Exhausted as we may be after our IFB Conference, we're well aware that this is just the beginning of the mad dash and hectic show-hopping excitement that is fashion month. In New York (and cities across the country) the best way to kick things off (and find a few new things to wear) is Fashion's Night Out.
The 3rd annual one-night-only extravaganza brings out celebrities, designers, DJs, models, and shoppers by the thousands. The sheer volume of retailers participating can be overwhelming, so we went ahead and sorted through the insanity to bring you our picks for where to go for the best deals, celeb-spotting, parties and cocktails. In our experience, the earlier you arrive, the better, as the big ticket events become very crowded, very quickly. So choose wisely, IFB-ers, and we'll see you there!
Designers from Proenza Schouler, Thakoon, Altuzarra, Prabal Gurung, Peter Som, Sang A, Anndra Neen, Lizzie Fortunato, Wes Gordon, Fenton, and Reece Hudson will all be onhand, and you can shop their exclusive FNO collections.
There will be numerous events and promotions on every floor, featuring appearances by designer Oscar de la Renta, Jason Wu and Milly's Michelle Smith, among many, many others. On the 3rd floor, Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig of Marchesa, Santiago Gonzalez, Naeem Khan, and Monique Lhuillier will serve as judges of a “Best in Show,” competition featuring Badgley Mischka, Bibhu Mohapatra, Cushnie & Ochs, Jocelyn Gordon, Joseph Altuzarra, Lela Rose, Pamella Roland, Reem Acra and more, all with their canine companions. Sufficient to say, this is one of the hottest places to be on FNO.
This is another doozy of an FNO party, with designer and celebrity appearances all over the store throughout the night. To name a few: Tommy Hilfiger, Coco Rocha, DJ Samantha Ronson, Rachel Roy, Amar'e Stoudemire, Bobbie Brown, Anna Dello Russo, Karolina Kurkova and not to mention a live performances by Kelly Rowland and Joss Stone. (Refreshments throughout.)
One of the most anticipated colaborations this year, Missoni for Target is having a pop-up event to shop the collection before it arrives in stores on September 13. Angela Missoni and Margherita Maccapani Missoni will greet guests when the doors open and the first 20 guests to spend over $100 will have the chance to take a family-style portrait with the Missonis. Guests who purchase the official FNO t-shirt within the first hour will be automatically entered to win a Missoni for Target prize pack hand-selected by Angela and Margherita with their favorite pieces from the collection.
Along with Vogue editor Meredith Melling Burke and Street Peeper photographer Phil Oh, designers and stylists Jean-Michel Cazabat, Aimee Cho of Gryphon, Cushnie et Ochs, Jen Kao, Jenni Kayne, Pamela Love, Kimberly Ovitz, Charlotte Ronson, Rachel Roy, Soludos, Tribune Standard, Anndra Neen will all be on hand.
Shop for a cause:
Barney's will be donating 10% of it’s Madison Avenue flagship store’s sales and 10% of its Barneys.com sales from the entire day and evening to the National September 11 Memorial & Museum.
Model/DJ Harley Viera Newton will be djing, with Fuji Films and Absolute Vodka sponsoring. Limited edition Toes can be purchased throughout the night. 15% of the proceeds will go to the Indego Africa Organization. (We recommend RSVPing here.)
Spin their Wheel of Fashion and win clothing from the Fall/Winter 11 collection. DJ The Rub will be spinning all night long, and Lady Luck lemonade & vodka cocktails will be served.
OC is hosting ‘El Mercado de Carnaval,' and it's sure to be one of the hippest FNO parties in Manhattan, with a roster that includes Alexander Wang, Band of Outsiders, JanSport, Pamela Love, Proenza Schouler, Suno, Rodarte and The Muppets. (Though how The Muppets figure into all this, we can't be sure.)
Join Scoop NYC, Citizen of Humanity, Birchbox, and Yosi for a Fashion's Night Out block-party in the Meatpacking District. Zac Posen will be spinning tunes with DJ Jus Ske, and watch an artist at work as Curtis Kulig designs an FNO graffiti piece on Scoop's windows. Also in attendance, Leandra Medine of The Man Repeller , who will be promoting her collaboration with Gryphon and selecting her favorite picks from Scoop NYC.
Ssponsored by Vans and Essie, this block party-style event features a pop-up shop selling limited edition Teen Vogue editor-designed Vans sneakers, Essie manicure stations, AriZona Iced Tea smoothie and popsicle bars, street style photo booths, a performance by Sky Ferreira, with Teen Vogue's Andrew Bevan DJing.
Celebrates Buddy Holly's 75th birthday with a performance by Justin Townes Earle from the new tribute album RAVE ON Buddy Holly. Warby Parker will feature Buddy-Holly inspired frames with Rave On albums and provide free music downloads. And of course, there will be cocktails and birthday cake.
Drinks & Deals:
Sip on Champagne while you shop, and receive a free hemming from Denim Therapy on any purchased denim.
See the LA-based designers Hansel from Basel, Jasmin Shokrian, LD Tuttle, and Alexandra Cassaniti take over as window dressers, then stick around to get a chance to chat with the designers, enjoy Mezcal drinks the West Coast way, and catch performances by LD Tuttle's fencing team. They will also be offering a one-of-a-kind handmade gifts by the Creatures of staff, from friendship bracelets to ceramics, for each customer who makes a purchase.
Shop, sip cocktails, nosh on hors d’oeuvres and capture the moment in DvF's custom flipbook photo booth while also getting a sneak sample of the new fragrance, DIANE.
When you purchase $250 or more, receive a DVD of the award-winning documentary “Bill Cunningham New York,” in an exclusive, limited-edition tote. Also, treat your tresses with a complimentary Blind Barber haircut then get your photo snapped by DKNY's shutterbugs using the newly launched Pose App. Enjoy it all while munching on popcorn and cooling off with beers from Brooklyn Lager.
Enjoy cocktails and be one of the first to spend $150 or more to receive a custom Fashion’s Night Out Tote—featuring a one-of-a-kind drawing by one of our very own talented designers. (Creative director Jenna Lyons will also be in attendance.)
At the NoLiTa location R&G will be serving complimentary beverages from Bulldog Gin and Heineken Light and shoppers will have the opportunity to shop exclusive FNO items, including a women’s jean featuring a print from the SS12 collection.
Coach commissioned seven stylish bloggers and web editors to photograph and style themselves for “The Duffle Project.” Hanneli’s Hanneli Mustaparta, The Man Repeller’s Leandra Medine, The Glamourai’s Kelly Framel, Into The Gloss’s Emily Weiss, Tales of Endearment’s Natalie Joos, The Chriselle Factor’s Chriselle Lim and The Blay Report’s Zandile Blay will all be on hand to present the project.
Miu Miu hosts a 1940s theme FNO soiree, and attendees of the night will be photographed during the evening and the most inspiring one will be rewarded with an amazing surprise. Hosted by Shala Monroque; bloggers Tavi Gevinson, Jane and Judy Aldridge and young socialites Harry and Peter Brant will also be mingling among the guests.
This summer, 35 style bloggers received a pair of Tretorn Nylites and styled them their way. Stop by the Tretorn store to meet the Nylite Project bloggers, see their photos, have a drink and some Swedish snacks.
PS: We created a handy map for you of all our picks for FNO store locations:
(View Fashion's Night Out in NYC in a larger map)
*Even if you can't make it to an FNO near you, you can also purchase limited edition FNO collection goodies here.)