Amanda Brooks will attract more attention now in her high-profile position as Fashion Director of Barneys New York — and we'll certainly hear from her in the new Barneys blog The Window — but she's been a fashion insider and front-rower for years. A fashion consultant, author of I Love Your Style, and five-time maker of the best-dressed list at Vogue deserves a closer look, so we put together some memorable Amanda Brooks outfits. We look forward to seeing what she brings to the front row at New York Fashion Week. What do you think of Amanda's personal style?
First, Lindsey Wixson played with some crazy cats in Barneys' Fall '10 catalog; now, Kirsi Pyrhonen has a foodie holiday that includes an octopus and copious amounts of cabbage. Luxurious, gift-worthy pieces from Lanvin, Rag and Bone, and Proenza Schouler are served up with a healthy side of Barneys' quirky humor. Shot by Walter Pfeiffer, the catalog is bold and playful. Anybody hungry for shopping?
Fashion's Night Out brought crowds of shoppers to all five boroughs in Manhattan last evening, as retailers opened doors late night and celebrated fall fashion with designer appearances, live musical performances, trunk shows, street parties, book signings and do-it-yourself sewing circles.
Our first stop was Barney's were we visited Isabel and Ruben Toledo (the former signing copies of her new book and the later illustrating shoppers on the inside cover), chatted with Alabama Chanin's Natalie Chanin as she watched over her 5th floor sewing circle, said hello to Behnaz Sarafpour (busy sketching her fall 2009 collection for a line of shoppers) and breezed by Rogan Gregory (hand-painting Loomstate tee shirts) and Organic's John Patrick (spreading the good word on sustainable wool farming) on the Co-Op floor.
Walking out of a packed Barney's and on to Madison Avenue proved to be even more interesting, as we spotted Sam Shipley and Jeff Halmos riding bikes decorated especially for Fashion's Night Out (and stocked with cans of Pabst Blue Ribbon beers) on their way to visit Vena Cava's Brooklyn block party and take a turn in the dunk tank.
Only two feet in front of Shipley and Halmos on the corner of 60th street we ran into Francisco Costa standing outside of his Calvin Klein store, signing tee shirts while Jamie Burke performed inside. All this before even heading downtown...
Also of note, Rachel Roy and Estelle celebrating the opening of the Rachel Rachel Roy pop-up shop in Soho; Opening Ceremony's trunk show where Voguette were seen scooping up Alexander Wang's fall collection by the armfuls; Rag and Bone's David Neville and Marcus Wainwright toasting friends with Guinness; and the mayhem that was caused by Victoria Beckham, Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen all under the same roof at Bergdorf Goodman.
The rain sprits clearly bow to Anna Wintour as the weather held off until just before 11pm when most revelers stashed away their wallets and focused on the parties at hand. Judging by the number of people out on the streets and walking into the stores, Fashion's Night Out was a great success. The city that never sleeps has rarely looked more alive (or more beautiful).
Barney's CEO Howard Socol has parted ways with the beloved retailer. The industry veteran was rumored to be unhappy with the direction that the Dubai state investment fund Istithmar was taking Barneys after its August acquisition of the company from Jones Apparel Group.
Brooks Brothers is hitting the greens as clothing sponsor of the PGA's Stanford St. Jude Championship in Memphis next month, including the presentation of a championship jacket - part of its first effort to market the 190-year-old brand in national sports settings.
Short people ain't got no reason to live? Well apparently Big and Tall stores are now making way for short and petite stores for men like Jimmy Au's For Men 5'8". Call it the hipster influence.
Katie is back from Telluride and what's the first thing she does? She heads to Barney's. She was seen there almost every day leading up to Suri's birth, and spotted there again today after returning home. Of course this shopping trip was without baby Suri or Tom or her many Scientology friends. The store must be her safe place.
UPDATE: Suri has been seen. ET reports:
...the couple's good friend, "King of Queens" star LEAH REMINI, says she actually met the young tyke several weeks ago.
"She's a newborn and normal size!" Leah tells US Weekly. Another pal is quoted as saying that Suri is "a cross between the two -- [with] dark, straight hair and dark eyes."
Lots more pics of Katie leaving Barney's so read more