Fashion’s Night Out PSA…IMW

Aug 28, 2009People We Lerve
I do love that T-shirt...fyi.

I do love that T-shirt...fyi.

Here’s what’s missing from the Fashion’s Night Out PSA…PEOPLE…real people! People like the people that are being courted to come out in droves to spend, spend, spend. Now, if you wanted to engage people like me, with expendable income, discerning taste and a huge supporter of the fashion industry, then you might not have shoved the obvious “celebrities” or rather “fashion celebrities”, in our faces. All those people damn well want you to come out and shop…they are white knuckling through this economic retail crisis. A better, more sophisticated idea would have been use The Sartorialist as a model for the subjects in the PSA. Really hip people that are the consumers, who are invited to come out with their wallets for a non-sale retail extravaganza. It would have been better and hipper if Anna and Sarah Jessica Parker were the only recognizable faces…maybe a model or two. But to completely negate the people that have style from this PSA…was…well…a bit out of touch with what’s happening in the streets….those streets you want filled. And that script. Yikes. Hey, as you know, I respect Anna Wintour and I think Fashion’s Night Out has great potential. But if what P Diddy says, “It’s for the people, baby,” wants to ring true…then the fashion people who are asking the people people to come out and shop need a revised mind set of what is a fun shopping experience. Having fun shopping should not be relegated to a once a year happening. Retail sales people in New York City should go to Los Angeles and take a lesson in smiling. Most of the time you walk into these stores and you get the same glib look as you would when you walk into an art gallery in West Chelsea…and boy, are those people insufferable. So, next year for your Fashion’s Night Out ad campaign…use the people, who are the luckiest people in the world…those that will be still out there shopping.

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4 Responses to “Fashion’s Night Out PSA…IMW”

  1. Glenn says:

    The Sartorialist is a terrible choice. I saw him speak on a bloggers panel at The Met once and he was monstrously narcissistic. He hogged the panel and wouldn't let the other panelists speak–he couldn't stop talking about himself and wasn't saying anything of substance. We all thought he was on Aderall and a large group of us walked out. It was a big turn-off.

  2. scott says:

    clearly you did not watch the whole thing. at the end it peels off to hundreds of real industry people – pr's, seamstresses, office workers, interns, fans, etc – all crowded together wearing FNO shirts on 39th street in support of the event with a group cheer SHOP FOR GOOD!

  3. Abe Gurko says:

    Scott…Clearly I did watch the whole commercial. My point was to show hip, cool people throughout the commercial. It is those people that are being asked to come out and shop.
    As mentioned, I am a huge supporter of FNO and the industry overall. But I am, like millions of others, not only motivated when a celebrity tells me to do something. If are are, that is totally OK by me. Be sure to let me now how you spend Sept 10. Really curious.
    Peace…ABE

  4. Abe Gurko says:

    Hi Glenn
    I didn't at all want The Sartorialist (Scott Schuman) on the PSA at all. Just the kind of people he shoots. Real everyday cool people. Who set trends. I hope that helps clarify my opinion on the matter. Thank u so much for your comments. Sorry he bored you to tears.
    Best
    Abe

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