The big night is almost here! For weeks,we've been inundated with invites and intel from hundreds of storesaround New York City, and we've picked out our favorites.Unfortunately, we won't be able to be all of these places at once, butwe're spreading ourselves as thin as possible to bring you tons ofexclusive coverage and interviews from Friday night. In the meantime,here it is: the PAPERMAG top twenty Fashion's Night Out events. We hope to see you out and about tomorrow!
Balenciaga: The label's NYC boutique will hold a special live performance by model-turned-musician Karen Elson, who will perform songs from her debut album The Ghost Who Walks, which was produced by Jack White.
Barneys New York: Themother of all Fashion's Night Out events. Appearances by: Mary-Kate +Ashley Olsen, Daphne Guinness, Julie Gilhart, Simon Doonan, the ProenzaSchouler Boys, Isabel + Ruben Toledo, the Rodarte Girls, the Rag &Bone Boys, and Alexander Wang. The aforementioned will participate inactivities such as ping-pong, karaoke, and musical chairs, so eventhough this will probably be the most crowded venue on September 10th,it will probably also be the most fun.
Bergdorf Goodman: Two words: TOM FORD.The man himself will be on-hand in the men's store from 8:00-8:30, andhe'll be signing all Tom Ford fragrance purchases made that day. Dozensof other celebrity sightings are instore, including Victoria Beckhamfrom 8:30-9:00 on the third floor, Jason Wu, and Thom Browne. If gamingand goofing-off with fashion designers is more your speed, there willbe a retro style rec-room from 8-9 with foosball, ping-pong, and airhockey, and a karaoke contest from 9-10.
Debut New York: Stop by this Mulberry Street boutique to pick up your FACES OF FASHION t-shirt, which are hand-painted by Victor-John Villanueva. Style icons celebrated on these exclusive tees include PAPER's own Kim Hastrieter,Olivier Zahm, Lynn Yaeger, and Andre Leon Talley. At 200 bucks a pop,they're not cheap, but the sales benefit the Savannah College of Artand Design.
Helmut Lang: The brand'sWashington Street store will turn into a hipster haven when it throwsits Fashion's Night Out block party, with music by DJs Harley Viera-Newton and Cassie Coane, and photography by the Cobrasnake. Expect games, prizes, and free-flowing cocktails by East Village's Death & Company.
Kirna Zabete: AlexanderWang, Thakoon, Peter Som, Jason Wu, Aurelie Biderman, Chrissie Morris,Elise Overland, Tracy Anderson, and Jack + Lazaro of Proenza Schoulerwill be on hand at the dreamy Soho boutique to meet the shoppers andlaunch exclusive products. Get there early to scoop up a mini PS1wallet or an exclusive Kirna Zabete iPad case!
Lanvin: Terrence Kohis designing a series of window displays at the new Madison Avenueboutique that will be unveiled that evening, and you can even meet theartist from 6:30 to 7:30. The store will also be holding a Bingo night-- emceed by Brad Goreski of the "Rachel Zoe Project" -- withwith limited edition bingo cards that retail for $20 a piece. One luckywinner will take home the grand prize: a Lanvin Amalia Handbag.
Maybelline New York's Color Studio will set up shop in the Meatpacking district from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. for a shindig with a DJ set from Charlotte Kemp Muhl and Sean Lennonof The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger. A few lucky guests will be treatedto makeovers and invited to walk down a mini-catwalk for a "sensationalstrut" contest judged by Erin Wasson, Jessica White, Lisalla Montenegro and Shu-Pei Qin.Not your cup of tea? At least get there early -- the first 50 guestswill receive a limited edition makeup bag filled with Maybelline NewYork cosmetics by designer Michael Angel.
OAK NYC: OAK, Rogan, and The Smileare teaming up for a "Black Carnival" on Bond Street, complete withtents, music, snacks catered by The Smile and BONDST sushi, and ofcourse, cocktails. OAK is also planning to transform itself into a "mall" for one night only. Shoppers can make their own charm necklaces at the Surface 2 Air kiosk, shred t-shirts with LNA, and play dress up in OAK's fashion photo booth. DJs, raffles, and special surprises are also in store.
