Move over Fashion Week, there’s a new girl in town and she’s here for one night only. She’s full of style, energy and attracts the fine and fashionable of Miami. Introducing Fashion’s Night Out, a celebrated evening of style-and-star-studded events, crafted to support the fashion and retail industries around the world. With so many great stores to choose from, we decided to spend the night at one of our favorite one-stop shopping destinations, the Village of Merrick Park. On September 8, for the third year in a row, designers, models, fashion editors, celebrities and socialites will gather at the Village of Merrick Park for fashion’s sake.
The event will take place throughout the center of the Village of Merrick Park and inside participating retailers. Event components will include three Fashion’s Night Out Lounges, one of which is the exclusive Haute Living-sponsored lounge. The lounges will feature DJ Ess & Emm, libations as well as light bites, a sneak peak of fall 2011 trends and many other exciting initiatives. Guests will enjoy complimentary cocktails while capturing their Fashion’s Night Out experience by receiving a complimentary photo booth session with all purchases of $25 or more from any retailer throughout the center.
New this year, the Village of Merrick Park will partner with Dress for Success Miami in supporting their campaign, “Check your bag at the door.” Donate your gently worn handbag and put in a check to help raise funds for the Dress For Success Miami women’s program. With shopping bags in hand, end the evening with a visit to one of the center’s many dining destinations.
Need some guidance on the must-not-miss events of the evening? Here are our top picks for your Fashion’s Night Out at the Village of Merrick Park
Thursday, September 8, Beginning at 6:00 p.m.
Village of Merrick Park, 358 San Lorenzo Avenue
Coral Gables, Florida
These high-end Spanish designs are sure to turn heads this fall. Receive 20 percent off on Fall/Winter 2011 regular priced items. In addition, enjoy complimentary Spanish wine while you shop.
Meet fashion designer Tanya Marie and shop her new exclusive designs featuring fabrics from around the world. Champagne and cheese will be served. Receive a $75 gift card with a purchase of $500 or more.
In true Betsey Johnson fashion, this will be a party like no other. Enjoy refreshments, a DJ, live mannequins, cupcakes, a chance to win a Betsey tote and spectacular fall fashions. Once a pink lady, always a pink lady.
Diane von Furstenberg
DVF wants you to trust your senses and celebrate Fashion’s Night Out. See, touch, smell, taste and hear the excitement of this after-hours shopping experience. Join the DVF team for cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, music by DJ Blaze and a sample of the new fragrance DIANE.
Donald J Pliner
Enjoy champagne while you preview the new fall collection from this classic designer. A special Stella and Dot Trunk Show will be taking place as well, showcasing their fabulous line of jewelry.
Enjoy prosecco and hors d’oeuvres as the debut of the Canali Fall collection is presented. Order any made-to-measure item to suit your own personal style and receive 15 percent off your purchase.
Join purveyor of fine eyewear Edward Beiner as he celebrates with a special preview featuring Tom Ford’s fall eyewear collection. A special representative from Tom Ford will be on hand to answer all of your questions. Purchase a frame and automatically be entered to win a Tom Ford Frame. Champagne and light bites will be served.
Elemis Day Spa
At this pampering pavilion, beauty takes center stage and enhances the fashions being showcased. Indulge with complimentary consultations, skin analysis and taster treatments from their new menu of services.er all of your questions. Purchase a frame and automatically be entered to win a Tom Ford frame. Champagne and light bites will be served.
Equinox Fitness Club and Spa
Visit the Shop at Equinox to browse exclusive collections that you won’t find anywhere else. Shop from their special trunk shows and enjoy complimentary light fare. As a thank you on FNO, receive a three-day pass to the club with any purchase.
Vibrant, colorful and everything that Miami fashion is all about, Etro creates a vision of poetic, sophisticated designs and enlightened selections. Join for a festive evening of shopping the new collection.
The renowned Brazilian jeweler is celebrating Fashion’s Night Out with glitz and glam. All are invited to sip champagne, taste Brazilian treats and preview the exquisite jewelry pieces. Come try on lavish jewels with experienced professionals, shop the collections and enjoy an all around luxurious experience.
Join Francesca in a sneak peek of her fabulous finds for fall. Shop the brand new collection and receive 20 percent off your purchase of $100 or more.
Habib Oriental Rugs
Join this décor haven for an amazing sale of woven treasures and fine art. Enjoy a live performance by master Cuban painter, Pedro Avila. From 6-10 p.m., a delicious wine and cheese tasting will be offered as well. RSVP to 305-374-2242.
Furla fuses art, culture and fashion at the fall launch of its popular Candy Collection, an interpretation of chic and avant-garde designs. Celebrate these morsels of fashion at the in-store event. Be among the first to own one of this year’s most popular handbags and receive a gift with purchase.
Discover the latest fall collection by Jimmy Choo for an extraordinary evening celebrating fashion and fabulous footwear. Enjoy the festive feel and buy yourself something special.
Sexy, sultry and always fashionable, La Perla introduces their new Shape Couture collection while they invite you to enjoy prosecco and chocolates. All purchases come with a special free gift.
Fashion, photography and modern technology come together at Lacoste for Fashion’s Night Out. Bring in a photograph of yourself wearing a new Lacoste outfit that resembles an old Lacoste image and post it in-store to receive 20 percent off your purchase. Enter to win a $500 gift card by tweeting your photo to @Lacoste #CROCSTYLE.
French favorite Longchamp will celebrate with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres as they reveal the much-anticipated fall 2011 handbag and accessory collection
Come celebrate fashion’s biggest block party for a night of entertainment, refreshments,
prizes, exclusive merchandise and the latest trends. On this special evening, Nordstrom will stay open until 10:00 p.m. while you shop for exclusive Fashion’s Night Out merchandise, get made over by beauty experts, dance to music by live DJs and enter to win thousands of dollars in shopping sprees.
Mix two of our favorite things, fashion and charity on this special evening at Pili Carrera. Discover the new exclusive collection with a live holiday window display and celebrate the season of giving with 10 percent of all sales benefitting St. Jude Children’s Hospital.
Play a round of ping pong while you watch the hottest fashion show of the season, then pose in the FNO photo booth to capture the new fall look you receive from their Bordeaux Beauty Bar. Open until 10:30 p.m.
Poupette St. Barth
Here you will find a sensual display of living fashion with a live performance of colorful and elegant body art combined with bohemian, chic attire. Please join Poupette St. Barth for an exciting evening of shopping with artful inspirations. Champagne will be served and all who spend $100 or more will receive a gift with purchase.
SAWA Restaurant & Lounge
Enjoy a fashion-forward and flavorful, provocative night at this dining destination. Sawa is offering a special one-night-only prix-fixe menu of fine food, luscious lounges, fresh fashion and a DJ spinning to kick off their new Thursday night promotions.
All that glitters must be Swarovski. Receive a sparkling crystallized compact as your gift with any $150 purchase and enter to win a dazzling crystal necklace while enjoying indulgent red velvet cupcakes. Plus, receive a crystal tattoo just for stopping by.
Rosario Salazar Outdoor
Colombian born interior designer Rosario Salazar brings her expertise, good taste and panache to every project. As part of this special evening, clients who take advantage of the 20 percent discount will have an opportunity to win a one-hour consultation with the world renowned designer.
Come share an evening with designer Silvia Tcherassi as you view her new Prêt-à-Porter collection from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. The eclectic clothes are edgy yet delicate, offering the perfect wardrobe for the woman who dares to be different. Receive a free gift with purchase as well as 20 percent off select merchandise. Wine & hors d’oeuvres will be served to guests while they enjoy live music by DJ Maure.