From Brooklyn to Brazil to Miami, the fashion industry is buzzing about this year’s globe-spanning extravaganza Fashion’s Night Out! The September 10, 2010 edition of the biggest fashion party in history promises to be equally epic, splurge inspiring and full of even stylish surprises. This retail initiative was created to celebrate fashion, boost customer confidence and put the fun back in shopping. FNO has snowballed from its debut last year into a worldwide shop-til-you-drop party with each participating destination putting its own spin on the festivities. Check out these great FNO events below:
Block Party At Bal Harbour
Bal Harbour’s celebration will transform the shops into a progressive block party with chefs’ tastings, live music, dance classes, special-edition merchandise, personal appearance and a few stylish surprises, like the installation of Bocce Ball Courts. All for a good cause, as Bal Harbour’s participating stores have partnered with a variety of local charities and cultural organizations to which they will donate a percentage of the evening’s proceeds.
Some party highlights: Be among the first to sample Stephen Starr’s Japanese cuisine at his BHS pop-up, nail the coolest shades at The CHANEL Nail Bar with complimentary mini manicures featuring 3 shades created exclusively for FNO, view a special photo installation in FENDI of the Fall/Winter 2010 Campaign Shot by Karl Lagerfeld and purchase a limited-edition self portrait signed by Karl, be the first to snag a pair of YSL’s iconic Tribute sandal and Trib Too pump in a new teal blue, available exclusively at BHS.
It wouldn’t be fashion without an event souvenir, but rather than a T-shirt or tote bag, Bal Harbour will give guests an eco-friendly garment bag with any purchase of $500 or more. The limited-edition garment bags, created to eliminate the waste of single-use plastic dry cleaning bags, will be available for purchase ($20) with 100 percent of the proceeds to be donated to charity.
Saks 5th Avenue Bal Harbour 7 to 10 p.m.
Join hosts Sarah Harrelson, Christina Getty Maercks, Lucy Burks and Jillian Jacobson-Altit and meet celebrity chef Michelle Bernstein as you enjoy light bites from Michy’s and Sra. Martinez and sip on couture cocktails. Rock and shop for a good cause with five percent of the weekend’s sales benefiting Common Threads.
Miami Design District 6 to 10 p.m.
Celebrate Fashion’s Night Out in Miami’s Design District and splurge at boutiques such as Y-3, Maison Martin Margiela and En Avance as you sip on couture cocktails, enjoy live music and munch on bites compliments of the Miami Design District shops.
Neiman Marcus Village of Merrick Park 7 to 10 p.m.
Celebrate Fashion’s Night Out with Ocean Drive at the Village of Merrick Park. Expect an evening of stylish surprises, including a runway fashion show presented by Neiman Marcus and couture cocktails courtesy of GREY GOOSE Vodka.
For more information on Fashion Night Out, visit http://www.fashionsnightout.com/.