With exception to the Fashion Week-long ‘In-Flight Experience‘ from ABC’s ‘Pan Am’ which we shared yesterday, last night’s epic third annual Fashion’s Night Out event had me
running cabbing uptown and downtown, east side and west side throughout Manhattan in an attempt to catch everything I could Disney. From Disney Store, who participated for the first time, to Lisa Perry hosting ‘Pan Am’ to Opening Ceremony’s Muppet X collection with Miss Piggy, it was all one huge thrill ride of ‘E Ticket’ proportions (bad airline/Disney theme park double entendre-intended).
It all began at Disney Store who kicked off its ‘Stylish Ever After’ event at 4 pm, a couple of hours ahead of most. Being the first year Disney Store has had a presence in Manhattan since Fashion’s Night Out was created, it was especially poised for the event given that its just a handful of Disney Stores around the world to offer some of the fashionably chic items such as the Kidada for Disney collection, featuring the Wish-A-Little figurines and charms. At the event, princesses of all ages were treated to a free mini-manicure courtesy of the Disney Princess Designer Collection nail polish and a first look at the next fragrance from Disney Store, the Tinker Bell-inspired ‘Pixie Dust’ which also happens to play host to the company’s first eau de toilette. Not only were guests able to sample the fragrance, but they were even able to purchase the collection ahead of its release later this year.
The artist behind the incredibly popular Disney Princess Designer collection, Steve Thompson, was also on hand at the event, signing limited edition lithographs as a gift with purchase.
Meanwhile, at the Kidada for Disney Charm Bar, guests were able to piece together their own customized charm bracelets from the unique collection. Making their Disney Store debut were the newest entries into Kidada Jones’ Wish-A-Little line, Ariel, Jasmine, Alice and Tinker Bell. The bad news is those who haven’t yet had the chance to purchase the newest additions will have to wait until their release on September 18 at those Disney Store locations that carry the Kidada for Disney line and September 19 online at DisneyStore.com. The good news, however, is that The Buzz, the official Disney Store blog, wants to bring some magic to guests at home, so they are giving away a set of the four new Wish-A-Littles to one lucky reader, but you best hurry as you’ll only have until Sunday, September 11 to enter.
Below is our gallery of images from the Disney Store ‘Stylish Ever After’ Fashion’s Night Out event. Click on any of the thumbnails to view a larger version.
From there it was off to designer Lisa Perry’s shop for a joint fashion event with ABC’s new drama, ‘Pan Am’ which begins airing September 25 at 10 pm ET/PT. With shame I admit that learning of the event was as close to last minute as it gets, but I’m glad I did manage to arrive early enough for this fashion flight to be one of the first 50 at the door, which scored me a free Pan Am Explorer style bag. At first I had expected the reward to be that of the coveted bag distributed at San Diego Comic Con but was shocked to see they were actually the genuine retro Explorer bags offered for sale at PanAmBrands.com. Not too shabby! In fact, I received multiple compliments on the bag throughout the night, even while still at Lisa Perry.
Taking the ‘In-Flight Experience’ to another altitude, the Pan Am ‘stewardesses’ welcomed attendees aboard and invited them to peruse through the Lisa Perry collection, while offering complimentary airline-inspired snacks and soft drinks (and more).
Cast from the ‘Pan Am’ series included the prolific Christina Ricci (Maggie) and Karine Vanasse (Colette), but perhaps the biggest star of the night was a former Pan Am employee who showed up at the event with her own bag collection in tow. Showing me a bag from the 1940s (read Pan American Airlines), she talked about how it had seen the world and still managed to hold up well after all those trips and all these years. She had been in ‘women’s marketing’ for the airline and it was her job to travel around the world to recruit young women to become stewardesses for the airline whose requirements, both personal and physical, were infamously strict. For example, Pan Am stewardesses had to be and remain unmarried while working for the airline, a point that will be
driven flown home quite hard in the series’ first episode.
Below is our gallery of images from the Lisa Perry ‘Pan Am’ Fashion’s Night Out event. Click on any of the thumbnails to view a larger version.
The last stop for the evening was Opening Ceremony at the Ace Hotel where the home of the Muppets X fashion collection brought in headliner Miss Piggy herself to charm the party-goers at the packed house spectacle. Doubly promoting her new film, The Muppets, which opens nationwide on November 23, Piggy gave her insights into the fashion world as well as explained her preparation for her role in the film in which she starts out as an editor of French Vogue and reveals what her favorite French food isn’t — any guesses?
Check out our video of Miss Piggy’s appearance below as well as some additional photos including an appearance by the upcoming Muppets collection by SpiritHoods.
Although billed as a global event, eyes, ears and wallets will be focusing on New York City tomorrow evening as Vogue, the Council of Fashion Designers of America, NYC & Company and the City of New York team up for a third year to ‘celebrate fashion, restore consumer confidence, boost the industry’s economy, and put the fun back in shopping’ and here’s just a few spots you can experience a dose of your Disney favorites throughout the night.
ABC’s ‘Pan Am’ is scheduled to arrive early, beginning at 8 am, for its first-class ‘in-flight experience’ which includes fashionable Pan Am stewardesses offering coffee and tea to passers-by as well as ‘Pan Am’ Explorer and track bags. They will be stationed in and around Lincoln Center, from 8 am – 11 am September 8 and 10, 7:30 am – noon on September 12, 8 am – 1 pm on September 13 and 9 am – noon on September 14. ‘Pan Am’ has already been flaunting off its fashions at specially-converted bus shelters in Los Angeles and New York, including 42nd Street and Lexington, just outside Grand Central Terminal.
Jetsetters at Lisa Perry Style at 976 Madison Avenue will also catch the ‘Pan Am’ fever as some of the show’s cast, including Christina Ricci, will make an appearance. The first 50 to arrive at the event, which takes place between 6-8 pm will receive the coveted ‘Pan Am’ Explorer Bag.
Disney Store Times Square, located at 1540 Broadway, will offer its ‘Stylish Ever After’ event from 4 pm – 11 pm in which guests can get a sneak peek at upcoming fashionable Disney Store merchandise including the first public debut of Pixie Dust, a new fragrance which will include a personal eau de toilette spray for the first time. Guests will also get the opportunity to create and purchase their own custom charm bracelet at the Kidada for Disney Store charm bar and receive a free mini-manicure courtesy of the new runway-inspired Disney Princess Designer Collection nail polish, featuring hues ranging from Snow White’s luscious apple red to Belle’s gleaming gold.
Opening Ceremony at the Ace Hotel will be teaming up with JanSport to host ‘El Mercado de Carnival de Opening Ceremony,’ an Argentinean-themed event, modeled after a traditional South American carnival. The much larger news, however, is that none other than Miss Piggy is scheduled to make a couple of rare public appearances to meet and greet with her public to help launch the new Muppets X collection from Opening Ceremony. Opening Ceremony’s event kicks off at 5 pm.