Online Shopping Gets Real at QVC Rock Center
There's been a trend this year of online retailers opening brick and mortar locations for Fashion Week, but QVC has taken that one step forward, and closed the cycle. Shoppers can browse the pop-up store in Rockefeller Center, where products are embedded with a chip that you can scan with your smartphone for a link to the company's website.
Luxe Lab's Pup-Up
Fashion Week's furrier members also feel the pressure to hop from runway to runway without breaking a nail. That's why this year the Luxe Laboratory, at 247 West 30th Street, has added a pop-up canine sweet.
The pop-up reportedly offers everything from free leather leashes to dry shampoo stylings. "She wants to be invited back again, so she knows how to be docile," Chelsea-based beauty writer Linda Kirkland told the Daily News, while clutching her tiny Yorkie Ms. Chelsea.
"She likes red," she added. "She likes to be hot on the street."
Luxe also offers similar pampering for two-legged attendees (pictured above).
Fast Food, a la Bon Appetit
Ever had the experience of reading Bon Apetit Magazine and wishing you could just eat the food right off the pages? Well, for this one week your slightly disturbing food fantasies can come true.
The magazine has opened a temporary restaurant in the lobby of Avery Fisher Hall, near Lincoln Center. The food reportedly includes a caprese salad by Mario Batali, a roast turkey panini by Emeril Lagasse and house-made terrines by Daniel Boulud. For dessert there are sweets by Christina Tosi. Sadly, at the end of this week, Bon Apetit will fold its tent, and it will be back to another year of wishing you had any hope of pulling off a successful pistachio-crusted tofu with ponzu sauce.
It may only be temporary, but Fashion Week brings some long-overdue options for the many women in the city who can't squeeze into a size 2. Camille Newman, who's worked for Lane Bryant, has been hearing women complain about the lack of plus-size options for year. Now she's taking her first crack at the market with Pop-Up Plus, an 11-day experiment in Williamsburg.
The store's opening coincides with Fashion Week's first plus-size show, featuring clothing by OneStopPlus.com. Some hope this will raise awareness about the need for more long-term options for bigger women. "We hope that it's just the beginning," said Stephanie Sobel, the company's president. "Yes, this is just the first show, but hopefully we'll look back and be shocked that it took this long."
Piperlime Pop-Up a Crowd Fave
Piperlime, whose website features a laidback mix of designer goods, has been a real crowd favorite this year. The online retailer has opened a temporary store in Soho for the entire month.
"The sprawling space is unusually polished for just a month-long endeavor," wrote New York Mag, adding, "no haphazard rolling racks or overflowing discount bins here — neatly organized into sections by trend, from vintage-inspired to English-chic to military."