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We picked Bond Street for Fashion Night Out because, quite frankly, we've lived on the corner for a decade and were feeling a touch lazy. Little did we know exactly how much the wee cobblestone block would be going off with its Black Carnival theme and bashes left right and center. The night got started with PAPER's own party at United Nude, where Sophia Lamar hosted and The Chainsmokerstook care of tunes. Between the store's custom LED light wall, the newFall shoes displayed and Mr. Mickey's FNO jangles, it was aneye-popping affair!

Down the street, designer Billy Reid was doling out his signature Southern charm. The brand debuted their Levi's Workwear collection and had Dallas-born Erin Wassonon hand to celebrate.  Wasson -- looking gorge in a waffle tank dress andblack felt hat with sequined brim -- had eyes fixed on the live bandplaying toward the back of the store. Billy had brought in Shelly Colvinfor the occasion -- she works at the company's Nashville shop and is quitethe talented country crooner. We chatted with Billy, who's based inAlabama, on what made him choose Bond for his NYC digs. "We spent abouttwo and a half years trying to settle on the right place. This [theformer Bouwerie Lane Theater] was one of the first places we lookedat -- it kind of resonated with the brand. We felt like this was the placewhere we could be us. So much history, the look. We just felt it." Anymore NYC shops in the works for Billy Reid? "We've thought about," hereplied. "If it came up, it'd be great, but it's such a bigundertaking. We're doing all right here."

After a champagne pit stop next door at the swish Eva Scrivo salon and a few nibbles from Luke's Lobster, Nijiya, Melt Bakery, Sigmund Pretzels and Macaron Parlour (all set up on Bond), we turned the corner on Bowery to check out Eva New York. Owner Stephanie Pappas pulls together the coolest designers, and last night Timo Weiland and jewelry by Stefania Pia were the boutique's highlights. We loved Timo's wispy printed silkdresses (see above) and Stefania's awesome oddball necklaces, made withvarious materials and reclaimed objects.

More Bond Street news to come, but our FNO certainly wasn't bad for three steps outside the front door!

Photos by Rebecca Prusinowski

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