Eclectic Williamsburg Fashion's Night Out Draws Stylish Revelers

By Meredith Hoffman on September 7, 2012 11:21am 

WILLIAMSBURG — From Raffia sneakers to vintage heels, and from acoustic melodies to DJ tunes, the eclectic offerings at Williamsburg's Fashion's Night Out drew revelers from around the borough who hopped from mellow vintage shops to packed parties.

Bird Williamsburg — which featured Loeffler Randall's new woven sneakers and other exclusives from the handbag-and-shoe label, among other designers — drew the largest crowd, with a DJ and free cocktails in the spacious Grand Street shop.

"It's been really big since the beginning," said the store's owner Jennifer Mankins, who held the event Thursday night. "It's just a party!"

Down the street, Katherine Tucker welcomed visitors to check out dresses, belts, hats and sunglasses from her grandmother's house, in the boutique Antoinette which Tucker's aunt opened to display their stylish "hoarder" relative's endless goodies.

"I love all vintage fashion...95 percent of this stuff belonged to my grandmother," said Tucker, who donned a satiny blue dress and handed out wine. "I grew up playing dress-up in my grandmother's attic."

Revelers also wandered to SCOSHA for live music and handmade memory rings, Brooklyn Fox's lingerie and clothing shops, and other stores for a Brooklyn night out on the town.

"It's more mellow here, with smaller stores," Tucker said, comparing the Williamsburg event to Manhattan's Fashion Night Out. "Here people greet you, it's not as fast as Manhattan. I love it."

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