This fall marked the launch of designer Shoshanna Gruss‘s first-ever foray into the online shopping scene. Her new website, www.shoshanna.com, has been open for e-commerce since September, allowing consumers to easily shop for her feminine and sexy styles. The website features more than just the designer’s duds though, offering style inspiration, insider shopping events, style tips from Shoshanna, as well as a dedicated bridal assistance page to help women in their search for the perfect wedding and bridesmaid dresses. Always fabulous, Shoshanna has shared some of her fall fashion and beauty picks with us, including some from her new store. Click through to check them out!
Shoshanna Cassidy Dress, $345.00
I LOVE the shape and color of this dress. Change your accessories and freshen up your makeup to easily go from day to evening.
Shoshanna Erica Dress, $375.00
This print is amazing and is so easy to wear. The pockets are an added plus for carrying your lip gloss or phone.
Fashion’s Night Out, taking place this year on September 6th, 2012, is in it’s fourth year and bigger and better than ever! Heavy hitters such as celebrities, DJ’s, designers, models, and the fashion glitterati will be making appearances at stores across the country. Fashion’s Night Out supports and promotes shopping and retailers and also serves as a prelude kick-off party to New York Fashion Week. With over 42 pages of activities in New York alone, we sorted through all of the fun to bring you the best of the best: appearances by almost the entire Kardashian clan on both coasts, designers Oscar de la Renta, Michael Kors, and Zac Posen, and musical guests such as Alexa Chung, Haim, The Knocks, and Matchbox Twenty. Read on to find out what’s going down in your city on fashion’s wildest night!
Alice + Olivia
431 West 14th Street, New York, NY 10014
Guests will dance along to our favorite 80’s jams and watch slumber party chick flicks while enjoying sweet treats and browsing the boutiques for the latest Fall frocks! Braid bars, manicures, charm bracelet stations and tattoo booths will be making over FNO shoppers with aura and palm readers on hand to predict our (sure to be bright) futures! And, what slumber party is complete without an extreme pillow fight with special guest stars!? Join in on the action at our new Meatpacking location.
542 West 22nd Street, New York, NY 10011
Balenciaga welcomes you to a Fashion’s Night Out champagne reception to celebrate the launch of a limited-edition “Pumpkin” accessories line created by Grace Coddington and Nicolas Ghesquière. This special line of accessories features Grace Coddington’s whimsical drawings of Pumpkin, her cat, modeling iconic Balenciaga looks.
Beauty & Essex
146 Essex Street, New York, NY 10002
Meet curator and Gold Girl, aka Lauren Kaminsky, as she showcases different jewelry collections with special offers. Stylists will be on hand to show you how to embellish outfits with unique accessories. A celebratory cocktail and a special dish created by Chef Chris Santos will be served throughout the evening in the restaurant. Have any photo engraved on a complimentary item with purchase.
754 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10019
Starting at 3:00 pm: Special guest appearances by beauty experts and makeup artists including Aerin Lauder, Francis Kurkdjian, Colette Malouf and Miss Pop nail bar, Brows by Sonja, lashes by Taylor and more. With DJ Johnny Dynell.
BOOK LAUNCH PARTY. Book signing with author Sara James Mnookin and designers to celebrate the new book “Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf Goodman” (Harper Design.) With special guests Edward Bess, Halston Heritage, Lela Rose, Michael Bastian, Naeem Khan, Rachel Zoe, Roberto Faraone Mennella & Amedeo Scognamiglio, Thakoon Panichgul, Robert Verdi and more. Music by Andrew Andrew.
PHOTOS ON 5F. Put on your party hat! BG and Tumblr invite you to capture your favorite FNO moments with Tumblr photographers and Bosco photo booths on 5F. Photos will stream on Tumblr and designers will be on hand to help style guests and share images with their own social media followers. Our very own 5th/58th astrologers Amy Zerner and Monte Farber will also be on hand, reading tarot cards and sharing their special brand of celestial wisdom.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY BERGDORF. One city, one store, one experience. Since 1901. Join us at Fashion’s Night Out for a very special birthday party throughout the store to kick off a season of celebrations commemorating Bergdorf Goodman’s 111th Anniversary. Featuring the launch of the new book “Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf Goodman” (Harper Design), and an exclusive collection created especially for the anniversary by more than 100 designers. DJ Lady Bunny.
