Monday, November 7, 2011

Japan's Night Out

In the United States, we celebrated Fashion's Night Out almost two months ago, but on the other side of the world, the festivities waited until November. Japan had their first Fashion's Night Out this past weekend (November 5th). Hosted in Tokyo, the event brought all the Vogue editors in the world to the city to celebrate the inaugural event, including the infamous Anna Wintour of American Vogue.

Besides just the usual overwhelming amount of participating stores (400+) and lots of celebrities (Michael Kors, brings me back to FNO 2010 when I met him...sigh), the event had a bigger purpose: to help to reboost Japan's economy following their devestating earthquake last year. The night was a huge success, especially for Wintour, who, according to Women's Wear Daily, reached 'rock star status', with hoards of people following her everywhere she went. Not that I can blame them, if I was there, I would have been following right along with them.

To get Wintour's take on the event and Japanese fashion, check out this great interview in the Wall Street Journal. Wintour embraced Japanese culture fully, hammering rice to make rice patties at Theory. After watching the Devil Wears Prada, who would have thought they'd see Wintour doing any form of manual labor?!

The legendary Anna Wintour with her daughter, Bee Shaffer

Outside Dior on Fashion's Night Out

All of the world's VOGUE editors

The opening ceremonies

Anna making rice patties

Photos courtesy of Women's Wear Daily, MYFDBlog and The Cut

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