Fashion Island and Neiman Marcus celebrate Fashion’s Night Out
On September 6, the world of fashion united to celebrate one of the biggest extravaganzas in the industry: Fashion’s Night Out. Designers, celebrities, tastemakers and fashion enthusiasts caused a stylish commotion from New York to Miami to Los Angeles and Orange County with fashion shows and events devised to stimulate shopping for the fourth annual affair. In Orange County, Fashion Island in Newport Beach, Calif. and luxury department store Neiman Marcus were the centers of the festivity with multiple runway shows, in-store fashion and beauty events, giveaways, sweet treats and live music.
Fashion Island’s Fashion’s Night Out kicked off the evening with a fashion presentation under the palm trees emceed by Jillian Barberie Reynolds, Style File host and the co-host of Good Day LA on FOX Channel 11. A fashionista herself, Reynolds highlighted key trends and colors for the season as models worked the catwalk. Guests swarmed the stage to view looks that included equestrian themes, mixed prints, leather, emerald green and oxblood red.
The presentation concluded with a stunning runway show of David Meister’s Fall 2012 collection. The Los Angeles designer is well-known for his sophisticated dresses, eveningwear and red carpet couture style, and his show didn’t disappoint. Gowns boasted intricate metallic patterns while sheer yolks gave elegance to minidresses and sequin fabrics sparkled in the evening light. Meister was available following the show for a personal meet-and-greet and style advice.
The fun continued after the show with Neiman Marcus leading the way. The luxury department store went all out with an array of events and activities to excite shoppers. At the Mariposa restaurant, guests enjoyed complimentary wine tasting from Chateau St. Michelle and small bites from Newport Beach restaurants at “The Art of Gastronomy.” On the main floors, an art installation by Jon Nguyen from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena illustrated the connection between citizens, consumers and believers, while “The Art of Creative Collaboration: Chairing Styles” showcased fashion and interior designers creating matching fashions and chairs. Debut designers from FIDM were also present to craft red carpet gowns while fashion illustrator Nancy Riegelman sketched the creations in the making.
The main attraction was the Fall Fashion Parade presenting womenswear and menswear looks. Models strutted around the course of the contemporary women’s floor to showcase Fall trends including menswear, opulence, leather legs, digital prints, navy as the new black and shades of green. A grand finale of sparkling Cinderella gowns completed the spectacular evening.
Elsewhere around the outdoor mall, appetizers and music blasting from boutiques enticed Fashion’s Night Out guests to visit and view the latest Fall collections. Trina Turk’s guests styled their best outfit for the photographers and enjoyed “T” themed treats. G-star fans jammed to a live DJ and received a limited edition hand-screened print, and Vince enthusiasts enjoyed ‘lette macarons and some tunes.
Fashion’s Night Out fourth annual event was a success with more participating countries, stores and fashionistas carrying shopping bags. In the upcoming year, the event plans to continue expanding, promising an even bigger and better spectacle!