Fashion’s Night Out 2011: At Avenue


Before your dutiful scrivener (look it up) shares her midway Mercedes Benz Fashion Week runway report, I should like to begin with Fashion’s Night Out. It is a pulsing climax of retailing, with “pop-up” stores throughout the city. Liquor flows freely to encourage shopping madness. The lines at Missoni alone were simply out of control.

Your faithful correspondent had decided to stay in and take a hot scented bubble bath (my special scent created by Sarah Jessica Parker). My teens and twenties are far enough behind me that the notion of spending the night body-blocking other fashion hounds whilst wearing high heels was less than appetizing.

However, the siren call of the bathtub had to wait. Avenue, the plus-size clothing line for women, invited me as a celebrity guest blogger, along with Brooke Elliot, the star of the Lifetime television show “Drop Dead Diva.”

My fashion choices were an Avenue black dress with lace and ruching, 4″ black heels, and a huge vintage black hat. No jewelry. I believe the rule of “before you leave, take one thing off” applies particularly when you are wearing a huge feathered black hat.

Ma chérie jolie lecteurs, the store was so crowded you couldn’t’t get a nail file between the bodies. So many gorgeous plus-sized women, all shapes and sizes! All happy to be there among their own. Champagne was passed, as was finger food.

Alicia, the publicist, a shy, sweet redhead was not at all the usual fast-talking PR machine. I was introduced first to Selina Zaccagno, Avenue’s Divisional Merchandise Manager for Avenue Body, Shoes & Accessories. Selina in turn introduced me to almost all of the corporate staff. To be honest, after a bit it was a blur of black dresses and name tags. I saw the stylish @Curvatude, wearing a gray shrug tied under the bust and a long green skirt.

Brooke Elliot
Brooke Elliot arrived. She is stunningly beautiful, probably a size 22/24. Decked out in an Avenue animal print chiffon dress, Ms. Elliot posed for endless pictures with gaping fans.
I had a private consultation with stylist Jacqui Stafford. She praised my “beautiful bust, waist and hips,” naturally. Then she proceeded to tell me how best to cover them up. She was quite nice but there was definitely an element of cognitive dissonance there.

Brooke Elliot and Jacqui Stafford

Then came the runway show. My major quibble is that the models were small. Not nearly as terrifyingly thin as the usual Fashion Week models, but thin enough so that they did not do the clothes justice.

Ombre wool coat

Apres the show – damn that camera man!

The line is more chic than their previous clothes, particularly the new denim separates. Brooke Elliot helped Selina on the runway, discussing the styles and what she would wear. Before my camera died, I was able to grab a few snaps.

After a long day under the tents at Lincoln Center, I staggered back to my (featured in Architectural Digest) flat, and gratefully sank into my long awaited bath.

Plus tôt, je le promets.



all photos Elisa DeCarlo

Avenue’s Fashion’s Night Out Extravanganza!


My fellow larger lovelies, are you feeling frustrated by the miniscule sizes offered at most of the FNO Pop-Up-Stores?

While others may run hither and thither tomorrow night, you shall find moi in midtown, at Avenue, one of the finer retailers for plus-sized women. They are throwing an FNO party that promises to be delightful! Particularly since I will be there.

As you can see above, guests shall have the opportunity to meet the beautiful and talented star of Drop Dead Diva, Brooke Elliot. Ms. Elliot is one of the few Hollywood actresses who has not succumbed to the pressure to lose weight (yes, I’m looking at you, America Ferrara).

And one on one styling sessions with reknowned stylist Jacqi Stafford.

FNO at Avenue will take place from 6-10 PM at Avenue, 711 Third Avenue near 43rd Street. I keenly anticipate the runway show! There were also be surprises, raffles, and a DJ.

Not only can you meet me, you can also meet my fellow bloggers Plus Model Magazine, Stylish Curves, The Big Girl Blog, Curvatude, & The Fat Apple.

But of course the most important reason to attend is to meet moi. Imagine those bragging rights!

See you tomorrow,

Fashion’s Night Out! Watch It HERE Tonight!


The good folk at Conde’ Nast were good enough to send me this press release. AND you can watch part of Fashion’s Night Out right here on my blog!

CBS Live Stream of FNO: The Show’s Live Webcast of Fashion’s Night Out: The Show, hosted by Andre Leon Talley (my former BFF) and Hanneli Mustaparta, is embedded on this site, so all of my wonderful readers can watch it right here! The player will go live tonight (Tuesday, Sept 7th) at 5pm ET/ 2pm PT. From 5-7pm teaser clips from CBS Special on Fashion’s Night Out will run. Show begins at 7pm. Please see below for the embed code.