1000 Third Avenue, New York, NY 10022
Shop the latest collection from Rebecca Minkoff and have your new purchase personalized with monogramming or a custom painted design by artist, DIY expert, and blogger Nicole Cohen of Sketch 42.
Meet philanthropist, animal activist, author, and accessories designer Cornelia Guest and shop her newest collection of animal-friendly, oh-so-stylish handbags.
Shop the fall collection from Free People and have your new Boheme look studded on-site, including Free People purchases as well as your new Fashion’s Night Out t-shirts and Fashion’s Night Out tote bags. Plus, the first 25 guests to have an item studded will receive an iPhone cover.* *One per customer, while supplies last.
Join Heather Thomson, Founder of Yummie Tummie and newest cast member of “The Real Housewives of New York,” for a picture on the red carpet!
Multi-platinum superstars Matchbox Twenty will be here to celebrate the September 4th release of their highly anticipated new studio album NORTH and their cover of the Bloomingdale’s Best of Men’s book.
Meet and Mingle with The Twilight Saga actor Kellan Lutz for Charisma.
Challenge ping pong pros from SPiN to a ping pong match! The winner will receive a gift from Fred Perry.
72 Spring Street, New York, NY 10012
C. Wonder representatives will be passing out different colored C. Wonder balloons throughout Soho. Bring your C. Wonder balloon back to the Soho store and find out what prize you win based on your color! C. Wonder will also be teaming up with Daily Candy for FNO. Exclusive Daily Candy Editors will be at the Soho store. Music will be provided by our in house D.J, and we will be serving sweet treats and lemonade.
Calvin Klein Collection
654 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10021
Join Calvin Klein Collection co-hosts Francisco Costa + Italo Zucchelli for a special evening with Vogue’s Virginia Smith at the brand’s flagship store. The night’s special guests include eight-time NBA All-Star, Dwyane Wade, who will be signing his memoir, A Father First: How My Life Became Bigger Than Basketball, as well as photographer, blogger, and model Hanneli Mustaparta, who will capture the event for Calvin Klein’s Tumblr®, as guests enjoy music, refreshments, shopping + style tips.
420 West Broadway, New York, NY 10012
Join hosts Lauren Bush Lauren and supermodel Karlie Kloss for a special shopping event benefiting the FEED Foundation. Featuring the DKNY x FEED capsule collection and the launch of Karlie’s Kookies, baked in partnership with Kloss and Momofuku Milk Bar, and served by supermodels Jordan Dunn and Toni Garrn. Proceeds from the cookies and percentage of event sales will benefit the FEED Foundation.
874 Washington Street, New York, NY 10014
Get Ready to Rendez-vous at DVF! Hosted by Girls™ Allison Williams and Vogue™’s Meredith Melling Burke, our studio will be transformed into the ultimate space to get ready for your next chance encounter. Receive styling advice from a Vogue Editor and makeup touch ups from MAC artists, ask a fortune teller for a glimpse into the future, and enjoy cocktails, desserts and special guest DJ Solange Knowles.
18 Ninth Avenue, New York, NY 10014
Take a break from all the heavy shopping bag lifting at Exhale’s Gansevoort location. They will be offering complimentary mini massages, 25% off future spa appointments, 20% off at the boutique, and special offerings on core fusion and yoga class packages.
812 Washington Street, New York, NY 10014
Intermix invites you to toast FNO & Fall 2012. The Knocks will spin of-the-moment tunes while you fall in love with must-know designers, exclusive product and covetable pieces. Sip celebratory cocktails as Benefit cosmetics treats you to a pop of color.
723 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10065
J. Mendel hosts “Ballet Beautiful” book signing party at Madison Avenue Boutique. Ballet Beautiful Dancers will perform in the J. Mendel windows wearing J. Mendel ballet-inspired designs. First ten guests to purchase a book will receive an original signed, framed sketch by Gilles Mendel.
Jeffrey New York
449 West 14th Street, New York, NY 10014
Jeffrey New York is excited for yet another fabulous Fashion’s Night Out including celebrity appearances by Jessica Chastain and Dan Stevens from new Broadway musical The Heiress! Listen to tunes spun by guest designer DJ Monique Péan while sipping healthy BluePrint Juices. Sally Hershberger Downtown stylists will provide the latest hair trend – complimentary temporary extensions in pops of color.
