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Shoppers and fans lined up outside Christian Louboutin’s Horatio Street shop at 5:45 p.m. and lingered for hours later. Inside, Johnny Weir browsed the fall collection in studded leopard slip-ons and batted his custom red-feather Louboutin lashes from the Make Up For Ever lash bar while rubbing elbows with Jennifer Williams, star of VH1’s Basketball Wives show. Customers had their hair styled by the Frederic Fekkai team and took pictures behind an empty frame adorned with Louboutin pumps.
A few blocks away, at Jimmy Choo, Tamara Mellon arrived with daughter Minty and fashion photographer Terry Richardson. The trio posed for pictures inside the store before they were joined by model Bar Rafaeli. Mellon’s 9-year-old daughter was the scene stealer in custom Jimmy Choo leopard ballet flats. Out celebrating her second FNO, she told FN the shoes were favorite pair, beating out her very first Jimmy Choos — blue glitter kitten heels — and red vintage peep-toes from the 1950s. Mother and daughter presented a united fashion front, both wearing denim paired with animal accents — Tamara’s came in the form of the Jimmy Choo Candy clutch with leopard flap.
Daniel Radcliffe and “How to Succeed in Business” co-star Rose Hemingway schmoozed at Jeffrey, which debuted an exclusive Columbia capsule collection featuring four winter weather pieces and a revamped version of Columbia’s Bugaboot. The boot was updated with premium leather and fabrics and a pop of color to achieve a chic outdoor look.
Thom Browne hosted Brooks Brothers’ soiree with window models and free-flowing champagne before heading over to his own shop. “It’s really nice to see all these people out,” he said. “Hopefully they are shopping.” As for whether the designer was feeling anxious about his upcoming runway show, he quipped, “I was the kid in school who got all my papers done early.”
Rebecca Taylor, on the other hand, was absent from her Gansevoort Street store celebration, working on last-minute preparations for her show today. Nonetheless, guests partied the night away with a live band and DJ.
Diane von Furstenberg pumped up the volume at her Meatpacking store with a performance by Estelle. Selita Ebanks and Corinne Bailey Rae joined the fray, where guests lined up for specialty drinks, cheered Estelle and admired DVF’s new home-goods collection, on view for the first time.