Fashion Night Out is always one of the hottest events of the year! With this year’s event lineup even more impossibly action packed than the last one, I really feel that they should extend this to Fashion Week Out, as there are just too many events for one night! Guest appearances from the musical community are in abundance this year with Gwen Stefani expected at Sephora Soho to launch her new fragrance “Wicked Style”, Joss Stone and Train performing at Macy’s Herald Square, and Mary J. Blige is entertaining us at Bergdorf Goodman. In addition, there is a performance by Corrinne Bailey Rae at Warren Tricomi, Bryan Adams is rocking the Calvin Klein store, Taboo of the Black Eyed Peas appearing at Saks Fifth Avenue and Pharell Williiams jamming at the Billionaire Boys Club!
Some FNO tips: You can hop on one of the Payless buses to take you to the various events. Although with traffic so bad, it is usually best to grab a subway. It is also best to divide your stops into regions – Upper East Side, Meatpacking, Soho, etc… and stay only a few minutes at each event! If you get too caught up at one store, you end up missing everything else. Make sure to buy a tee or snatch up the adorable FNO hoodie if you see one. (Despite the fact that they are advertised on the FNO site, and one would think all the stores carrying the FNO collection would have them, only a select few seem to be carrying the hoodies.)
To make your Lives a lil’ easier, dear readers, I have picked out what I feel will be the 20 most amazing and star-studded events for your 2010 FNO! For a full schedule of events, please go to the FNO site at: http://www.fashionsnightout.com/
1. Calvin Klein (654 Madison Avenue @ 61st)
Calvin Klein Collection will be collaborating with renowned musician and photographer Bryan Adams in celebration of Fashion’s Night Out 2010. The evening will be co-hosted by the brands’ Creative Directors, Francisco Costa and Italo Zucchelli, alongside Vogue’s Fashion Director, Tonne Goodman. The Calvin Klein Collection store on Madison Avenue will provide the backdrop for an exclusive in-store photography exhibition showcasing influential American women, shot by Bryan Adams. In honor of this special initiative, Adams will also be performing at the store.
2. Warren Tricomi (The Plaza, One West 58th Street, Floor2 off 5th Ave)
Join the Warren-Tricomi Salon at The Plaza Hotel for complimentary hair styles and updo’s to start your Friday night off from 6-8pm. While you are at The Plaza, you can also join us in viewing the CFDA Incubator Project designs throughout the Shops. Musician, Corinne Bailey Rae, will be performing an intimate concert at The Plaza’s Palm Court. Following the concert, Joel Warren, Edward Tricomi, Douglas Hannant and Frederick Anderson, co-hosted with the CFDA and Shops at the Plaza, invite you to an after party in the Terrace Room from 9 – 11pm to celebrate this night of Fashion.
3. Kenneth Cole (610 Fifth Avenue b/t 49th & 50th)
Kenneth Cole is inviting customers to MAKE A STATEMENT through a variety of in-store customization experiences. Designer Kenneth Cole will make an in-store appearance from 7-8 PM. Celebrity DJ Mel DeBarge will be on hand to make his personal music statement. Customers are invited to create their own free customized t-shirts and take a photo with Kenneth Cole and their own personalized statement. Signature MAKE A STATEMENT cocktails will be served. Free lmited edition tote with any purchase made that evening (or check in at four square and show a sales associate.)
4. Ralph Lauren (379 West Broadway @ Wooster)
Join Jessica Alba and Andre Leon Talley downtown at Ralph Lauren Soho for champagne, shopping and a stylish performance by Grammy nominated singer Janelle Monae. Monae’s 360 degree concert from the oversized loft windows will have guests dancing in the street to her soulful musical musings in honor of Fashion’s Night Out.
5. Saks Fifth Avenue (611 Fifth Avenue and 49th St.)
Saks Fifth Avenue will be fashion’s ultimate rockin’ party. In NY, meet celebrities, designers and rock stars, including Donna Karan, Viktor & Rolf, Charlotte Ronson, Zac Posen, Taboo of the Black Eyed Peas and Sergio Rossi’s Creative Director, Francesco Russo as he unveils the new ‘Cachet’ pumps, exclusively at Saks. Dance with designers or watch them compete in a fashion sketch-off. Get “rocker chic” tricks and tips from our best cosmetics experts. Shop with your MasterCard® card in any of Saks’ participating stores and get an exclusive Fashion’s Night Out rock ‘n’ roll playlist.
