Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Viva Blk Jks & FNO

Fashion's Night Out Black Power Salute. Provocative Much? Image Courtesy Neilson Barnard/Getty Images.

'Tis the eve of fashion's blockbusting splashout--a party born during the financial nosebleed of 2009. Calm reigns supreme tonight as NYC prepares for Fashion Night Out. Stocks and sovereign accounts may crash and tumble tomorrow but come night time my dears, we will let them eat cake and even more cake in the best celebration of fashion, glamour, decadence, shopping and celebrity ever concocted to buoy spending and feed an industry the type of cake that keeps economies alive. FNO caused quite a stir in 2009. I love how it awaked an awareness that fashion is not just about pretty finishings and under-linings. Fashion is an industry that keeps 165,000 people employed in NYC alone; that's 5.7 percent of the city's workforce and  $9 billion worth pay. That's a well-heeled power play of there ever was one. 

So FNO taps into this spending frenzy genius. Other corners of the world are also spreading around some of the cheer, but of course we're psyched to know IT brands such as Nicole Miller will be popping bubbly in support of African women through the sale of cheeky Indego Africa print shorts and accessories. And our rock star boys Blk Jks from mzantsi held things down in the meatpacking district last year with a show at Scoop during Bono's FNO with his sustainable brand, Edun. Sickest Sounds on that Track! "'Skulumelela labasekho"--we sing for those no longer with us. Nuff Said!

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