What an evening it was – champagne, cupcakes, hors d’oeuvres, celebs, the who’s who of the fashion world wearing some truly quirky/ cool outfits. In anticipation of the evening, my roommate and I air-kissed and held our totes in the crooks of our elbows, wrapping our usual pyjamas-and-sweatshirt avatars in jackets and conspiratorial smiles.
So off I went, checking out stores, sampling the goodies – Kiehls’s gave me free beer, Zara gave me champagne, Jimmy Choo gave me cake pops, Accessorize gave me 10% off, Body Shop gave me hand massages and so on and so forth it went, each shop promising illusory goodies and surface frills, but nothing substantial, really. Caught up in the hoopla and the bubbly of it all, I promptly put my father’s credit card (which I’d nicked earlier that day) to use and bought things I didn’t really need because the need to be swept away by it all was so urgent, that feeling of shopping without care was just so heady.
In the end, I spent a lot of money and got a few free drinks, yes, but did I really get any value? I don’t think so. Vogue’s Sabyasachi and Monisha Jaising tees were nothing special, that Manish Arora tote was superbly blah, and the Playclan pouch was hardly worth the cloth it was made of. Most shops – bar FCUK, which gave vouchers worth 2500 free with a shopping of 5000 – weren’t really giving me something I wouldn’t have got another day. True, I had fun shmoozing, and I MET ANITA DONGRE. MET, not SAW, which was super cool, but as a consumer, in the end I felt a little cheated. Fashion’s Night Out made me spend, so it was great for the stores in Palladium, but it was nothing special for me.
But I’d expected that, and the awesome blue Vero Moda leather jacket I ended up buying was totally worth it, so all’s well that ends well, I guess.
This is what I bought:
1. A Gorgeous blue leather jacket from Vero Moda
2. A necklace from Accessorize with a shoe-charm.
3. Tons of accessories from Only
4. Stuff from Kiehls and Clinique, according to me the best skincare and cosmetics brands out there.