6. Salvatore Ferragamo (655 Fifth Avenue @ 52nd St.)
Ferragamo celebrates Creative Director, Massimiliano Giornetti’s first women’s collection with the launch of the highly anticipated W bag. Designed in the ‘70s exclusively for the House matriarch, Mrs. Wanda Ferragamo, the bag was the centerpiece of the Fall runway show. Elettra Weidemann, Alek Wek, Caroline Winberg and Ashley Wick along with the Whitney Museum of American Art invite you to discover all things W. Guests are invited to customize their very own W bag enjoying libations and music by DJ Nick Cohen. A percentage of sales will benefit the Whitney Museum of American Art.
7. Elizabeth and James (632 Hudson Street off 9th b/t Jane and Horatio)
Elizabeth and James Pop Up Shop opens it’s doors for a Fashion’s Night Out celebration from 6-11pm. TV stars/Designers Ashley Olsen and Mary-Kate Olsen will be behind the cash registers from 7-8pm. DJ Cassie Coane will be bringing the tunes all night long. Stop in for Popcorn, Tarot Card Readings and Henna Tattoos.
8. Balenciaga (542 West 22nd St. b/t 10th and 11th Avenues)
Nicolas Ghesquière & Balenciaga present an evening of exceptional events for Fashion’s Night Out on Friday, September 10, 2010, at the Balenciaga NY boutique. For one evening only, from 8 PM– 10:30 PM, Balenciaga is proud to feature the US exhibition debut of the Cindy Sherman Untitled (Balenciaga) Series. At 9 PM Balenciaga presents a special live musical performance by Karen Elson, performing songs from her debut album The Ghost Who Walks, produced by Jack White.
9. Rachel Rachel Roy (Macy’s Herald Square, 151 West 34th Street and 6th Avenue)
Ready for the biggest look book shoot ever?? Join Rachel Roy and supermodel Jessica Stam as they host the city’s biggest look book shoot on Fashion’s Night Out – exclusively at Macy’s Herald Square! RACHEL Rachel Roy, Level 2 6-8pm Get styled and snapped at Macy’s wearing head to toe RACHEL Rachel Roy and every shopper that participates, $1 will be donated to charity: water, a non-profit organization bringing clean, safe drinking water to people in developing nations. AND check out Rachel and Jessica’s capsule collection available only on 9/10 before it’s officially released in October!
10. Scoop NYC (875 Washington Street off West 13th)
Scoop NYC and Edun have partnered up to treat you to an evening in honor of Africa. Meet Ali Hewson (best known as “Mrs. Bono”) at the Edun pop up shop while sipping Tusker Premium Lager. Jaleel Bunton from TV on the Radio will be spinning and we’ll also have a special performance by South Africa’s BLK JKS. Edun/Scoop NYC encourage you to join Ali and bike it for the night! Ride a bike to the event and Edun will feature those with the best bike style on their blog! The first 100 Edun shoppers receive a free gift and the Van Leeuwen Ice Cream Truck will be giving out free scoops to the first 200 Scoop shoppers!
11. Helmut Lang (819 Washington St. near 11th Street and Horatio)
Enter the realm of Helmut Lang with the brand’s Creative Directors Nicole & Michael Colovos. Discover their world along with DJ Harley Viera Newton, a photo laboratory presented by Mark Hunter aka thecobrasnake and spirits provided by Death & Company. Food will be provided by the cult favorite Rickshaw Dumpling Truck parked directly outside of the store.
12. H Stern (645 Fifth Avenue b/t 51st and 52nd)
H.Stern, the legendary jeweler, is celebrating Fashion’s Night Out at their Flagship Fifth Avenue Boutique. FNO followers are invited to sip champagne and preview selected pieces from the exclusive Oscar Niemeyer Collection, which is slated to launch in October. The FIRST 100 guests will receive an autographed copy of Diane von Furstenberg’s autobiography, Diane: A Signature Life. Since its launch in 2004, the H.Stern collaboration with renowned Fashion Icon Diane von Furstenberg has continually been seen on jewelry “must have” lists around the world. Join us to celebrate Fashion’s Night Out!
