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Michael Kors swept into the store with Debra Messing on his arm and the two were swamped with fans. A bigger crowd was waiting in the fragrance department, where Lundgren presented Kors with a “Macy’s Star,” a take on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
“FNO is a fantastic incentive,” Messing said. “Fashion week is so exciting. To include the whole city and remember how good [fashion] makes you feel is great. I’m over the moon to be here with Michael.
Kors said their next stop would be his store in SoHo, where “I’m going to do caricatures.”
Mayor Bloomberg, after the cast of “Hair” performed, said, “The first time I saw ‘Hair’ was in the Sixties. I had a lot more of it then.” He continued, “This is to remember 9/11 and help the 9/11 Memorial Fund and to not stop fighting AIDS.…There are 175,000 fashion workers in our city. New York City has more fashion companies than Paris. We are the fashion capital of the world.”
Michael Kors on ‘Hair’: “The first time I saw the show I was eight years old. It blew my mind.”
“I had the most amazing summer in Israel, but now I’m so excited to be a part of this night,” said Bar Refaeli.
Liev Schreiber, with Eileen Guggenheim, was trying hard not to shop. “I hope to get into enough conversations and interviews so that I don’t get into trouble,” he said. “Part of being an actor is that you always think you’re broke.”
Camilla Belle got into the spirit of the night at Ralph Lauren. “Driving up here, every single store had a line outside,” Belle said. “It’s obviously working.”
Michael Kors said, “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. Obviously the man in black is always collecting new black pieces and I have been known to buy Michael Kors at full price in a store because I get the rush of actually buying it in a store. It’s not the same as ordering it. I did it a few weeks ago, actually, so you never know when I’ll walk by and say, ‘I’ll take it. I want it.’”
Roopal Patel launched a limited edition palette of lip, eye and cheek colors with Le Métier de Beauté at Bergdorf Goodman based on what she saw as fall’s big trends. “First my inspiration was road warrior, all the leather and grommets done by Rodarte and YSL, among others,” Patel said. “Then neon, those highlighter colors at Narciso and Kors, and then what I call ‘girls just wanna have fun,’ for the girls who go out.”
Patel added that the experience was educational because “I know shoes, I know bags, I know clothes, but I didn’t know [makeup].” She autographed cases of the palette, while shoppers got made up by on-site artists.
On the fifth floor of Bergdorf’s, scores of women were trolling racks and picking up shoes, though few were observed requesting sizes or sales assistance. Prabal Gurung, who showed at 1 p.m. Thursday, was seen walking across the sales floor. He had come from Bloomingdale’s, where his clothes are sold. Asked if he was going to celebrate, he said: “Yes, a quiet dinner with some good friends. I am tired but it’s important to support the industry — give the stores some good energy.”
Also at Bergdorf’s, Alexander Wang made one of three appearances on the fifth floor of the store and was slated to hit Barneys and Opening Ceremony.
“I feel right at home here. They’ve even got some of my furniture,” he said, pointing to the sofa and chair, which were brought in for the corner of the floor that sells his line. While dozens of shoppers snapped cell phone pics of Wang, the designer, who shows on Saturday, admitted to being distracted. “I’m looking forward to going right back to work,” he laughed.
Designers were being kept behind a glass counter, heavily guarded by security, on the main floor of Bergdorf’s while they signed Ts in 10-minute or so increments. Naeem Khan arrived from her cook-off and was signing with Jessie Randall from Loeffler Randall. Every designer who passed through was signing two Fashion’s Night Out Ts on mannequins behind the counter, which a Bergdorf’s spokeswoman said would be auctioned off to benefit the 9/11 fund.