Thursday night, as the hour struck 6 p.m., when urban professionals would normally be on their way home, or, just finishing their first drink at happy hour, they instead took to the city streets in droves to take part in Boston’s second official Fashion’s Night Out. The annual event, created by infamous Vogue editor Anna Wintour and the Council of Fashion Designers of America, has grown to epic proportions in only it’s junior year, with a sensational slew of events happening all over town.
For only the second time in decades, Newbury Street was once again closed off to traffic, with Herb Chambers showcasing its exotic car collection over six blocks and over 80 vehicles, including a Bugatti Veyron, Ferrari Dayton Spyder (a car that made a very dramatic movie appearance in Iron Man 2) and a McLaren F1. There were also on-stage performances in front of Stephanie’s on Newbury, with appearances by local bands Sweet Tooth & the Sugarbabies, Good Will & Them Apples, and Cosmodrome. Most boutiques, restaurants, and store fronts featured giveaways, raffles, in-store snacks and drinks, as well as sales. Local cupcake favorite, Sweet, gave away some of their delicious frosting shots while playing the movie The Devil Wears Prada in-store. New Newbury Street cupcake competitor, Georgetown Cupcake, which started in Washington D.C. and was featured on the TLC show “D.C. Cupcakes,” also gave out red velvet cupcakes to visitors that evening.
Elsewhere in the Back Bay, the Prudential Center South Garden held an outdoor showing of the movie “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.
Just across the way at Copley Place, a fashion show spotlighting fall fashion by Neiman Marcus, followed by a multi-retailer show featuring looks by Jimmy Choo, Wolford, Vince, and Elie Tahari garnered quite the viewing audience on all levels of the mall throughout the evening, as VIP guests of Boston Common magazine enjoyed goodie bags and front row seating.
Other events were held elsewhere in the city, including the South End and Downtown Crossing, with all of the city seemingly dressed in their most fashionable duds. Even Mayor Menino, who’s not necessarily known for inspiring anyone on the fashion front, made sure to make it back from his national television appearance speaking at the Democratic National Convention earlier this week to take part in the evening’s opening ceremony.
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