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Owner Melissa Akkaway said she was pleased with the turnout.
“We’d definitely participate next year,” she said.
Next door at luxury lingerie shop Coco de Mer, hula-hooping burlesque dancer Kelleia Sherrin wowed shoppers with her sexy moves and enviable abs. Miami held a block party for shoppers, while Bellevue, Wash., had shopping by candlelight. Cirque du Soleil performed around the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington, D.C.
Neiman Marcus planned different events around the country _ a runway show in Denver, a design-your-own cupcake bar in Minneapolis and a competition between stylists in Dallas, for example.
But with the fashion crowd gathered for Fashion Week, the events with the highest star wattage were scattered throughout New York.
At Barneys, Alexander Wang joined a dance party with a megaphone and shouted for customers to dance their unprintables off. Designers Jeff Halmos and Sam Shipley faced off against fans in ping-pong. A huge crowd gathered for a karaoke contest judged by the Olsen twins.
Campbell was at Dolce & Gabbana promoting T-shirts with photos of herself at different points in her career, to celebrate her 25th anniversary in fashion. Campbell, who has been brushing off the attention she got earlier this year at the Hague, said she and the designers had asked themselves “What could we do that’s fun? And dancing is fun.”
Oscar de la Renta took a similar approach. At the narrow, packed store on Madison Avenue, a 12-piece merengue band performed while professional dancers from a Latin ballroom studio whipped guests into the mood to dance _ even if there was only really room for most of them to bop in place while sipping champagne and munching on ceviche.
Standing with feet planted firmly on the sidelines was dance luminary Mikhail Baryshnikov, the advertised celebrity. But de la Renta delighted the crowd by dancing a few steps himself.
Jessica Alba, at Polo Ralph Lauren in SoHo, said she came to New York just for the event.
“It’s a perfect way to boost the economy and hang out with some friends, have a little champagne and shop all night,” she said.
The party at a Hyatt turned out to be a manly fantasy. The ultra-sleek Andaz boutique hotel owned by the chain hosted a party with pork buns and kimchi apple salad by Momofuku’s David Chang and whiskeys from eight artisinal manufacturers.
“Models. Whiskey. Meat. It’s a man’s dream,” said Rachel Harrison, the hotel’s spokeswoman.
A highlight was a cocktail called The September Issue endorsed by Vogue food critic Jeffrey Steingarten made with rye and chilled with liquid nitrogen. A few of those were required to brave the savagery when fashionistas demanded pork.
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