10 Columbus Circle, Manhattan, NY 10019
L.K.Bennett takes to the streets on FNO with The London NYC and restaurateur Gordon Ramsay in a double -decker bus! The bus will transport shoppers to and from the hotel property and L.K.Bennett’s Time Warner Center location every half hour starting at 6 pm. Guests will sip champagne, shop with renowned stylist Amy Acton and enter to win an overnight stay in a London Suite at The London NYC, a three-course dinner for two at Maze, and a head-to-toe L.K.Bennett ensemble.
541 Broadway, New York, NY 10012
Join us as we celebrate croc-clad fashion icon Mickey Boardman’s 20th anniversary at PAPER Magazine. Lacoste will ring in the special night for Mr. Mickey with a delicious custom confection by the “Cake Boss” that you have to see to believe. Mr. Mickey will be on-hand to style guests in his favorite polos while cocktails and light bites are served. Guests can capture the evening’s memories by taking supped-up snapshots in our Superbooth as DJ Pierce Jackson spins your favorite tunes.
Lord & Taylor
424 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10018
Stop by and meet TV Personality/Entrepreneur, Jill Zarin. Preview her newly launched jewelry collection and receive an autographed photograph.
Celebrate the 10th Anniversary of Project Runway and meet current and past designers.
Stop by for your chance to meet BCBG Chairman & CEO Max Azria and BCBG Chief Creative Director Lubov Azria as you capture your favorite FNO memories with the BCBG Photo Experience.
Stop by for your chance to meet Olympic Gold Medalist and NY Times Best Selling Author Kristi Yamaguchi. Kristi will be signing complimentary Tsuya tote bags.
Stop by for your chance to meet style-savvy entrepreneur and fragrance designer, Kim Kardashian, with your qualifying* True Reflection fragrance purchase. *Qualifying purchase includes $123 True Reflection gift set. Due to time limitations it may not be possible for each customer to meet our special guest.
Stop by and meet New York City’s bravest from the 2013 New York City Firefighter’s Calendar and receive a complimentary signed calendar* with any purchase.
Stop by the Manoukian boutique to have your photo taken in front of big city backdrops. Meet 9to5chic blogger, Anh and receive a complimentary Manoukian bracelet.
Stop by and receive a personalized fashion illustration from the students of the Fashion Institute of Technology, complimentary with any purchase.
151 West 34th Street, New York, NY 10001
Vogue’s Senior Accessories Editor, Rickie De Sole will show you what the ultimate shoe closet holds.
Join Bethenny Frankel for a “Skinnygirl Social” as she hosts a Skinnygirl Smoothers n’ Shapers fashion presentation. Be one of the first customers to arrive at the event and receive an autographed headshot from Bethenny. And, with any Skinnygirl Smoothers n’ Shapers purchase customers will receive a special gift.
Party with Benefit Cosmetics and television sweetheart, Emily Maynard, for a “Beauty Best…or Bust” Event. Get your photo taken with Emily with your qualifying $50 Benefit Cosmetics purchase that includes They’re Real! beyond mascara.
Celebrate the opening of The World’s Largest Shoe Floor at a fashion trivia quiz hosted by fashion designer and TV personality Michael Kors.
Meet actress Britt Robertson and create your favorite Tommy Girl look for a chance to win a Macy’s shopping spree!
Stop by our Men’s Lounge hosted by “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” star, Scott Disick. Enjoy cigar rolling, refreshments, and more. Plus, get your photo taken with Scott when you make a qualifiying purchase! While you’re here, meet the New York Jets Flight Crew Cheerleaders.
Join Macy’s Culinary Council chef, Johnny Iuzzini and Debi Mazar as they share their tips for entertaining in a New York space.
Get a fresh new look for the Fall! Macy’s Style Expert, Clinton Kelly will be here to answer your style questions and help you prepare for a stylish new season! With any $50 women’s apparel purchase on the day of the event, receive a special gift.
