With her school girl's haircut and slender, frail physique, Vogue's Anna Wintour is an unlikely economic stimulator. However, this past Friday night, her brainchild, Fashion's Night Out, spread through the country like a cancer, a very fashionable cancer.
To sneak a peek at big business trying on good taste, we headed over to experience FNO's Miami party in the Design District. Our crawl started at Miami designer Nektar de Stagni's shop NDS where free Grey Goose flowed like water.
Nektar's store was bustling with people staring longingly at the jewelry and heavily petting her friendly white cat. Her fierce new collection of pearl jewelry features enameled shark teeth. The shop features designs by other jewelers as well, each with its own radical personality. Somehow, we mustered the strength to drag ourselves away from a de Stagni-designed necklace, but not before whispering sweet nothings to it, promising to return after a few more drinks.
The FNO map marked Design District restaurants, so you'd assume some of them would have samples. But the dreams of grumbling bellies and empty wallets were soon dashed when it became clear there would be very few free snacks.
As a whole, Miami's FNO was far from well-attended, but there were a smattering of parties along NE Second Avenue. Those present were mostly dressed to the nines in Italian, '60s-inspired, structured dresses. There wasn't much variety to their look, but there was definitely an abundance of style and money to envy.
Like flies to honey, fashionistas were drawn to Marni, one of the loveliest and least affordable shops in the District. The well-crafted wares are always displayed beautifully on racks, which snake through the store.
Other highlights included art collab Friends With You's flagship store, which gave out free gifts of their grinning, rainbowy toys (great to save for Christmas gifts, you know, if you're really cheap). They're even better to rip open on the spot for for genuinely adult playtime fun. And a DJ spinning dance music created quite a festive atmosphere at Maison Martin Margiela. This pop-up shop's inventory included various necklaces made of something that looks like human hair and a dress made from records (great for the music-nerd drag queen in you).
Marni's all fashion all the time
Next we visited the fashionable athletic line Y-3, a collaboration between Yohji Yamamoto and sneaker people Adidas. The newest tops in the store feature kitties, well, kitty cats, to be exact. If you want the perfect gift for the cat-lover in your life, the sweaters are made by Yohii himself, and cost a mere $500.
Y-3, making kitty-wear cool
After snacking on only a few Mai Tardi risotto balls scavenged from a neglected table in En Avance, and more Grey Goose signature bevs, we headed back to Nektar's store. Buying one of her classic "delicate" necklaces seemed the right thing to do. Ms. Wintour, just so you know, we personally helped you and the entire fashion world stimulate the economy this FNO, and have begun saving up for next year's already.
Wearing a “beard” she made out of cotton balls and a manila folder, Liz Tracy once introduced herself to Rick Ross as Rick Ross. When she’s not writing articles about the Bawse or the Boss, she’s penning grants at Pérez Art Museum Miami. Liz has her master’s degree in religion from Florida State University. She taught classes on public policy at Florida International University and new media journalism at the Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami. Around 2007, Liz figured out that the internet was a wonderful place to express her unpopular opinions, so she established the websites Miami, Bro and the Heat Lightning. She has since written for publications and outlets such as Miami New Times, Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, Ocean Drive, the Huffington Post, NBC Miami, Time Out Miami, Insomniac, the Daily Dot, and the Atlantic. Liz spent three years as New Times Broward-Palm Beach’s music editor, was the weekend news editor at Inverse, and is currently the managing editor at Tom Tom Magazine. You may have seen her as the interviewer in the viral video “Butt Hole Tattoo Girl” that was featured on Real Time with Bill Maher, MTV, and Comedy Central.