While the Olsen twins were judging a karaoke party with the designers of Proenza Schouler, at Barneys in New York, and Victoria Beckham was spotted with Sarah Jessica Parker at Bergdorf's, sadly Los Angeles celeb spotting was at a minimum. With all the celebrities in New York for fashion week, that left LA with Bobby Trendy (former stylist to Anna Nicole Smith), seen in attendance at the Phillip Lim event.
However, Fashion's Night Out, should be about just that: fashion. The event, which works so well in a more condensed city such as Manhattan, definitely had some tough obstacles to overcome in LA. Yet, troubles seem to be forgotten once inside a lovely fashion-centric party. On West Hollywood's Third Street, boutiques such as Milk, Hillary Rush, and Petro Zillia were definitely crowded. Milk offered free manicures by Nail Couture LA, a raffle for a fully loaded accessories basket, and a chance for the evening's most stylishly dressed to win a $250 gift card. Across the street at Hillary Rush, it was easy to fill up on cupcakes from Crumbs Bakery, and miss a sighting of Mayor Villaraigosa. Petro Zillia had a sample sale for the line Report Signature, hosted by Kyle Richards (Paris Hilton's aunt), who will appear on the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.
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Melrose Avenue was rather packed with foot traffic, as people mingled inside DVF and Marc by Marc Jacobs. Marc by Marc Jacobs had a sprawling window display, in honor of Jacob's new fragrance Bang, as well as a photo window--where patrons get pictures taken, with a printed copy to take home--which drew in many shoppers. The store manager applauded Anna Wintour for her efforts, in making this year's LA Fashion's Night Out, the best. Around the corner at Melrose and Robertson, was the incredibly crowded Phillip Lim boutique. The very convenient parking lot was transformed into mingling area, as guests waited in line for organic burgers from the Patty Wagon food truck. Inside patrons reveled at the store's highlight: portraits by artist James Jean. Jean, who has also collaborated with Prada, was asked to create illustrative portraits of models donning Lim's clothing. The art was displayed throughout the store, as a hip crowd sipped drinks from the open bar and enjoyed DJ spun music. Lim would have been proud of his successful achievement: to celebrate LA's creativity and fashionable flair.
Despite the fact that it could have taken two hours to hit four stores, the energy was at an all-time high throughout the city and everyone appeared to be having a wonderful time. All in all, LA's Fashion's Night Out was a fun night out!