performing. She’ll probably be hanging out with Lady Bunny , who will be DJing. There’s also going to be a vintage ice cream truck.”

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