Fashion’s Night in Shining Armour

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.

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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 massagesĀ 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.

 

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Bombay gets its first Fashion’s Night Out!

For those of you not in the know, Fashion’s NO (see what I did there) is what Anna Wintour came up with one Saturday afternoon while sipping on Bellinis and stroking a baby leopard… some exaggeration here, but more or less true. It’s a street shopping fest where luxury brands design limited edition items at throwaway prices so that laypeople like you and me can feel more fashionable, and what’s more, the proceeds go to a good cause. This year, it’s finally happening in Mumbai at the Palladium, because Borivali Sahakar Bhandar Hall was all booked, and it’s on Thursday, September 5th, from 6 p.m. to midnight! All proceeds from the Vogue stalls will go to Habitat for Humanity’s IndiaBUILDS initiative, so your gluttony and lust and “mera wala black!” screeches will mean a lot more than they usually do. I know, I know, so cool, no?

Here’s a taste of things you can expect:

1. Monisha Jaising and Sabyasachi will design t-shirts that Vogue will sell for Rs 500 wonly.

2. Pop up stores by Vogue + one exclusively dedicated to black clutches by renowned designers, because when can you have enough of those?

3. FREE DRINKS FOR WOMEN BY TGIF FROM 6 TO 9 PM WOWWOWOWOW.

Almost all major Palladium stores will participate in this, offering discounts, games and lucky draws. Chanel will give you a makeover (only if you’re Queenie Dhody) Vero Moda might give you free shopping worth 10K, FCUK will give you 2.5K vouchers for every 5K spent, and everyone will be peddling tons and tons of free champagne.

So, in a nutshell, you don’t want to miss this, even if it is just to see what the fuss is all about.