The crowd at City Hall was a little more fashionable than usual Tuesday, as some of New York’s top designers (Marc Jacobs, Donna Karan, Tommy Hilfiger) and fashion bigs (Anna Wintour, Saks Fifth Avenue CEO Steve Sadove) joined Mayor Michael Bloomberg to announce plans for this year’s installment of Fashion’s Night Out, set for Friday, Sept. 10.
Final details of the shop-fest won’t be announced until next week, but some 1,000 stores are participating (staying open until 11 p.m. ) with designer appearances, celebrity performances and, if it’s anything like last year, plenty of drinks and deals. A list of events will be posted at nyc.gov starting Aug. 16.
And, this being fashion, there’s something new: Fashion’s Night Out The Show, a public runway extravaganza on Sept. 7 at Lincoln Center, two days before the kickoff of Mercedes Benz Fashion Week there. Put together by Vogue, the show will feature around 150 models in fall clothes, the idea being to give the public a preview of the trends they’ll be shopping for three nights later. Tickets start at $25 (on sale Aug. 19 through the Lincoln Center box office) with proceeds benefitting the NYC AIDS Fund.