If you are Tweeting about the show tonight (and FNO in general!), they would love it if you would please use the official hashtag – #FNO. Their ID is @FNONYC if you would like to follow us – they shall be live Tweeting from the show and on the 10th.

LIVE WEBCAST (one hopes)

That’s all for now. I am frantically trying to get ready for Mercedes Benz Fashion Week and all of its ancillary events.

Elisa & Bucky the Wonderdog

Contest: Win A Trip To Fashion’s Night Out in NYC


The kind folks at Conde’ Nast asked moi to spread the word about this special contest, and how could I say no? Well, obviously, I could, but it’s an excellent contest (so much more high-end than winning, say, a year’s supply of Hamburger Helper. Not that I have ever eaten Hamburger Helper. One has to have standards.). Details below.

Nationwide contest brings “Fashion’s Number One Fan” to New York City for Fashion’s Night Out

Beginning Tuesday, July 27, fashionistas nationwide are invited to upload a 30- to 90-second video of themselves explaining why they love fashion for the chance to be chosen as Fashion’s Number One Fan and win a trip to New York City for Fashion’s Night Out.

CBS will choose the Top 10 video entries to be posted on for one week – from August 24 to August 31 – during which people can log on to vote for their favorite and help determine the five finalists that will be in contention for the grand prize. On September 3, a panel of experts from CBS, Vogue, the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) and New York City & Company will select one of the five finalists as Fashion’s Number One Fan. The lucky winner will win a trip to New York City in September to be a part of the biggest fashion party in history: Fashion’s Night Out 2010! The deadline for submissions is August 20. Go to to enter and for more information.

The winner of the Fashion’s Number One Fan contest will receive the following prizes:

Two round-trip airline tickets to New York City
A five-night stay for two at the five-star Mandarin Oriental, New York
Two exclusive seats to Fashion’s Night Out: The Show at Lincoln Center on Sept 7, 2010
The lucky winner will be driven in the all new 2011 Volkswagen Jetta for Fashion’s Night Out
Two tickets to a Fashion Week show
Exclusive Fashion’s Night Out merchandise
Two tickets to Green Day’s American Idiot on Broadway
One year’s worth of Maybelline New York cosmetics in a signature makeup artist kit
A $500 Macy’s electronic gift card, plus an appointment with a Macy’s by Appointment (MBA) personal shopper

So grab those webcams and have at it!

(Personally, “Number One Fan” always makes me think of Misery, but that probably means nothing to the younger generation.


Elisa & Bucky the Wonderdog

Fashion’s Night Out: Mad Hatter Scavenger Hunt!


On Thursday, September 10th, as part of Fashion’s Night Out, A Global Celebration of Fashion, the Milliners Guild (that’s hat makers to you), have created a delightful alternative to hanging around cocktail lounges being deafened by DJs, or being trampled to death at Pop-Up Stores.

It’s called The Mad Hatter Scavenger Hunt. Win an exquisite cocktail hat (and what woman doesn’t want that?) by following the clues from hat shop to hat shop! The participating hat shops include:

Lisa Shaub Fine Millinery
232 Mulberry Street

The Hat Shop
120 Thompson Street
Ellen Christine Millinery
255 West 18th Street (near Eighth Avenue)

Sign up for the Scavenger Hunt at your participating shop owner ASAP, and get the first clue! Remember, the cocktail hat you save will be your own!

Your faithful correspondent is working with Ellen Christine Millinery to create a custom look. (Her work is prominently featured in the new film The September Issue!)

More news as it comes in,


Elisa & Bucky the Wonderdog

Fashion Week Sneak Peek #3: Cesar Galindo!


Cesar Galindo is one courageous designer! In the midst of the madness that is Fashion’s Night Out, Mr. Galindo will be showing his Spring 2010 collection, Thursday, September 10th at 7PM with Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at M2Lounge at 528 West 28th Street, between 10 & 11th Ave. Presenting sponsors: HOUSTON CONVENTION & VISITORS BUREAU (CVB), sponsors: REDKEN 5th Avenue NYC, MILANI Color With Impact, PARTIDA Tequila, MESSINA HOF Winery & Resort, SAINT ARNOLD Brewing Company & ANVIL Bar & Refuge.

From the press release:
Galindo takes you on a journey back into the future but with today’s fun and creative ease of styles, colors, textures and designs. Impeccably tailored cocktail dresses, gowns & suitings- a Galindo trademark are exquisitely designed with unique patterns, orchestrated seams; one-seam garments and engineered doses of lux architecture perfectly accentuate Galindo’s silhouettes.

I shall be there, naturally, before lighting out to all of the parties, parties, PARTIES! Of course I look forward to seeing you there–just don’t try to touch me. Many thanks to Sean of Blue Cashew!


Elisa & Bucky the Wonderdog