To come back from the holidays and finding the Vogue Fashion Night Out is probably more stressful than coming back and discovering your house has been robbed.
The VFNO is without a doubt an interesting initiative, involving a whole city
in a fun and economically positive way, getting a larger number of people in
touch with luxury brands…and it’s complete chaos. It’s the worldwide,
fashionista version of the London riots (too soon?). Everyone’s drunk and
staggering ‘round the streets, with the girls taking their heels off and the
boys putting them on (heterosexual males: absent), hordes of crazed middle-aged
ladies looting the boutiques for freebies and the people who actually work in
the shops try to keep a straight face to hide the fact they’re totally hammered
I have been lucky enough to always observe all this from behind my console and never actually be in the thick of it, and let me tell you, you all look scary. By the end of the night, no amount of couture or make-up can save you from looking like you’ve been beaten up by hooligans after a whole evening of drinking and walking (and drinking).
My humble piece of advice: take it easy. There’s no need to gallop when you can walk, no need to push when you can ask politely and, most important of all, there is no need to make song requests to the DJ, he’ll ignore you.
Anna Calvi sounds like a girl who takes it easy. On top of this her music is, in my opinion, extremely elegant. And elegance is what’s gone missing lately.
Written by Andrea Ratti