This week, the greatest New Jersey-ian (is that even a word?) of all performed in our Madison Avenue store. Yes, Patti Smith, the legendary rocker, let rip with three songs. Accompanied by long-time guitarist Lenny Kaye, Patti ruled the crowd, brought tears to people’s eyes, and propelled us all into a rousing chorus of ‘Because the Night,’ or rather, as per the songstress in the video above, “Because the Night Belongs to Ann!”
From the get-go, Patti made it clear that the evening was not about her. She was there to support her old pal Ann Demeulemeester in the launch of the iconic designer’s new book. Rizzoli has published an astounding monograph of Ann’s stunning fashion oeuvre, and being a longtime muse for the house, Patti wrote the book’s foreword. Ann and Patti sat together and signed copies of the book for a long line of acolytes including Grace Coddington, Jennifer Fisher, Brooke Neidich, and Jamie Bochert.