On September 6, numerous Worth Avenue merchants will be open from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. to celebrate Fashion’s Night Out. The initiative was created by Vogue in New York in 2009 and has since grown to be a global phenomenon with more than 100 cities worldwide participating, including Palm Beach.
The Worth Avenue Association and Marianna Toroyan of The Fashion Doctors consulting firm have been eagerly planning this year’s edition of Palm Beach’s Fashion’s Night Out. Celebrating fashion and restoring consumer confidence while boosting the retail economy, Fashion’s Night Out will be held on a three-block stretch in the city’s high-end shopping street, Worth Avenue. The avenue will be partially closed to vehicular traffic to allow for pedestrian shoppers to enjoy a safe and fun evening.
In anticipation of Fashions Night Out, Island Company, the West Palm Beach-based apparel company that has a boutique on Worth Avenue, has created a new collection of men’s and women’s apparel called Island Vintage, which was inspired by India.
Island Company’s founder and creative director, Spencer Antle, visited India last summer and was inspired by the handwork and detailing of the garments. Overwhelmed by the craftsmanship, Antle created 10 pieces that he debuted during last month’s Swim Week in Miami Beach. The Island Vintage collection includes embroidered, pin-tucked and pleated features on shorts, tops, coverups and skirts. Some of the items will be available in limited editions or one-offs.
Another brand planning for a busy Fashion’s Night Out is Neiman Marcus, who recently launched a new “accessible luxury” costume jewelry collection by Rachel Zoe. With 30 pieces in total, the collection was inspired by vintage pieces from the 1920s, 60s and 70s, including rings, earrings, bracelets and necklaces.
Gucci’s creative director, Frida Giannini, designed a new GG Flag Collection, which includes T-shirts, a tote, a handbag, a duffel and a wallet and accessories created to mark the launch of UNICEF’s School’s for Asia initiative. Twenty-five percent of the retail price of each GG Flag Collection pieces sold worldwide will go toward supporting educational efforts in Asia.