Hours earlier than Adrianna Lauricella, 33, attended the Harry Styles live performance on Aug. 26, she discovered herself frantically looking for a feather boa. But when the Party City on West thirty fourth Street was bought out, she needed to suppose quick.
“I had to call three other stores,” Lauricella, who works in public relations, advised The Post.
She struck out at Michaels, and two different shops. Then, an hour earlier than the present, she discovered one of many final remaining boas at costume retailer Abracadabra on West twenty first Street. She begrudgingly shelled out $20 for a plain white tickler.
“I ended up getting one, but hot pink and the fun colors were all gone,” she mentioned. “It’s a sign of the times.”
Adrianna Lauricella and her mother, Andrea, of their boas. They every paid $20 for them at NYC costume store Abracadabra. Courtesy of LauricellaFans feel inclined to match Styles flamboyant style, showing up to match in feather boas. Getty Images for Coachella
Call it boa constriction. Harry Styles’ 15-night residency at Madison Square Garden, which started on Aug. 20 and ends Sept. 21, has created a scarcity of the feathery equipment. Rabid Harry followers are shopping for up all of the boas within the metropolis and leaving a path of feather scraps round Penn Station. Enterprising concertgoers have even taken to promoting their boas at a revenue post-concert.
“We’re completely sold out because of Harry Styles,” Star, an worker on the Party City on West thirty fourth Street, confirmed to The Post on Wednesday afternoon.
“We had at least 50 in each color [and] within the first two or three days [of Harry’s residency], we sold out,” mentioned Star, who declined to offer her final identify. “It’s never been this busy. I’ve never had a concert where everybody wanted the same one thing.”
Dianna Rainone, 18, ordered her boa on-line in July.
Courtesy of RainoneBoa-clad followers make there option to Madison Square Garden to see Harry Styles. The frocks have been promoting out at close by celebration outlets amid since Styles’ residency debuted on Aug. 20.Getty Images
At Abracadabra, they’re promoting not less than 10 boas a day, a major uptick over pre-Harry occasions.
“We’ve been selling all kinds of colors ever since the concert has been going on,” an nameless worker advised The Post.
Even celebrities are having a tricky time getting a boa for the large present. A fan video posted on Twitter confirmed “Stranger Things” stars Millie Bobby Brown and Noah Schnapp asking to borrow a feather boa at a live performance.
Others aren’t too happy concerning the boa bonanza.
“I will never forgive Harry Styles for subjecting me to hundreds of girls in feather boas clogging the street with their inability to follow traffic patterns,” a seemingly jaded New Yorker tweeted.
Some followers deliberate forward. Long Island-based Styles superfan Dianna Rainone, 18, who attended a present on Sept. 3, ordered inexperienced boas on Amazon again in July and paid round $7 every for 3, she recalled. Now, the identical boa goes for practically $17 on the huge purchasing web site.
“Once I got my tickets, I was like, ‘I need a boa. I have to find one,’ ” mentioned Rainone.
Kerri Elliott, 25, was in a dire state when she first tried to get a boa.
I’ll by no means forgive Harry types for subjecting me to lots of of women in feather boas clogging the road with their incapability to observe visitors patterns
— Cait Flood (@Cait_Flood) September 4, 2022
Party City close to MSG has bought out of boas, an worker advised The Post on Wednesday. Here, a sea of followers in boas await entry to “Harry’s House.” Getty Images
“I’d been planning my outfit for weeks — Party City was completely sold out for two weeks. Amazon’s [feather boas] were either back-ordered until Thanksgiving or more than $25 for a cheap, ugly boa,” Elliott advised The Post, noting the back-ordered boas had been lower than $10 a chunk.
“It was very frustrating,” she mentioned.
Luckily, a good friend got here to the rescue and lent her a feather frock to rock for the live performance.
“It would have been a fashion crisis otherwise.”