20 Harrison Street, New York, NY 10013
Make your way to Matt Bernson’s new Tribeca store for a night of swanky services hosted by Redbook Magazine’s Fashion Editor, Cris Desposito. Meet the designer & score insider tips on the hottest trends, enjoy endless cocktails by Given Liqueur, Signature NailEZEE Manicures, Joico Braid Bar & more. Be first to check out in-store exclusives, swoop up a designer-curated vintage shades, & catch a sneak peek of what’s to come from MB. Get there early – the first 100 will grab a very special swag bag.
Maybelline New York
14th Street & 9th Avenue, New York, NY 10017
For Fashion’s Night Out the Meatpacking District is the place to be as Maybelline New York hosts their official Color Studio Lounge. Enjoy makeovers by Maybelline’s top makeup artists, walk the catwalk like a pro, and step into their custom photo studio to show off your new looks and much more! Look for Maybelline New York’s Mobile Color Studio throughout New York City offering beauty on-the-go. Enjoy daytime touch-ups and mini-manicures featuring the season’s hottest new colors.
667 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10065
Come watch your favorite YouTube stars compete in a Karaoke contest judged by Michael Kors and guest celebrity judges. Have a chance to shop exclusive product as well as have your portrait taken by famed photographer Victor Demarchellier.
1009 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10075
Guests will have the opportunity to meet Margherita Missoni and to purchase special rings supporting Edodé Onlus, an Italian charity working in Mali to provide safe drinking water to villages in Africa. These colorful rings come individually wrapped in Missoni raschel bags. Drinks and light refreshments will be served.
128 Spring Street, New York, NY 10012
In honor of our new targeted haircare products and Fashion Week, we’re throwing a suitably stylish event at our Soho store. We’ll be giving away fascinators (the popular British hair accessory) to help glam up your tresses while you smile and strike a pose for the camera in our digital photo booth from Boothomatic. Plus we’ll also have herb-infused mocktails from the Teaologist and mini colorful treats courtesy of Georgetown Cupcakes.
401 West 14th Street, New York, NY 10014
This year’s Goldilocks and the Three Bears themed Fashion’s Night Out event will feature a DJ set from fashion icon Alexa Chung. Join us in store for themed surprises that will be “just right”. Refreshments will be served on this “beary” exciting and fun filled evening. Limited edition Moschino iPhone cases, in the form of the iconic Moschino bear, will be available in store for purchase.
Opening Ceremony at The Ace Hotel
1190-1192 Broadway, New York, NY 10001
Opening Ceremony is returning to the ACE Hotel for Fashion’s Night Out this year launching Korea as its country of focus.
KARAOKE. The hotel lobby will be converted into a noraebang, or a “private” karaoke room, where guests can participate in the favorite Korean pastime and sing among special hosts.
The hotel lobby will be converted into a noraebang, or a “private” karaoke room, where guests can make a donation to participate in the favorite Korean pastime and sing among special hosts. All donations will be donated to Broome Street Academy.
BOOK SIGNING. With its 10-year retrospective book launching only a few days before, Opening Ceremony will be hosting a live signing of the book by Carol Lim and Humberto Leon, and special contributors, and will display in the Ace Hotel gallery space beautiful reprints and pieces by artists featured in the book. These artworks will be sold during FNO, and all proceeds will be donated to Broome Street Academy.
Fashion’s Night IN: If you can’t make it out to the festivities but want to get in on all the FNO action, follow your favorite fashion insiders on OpenSky, the e-commerce sensation. Shop for stylish clothing and accessories curated from their top fashion gurus such as Molly Sims, Cynthia Rowley and yours truly! OpenSky has dedicated an entire collection in honor of Fashion’s Night Out. They are also offering an OpenSky exclusive FNO tote…items are limited and sure to fly! Get your shop on here.
Piperlime Store Opening
121 Wooster Street, New York, NY 11201
Piperlime celebrates FNO with the launch of its first store at 121 Wooster Street. Meet Rachel Zoe-Piperlime’s Fashion Authority, Olivia Palermo-Piperlime’s Guest Editor and your new best trends for fall. This is your chance to shop your heart out in popular sections like Girl on a Budget, Celebrity Editor Picks and Obsessions. Guests will enjoy cocktails, music by Rev Run + DJ Ruckus and a treat with purchase (while supplies last).
