Last night's Fashion's Night Out event at NorthPark Center in Dallas proved to be the hot spot for all things fashion. Featuring everything from live music and special discounts to mini makeovers and delicious eats, there was just about something for everybody.
The biggest draw of the evening turned out to be the event's three fashion shows. Featuring fall trends from stores like Neiman Marcus, H&M, Dillard's and Nordstrom, FNO guests (and random mall spectators) packed the NorthCourt to catch a glimpse of each show. With a DJ spinning a mix of tunes for all ages, Victoria Snee, director of PR for NorthPark, and Ron Corning, host of WFAA's Daybreak, acted as emcees for the night. While I enjoyed all three shows, some of my favorite fashions came during the last show thanks in large part to Ted Baker London. In what I can only describe as Downton Abbey meets modern day, it's no surprise that our friends across the pond have impeccable taste.
As I traveled from store to store, I soon realized that besides the actual fashion shows, Neiman Marcus was the place to be. With three whole levels of fashion fun, the store pulled out all the stops as guests were treated to an open bar and an array of complimentary treats that included cupcakes, macaroons, and gourmet popcorn. Between the free makeovers, the trunk shows and a showing of The September Issue, I kept busy most of the evening as I wandered from floor to floor hoping not to miss out on a single thing. Though I did not partake in the activities provided in the men's department, it was nice to see them getting in on the FNO action with some cigar rolling and a scotch tasting.
Like any true fashion event, there were countless photo ops. At Neiman's, Cirque du Soleil characters (dressed as a peacock and a cheetah) were seen prowling the third floor as guests found enough time to put down their martinis and strike a pose. In designer alley, the Roberto Cavalli Red Carpet Retrospect was abuzz all evening as guests stopped to snap a picture with one of the designer's stunning creations. The exhibit, which will be on display until Sept. 12, features around 20 of the designers most iconic dresses worn by the likes of Victoria Beckham, Beyonce, and Jennifer Lopez. And as if not to be outdone by the night's events, Dallas Cowboys' wide receiver Dez Bryant, fresh off a win against the Giants the previous evening, wandered through the crowd drawing attention and numerous picture seekers.
With a packed house to play to on Fashion's Night Out, NorthPark Center did not disappoint. As the event drew to a close and guests continued to mingle and shop, the Dallas String Quartet could be heard in the distance playing Coldplay's Paradise. A song which seemed only fitting for such a magical night.