Posted by Cassidy Pahl
Monday, September 12, 2011 12:53 PM EDT
If you are lucky enough to be a New Yorker, you as a fashionista were out Thursday night scanning Fifth Avenue for celebrities and strutting down Broadway snagging incredible deals. Even if you hail from another, though likely smaller, fashion mecca, you still could have been in on the action, as Fashion's Night Out takes place in over 250 cities, from "Manhattan to Milan," as the official website boasts. FNO made waves in its third year here in NYC, glimmering with the glitz of the famous and the glamour of the designer. With its own following, FNO even supplies t-shirts to fashion fans to flaunt as they crane to catch a glimpse of Kanye West and score a free mascara at Benefit, uptown. Bergdorf Goodman had whimsical live models in its larger-than-life street windows, and everyone believed SJP would turn the corner at any moment. Of course, in my neck of the woods, NYU, half your new friends have pics with Penn Badgley. Along with throngs of other NYU students that came to NY with fashion being a true factor, Dakota Fanning headed to SoHo to endorse Marc Jacob's new fragrance, Oh, Lola! and her new role as a muse. The chic urban designer deserves credit as one of the initiators of FNO, along with Vogue's Editor-in-Chief, Anna Wintour. Even a toddler yet, FNO is changing the face of fashion from a deeply individualized realm into a truly social experience.