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Designer Mania at FNO

Manolo, Giuseppe Zanotti, Stuart and Tamara held court in their midtown boutiques.

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Barneys fashion director Julie Gilhart, clad in vintage Christian Louboutin shoes and show-stopping leather pants, was thrilled to see so many people perusing Fashion’s Night Out — and she even got to partake in the festivities herself. “Proenza Schouler signed my wallet for me,” she gushed to Insider, showing off the inscription the designer duo wrote on the leather wallets they were autographing on the first floor.  Though she praised the event up and down, when asked about making Fashion’s Night Out a yearly event, Gilhart hesitated. “No comment on that. This night was a lot of work.”

When asked about the must-have fall shoe for women, Devi Kroell and the design duo of Proenza Schouler had conflicting opinions. “A carpet bootie from Proenza Schouler, of course,” said Lazaro Hernandez. “What else is there?” But Kroell was thinking more along the lines of, well, her own stuff. “The double-platform bootie with a snakeskin ankle strap,” said the designer, who was wearing the look. Kroell, who made several PA’s last night, is also busy gearing up for a store opening on Madison avenue next month. “I’m so excited, and this store will have everything: ready-to-wear, belts, shoes, bags, all of my collections.” And based on the success of Fashion’s Night Out, Kroell was extra supportive of rolling out the event every year. “That would be fantastic,” she said. “It was a huge production, and CFDA and Vogue did an amazing job. It’s a tough time in general for all of us, so it's important to get people motivated.”

Alexander Wang was all smiles as he patiently took pictures with many of his adoring fans at Bergdorf Goodman, while a mob chased Anna Wintour, trying to get pictures of the editor-in-chief gone moviestar on their cell phones. Alexandre Birman was joined at the department store by Leighton Meester, who was donning a pair of Alexander’s platform gladiator sandals. The fashion-loving actress chose two pairs of the designer’s Brazilian-made collection for her personal collection. The two chatted briefly about Birman's native Brazil, which Meester said she hopes to visit someday, before “Gossip Girl” fans practically trampled the Bergdorf-provided bodyguards to take pictures of the actress.

Meanwhile, outside Bergdorf, hundreds of people were left waiting, as the store hit capacity around 9 p.m., when the Olsen twins took over bartending at the eighth-floor BG restaurant.

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