724 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10019
Prada Fifth Avenue invites you to step into the world of Hamish Bowles, Vogue’s International Editor at Large. A percentage of sales from FNO will benefit New Yorkers For Children.
980 Madison Avenue Space C, New York, NY 10075
We are having Lucky editor Lynette Pone style 15-20 girls in fall looks, in categories such as “Work,” “Weekend,” and “Night on the Town.” We will then post the images of the girls to Facebook for fans to vote on which look they like the best for a few days after the big event– the winner will win her full look! Photos of the event will also be posted to Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram, from both Rebecca Taylor and Lucky Mag.
Saks Fifth Avenue
611 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10022
Start off your FNO right with freshly trimmed bangs courtesy of designer Erin Fetherston. Meet Erin, shop her fall collection and get your bangs trimmed. Erin will be joined by the legendary Edward Tricomi of Warren Tricomi salons.
Celebrate the launch of his new fragrance, Essential Luxuries with Mr. Oscar de la Renta at 6. Enjoy a private consultation with Creative Director, Tom Pecheux of Estee Lauder from 6 to 8. Meet husband and wife team, Max and Lubov Azria from 8 to 8:45. Play ping pong with Spin Galactic and Men’s designers Bespoken and Number Lab. Also, come in and meet New York Knicks star, Amar’e Stoudemire from 8 to 9!
Get styled with custom print Suno nail designs from Minx Nails with designers, Max and Erin. Make your Mark with Kimberly Ovitz and Rihanna’s tattoo artist, Josh Lord of East Side Ink to collaborate on custom designs to be painted on guests that night. Get a henna tattoo and meet Sachin and Babi Ahluwalia.
Enjoy various activities provided by Crayola. Watch artist, Diem Chau carve into jumbo sized crayons and artist, Herb Williams make sculptors. Partake in our airbrush graffiti wall and life-size paint-by-number.
Join Rebecca Minkoff for a Girls’ Night Out. From a “ponytail bar” and “smokey eye station” to a “make your own arm party” and nail art inspired by her fall handbag collection, guests can get decked out and dabble in DIY before they hit the town.
Meet Darren Criss of Glee and Special Guests for signed copy of the September Issue of Vogue.
Personal Appearance by Rachel Roy, Gabriele Franzen, Megan Papay and Cristina Paloma-Nelson of Freda Salvador and Edgardo Osorio. Meet Elle.com’s celebrity astrologers, The Astro Twins, who will tell you which shoes are right for you based on your birthday. Superimpose yourself into the Rayban ad campaign and have fun with our Social Pix Station.
875 Washington Street
Join Scoop NYC and AG Adriano Goldschmied for a block party with special appearances by Zac Posen, Sonia Evers of Runway Hippie, and the bloggers of Born and Bread. Musical performances by St Lucia and DJ Mick Boogie, featuring Beyond Vintage, Fashion Etc, Yosi Samra, and Beautybar.com.
597 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10017
Get your Fashion Week fix at Sephora! Starting at 7:30PM, design duo Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig will be in store to introduce you to their new fragrance, MARCHESA PARFUM D’EXTASE. See actual Marchesa dresses previously worn by celebrities, have your picture taken on the red carpet in a life-size Marchesa dress cutout, experience Marchesa Parfum d’Extase at the fragrance bar, and enjoy refreshments, a live DJ set, and more.
28 Prince Street, New York, NY 10012
Hey kids, it’s finally time to retire that fake ID: Sigerson Morrison is turning 21! And what better way to celebrate than to throw the biggest, chicest birthday celebration that FNO has ever seen. It’ll be the same kind of debauchery you remember from your heydays, but with a haute twist and much better accessories; think lots and lots and lots of champers. Of course, Belle will be there to keep things fresh, and to make sure the DJ keeps the classic 90s jams bumping all night!
441 West 14th Street, New York, NY 10014
Join Target as we celebrate our fall installment of “The Shops at Target,” featuring New York City’s “Odin” and “Kirna Zabete,” Boston’s “Patch NYC,” and San Francisco’s “The Curiosity Shoppe.” The one night only, pop-up shop will give New Yorkers the chance to shop the collections before they launch at Target stores nationwide and on Target.com. Quantities limited to each guest.
Tiffany & Co.