13. Destination Maternity (28 East 57th Street off Madison)
Join supermodel Heidi Klum on Fashion’s Night Out as she hosts Destination Maternity’s retrospective on maternity fashion throughout the ages. Enjoy an inspiring display of maternity wear dating from 1950 through today – closing with Heidi Klum’s collections. Time-travel through a display of blue jeans through the decades: from cowgirls to runway model looks to amazing jeans made for expecting moms! Get a first look at the Fall collections from Motherhood Maternity and A Pea in the Pod, including Loved by Heidi Klum for Motherhood Maternity and Lavish by Heidi Klum for A Pea in the Pod. Guests can mingle with Heidi up until 8:30 p.m., and will be treated to retro refreshments and signature mocktails.
14. Elie Tahari (417 Broadway near Canal)
Elie Tahari will host ” A Night Out In Old New York.” Sip a Manhattan while enjoying a performance by the Nunziata Twins, a 20 something duo with a timeless sound. Old-Fashioned Polaroid photographer, Louis Mendes, will photograph guests while they shop the Fall Collection. Shoppers will receive a beaded, feather embellished bracelet as a gift with purchase during the event. Event: 6-10pm Performance: Between 7 and 9.
15. David Yurman (712 Madison Avenue @ 63rd St)
Join beautiful and stylish actress Camilla Belle in celebrating Fashion’s Night Out at the David Yurman Townhouse. Shoppers will have a chance to meet Camilla and receive a personal styling session with her, where she outfits you in the latest David Yurman jewels from the new Fall 2010 collection. Open until 11pm, limited edition David Yurman dog tags and bracelets made exclusively for Fashion’s Night Out will be available for purchase. Cocktails and appetizers will be served.
16. DDCLAB (427 West 14th St off 9th Avenue)
Goumba Johnny, WKTU’s legendary DJ and Vincent Piazza star of HBO’s newest mobster series “Boardwalk Empire” will host a night of drinks, shopping, and entertainment. Gift certificates up to $500 will be raffled off every hour. DDCLAB designer Roberto Crivello will be featuring the brand’s newest fabric technology. Infamous DDCLAB cocktail punch and served to shoppers. Clients spending more than $500 will receive a DDCLAB backpack filled with gifts. Time: 6-11PM.
17. Eileen Fisher (395 West Broadway @ Wooster)
DJ Mini-Lessons. You’ve seen DJ’s get the crowd moving — now it’s your turn! Sip champagne and learn how to do turntable tricks like a “baby scratch” in ten-minute DJ mini-lessons courtesy of Ladies Rock Camp, a program of the nonprofit Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls.
18. Generra (823 Washington Street near Horatio)
Stop by and freshen up at our Tic Tac® Freshness bar and play “Guess the number of Tic Tac® game” for a chance to win a $2000 Generra shopping spree. *No purchase necessary. The correct number and winner will be announced on September 13th. Limit one guess, per person. Entries will only be accepted 6pm-10pm, September 10th only
19. Kate Spade New York (454 Broome Street and Mercer St.)
Join Tim Gunn, chief Creative Officer of Liz Claiborne Inc. and co-host of Project Runway, and Deborah Lloyd, Creative Director of Kate Spade New York, for a window styling contest at the Kate Spade Broome St. flagship. Contestants will create displays inspired by Tim Gunn’s newest book, “Gunn’s Golden Rules: Life’s Little Lessons for Making It Work” and the designs will be judged by Tim and Deborah. Pick up a copy of Gunn’s golden rules and have it autographed while sipping a gin and tonic. Head home with a limited-edition cosmetics case, available exclusively for Fashion’s Night Out.
20. Teen Vogue & ASOS.com Block Party
Shop the Stores of Bleecker St. with host Beverly Hills 90210 star, Shenae Grimes and performance by VV Brown.