Opening Ceremony:The store will stage their own French flea market in the lobby of theAce Hotel. Agnès b., Alexander Wang, Band of Outsiders, Deyrolle,Joseph Altuzarra, Keds, Ladurée, Patrik Ervell, Proenza Schouler, andRodarte will all have their own booths with exclusive items for sale,and many of the designers will be on hand themselves to participate inthe festivities. And check out this delicious tidbit: Christina Tosi of Momofuku will be making Band of Outsiders a special cookie for this one night only and then throwing away the recipe forever!
Original Penguin: Our very own Market Director Luigi Tadini and Editor at Large Peter Davis arehosting the shindig at Original Penguin's SOHO store. If thesestrapping young lads aren't motivation enough to attend, there will besnacks provided by Sweet Street Desserts and Pirate's Booty, cocktails,a DJ, and 30% off of the entire store.
Phillip Lim + Rag & Bone: TheMercer Street neighbors are teaming up to hold a block party. Plansinclude a live DJ, junk food galore (gourmet burgers from BLT Go andVan Leeuwen ice cream), and a special performance by My Gold Mask instore at Phillip Lim. You can even shop with the designers in theirrespective stores as they style some great looks for fall, and scoresome awesome gifts with each purchase.
QVC Live From Fashion's Night Out: QVC celebrates the launch of lines by the Kardashians (K-DASH by Kardashian), Janie Bryant's Mad Men-inspired collectin, Isaac Mizrahi and Lori Goldstein among other designers. Hobnob witih Kim and Kourtney Kardashian, Kris Jenner, Kristin Chenoweth, and Gossip Girl's Kelly Rutherford (so many K names!). Everything kicks off at 8 p.m. in the West Lobby of Rockefeller Center at 8 p.m.
Screaming Mimi's: Thevintage store will celebrate Fashion's Night Out with its Second Annual"Racks of Love" event. Cocktails will be served while you peruse racksof clothing curated by NYC art, music, and fashion icons, and a portionof the night's proceeds will go to charity. This year's participantsinclude Lynn Yaeger, The Drums, Richie Rich, and PAPER's very own Kim Hastreiter and Mr. Mickey!
Shipley & Halmos: The design duo will celebrate the big night at the SOHO Boutique Odin New York,with refreshments provided by Brooklyn Brewery and Guerilla Ice Cream.The designers collaborated with Guerilla to create an exclusive flavorthat will be sold for one night only.
Sportmax Carte Blanche by Kim Gordon:Known for her art and fashion design as much as her musical talent(Gordon's Sonic Youth's bass player, but you knew that!), Kim Gordonhas created a limited-edition line of t-shirts, tunics and dresses forSportmax. The small collection launches at FNO from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.at the Sportmax boutique, where Gordon will be on hand,bandmate/husband Thurston Moore will be DJing, and your head will beexploding.
threeASFOUR x Yoko Ono:Collective threeASFOUR teamed with Yoko Ono to create scarves andbowties out of a print based on Ono's dynamic "Dot Drawings," ondisplay and for sale at MoMA's Design store in SoHo from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.ThreeASFOUR will also be performing Ono's participatory "Cut Piece" inwhich guests will be encouraged to cut a dress into a new, sculpturalshape.
United Nude: The innovative shoe brand founded by Rem D. Koolhaas and Galahad Clark'scelebrate their insanely chic, super-futuristic shoes with a Fashion'sNight Out party sponsored by PAPER and hosted by downtown diva Sophia Lamar. Addmusic by the Chainsmokers, emcee Acantha (of The Box fame) andcocktails. We don't mean to toot our own horn, but, toot! This is thedowntown FNO party you should be at.
Valentino:The folks at Valentino are using FNO to raise money for a great cause!They will host a celebrity poker tournament at their Madison Avenueboutique, and a percentage of the event's sales will be donated to thewinner's charity of choice. The evening's card sharks include DerekBlasberg, Devon Aoki, Molly Sims, and Sam Talbot.
What Goes Around Comes Around: The vintage boutique is celebrating FNO with limited edition vintage collections from collaborating designers Gilded Age, Pamela Love, George McCracken and Thread Social.DJ Jules will be providing the tunes and GIVEN will supply thecocktails. WGACA is located at 351 W. Broadway between Broome and GrandStreets.
This story was published on Sep. 9, 2010