For the third year running, that joyous retail romp, Fashion’s Night Out, returns on Sept. 8 to New York City and some 250 cities across the country, and it’s none to soon to start checking out the happenings at FNO’s comprehensive site, fashionsnightout.com.
Designed to rev up retail sales, the night is craa-aa-zy in NYC, with nearly 1,000 retailers participating in the festivities. Though it’s major fashion fun hitting the stores (some of the events are positively zany), if you can’t make it, this year some 200 e-tailers have joined the fashion fray too so you can participate --from your couch.
But back to the live stuff, we cannot wait to see top designers (and LIers, by the way) Mark Badgley and James Mischka strut their stuff at Bergdorf Goodman’s second annual designer dog show, "BG Best in Show,” where designers and their canines take to the catwalk. The Badgley Mischka boys will work it with their two dachshunds Rommel and Whiskey.
There are DJs all over town, refreshments, drinks, designer and celebrity appearances and live music. At Macy’s Herald Square, (and these are just some of the highlights) Tommy Hilfiger and Joss Stone will turn out, and Stone will perform later in the evening.
Kelly Rowland will sing too, Miss J Alexander will conduct a shoe diva event, designer Rachel Roy and star Knick Amar’e Stoudemire will introduce their cool collection and folks just might get a chance to play pool with Diddy with a purchase from the Sean John collection.
Rachel Zoe will hang out at Bloomingdale's, as will supermodel Erin Wasson, and actor Eddie Cibrian. It’s the Hester Street Fair contained within Henri Bendel – great food, new beauty, accessory and lifestyle products and a personal appearance by jewelry designer Jade Jagger. Solange Knowles, Ivanka Trump and HGTV’s Genevieve Gorder, among others, are expected at Lord & Taylor.
They’ll be “Real Housewives of New York” at New York & Co. (Kelly Killoren Bensimon and LuAnn de Lesseps are expected) and feel free to join the soiree at legendary jewelry store Harry Winston, where Champagne and chocolates will be served amid the diamonds.
Of course there’s plenty more all over town– free manicures, free makeovers, free transportation (a Barbie bus for goodness sakes and rides in a 2012 Volkswagen Passat), loads of gifts with purchase, scavenger hunts, dance lessons, raffles and photo booths.
And don’t forget that fabulous FNO merchandise – tees, a baseball cap, and a variety of totes, of which 40 percent of the proceeds go to the New York City AIDS Fund in the New York Community Trust.
Oh what a night! Check out the site, start mapping your route, get FNO on the Go, the new FNO NYC Guide app for iPhone and Android devices that's available for download on the App Store and in the Android Market. And definitely save that date for some of the best retail therapy ever.