106 Wooster Street, New York, NY 10012
The world’s most dazzling diamonds beckon you downtown on Fashion’s Night Out to visit Tiffany’s new store in SoHo, where NYC’s first great jeweler is celebrating 175 years of legendary style. There’ll be art, fashion, tunes and treats in an atmosphere sparkling with the beauty and glamour of Tiffany jewels.
478 Broadway, New York, NY 10013
Get ready for Fashion Fanfare! Come and help us celebrate Vogue Fashion’s Night Out, TOPSHOP style this Thursday September 6th, 6-10pm. With our favorite band of the moment, Haim, performing live in our New York store window, plus a fashion raffle that could see you winning big – it’s guaranteed to be a night to be a night to remember. Don’t miss the Vogue team’s personal style edit, and if all that wasn’t enough, we’ve also got makeovers, nail art and gifts galore.
746 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10065
Valentino will be celebrating Fashion’s Night Out with hosts: Genevieve Jones, Nicky Hilton, Olivia Palermo, and Sofia Sanchez Barrenechea. Music by: Sean and Anthony Souza.
532 Broadway, New York, NY 10012
Join us at our SoHo store location to shop our new fall collection and meet founder Vince Camuto and creative director Louise Camuto along with the duo behind the wildly popular blog Honestly… WTF! Honestly… WTF founders Erica and Lauren will host a DIY crafts table where shoppers can decorate a Fashion’s Night Out tote printed with your choice of an exclusive Vince Camuto or VC Signature sketch of our hottest fall designs! As you decorate your bag, chat with Lauren and Erica who will swap style tips and their favorite fall pieces from Vince Camuto.
My turkey is almost ready for the oven, which means that the biggest shopping season is about to begin. Before you start your post-Thanksgiving shopping it’s important to have a plan because nobody wants to be trampled from a doorbuster that’s not a winning score. So here are top five favorite post-Thanksgiving shopping picks.
If you have a thing for high-end shoes then Barneys is the destination for you. The store carries an extensive selection of high-end names and the most must-have styles. Most department stores usually start their shoe markdown 30% off but Barney’s usually cuts their prices 40%.
Yes, we all love luxury boutiques but a girl also needs her basics. We are longstanding fans of the Gap’s jeans and tees. If you haven’t checked out their winter warm leggings, then you really should. For their Doorbuster, Gap is offering 50% off everything in the store until 10am Friday. Online shoppers can save 40% during the Thanksgiving weekend and through cyber Monday.
If you have a taste for fine luxury Italian tailoring this is the place to go. We suggest bypassing the handbag collection and going straight to the ready-to-wear department. Starting December, 2 the markdown on clothing will go to 50% off. But you can find the private presale link at Madison Avenue Spy.
If you are looking for some one-stop-shopping, you might consider tapping your fingers over to Piperlime. From Black Friday through Cyber Monday, the online retailer will be offering customers 20% off on everything on the site. If you’re not sure where to look first, we suggest browsing the stylist’s picks. Rachel Zoe – is always a good launching point.
Saks Fifth Avenue:
An extra 50% off all reduced items can draw quite a crowd and that’s what Saks Fifth Avenue does almost every Friday after Thanksgiving. Until noon, shoppers can save up to 70% off at the swanky department store. I suggest sorting through the contemporary designers and waiting for further markdowns in the higher end brands, which will come later in the season.
|Lila literally wears (and owns) many hats, as her multidimensional personality gives her the ability to inspire and admire. As a visionary, she is known for spotting trends before they are in style. For instance, in 2001 she declared cuffs and capri’s to be the look of the future. We all know where that went.
Lila possesses duel degrees from FIT and MIT, which were integral in her success in inventing the push-up bra and high heels. Most recently, Lila was instrumental in the search for WWD, in Iraqi. Unfortunately, her tour abroad was unsuccessful except the amazing deal she got on a camel hair coat.
MadisonAvenueSpy.com was started, in May 2008. Lila has written for SmartMoney.com, the Wall Street Journal and Accent Magazine. Lila’s combined experience in covering retail and financial markets allows her to bring a unique transparency to the luxury goods market. She developed Madison Avenue Spy to share “insider” information in a sector that kept very hush hush to most luxury retail shoppers.