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In the Meatpacking District, champagne and shoppers flowed from one shop to the next. Diane von Furstenberg’s Washington Street shop was bursting with customers and fans. “It’s incredible — there are so many people,” she said. Clad in her official FNO shirt, the designer posed for photos and chatted with admirers. With a runway show two days away, however, she admitted, “I’ve been running back and forth [tonight] doing fittings.”
Outside Tory Burch’s shop, meanwhile, the Shake Shack served up burgers and fries while shoppers sipped white wine, Coronas and Cokes.
Lane Crawford Fashion Director Sarah Rutson browsed Jeffery New York in hopes of adding to her shoe collection. (She admitted traveling with 15 to 20 pairs of shoes.) “My wardrobe is always about shoes and accessories,” said Rutson. Nicholas Kirkwood, one of Rutson’s favorite young designers of the moment was also on hand at Jeffrey, sketching his favorite styles, autographing soles and decorating shoe boxes for his fans.
Christian Louboutin’s carnival-themed affair featured a juggler, plate spinners and popcorn, among the red-soled footwear. Shoppers even got a peek at what’s to come for spring ’11. Two shoe styles were on display, along with a tote, all color-blocked in red, silver and blue and peppered with rhinestones. Designer Oday Shakar, who was shopping with his namesake brand’s CEO Sharon Chan, stepped into the shop to try on a few styles: A bejeweled black evening look for Chan, while Shakar eyed a leopard high-top. “This is my favorite shoe store,” Chan said.