Recap: LES Opening Night on Orchard Street [PHOTOS]
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Photo: Lori Greenberg
Orchard Street was bustling yesterday evening thanks to Opening Night: Art + Fashion. Organized by the Lower East Side BID, the second annual event once again coordinated a celebration of neighborhood stores and galleries.
The centerpiece was a mid-block “Looks of the LES” fashion show selected by Cosmopolitan.com’s Amy Odell. The event showcased threads from 16 local boutiques, including The Great Frog, The Dressing Room, Old Hollywood and Ja-Mil Uniforms. A runway was constructed on the street between Grand and Broome, joined by numerous carpets of astroturf. We were coveting more than a few articles of clothing, including the white leather moto jacket from The Cast, and the Christopher Walken t-shirt from Urban Cricket (paired with a red onesie track suit, which only the uber-confident should attempt).
Some forty galleries simultaneously held opening parties. We swung by a few afterward, stopping to chat with Lesley Heller, owner of Lesley Heller Workspace. Heller organized the gallery portion of the evening and her gallery, along with most of the others, was packed. The mood was festive and giddy, with the well-behaved (and well-dressed) crowds spilling out on to the streets. There was a lot of great street style to take in, especially at the Strange Loop gallery, which had an abundance of glitter, sequins and saturated color (both in the exhibit, and on the attendees).
All in all, it seemed like a successful endeavor, and a great way to “do” Fashion Week, without the VIP lists and attitude. But, maybe they should switch to leopard print astroturf next year. If at all.