This year’s Vogue Fashion’s Night Out in London looks set to be the broadest yet, with activity stretching from beyond Bond Street, Regent Street and Oxford Street to Covent Garden and Westfield London. I’m going to try to see as much as I can but I’ll mostly be hosting my own little soiree at the Lacoste store in Regent Street (so you’d better come and say hi or I’ll feel like a right ninny.)
Lacoste’s Unlock The Croc event at 233 Regent Street, W1 will include nail art by The Illustrated Nail, a digital Unlock The Croc game, a mountain of macarons, rivers of champagne, bloggy, fashiony chit-chat, plus my edit of the AW12 collection. Lacoste isn’t just about polo shirts any more you know (although who doesn’t love a colour-pop polo?); under Felipe Oliveira Baptista it seems to be heading in a more street-luxe Kenzo-slash-Marc-by-Marc-Jacobs direction. Fun times ahead!
My blog buddies are also busy on FNO, putting in appearances at Daks (Mademoiselle Robot) and Coach (Fashion Foie Gras, Liberty London Girl and Coco’s Tea Party). Covent Garden will be well worth visiting, with Opening Ceremony laying on a K-Pop themed block party in King Street, complete with K-Pop hair makeovers courtesy of Bleach, customised Opening Ceremony varsity jackets, plus first dibs on the new Opening Ceremony book. Also in King Street, there will be styling workshops at Rugby Ralph Lauren, drinks and nibbles at Burberry Brit, and Chanel will be dispensing lip and nail colours from its make-up vending machines. Yes, I did say Chanel vending machines. I know.
I’ve got to love the idea of Beyond Retro’s Harajuku-themed evening in its Great Marlborough Street store, with OTT kitsch-flavoured vintage, a karaoke corner and a rare peek into the Beyond Retro archive at its vintage kimono collection. Further down the road, Liberty will host its Fashion Fun Fair where you can enjoy Victoriana dress-up and snapshot shenanigans at Manolo Blahnik, similar japes with Jonathan Saunders’ #showusyoursaunders and an MIH treasure hunt.
Over in Carlos Place, Roland Mouret will be putting on a special evening with the fabulous Catherine Baba, where patterns for the exclusive La Baba dress will be available to buy and the exotic one herself will be styling the dress. Nearby in Mount Street, Christian Louboutin will unveil his dragon tattoo shoes with added drama from palm readers and fortune tellers. Last year, Bond Street was the hub of all the action with Rupert Sanderson’s roller disco my personal highlight. This year, Mulberry is hosting the official party, with Nail Rock nail art and a posh fish and chip van outside the store, courtesy of J Sheekey. And at Hermes the main event will be something called Swinging Silk, an interactive mass dance lesson involving dancers swathed in Hermes silk as well as scarf styling, photo shoots and Hermes transfer tattoos. How bonkers!
Lots to take in then, so if you’re planning to join in the fun, make sure you swing by Lacoste for a drink and a chat, and perhaps a game of #UnlockTheCroc. See you tomorrow…