Fashion's Night Out, the self-proclaimed "splurge-inspiring event" that took over major citties all around the world, including LA for the first time this past Friday, presented some notable music and performance elements that went beyond the expected laptop pop-while-you-shop DJ sets.
Coco de Mer offered burlesque, John Varvatos had rock photographer Robert Knight shooting shopper's portraits, and Alpha featured The House of Extravaganza vogue crew doing moves in the windows. Hot turntable action did amp up the pink, princessy environs of Tarina Tarantino (the designer spun her own shindig) and Betsey Johnson (where we $pent our dough).
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But the biggest live music Fashion hap was definitely at the Fred Segal/Ron Herman store on Melrose, where The Dandy Warhols were brought in for an acoustic set by denim brand PRPS. The pricey shopping palace was packed for the band and the free booze, heavy on bohemian ("like you") luxe looks, even if there were entirely too many of those silly, furry animalhead hoodie things prancing around!
We're big Warhols fans, but their acoustic set was kind of a snooze, especially the slow-mo version of The Rolling Stones' "Last Time" in which Courtney Taylor and co. actually took the hook of the chorus away entirely. Blasphemous! Hopefully, that'll be the last time they do the tune that way.
For their signature jiggle/jangle, we recommend The Dandy Warhols- The Capitol Years 1996-2007, just released last month, which offers a more potent paradigm for the group's stylized dance pop, the pizzazz of which sometimes get lost in their pared down performances.
By the way, we hadn't seen so much excitement on Melrose since the early 90's! Herman's parking lot resembled a dance club and out front food trucks and gussied up girlies stomping from store to store made the Night Out electric indeed. Read more about the festivities and check out all the hot (and not) looks in this week's Nightranger.