We picked Bond Street for Fashion’s Night Out because, quite frankly, we’ve lived on the corner for a decade and were feeling a touch lazy. Little did we know the wee cobblestone block would be going off with a Black Carnival theme and bashes left right and center! The night got started with PAPER’s own party at United Nude, where Sophia Lamar hosted and The Chainsmokers took care of tunes. Between the store’s custom LED light wall, the new Fall shoes displayed and Mr. Mickey’s FNO jangles, it was an eye-popping affair!
Down the street, designer Billy Reid was doling out his signature Southern charm. The brand debuted their Levi’s Workwear collection and had Dallas-born Erin Wasson on hand to celebrate. Wasson – looking gorge in a waffle tank dress and black felt hat with sequined brim – had eyes fixed on the live band playing toward the back of the store. Billy had brought in Shelly Colvin for the occasion – she works at the company’s Nashville shop and is quite the talented country crooner. We chatted with Billy, who’s based in Alabama, on what made him choose Bond for his NYC digs. “We spent about two and a half years trying to settle on the right place. This [the former Bouwerie Lane Theater] was one of the first places we looked at–it kind of resonated with the brand. We felt like this was the place where we could be us. So much history, the look. We just felt it.” Any more NYC shops in the works for Billy Reid? “We’ve thought about,” he replied. “If it came up, it’d be great, but it’s such a big undertaking. We’re doing all right here.”
After a champagne pit stop next door at the swish Eva Scrivo Salon and a few nibbles from Luke’s Lobster, Nijiya, Melt Bakery, Sigmund Pretzels and Macaron Parlour (all set up on Bond), we turned the corner on Bowery to check out Eva New York. Owner Stephanie Pappas pulls together the coolest designers, and last night Timo Weiland and jewelry by Stefania Pia were the boutique’s highlights. We loved Timo’s wispy printed silk dresses (check the gallery) and Stefania’s awesome oddball necklaces, made with various materials and reclaimed objects.
More Bond Street news to come, but our FNO certainly wasn’t bad for three steps outside the front door!