When Vogue puts on a fashion show a few things are certain--top models, full designer support, and a star studded front row. But Tuesday night's Fashion's Night Out: The Show was alot more than that. Flawlessly executed, the catwalk spectacular gave 1,500 lucky attendees the chance to witness one of the grandest shows in history and the largest of it's kind to ever rock New York City.
Over 150 of the world's top models walked the runway in the round outside Lincoln Center, but the show began with some of the business' most famous faces. Gisele, Naomi Campbell, Karolina Kurkova, Adriana Lima, Coco Rocha, and Alessandra Ambrosio kicked things off; they arrived via Payless' Fashion's Night Out double-decker bus clad in FNO gear and ball skirts. Other top models then circulated the space in some of fall's hottest trends including 50s-inspired wares, rocker chic confections, and roaring 20s frocks. The stunning extravaganza that closed with a surprise performance by Pharell.
Anna Wintour pulled out all the stops in bringing together the big guns. Designers like Tory Burch, Diane von Furstenberg, Vera Wang, Phillip Lim, Thakoon Panichgul, Jason Wu, Donna Karan, the Rag & Bone design duo, and Tommy Hilfiger all took a break from putting the finishing touches on their own Spring 2011 collections to sit in the audience. Carolina Herrera deserves extra props; shegot in the spirit of things by sporting a crisp white button-down version of the FNO tee. Gossip Girl's Blake Lively and Leighton Meester also partook in the FNO festivities, which is fitting as the event is expected to make a cameo in the upcoming season. But the night's most exciting star sighting was Roger Federer, who took a break from the US Open to support one his biggest fans.
Overall it was an amazing way to christen Lincoln Center as Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week's new home. To catch the show for yourself, tune in to CBS on Tuesday, September 14th at 10pm. And prepare for even more designer and celebrity sightings this Friday evening at Fashion's Night Out. ~Nola Weinstein